With iBeacon, Apple is going to dump on NFC and embrace the internet of things

Bluetooth, una alternativa para NFC.


At WWDC in June, Apple (s aapl) quietly announced iBeacon, one of the more prominent features of iOS 7. Craig Federighi, Apple’s senior vice president of Software Engineering, mentioned nothing about about it in the keynote, and Apple hasn’t provided any details about it; it was only seen on one slide in the WWDC keynote.

iBeacon Apple WWDC 2013 iOS 7

Nor did Apple say anything about it during the iPhone event Tuesday. But I’m sure this is going to be a big deal, and startup companies like Estimote agree, announcing its support for Apple’s technology Tuesday and releasing this demonstration video.

Why is that so? For a couple of reasons: it opens a door to new set of applications such as indoor maps and in-store marketing, it makes the internet of things a realty and it might kill NFC (near-field communications), the wireless technology most linked with mobile payments.

What is iBeacon?


Ver la entrada original 1.255 palabras más

Coin Debuts Arduino-Based Bluetooth Low Energy Development Kit With iBeacons Potential

Add your thoughts here… (optional)


San Francisco-based startup Coin may not have launched yet, but it has created a hardware platform that others can use to build their own products in the process of developing its own. Today, Coin announced that it will offer up an Arduino Bluetooth Low Energy module that’s designed to be small and easy to integrate into hardware hacks and products of all kinds.

The $22 kit includes an Arduino-BLE board and 6-pin header that should be fairly broadly applicable for building Arduino-based hardware that can communicate with iOS devices. That means you’ll be able to talk to Apple’s new iBeacons service, which uses BLE to perform a number of functions, including ones that people normally associate with NFC like tap-based payments, in theory.

In developing its own product, Coin found that it was very challenging to find an easy way to integrate BLE into products in terms of figuring…

Ver la entrada original 222 palabras más

Más de treinta minutos de ‘Metal Gear Solid 5’

Aguante los Metal Gear Solid.

Tierra de Cinéfagos


¿Recordáis cuando Hideo Kojima dijo que Metal Gear Solid 4 sería el último de la saga? Pues se ve que él no, porque ya tenemos aquí varios vídeos que nos muestran más de media hora de cinemáticas y gameplay del próximo videojuego sobre Solid Snake. A mípersonalmente no me gusta esta saga porque pienso que no encuentra el equilibrio entre estilo cinematográfico y jugabilidad, lastrados por la pretenciosidad de su creador.

Ver la entrada original 4 palabras más

VLC gets updated with 4K support, new mobile versions

yo uso el gomplayer, es el mejor reproductor multimedia.


The popular open source video player app VLC got a significant update Wednesday: VLC 2.1 features support for 4K video, completely revamped audio playback and video hardware decoding, which should make video playback especially on mobile devices a lot smoother. Speaking of which: The new version also comes with new apps for OS X and Android, as well as a partial Windows 8 and WinRT port for all those folks out there who don’t know what else to do with their Surface RT.

Ver la entrada original

Hackers Bypass Apple’s Touch ID With Lifted Fingerprint

Los chcos malos no descansan.


Fingerprint scanners have always been vulnerable to hackers who are willing to go the extra mile to bypass them. Over the years, we’ve seen everything from people using Gummy Bears, Play-Doh and more sophisticated techniques to bypass these biometric scanners. It’s not really a surprise then, that Apple’s Touch ID fingerprint scanner on the new iPhone 5s is vulnerable to these kinds of hacks as well. As Germany’s Chaos Computer Club (CCC) announced today, it has managed to bypass TouchID by creating a fake finger that uses lifted prints to fool the scanner into believing it’s dealing with its rightful owner.

But let’s put this hack into perspective. Getting this to work isn’t quite as easy as the CCC hackers make you think it is in their press release or this video:

First you need some kind of colored powder or superglue to lift the fingerprint. Then you…

Ver la entrada original 225 palabras más