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?


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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.

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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.

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Report: Microsoft is creating a cross-Windows virtual assistant called Cortana

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Fans of the Xbox first-person shooter series Halo will immediately recognize the name Cortana. She’s the anthropomorphized AI that assists the player throughout the game. But Microsoft, which owns the Halo franchise, has plans for Cortana beyond the games. According a ZDNet report, Cortana will become a ‘real-life’ speech-enabled virtual assistant that crosses the Windows platforms.

ZDNet’s Mary Jo Foley reported that Cortana will be a virtual assistant in the vein of Apple’s(s aapl) Siri and Google(s goog) Now, except it won’t be limited to smartphones. According to the report, Cortana will be core to Microsoft’s plans to makeover the “shell” encompassing all of the Windows operating systems, from the PC to the smartphone to Xbox One.

In a memo in July, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer hinted at such a cross-platform UI, describing a forthcoming interface that would be “deeply personalized, based on the advanced, almost magical, intelligence…

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