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Beacons & iOS8

It’s been over a week since Apple’s high-profile WWDC. In the days leading up to the event, many speculated this would be the year of the iBeacon. After the technology’s surreptitious introduction at last year’s conference, developers and members of the press expected the technology to feature squarely in Apple’s plans for the coming year. And Apple didn’t disappoint. Never before has the future of one technology been as heavily foreshadowed and discussed without actual mention of the technology itself. Indeed, Apple CEO Tim Cook never mentioned the iBeacon by name once within his two hour keynote. Nevertheless, with the press and developer communities having spent the past week dissecting every announcement out of Cupertino, it is clear that many of the changes to Apple’s mobile operating system – the upcoming features of iOS8 – will have huge implications for the use, adoption, and impact of beacon technology. Here we…

Google’s Making a Masterful Play for Amazon’s Customers (And Saving Brick & Mortar Retail?)

In New York, San Francisco, or LA? Then you’ve probably heard about Google’s same-day delivery service Shopping Express, which rolled out in Manhattan early last week. Google is forgoing the delivery surcharge for the next six months, and New Yorkers who signed up for the service before midnight last Monday also received a $10 spending bonus. So far, participating stores in Manhattan include Costco, Walgreens, Target, and Fairway Market, which for many, could easily kill a week’s worth of errands. There’s apps for both iOS and Android, or users can dial up the service at Google.com/shopping/express, to place an order before 4.30pm. So far, reviews have been positive (as per a casual survey of Twitter), and demand for the service has been brisk. So brisk, in fact, that Google was forced to shut down deliveries by noon on its first day. Further reports indicated Tuesday was rocky for the company…