• Apple Uses Bluetooth LE To Enable Apple TV ‘Touch To Set Up’ Via iOS 7 Devices

    Apple Uses Bluetooth LE To Enable Apple TV ‘Touch To Set Up’ Via iOS 7 Devices

    Apple is leveraging the Bluetooth LE technology that it has been building into every iPhone since the iPhone 4S to enable automatic setup of an Apple TV 3G. Just touch a device running iOS 7 to a newer Apple set-top box to have it automatically set up Wi-Fi networks, region settings and Apple Store accounts. This essentially means — as far as we can tell — that Apple is using… Read More

  • Darrell Etherington Explores Hardware Alley

    Estimote Details iOS 7 iBeacon Support For Its Contextual Proximity Shopping Devices

    Estimote, a Y Combinator graduate and Hardware Alley exhibitor here at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2013, was able to talk about something today that it’s never been able to before: how its product will work with Apple’s new iBeacon tech in iOS 7. iBeacons allow developers to communicate with iOS devices via Bluetooth Low Energy, in order to provide them with contextual info based on… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: Contextual Adults

    Gillmor Gang: Contextual Adults

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Taschek, Kevin Marks, Keith Teare, and Steve Gillmor — settle in for the Labor Day weekend with a tour of a busy news week. Stops along the way include iBeacon in iOS7, Twitter’s thin blue line, the politics of twerking, and devices, devices, devices. Short takes on Bill Gates’ unlikely return, Apple’s iTrade-In offer… Read More

  • Gillmor Gang: IBeacon & Eggs

    Gillmor Gang: iBeacon & Eggs

    The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, John Borthwick, Keith Teare, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — woke up, fell out of bed, dragged a comb filter across our head. Television is going streamland in a big way, and the Emmy nominations of Netflix’ House of Cards are but the most obvious indicator of the transformation. And what Apple has in store for us is becoming tangibly… Read More