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SlashGear 101: Apple iBeacon

SlashGear 101: Apple iBeacon

Apple launches iBeacon in its stores today, its hyper-local tracking system which turns iOS 7 smartphones and tablets into mobile terminals capable of interacting with retail displays and flagging up promotions. A much-anticipated feature of iOS 7, iBeacon could well be the next GPS, taking positioning technology indoors and benefiting users and retailers alike, at least in theory. Confused? Read on for the SlashGear 101.

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Bluetooth 4.1 takes on Internet of Things with flexibility boost

Bluetooth 4.1 takes on Internet of Things with flexibility boost

Bluetooth is making a play for being the wireless glue that holds the future smart home together, with the Bluetooth 4.1 Core Specification adding key technologies to support the Internet of Things (IoT). Aiming to make Bluetooth 4.1 more flexible in how devices like wearables, web-enabled appliances, smartphones, and other gadgets reconnect when they move in and out of range, not to mention making data transfer more efficient, the new standard builds on Bluetooth Smart, the low-power version that has proliferated in recent years thanks in no small part to inclusion in the iPhone and iPad.

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Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

Qualcomm Toq smartwatch first-impressions

This week we're getting another look at the Qualcomm Toq smartwatch, a device that was revealed by the processor manufacturer earlier this year. This device was revealed on the same day the Samsung Galaxy Gear was shown off, the Samsung device aimed at consumers, the Qualcomm device directed at a crowd that's made up of more early adopters and developers. Here we've got a device that's essentially the polar opposite of the Pebble smartwatch as well - made to be elite, not for the everyman, and sporting the best of the best in display technology, according to Qualcomm.

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Jawbone Jambox Liquipel option makes Bluetooth speakers water-resistant

Jawbone Jambox Liquipel option makes Bluetooth speakers water-resistant

Beginning today, you can now waterproof -- or, at the very least, water-resist -- your Jambox wireless speakers when you order through the Jawbone website. The treatment option comes by way of a Jawbone partnership with Liquipel, the company responsible for the microscopically thin coating of liquid repellant found in some of today's high-tech devices. The option is available for the regular and mini versions of the Jambox.

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Lumen Bluetooth 4.0 LED bulb takes on Philips hue

Lumen Bluetooth 4.0 LED bulb takes on Philips hue

Color-changing LED lighting is probably the most obvious way of introducing some smart home tech, and though Philips' hue is the best known system, that hasn't stopped startup rivals from trying to take its crown. Lumen turned to crowdfunding to get its TL800 Bluetooth 4.0 bulb off the ground, and now it's headed to store shelves, promising direct control from your iPhone or (select) Android handset.

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Coin features expand as funding goal met in 40 minutes

Coin features expand as funding goal met in 40 minutes

There's a few more pointed features appearing in the digital credit card known as Coin this week, these being shown in conjunction with a note that their initial crowd-funding goal had been met in just 40 minutes, right out the gate. Coin suggests that their funding campaign began at a cool $50,000 and was met in just under 40 minutes, making this campaign one well on its way to crowd-funding history - we'll see at the end of the funding timeframe, of course.

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