iOS Significant Location Change (SLC) in iOS 7.0 and 7.1

Since the introduction of iOS 4.0, in which multitasking was first introduced to the platform, Apple included a feature known as Significant Location Change (SLC) that would allow the OS to 'wake-up' a suspended or killed app to notify it that the device has physically move a 'significant distance'. When woken up, the app would be allowed to run for a minimal amount of time in the background to perform whatever location-oriented task it has to do, and then the OS would suspend the app again. Though straightforward in concept, the actual implementation of SLC was a bit of dark...

By Matt Vlasach, 19 May 2014, 0 comments. Categories: Apple iOS, Developers, Location.

Why iBeacons has developers excited about Bluetooth Low Energy

The iPhone 4S was the first commercial product to ship with Bluetooth 4.0. At the time, the technology got some attention from industry observers who speculated about its potential - especially around a new technology called Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE). Since it was released devices such as FitBit, UP and the Pebble SmartWatch have helped to demonstrate some of the possibilities of the technology. With iOS 7, Apple is extending the possibilities of BLE with iBeacons.

BLE?

Originally a Nokia...

By Mubaloo, 07 October 2013, 2 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Developers, Devices, Location.

Is ‘iBeacons’ the unexpected (awesome) iOS7 feature?

Along with every major iOS release arrives a host of new APIs; many of the best enhancements aren’t on display to the public, but underlying waiting for developers to create fantastic applications which utilise them.

‘iBeacons’ could be one of the most game-changing.

Apple likes to boast new major features and then move on to a presentation slide with a variety of the smaller additions. This year, many noticed iBeacons, but had little explanation to its usage; now some developers have...

By Ryan Daws, 19 June 2013, 0 comments. Categories: Apple, Apple iOS, Code, Developers, Industry, Location, Platforms, Testing.

TomTom launches digital mapping developer platform

Digital mapping firm TomTom has launched a Location Based Services (LBS) Platform and Developer Portal to allow developers to harness its location technology for web and mobile app creation.

The company has long been one of the leaders in the field, providing maps, navigation and traffic information to all sorts of devices and interfaces for over 20 years. It provides mapping for some of the leaders in mobile, names like RIM, Apple and HTC.

However, the increasing power of mapping and navigation services that...

By Matt Henkes, 16 November 2012, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Location.

More open data required for future location apps

Large organisations like transport operators have a wealth of data that needs to be opened up to location app developers, according to Phillip Gontier, VP and GM of Poynt, an award winning local search app.

Speaking on a geo-location panel at Apps World Europe this week, Gontlier said he wanted to see a lot of organisations open their data up to developers.

Imagine what could be done ahead of the 2012 olympics if developers could get their hands on the information that Transport for London holds, he said....

By Matt Henkes, 01 December 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Developers, Location, Marketing.

Location, Location, Location

It’s amazing how many companies won’t do business with you because you’re not in the same city, town or region. Despite the advancements in technology and travel it’s still peoples preference to have a supplier close to them.

But does having a supplier in the same town actually mean you get to see them, in person more often? I’d really like to see the stats on this as I bet this isn’t the case.

Our account managers travel the length and breadth of the country offering...

By 3Squared, 11 July 2011, 0 comments. Categories: Location.