With its Bluetooth-based iBeacons turned on in all its U.S. stores, Apple is both attempting to improve customer experience and demonstrate its new location-based notification service. While retail is a natural fit for iBeacons, the teachnology has potential well beyond the store or mall. Here are ten other industries and spaces where iBeacons could deliver killer value.
VIDEO: Does this dual-screen Android phone from NEC make any sense?
We've seen a lot of intriguing new phones at this week's Mobile World Congress, including a 7-inch phone/tablet hybrid and the first Firefox phone, but NEC's Medias W may take the cake. Behind the phone's 4.3-inch screen is...a second 4.3 inch screen. Fold them out together and you get a wide-screen that's perfect for watching video or running two apps side-by-side, something that was previously impossible on Android. It's like having a tablet -- albeit split down the middle -- that's as easy to carry as a phone.
BlackBerry has a lot of hurdles to cross to stage a comeback but one in particular might be especially tough to overcome: the operators. My experience getting started with the Z10 shows AT&T, at least, doesn't seem to find the Z10 a priority.