inMarket starts seeding grocery stores with presence-detecting iBeacons

Mobile shopping app maker inMarket has rolled out Apple’s iBeacon technology in Safeway and Giant Eagle grocery stores, allowing customers with iPhones(s aapl) and other Bluetooth Low Energy smartphones to use their handsets as proximity-based shopping aides as they peruse the produce. The iBeacons detect where a customer is in a particular store, sending them coupons, alerts and other informational and promotional updates based on that location. inMarket is starting in San Francisco, Seattle and Cleveland, but will expand to grocery stores in other cities in the coming weeks. Shopkick announced a similar initiative with Macy’s last year.

With Presence app, People Power pulls a pivot

Energy management startup People Power is back with a new remote monitoring app designed to reuse old iOS devices as security cameras. It’s a nice app and People Power’s gateway drug to the internet of things.

Being there: 4 situations where human touch is required in work

I often extol the virtues of virtual work. But no matter how much I love virtual, I’m also keenly aware that being remote isn’t always ideal. In my experience, there are four specific situations that should never be handled by phone or email.

3 New Tools for Better Twittering

Unlike some of the other social networking tools, Twitter doesn’t attempt to bundle all kinds of features and extras into its core product. It’s simple, and therein lies its appeal to many. That said, there are times when I need Twitter to do a bit more, and there are no shortage of tools out there to accomplish just that. Here’s a list of three such tools I’ve recently come across, and why I think they’re great for web working. Read More about 3 New Tools for Better Twittering

The Future Of Presence

Presence and availability information has been one of the key enabling technologies for web workers, providing signaling mechanisms for indicating the ability and willingness of users to communicate, whether by instant message, VoIP call, caller ID or even an email auto-responder.

Together presence and status indicators weaved through our various communication channels make teleworking and telecommuting less painless and provide useful ‘social signaling’ that would ordinarily take place in office environments. It’s arguable that time & distance are no longer useful measures of the value or cost of communication, but the richness of contextual signaling available in any one medium.

Personally, I’ve found the most profound innovations in presence, latterly, to be Twitter and to a lesser extent Jaiku. Both provide important mechanisms for richly describing presence location – whether it’s location, activity or even mood…the latter perhaps signaling the solicitation of communication. In Jaiku’s case, it’s not difficult to imagine the universe of Google applications setting and utilizing presence through Jaiku.

Recently, Anthony Townsend of Palo Alto’s Institute for the Future speculated on Telepresence as a Driver for Presence. Townsend writes about the correlation between new communication technologies and long-haul travel, speculating that the arrival of HD videoconferencing and the uptick in fuel prices should be a perfect storm, but improved fidelity is often applied to mundane communication with a premium still attached to in-person meetings when closing down important decisions.

Certainly, HD sports channels are no substitute for watching your favourite team live at a stadium, though such media broadens the appeal and access to physically exclusive events. So despite living at the bleeding edges of human communication, we web workers do place a premium on ‘live’…

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