Tag Archive: nearby


AC Podcast 457: Apple vs. Google vs. encryption; Sonos; Nearby Sharing

It’s a precarious balance between security, privacy, and convenience. A report from Reuters that Apple dropped plans for end-to-end encryption of iCloud backups after the FBI complained helps frame a conversation between Jerry Hildenbrand, Andrew Martonik, and Daniel Bader about the differences in approach between iOS and Android backup strategies. High value hacking targets such as Jeff Bezos also highlight security vulnerabilities.

The crew also discuss backlash against Sonos regarding use of legacy products along side newer devices.  [Read More…]

Android AirDrop competitor Nearby Sharing gets shown off in hands-on video

Formerly known as Fast Share.

What you need to know Google’s AirDrop competitor Nearby Sharing gets shown off in new hands-on video. Developers over at XDA were able to get it enabled and running on multiple devices, including Pixel and OnePlus phones. Nearby Sharing is now one of three different AirDrop clones that are being worked on for Android devices.

AirDrop competitors on Android are all the rage recently. So far, we have Oppo, Vivo, and Xiaomi  [Read More…]

Google’s AirDrop alternative — Nearby Share — is almost ready for launch

The new name reveals some important details about the new service’s scope and purpose.

What you need to know Google has renamed Fast Share to Nearby Share, a name that better fits the upcoming service’s purpose and scope. Nearby Share is similar to Apple’s AirDrop in that it provides a simple way for users to share information between nearby devices. There’s no launch date for the service, and it’s not yet known how Google plans to deliver  [Read More…]

Keep your favorite tunes nearby with SanDisk 32GB flash drive for $8

Convenient and fast.

The SanDisk Ultra 32GB USB 3.0 flash drive is down to $ 7.90 on Amazon. The drive sells for around $ 9 or more usually. While this might not be a huge discount, it is a match for the lowest we’ve seen in a couple years. You can stock up on a few of these and keep the drives for different playlists or an emergency movie stash.

With USB 3.0, the drive has read  [Read More…]

Why don’t I have the new Nearby mode in Pokémon Go?

Why do I only have Sightings in Pokémon Go?

Pokémon tracking has been restored in the latest updated to Pokémon Go! Well, sort of. What used to ready Nearby for some now reads Sightings for all. Instead of footprints telling you roughly how far away some of these critters are, you get a single icon that tells you Pokémon are somewhere within 70 feet of your current location, and you’re going to have to walk around  [Read More…]

Popular Indian mobile wallet MobiKwik goes hyperlocal with ‘Explore Nearby’

The latest update to Indian digital wallet app MobiKwik brings a new hyperlocal aspect: “Explore Nearby.” MobiKwik is one of the leading independent mobile payments networks in India, connecting 30 million users with 50,000 retailers.

This new feature enables discovery of neighborhood stores, restaurants, cafes, et al that accept digital payments. Right away, more than 10,000 MobiKwik partner retail stores — merchants such as Big Bazaar, Barista, Domino’s Pizza, WHSmith India, Archies, Sagar Ratna, and more  [Read More…]

Google Play services 7.8 SDK now available with Nearby Messages, Mobile Vision API and more

Google has completed the rollout of Google Play services 7.8, which brings some new APIs for developers. Included in this release is Nearby Messages, Mobile Vision API, as well as Google Cloud Messaging, and the SDK is now available for developers to download.

Google introduces Nearby, a new way to connect with everything around you

Google has introduced Nearby, a new way for smartphone users to discover and communicate with each other. Nearby will utilize Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and an inaudible sound to establish proximity for the communication. With this new API, people will be able to communicate cross platform between Android and iOS.

Google’s new Nearby Connections API means Second Screen fun with Android TV

Google wants Android TV to be your hub, and your smartphone/tablet to be the controller.

We’re no strangers to Second Screen apps here, especially as they apply to video games. The big thing that pushed Second Screen apps forward in the current generation of apps has been the application of a centralized platform, which is something Microsoft capitalized on with their SmartGlass platform for the Xbox. While this setup works well when you are at  [Read More…]

Google Play Services 7.0 brings Nearby Connections and new Places APIs

Google has announced today that it is rolling out Google Play services version 7.0 which brings developers some new tools for leveraging place information, fitness data, the recently-announced Nearby Connections API, and more.