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The real benefit of LTE Direct vs. other proximity-based technologies

Accuracy. Privacy. Efficiency.

On Tuesday, July 14th, Google announced it was making available its Nearby Messages proximity API for developers, stating the technology can allow data sharing between nearby devices. As much of the things that Google does, it scales upon existing technologies (i.e. iBeacon) and makes them leaner, more accessible, and they usually add a sexy little feature to it. In this case, inaudible sound communication. How reliable is this and will developers embrace it? It still needs to be tested. However, as the pioneers and advocates we are of the LTE Direct technology developed by Qualcomm, we have some interesting arguments to suggest that LTE Direct might have better features and functionality than other technologies.

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What do mobile payments, proximity technology, and shopping have in common? A forecast of the industry

The PSFK manifesto on The Future of Retail 2105 highlights the most important aspects that will improve or change our shopping experience in-store and online. Some of the takeaways are Empower Shoppers, Mobilize Staff, and Deliver Anywhere, among others. The latter, Deliver Anywhere, resonates with us here at Compass.to (in beta..yay!) deeply because it explains how technology can help customers have a better experience when shopping for products.

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Coffee meets Laptop: Proximity based solution to find your best coffee spot

New York is known for its overwhelming number of coffee shops but also for its Starbucks-in-every-corner movement. As an international student, coming from one of the top coffee-makers in the world, Colombia, I was happy to know that in every corner, I was going to find my ever-so-tasteful Colombian coffee. Uh, no. It’s tough to find good, tasting coffee. At least for the pickiest people – as we all know New Yorkers are. With Compass.to, I’ve been able to find and get friends to join me at some of the coolest spots in town to share those coffee-meets-laptop moments. Here are a few.

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What’s up New York students? 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer

Part of our efforts in providing relevant, contextual, and quality content, lie in being able to cut through the internet noise of endless Buzzfeed publications, or ridiculous cat GIF’s, to finally discover all great content happening around us as you read this post. As a former New York student, I wish there could have been a sleek and simple place to go and find out about the best things to do, but also adding a touch of contextual content. Enter Compass.to! We’re here to bring you all the great content and things to do in the city, while giving you a solution to enrich those moments by joining friends in your proximity or sharing stories with photos and music. Here are the 5 things you don’t want to miss this Summer!

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How proximity-based technologies will change the way we experience sports – LTE Direct

World Cup fever

World Cup 2014 set multiple records

Last year we saw how the World Cup in Brazil set multiple records including most saves in a World Cup match by Tim Howard (USA), oldest player in a FIFA World Cup by Faryd Mondragon (Colombia), and most goals scored in a single World Cup (171 goals). Beyond the sport-related records, many more were set in the field of marketing, fan engagement, and interactions. For instance, it was the first event to reach 1 billion interactions on Facebook, most tweets per minute during a single game (618,725 ARG vs. GER) and Lucas Podolski’s (GER) final game selfie got retweeted 93,000 times. Why is this relevant and what does it have to do with proximity-based technologies? Let’s get right to it.

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Compass.to @ NY Tech Day 2015: Silicon Alley’s largest startup science fair

Alex Bierling, CEO & Co-founder of Compass.to at NY Tech Day

Alex Bierling, CEO & Co-founder of Compass.to at NY Tech Day

The first time at everything is always challenging to navigate. As Tania Luna highlights in her new book: Embrace the unpredictable and engineer the unexpected. Last Thursday, April 23rd, was Compass.to’s first time at New York Tech Day, denominated as NY’s largest startup science fair. It was an amazing experience especially because of the vibrant entrepreneurial culture Silicon Alley is living at this point in time. Here’s a recap of our experience and highlights.

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Enormous digital trails need new privacy peace

World Economic Forum 2015 (Source: Getty)

World Economic Forum 2015 (Source: Getty)

Google’s Eric Schmidt was on a panel at the World Economic Forum in 2015 in Davos. One claim grabbed my attention: “The internet will disappear”. He suggested that the internet as we know it to date will simply disappear in everything you’re wearing or interacting with. It will simply be part of our everday life, all the time.

This is not just a forecast. It’s already real and implemented in dozens of different devices of which you don’t even realize their device functionality.

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