We back up our macOS installations all the time, so why not do the same for Boot Camp Windows installations? Winclone is a tool that makes Boot Camp backups super-easy. Depending on why or how you use Windows on your Mac, having a backup image can save a significant amount of time when it comes to reinstalling Windows.
Twocanoes Software today released Boot Runner 2, an OS X Startup Manager replacement for one or more Macs. Version 2 adds support for a virtual machine as if it were a startup disk, a feature the Mac has never had before.
LNL Systems will be partnering with Twocanoes Labs to integrate beacons into the solution. Twocanoes Labs will automate the smart sales floor with the industry’s first full range of iBeacons, web service, and proximity apps. Retail associates automatically get notified on their two-way radios when customers are near Bleu Station Beacons from Twocanoes Labs, reducing costs and bringing customer service to a new level.
“This is the only tool I refer to when I’m looking at Boot Camp images. What you can do is take a Sysprep Windows hard drive, and you can basically pull an image from that, package that up, drop it into your JSS [JAMF Software Server], and create your NetBoot image. It is literally as simple as one, two, three, four”
With beacon technology, retailers can track customer journeys throughout the store, share more relevant deals and help shoppers find the products they’re seeking. Twocanoes Software is empowering retailers to implement beacons in their stores with the Bleu Station Beacon Starter Kit.
As grocers deploy beacons and communicate with customers in new ways, it’s critical to focus on creating value for the customer rather than promoting certain items or brands. A random promotion is nowhere near as valuable as discounts on items a customer put on that day’s shopping list or buys regularly. And too many messages about items not of interest may cause customers to uninstall the store app, cutting off that mutually beneficial communication conduit.
Micro-locators tell retailers who just walked in, who needs help in the aisles, and how to provide a better shopping experience.
Allison interviews Timothy Perfitt from Twocanoes Software about their iBeacon products and applications. Timothy explains how iBeacons works and describes their Geohopper app that allows users to share their events with friends. The setting is the Macworld / iWorld 2014 show room floor.
At MacWorld/iWorld this week, IDG featured an iBeacon-enabled scavenger hunt. Developed by Two Canoes Software out of Chicago, it also included a seemingly effective streamlining of the registration process.
I’m using GeoHopper on my iPhone to trigger events when I come into or leave the region of a beacon.
How do you present content on an app that interacts with Bluetooth LE or iBeacons? In most demos, the apps generally present a new view when the user comes within range of specific beacons. Think of this approach as the “pop up window” for a world of beacons.
But we’re always interested in new ways to design the user experience.
Twocanoes has given us an example, with a demo app available on GitHub that uses a TabViewController as the central paradigm. As you move from one beacon (or “station”) to the next, the app flips through the tabs.
Once you have Winclone you simply create an image of your Boot Camp partition and tuck it away on another drive. If you then update Mac OS and find that the Boot Camp partition is no longer available you can create a new Boot Camp partition and restore your Winclone image to it.
Want to get started with iBeacons but don’t know where to start? Have a look at Bleu Station dongles, tiny little Bluetooth LE beacons that you can use at home, the store or even the office.
Recently launched by Two Canoes they’re positioned for large-scale enterprise deployment, but also for a small retail store or even for use at home. They have a great little ecosystem of apps and products: an iOS app that helps you set your beacon up and configure its ID, name and other identifiers; and Geohopper, which lets you push messages out through your beacon.