This week (short) Pin Drop and Klarna to US, Beacon news from Ifinity (Airbeacon), Sevenval and Sensorberg, the Spanish Shazam,

Social locations app ‘Pin Drop’ launches in US with new features

London: Pin Drop is a locations app which lets you save organise and share locations. It has some new collaborative mapping features and provides  ablilty to have multiple profiles. The app was founded by andy Ashburner in London. Pin Drop is popular among outdoor sports enthusiasts like hikers, skaters, and snow boarders. Among its competitors Findery (frome Flickr cofounder Katerina Fake) which has raised $11m  to do practicaly the same.

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Ifinity introduces AirBeacon – battery-less ibeacon extracting power from ambient electromagnetic waves

Warsaw: Ifinity, a Polish company offering tailor-made ibeacons microlocation services, is the first to introduce AirBeacons which do not require battery power supply. The solution takes away the most serious technology barrier: the necessity of replacing the battery or beacons periodically.

Beacons are small, coin-sized devices. Placed in offices, shopping centers, at stadiums and train stations, they can communicate with our mobile devices, allowing us to interact with objects or services available at the spot or navigating us where GPS navigation is not working. So far Beacons had one weakness: they require an internal power supply from batteries, which created the necessity for replacing them, in some cases even once a year.

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Sevenval and Sensorberg use Beacons for Indoor-Navigation

Vienna: If you are looking to  implement a navigation system, you have different options at your disposition, such as Google maps Where provider like these fail, beacause they rely on a network, Beacon transmitters can provide a solution.

To demonstrate the possible applications, german Sensorberg and Sevenval technologies placed several beacons in showrooms of the renowned Austrian winery Leo Hillinger. The radio signals from the battery-powered transmitter are received by an app that was specially developed for this field experiment. The ID of the sender along with the signal strength provide the position  of the app which is then displayed in a map.

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Klarna to offer its services in US

Sweden: Klarna, the fast growing online payment service from Sweden, which is already active all over Europe, has now set its eyes on the United States for further expansion.

The payment system, which for highly rated users is almost as easy as a handshake, already has many fans in Europe. What remains to be seen is whether the company —valued at more than $1 billion after amassing almost $300 million in venture financing from Sequoia Capital — can expand into the United States and elsewhere, where it has to compete with larger companies like PayPal, that offers a similar service.

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Meet Movielang: the Spanish Shazam

Spain: a group of young Spanish entrepreneurs have launched Movielang, a company specializing in second screen solutions that allows to synchronize media content to any mobile device.

The CEO of the company, Álvaro Mier, said that the intention is "to generate engagement" and adds that this software can be used to "challenge" the viewer to interact with the show or movie, or letting them compete with other users.

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