Thursday, 27 March 2014

The App That lets You Chat Without An Internet OR Phone Connection

The FireChat app, pictured, uses Apple's iOS 7 Multipeer Connectivity Framework to turn create a network of phone users without using mobile signal

FireChat uses hidden iOS feature to relay messages
·         The iOS 7 feature is called Multipeer Connectivity Framework (MCF)
·         It creates what's called a wireless mesh, or peer-to-peer, network
·         Instead of sending messages using a mobile signal, the free app creates its own network where each mobile on it becomes a 'node'
·         This means people in close proximity can message other nodes
·         Messages are also sent over long distance by relaying data from one node to another anonymously
Buried within the settings of Apple’s iOS 7 is a feature that could revolutionise how we communicate.