A feature that enables Google Android-based smartphones, tablets and similar mobile devices to share content with other near-field communication-capable devices by simply touching the devices together and pressing a button on the device sending the content. The Android Beam feature first appeared in the v4.1 “Ice Cream Sandwich” release of Google’s Android mobile operating system, which became available in late 2011.
Android Beam relies on near-field communication (NFC) to “beam,” or transfer, photos, web pages and links, contact details, videos and more between devices. Android Beam can also be used for swipeless or contactless payments and funds transfers.
- getUserMedia API (Chrome browser)
A new feature in the Google Chrome 21 browser that enables the browser to access a user’s webcam and microphone, directly through the browser and not through a third party plugin like Flash. The getUserMedia API is part of a larger effort to enable richer in-browser interactivity, known as WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communications).
- Google Nexus 4
The Google Nexus 4 is a smartphone device developed by Google and LG that was released in November 2012. The Google Nexus 4 can be purchased directly from Google Play with no carrier commitment or contract, although shortages made the smartphone difficult to obtain in the period following its initial release. The Google Nexus 4 […]
A collaborative effort launched and coordinated by the Linux Foundation to build an open source implementation of Middleware Agnostic Messaging APIs (MAMA), which financial services companies use for passing data across messaging applications. First announced in 2011, the OpenMAMA project seeks to standardize and simplify the MAMA APIs that have been around since the early […]
- the Microsoft Surface Pro Tablet
A more powerful version of the Microsoft Surface Tablet that runs the full Windows 8 operating system rather than the scaled-down Windows RT operating system. Officially referred to by Microsoft as the Surface with Windows 8 Pro, the Surface Pro seeks to combine the capabilities of a tablet and a PC in one device by […]
- Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC)
Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC) lets you set up a private cloud (a private, isolated section) within the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing service. Using Amazon VPC, organizations can launch AWS resources in a virtual network topology. Amazon VPC provides organizations complete control over the virtual networking environment, including selection of your own […]