We're not big fans of bulls**t bingo here at pulse8, but here's a summary of hot buzz words currently doing the rounds within the world of development.
Cloud computing is a term used to describe computer hardware and software provided for you as a service by another company and accessed seamlessly via the Internet. Cloud computing is increasingly used to replace computer hardware and software sitting on your desktop, or somewhere inside your company's network.
Pulse8 were early adopters of cloud computing which now plays a major part in the efficient running of the business and communication with clients. We’re reliant on cloud software for Accounting, Project Management, Support Ticketing, Banking, File Storage, Software (Adobe Suite) and Email - pretty much everything to make our business tick is in the cloud.
A responsive web design automatically adapts the content of a website to the screen size of your tablet, smartphone, desktop, tv or any other device than can access the internet. A responsive design for the emerging ‘iWatch’ market will prove interesting!
Augmented reality sounds rather abstract and alien but it's actually rather simple. Augmented reality is actually a mixture of real life and virtual reality. Real life subjects enhanced with interactive, topical, relevant background information.
Near Field Communications (NFC) is a contactless, Wi-Fi / Bluetooth style tech that enables the transfer of small amounts of data between two devices held a few centimetres from each other. You may have already unwittingly encountered NFC when using a contactless debit card but with many smartphones now NFC enabled you can expect this to become a feature of everyday life in the near future.
Big data refers to large amounts of data, typically of billions or trillions of records and requiring 'supercomputers' to process the data. The volume of data, the huge ability to collect data and the vast, diverse amount of data that computers can now collect all form part of the equation that is referred to as Big Data.
An API is an Application Programming Interface. In layman terms, an Api is a public part of a reusable piece of code that allows different systems to interact. A good API makes it easier to develop a program by providing all the building blocks. A programmer then puts the blocks together.
OK, it's pushing it to call this a buzz word, irritating yes, and unfortunately one we all hear quite a lot. Wikipedia has a Selfie down as "a self-portrait photograph, typically taken with a hand-held digital camera or camera phone." No mention of slightly nauseating then.