Near Field Communications (NFC — not the football division, either) is an incredibly exploitable technology with mobile devices, whether it be for consumable transactions or creating a bridge between two devices in order to share data. Now, Android users will be able to swap videos and songs with each other, thanks to the doubleTap application, created by the doubleTwist crew.
doubleTwist is headed by at least one familiar entity to those of you who follow the history of the Internet, one Jon Lech Johansen, otherwise known as DVD Jon. In a heads up to Boing Boing, Johansen explained the idea behind doubleTap, which is an update of the doubleTwist application, one that introduced the NFC capabilities to the Android environment:
With doubleTap users can transfer a video or a song simply by tapping two devices together. NFC (Near Field Communication) is used to initiate the sharing and then the actual file transfer happens over WiFi or Bluetooth. We are demoing this powerful feature at our stand at [the Google] I/O…
DVD Jon also reveals the doubleTwist update features AirPlay support, allowing Android users to stream Apple TV to their devices. Since the Android devices are distinctly non-Apple, one wonders how they’ll respond to Apple services appearing on non-Apple devices. Considering their iron-clad control of the iPhone and its applications, it’s not hard to imagine cease and desist requests rearing their heads, requesting such a “harmful” activity — to the Apple brand, anyway — be stopped.
The updated doubleTwist application is available for download at the Android Market, complete with the new attributes. As for the Near Field Communications, and the technology’s ability to facilitate file-sharing, how does the archaic concept of the potentially-upcoming PROTECT IP Act address such capabilities? Considering most of these rulings come from entities who don’t understand and/or want to control the digital world, with a fearful, knee-jerk reaction that could include litigious responses.
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