Technology Jargon

We may be happy to use technology and tap away at our tablets and PCs but have do we understand the language that has evolved around the hardware and software?  Here are a few explanations of some to the jargon frequently used.

Blu-Ray – A format of DVD designed for the storage of high-definition video and data.

Bluetooth – A standard for the short-range wireless interconnection of mobile phones, computers, and other electronic devices.

Cache – collection of items of the same type stored in a hidden or inaccessible place, such as your computer.

eBay – A website providing the facility to buy and sell items.

eReader – This is a type of handheld computer which enables you to store and read thousands of books on one device.

Facetime – This is a programme created by Apple to be able to talk to someone via video link using an Apple product – I.E. Apple Mac computer, iPhone, iPad tablet, etc.  Similar to Skype

HD – High Definition – this is how many vertical lines there are within the screen of your television or computer monitor. It’s classed as HD or High Definition when there are more than 720 lines. Simply this means the picture you see will be clearer and more defined.

Skype – Software enabling  a spoken conversation with someone over the Internet using the software application Skype, frequently also viewing by webcam.  This is an example of VOIP or voice over internet  protocol.

Smartphone – A mobile phone that performs many of the functions of a computer, typically having a touch screen interface, Internet access, and an operating system capable of running downloaded applications

Smart TV – This is a television set or set-top box with integrated Internet and Web 2.0 features, and is an example of technological convergence between computers and television sets and set-top boxes.

Tablet – This is the term used to describe a handheld computer – usual with Touchscreen function and the ability to surf the internet.

Touchscreen – The ability to function a phone/tablet without pressing buttons, but using your finger directly on the screen.

Wi Fi – A facility allowing computers, smartphones, or other devices to connect to the Internet or communicate with one another wirelessly within a particular area.