http: http stands for ‘Hypertext Transfer (or Transport) Protocol, which is the data transfer used on the World Wide Web. In terms that other people and myself might understand, it is always seen at the beginning of a URL link when using the internet. HTTP is used when you enter a URL into the internet it send a http command to the web server to fetch the requested web page.
Definition found at: http://www.google.co.uk/#hl=en&safe=active&q=HTTP&tbs=dfn:1&tbo=u&sa=X&ei=
wap: In long terms this stands for ‘Wireless Application Protocol’ which was a set of protocols for connecting cellular phones and other radio devices to the internet. It is and was used when people wanted to link into the internet and use various different features that required the web, these would be.
- Email by mobile phone
- Tracking of stock-market prices
- Sports results
- News headlines
- Music downloads
This definition was found using the Dictionary App on the Mac and this link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wireless_Application_Protocol
gsm: Stands for Global Systems for Mobile Communications, formally known as Groupe Spécial Mobile. It was created to describe protocols for second generation (2G) digital cellular networks used by mobile phone, it replaced 1G.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gsm
3G: Short for 3rd Generation stands for the third generation of mobile telecommunications technology. 3G is used in applications such as wireless voice telephony, mobile internet access, fixed wireless internet access, video calls and mobile TV, allowing users to do all of this on the go, without a wi-fi connection.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/3g
mms: Short for Multimedia Messaging Service. Which is the standard way of sending a message to someone with multimedia content inside it, to and from mobile phones. The most popular reason for using mms is to send pictures to one another, but it has been known to be used for sending ringtones, etc from one person to another.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Multimedia_Messaging_Service
GPRS: Is short for General Packet Radio Service. This is a mobile data service on the 2G AND 3G cellular communications system’s global system for mobile communications (GSM). GPRS was originally standardized by European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI). It is maintained by the 3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP)
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gprs
Bluetooth: Is a proprietary open wireless technology standard for exchanging data over small distances with other people. Using radio transmissions in the ISM band from 2400-2480 MHz) from fixed and mobile devices, which has created personal area networks (PAN) with high levels of security. It was created by Ericsson in 1994.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bluetooth
ADSL: Is short for Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line. It is a type of digital subscriber line technology, a data communications technology that enables faster data transmission over copper telephone lines rather than a conventional voiceband modem can provide. It is able to do this by utilizing the frequencies that are not used by a voice telephone call.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adsl
Broadband: This is used to refer to the wide bandwidth characteristics of a transmission medium and it’s ability to transport multiple signals and traffic types simultaneously. The medium can be a coax, optical fiber, twisted pair or wireless. Before home broadband we had to use dial up for internet access, which was the only way that we could access the internet and download files such as songs, movies, emails and more. Dial up was a huge inconvenience to us, because of the unco-operation that it had with the telephone line.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broadband
voIP: Is short for Voice Over IP. Commonly refers to the communications protocols, technologies, methodologies and transmission techniques involved in the delivery of voice communications and multimedia sessions over internet protocol networks such as the internet. Things commonly association with voIP are IP telephony, internet telephony, voice over broadband, broadband telephony, IP communications and broadband phone. The services include:
- and/or voice messaging applications
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/VolP
Wi-Fi: Is a popular technology that allows our electronic devices to exchange data wirelessly using radio waves over a computer network; including high-speed internet connections. Some of the devices that can use Wi-Fi are:
- Personal Computers
- Video Game Consoles
- Digital Audio Player
It connects through an access point and this can have a range of about 20 meters.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wi-fi
4G: In telecommunications, 4G is the known as fourth generation of cell phone/mobile communications standards. It is the successor of the third generation (3G) standards. This new system is going to provide mobile ultra broadband internet access. For example to laptops with USB wireless modems, to smartphones and to other mobile devices. Conceivable applications include amended:
- Mobile Web Access
- IP Technology
- Gaming Services
- High Definition Mobile TV
- Video Conferencing
- 3D Television
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/4g
Fiber Optic: Is a method of transmitting information from one place to another by sending pulses of light through an optical fiber. The light forms an electromagnetic carrier wave that is modulated to carry information. Fiber-Optic communication systems have revolutionised the telecommunications industry and played a major role in the advent of the information age.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiber-optic_communication
Email: Electronic mail, also known as email or e-mail, is a method of exchanging digital messages from another person to one or more different recipients. Now it operates over the internet and other computer networks. Older versions of e-mailing required both of the author and the recipients be online at the same time, which it has in common with instant messaging. Today’s e-maling systems is based on a store-and-forward model.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email
IM: Short for Instant Messaging, which is a form of communication over the internet, that offers the audience a quick transmission of text based messages from one sender to another. It can either be used in a private way such as FaceBook chat, but there are places where you can IM with people in a open way, with people from all over the world. More advanced instant messaging now allows us to communicate with other senders in different ways such as live voice, video calling or video chat with people over the internet.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instant_messaging
SMS: Also know as Short Messaging Service, is a text messaging service component of phone, web or mobile communication systems using standardized communications protocols that allow the exchange of short text messages between fixed line or mobile phone devices. It is the most widely used data application in the world, with 3.6 billion active users, totaling to 78% of all mobile phone subscribers.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SMS
Bulletin Boards: Known widely as either a pin board or a notice board, which is surface that is intended for the posting of public messages. As an example it could be used to advertise something for sale, or if something is wanted, event announcements, or just to provide some sort of information.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulletin_boards
Discussion Forums: An internet forum or message board, is an online discussion site where users of the internet can hold conversations in the form of posted messages. They different from chat rooms in that messages are at least temporarily archived. Also, depending on the access level of a user or the forum set-up, on sites such as these a message might have to be approved by a moderator before it becomes visible.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Discussion_forum
Weblogs (blogs): Is a discussion or information site published on the World Wide Web and consisting of discrete entries, known as posts, typically displayed in reverse chronological order (the most recent things that have been posted appearing first). Until 2009, blogs were usually work of single person, occasionally of a small group, themed on single subject. But now ‘multi-author blogs’ have been developed, with posts that have been written by a large number of different authors and professionally edited.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weblog
Newsgroup: A usenet newsgroup is a repository usually within the Usenet system, for messages posted from many different uses in separate locations. The term may be confusing to some, because it is in fact a discussion group. Newsgroups are technically distinct from but functionally similar to discussion forums on the World Wide Web. They are much like old message boards, or pin boards.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Newsgroup
Internet Telephony: Is a category of hardware and software that enables people to be able to use the internt as a transmission medium for telephone calls. For the users that have free, fixed price internet access or internet telephony software essentially provides people with free telephone calls anywhere in the world. To date though, internet telephony is not as good as an actual telephone call to someone through a mobile or other phone device.
Definition found at: http://www.webopedia.com/TERM/I/Internet_telephony.html
Conferencing (video and audio): Web conferencing refer to a service that allows conferencing events to be shared with remote locations. The service is made possible by the internet technologies that are available to us, especially on TCP/IP connections. This service allows real time, point-to-point communications as well as multicastcommunications from one sender to many receivers. It offers information of text based messages, voice and video chat to be shared simultaneously, across geographically dispersed locations.
Definition found at: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Web_conferencing