an electronic device, operating under the control of instructions stored in its own memory, that can accept data, process the data according to specified rules, produce results, and store the results for future use.
information processing cycle
Some people refer to the series of input, process, output, and storage activities of a computer as the ____ processing cycle.
The ____ unit is a case that contains electronic components of the computer that are used to process data.
The ____ is the electronic component that interprets and carries out the basic instructions that operate the computer.
___ consists of electronic components that store instructions waiting to be executed and data needed by those instructions.
A computer keeps data, instructions, and information on ____ media such as hard disks, like the one shown in the accompanying figure, and on USB flash drives, optical discs, and memory cards.
A(n) ____ device records (writes) and/or retrieves (reads) items to and from a USB flash drive, for example.
A(n) ____ device is a hardware component that enables a computer to send (transmit) and receive data, instructions, and information to and from one or more computers.
garbage in garbage out
A computing phrase — known as ____ — points out that the accuracy of a computer's output depends on the accuracy of the input.
____ computing involves reducing the electricity consumed and environmental waste generated when using a computer.
A(n) ____ is a collection of computers and devices connected together, as shown in the accompanying figure, via communications devices and transmission media.
Networks, such as that pictured in the accompanying figure, allow computers to share ____, such as hardware, software, data, and information.
When a computer connects to a network, such as that pictured in the accompanying figure, the computer is ____.
more power, more storage space, but decreased communication capabilities
On a network, the major differences between the server (like the one in the accompanying figure) and the client computers are that the server ordinarily has ____.
By subscribing to a(n) ____, you can use your computer and a communications device, such as a modem, to connect to the many services of the Internet.
A(n) ____ computer is a type of personal computer designed so the system unit, input devices, and any other devices fit entirely on or under a desk or table.
A ____ computer targets a specific audience and offers high-quality audio, video, and graphics with optimal performance for sophisticated single-user and networked or Internet multiplayer games.
Offering the convenience of one-handed operation, a(n) ____ phone is an Internet-enabled telephone that usually also provides PDA capabilities.
Resembling a letter-sized slate, the ____ PC is a special type of notebook computer that allows users to write or draw on the screen.
With a(n) ____, users write on the screen or issue instructions to a Tablet PC, for example, by tapping on the screen.
A(n) ____ is an electronic version of a printed book, readable on computers and other digital devices.
A(n) ____ message is a real-time Internet communication, where you exchange messages with other connected users.
Standard ____ use a handheld controller(s) as an input device; a television screen as an output device; and hard disks, optical discs, and/or memory cards for storage.
A(n) ____ console is a mobile computing device designed for single-player or multiplayer video games.