Program designed to make users more productive and/or assist them with personal tasks.
Term used to refer to the trend of manufacturers offering computers and devices with technologies that overlap.
Informal Web site consisting of time-stamped articles in a diary or journal format, usually listed in reverse chronological order.
Having a current knowledge and understanding of computers and their uses. See also digital literacy.
Phone that can send picture messages.
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.
Hardware component that enables a computer to send (transmit) and receive data, instructions, and information to and from one or more computers
CPU (central processing unit)
Electronic component on a computer's motherboard that interprets and carries out the basic instructions that operate the computer. See also processor.
computer-aided manufacturing (CAM)
Use of computers to assist with manufacturing processes such as fabrication and assembly.
Collection of unprocessed items, which can include text, numbers, images, audio, and video.
Computer designed so the system unit, input devices, output devices, and any other devices fit entirely on or under a desk or table.
Developer or programmer
Person who writes and modifies computer programs.
Mobile device that allows users to take pictures and stores the photographed images digitally, instead of on traditional film
Having a current knowledge and understanding of computers and their uses. See also computer literacy.
Term large companies use to refer to the use of a huge network of computers that meets their diverse computing needs.
Computer user working for a business that has hundreds or thousands of employees or customers that work in or do business with offices across a region, the country, or the world.
Process of a computer carrying out the instructions in a program.
List that helps a user find answers to commonly asked questions.
Mobile computing device designed for single-player or multiplayer video games.
graphical user interface (GUI)
Type of user interface that allows a user to interact with software using text, graphics, and visual images, such as icons.
Practices that involve reducing the electricity consumed and environmental waste generated when using a computer.
handheld computer or Ultra-Mobile PC (UMPC)
Computer small enough to fit in one hand.
Electric, electronic, and mechanical components contained in a computer.
User who spends time on a computer at home.
Processed data that conveys meaning and is useful to people.
information processing cycle
Series of input, process, output, and storage activities performed by a computer.
Any hardware component that allows users to enter data and instructions into a computer.
Process of setting up software to work with the computer, printer, and other hardware components.
Real-time Internet communication where you exchange messages with other connected users.
Worldwide collection of networks that connects millions of businesses, government agencies, educational institutions, and individuals.
Large, expensive, powerful computer that can handle hundreds or thousands of connected users simultaneously, storing tremendous amounts of data, instructions, and information.
Electronic components in a computer that store instructions waiting to be executed and data needed by those instructions.
Personal computer that a user can carry from place to place.
Computing device small enough for a user to hold in his or her hand.
Users who work on a computer while away from a main office, home office, or school.
Collection of computers and devices connected together, often wirelessly, via communications devices and transmission media, allowing computers to share resources.
notebook or laptop computer
Portable, personal computer designed to fit on a user's lap.
Describes the state of a computer when it is connected to a network.
Online connection to a bank's computer to access account balances, pay bills, and copy monthly transactions to a user's computer.
Use of a computer to buy and sell stocks and bonds online, without using a broker.
online social network or social networking website
Online community that encourages its members to share their interests, ideas, stories, photos, music, and videos with other registered users.
Set of programs that coordinates all the activities among computer hardware devices.
Any hardware component that conveys information to one or more people.
PDA or personal digital assistant
Lightweight mobile device that provides personal information management functions such as a calendar, appointment book, address book, calculator, and notepad.
Computer that can perform all of its input, processing, output, and storage activities by itself and contains a processor, memory, one or more input and output devices, and storage devices.
Photo or other image, sometimes along with sound and text, sent to or from a smart phone or other mobile device.
Recorded audio stored on a Web site that can be downloaded to a computer or a portable media player such as an iPod.
portable media player
Mobile device on which you can store, organize, and play digital media.
User who requires the capabilities of a workstation or other powerful computer, typically working with multimedia applications and using industry-specific software.
Program or software
Series of related instructions that tells a computer what task(s) to perform and how to perform them.
Process of using software.
Computer that controls access to the hardware, software, and other resources on a network and provides a centralized storage area for programs, data, and information.
Internet-enabled telephone that usually also provides personal information management functions.
Hardware used to record (write and/or read) items to and from storage media.
The physical material on which a computer keeps data, instructions, and information.
Fastest, most powerful, and most expensive computer, capable of processing more than 135 trillion instructions in a single second.
Programs that control or maintain the operations of a computer and its device
Case that contains the electronic components of a computer that are used to process data.
Special type of notebook computer that resembles a letter-sized slate, which allows a user to write on the screen using a digital pen.
Work arrangement in which employees work away from a company's standard workplace and often communicate with the office through the computer.
Form of long-distance health care where health-care professionals in separate locations conduct live conferences on the computer.
Surgery in which a surgeon performs an operation on a patient who is not located in the same physical room as the surgeon.
Short note, typically fewer than 300 characters, sent to or from a smart phone or other mobile device.
Type of system software that allows a user to perform maintenance-type tasks usually related to managing a computer, its devices, or its programs.
Short video clip, usually about 30 seconds, sent to or from a smart phone or other mobile device.
Phone that can send video messages.
Web or world wide web
Worldwide collection of electronic documents called Web pages, this is one of the more popular services on the Internet.
Term used to refer to Web sites that provide a means for users to share personal information, allow users to modify Web site content, and have application software built into the site for visitors to use.
Web site that allows users to access and interact with software through a Web browser on any computer or device that is connected to the Internet.
Electronic document on the Web, which can contain text, graphics, audio, and video and often has built-in connections to other documents, graphics, Web pages, or Web sites.
Document on the Web that contains text, graphics, animation, audio, and video.