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wireless technology to transfer data


a CD or DVD writer; can be internal or external

Cloud computing

use of web services to perform functions that were traditionally performed with software on an individual computer; i.e. Flickr, Google Docs, etc.

Compact disk (cd)

an optical storage medium made of molded polymer for electronically recording, storing, and playing back audio, video, text, and other information in digital form; also CD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW

Digital Video Disk (DVD)

an optical disk with a capacity of 47 Gb or more that can hold a full-length commercial movie; also DVD-ROM, DVD±R, DVD±RW, Blu-ray

Drawing software

program used to create vector graphics; provides for freehand as well as geometric shapes

Flash Drive

a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash memory and is lightweight enough to attach to a key chain; also known as a pen drive, keychain drive, thumb drive, jump drive

Flash memory

sometimes called "flash ram"; is solid-state memory that can be erased and reprogrammed; gets its name because the microchip is organized so that a section of memory cells are erased in a single action or "flash"


unit of storage measuring roughly one billion bytes

Image editing software

software designed to edit, manipulate or modify digital photographs


a free-standing electronic system that allows transactions or provides information, such as DVD Rental, ATM, gift registry, photo development, etc.


a unit of storage measuring roughly one million bytes

Optical storage

storage device that records data by burning microscopic holes in the surface of the disk with a laser

Painting software

programs used to create bitmap images; useful in creating original art because they provide the tools used by artists (such as brushes and pens)

Point-and-shoot cameras

a still camera used for simple operations


an input device that converts hard copy, such as photos and documents, to a digital copy

SLR (a single lens reflex) camera

camera that has a detachable lens


a unit of storage measuring roughly one trillion bytes

Universal Serial Bus (USB) port

a connection port used to connect various outside devices, i.e. flash drives, USB cables

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