Mobile geek speak

Are you a real Know-IT-All? Each day, we'll challenge you with a mobile term to find out. How many can you guess without peeking?

Are you a real Know-IT-All? Each day, we'll challenge you with a mobile term to find out. How many can you guess without peeking?

Friday, April 23, 2004
This range of the radio spectrum is the band extending from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. What is it?

Thursday, April 22, 2004
A device that receives a digital signal on an electromagnetic or optical transmission medium and regenerates the signal along the next leg of the medium. What is it?

Wednesday, April 21, 2004
In the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model of communication, this layer is one of two sublayers of the Data Link Control layer and is concerned with sharing the physical connection to the network among several computers. What is it?

Tuesday, April 20, 2004
The disruption of operation of an electronic device when it is in the vicinity of an electromagnetic field (EM field) in the radio frequency (RF) spectrum that is caused by another electronic device. What is it?

Monday, April 19, 2004
A large balloon that hovers in a fixed position in the lower stratosphere and carries one or more repeaters for wireless communications. What is it?

Friday, April 16, 2004
A system that replaces the hardware keyboard on a computing device with an on-screen image map. What is it?

Thursday, April 15, 2004
An interruption of wireless communication signals as a result of rain or snow droplets whose separation approximates the signal wavelengths. What is it?

Wednesday, April 14, 2004
The transition for any given user of signal transmission from one base station to a geographically adjacent base station as the user moves around. What is it?

Tuesday, April 13, 2004
A way to use a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or individual users with secure access to their organization's network. What is it?

Monday, April 12, 2004
A handheld device made by RIM (Research In Motion) that competes with another popular handheld, the Palm, and is marketed primarily for its wireless e-mail handling capability. What is it?

Friday, April 9, 2004
A portable reading device about the size of a paperback book that promises to be the first usable, mass-marketed "electronic book. What is it?

Thursday, April 8, 2004
One of two sublayers of the Data Link Control layer and is concerned with sharing the physical connection to the network among several computers. What is it?

Wednesday, April 7, 2004
A "constellation" of 24 well-spaced satellites that orbit the Earth and make it possible for people with ground receivers to pinpoint their geographic location. What is it?

Tuesday, April 6, 2004
A standard for the transmission and reception of application-related information in a wireless communications system. What is it?

Monday, April 5, 2004
Code-named "Mira", this term is a portable PC monitor that can be carried from room to room in your house, connecting wirelessly to your computer for web-surfing and other activities that require little or no keyboard activity. What is it?

Friday, April 2, 2004
An Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard communications protocol that is designed to allow mobile device users to move from one network to another while maintaining their permanent IP address. What is it?

Thursday, April 1, 2004
The use of telecommunication to work outside the traditional office or workplace, usually at home (SOHO) or in a mobile situation. What is it?

Wednesday, March 31, 2004
A security protocol, specified in the IEEE Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) standard, 802.11b, that is designed to provide a wireless local area network (WLAN) with a level of security and privacy comparable to what is usually expected of a wired LAN. What is it?

Tuesday, March 30, 2004
A grass roots effort to create a standard iconography for public Wi-Fi access. What is it?

Monday, March 29, 2004
The trade name for a popular personal digital assistant (PDA), a form of handheld device that is also known as a palmtop computer. What is it?

Friday, March 26, 2004
A variation of drive-by hacking in which the perpetrators gain access to a vulnerable wireless local area network (WLAN) and use that access to send huge volumes of spam. What is it?

Thursday, March 25, 2004
The popular term for a high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN). What is it?

Wednesday, March 24, 2004
A wireless messaging system for location-specific rather than recipient-specific messages. What is it?

Tuesday, March 23, 2004
A product or service that is designed, supplied, built, or installed fully complete and ready to operate. What is it?

Monday, March 22, 2004
The use of portable computing devices (such as laptop and handheld computers) in conjunction with mobile communications technologies to enable users to access the Internet and data on their home or work computers from anywhere in the world. What is it?

Friday, March 19, 2004
The operation of wireless devices or systems in fixed locations such as homes and offices. What is it?

Thursday, March 18, 2004
This type of system usually operates in the ultra-high-frequency (UHF) or microwave part of the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum, and is used to detect the position and/or movement of objects. What is it?

Wednesday, March 17, 2004
A communications technology developed by 3GPP (Third Generation Partnership Project) that allows users to exchange multimedia communications between capable mobile phones and other devices. What is it?

Tuesday, March 16, 2004
The process of converting encrypted data back into its original form, so it can be understood. What is it?

Monday, March 15, 2004
Formerly called HDML (Handheld Devices Markup Languages), this is a language that allows the text portions of Web pages to be presented on cellular telephones and personal digital assistants (PDAs) via wireless access. What is it?

Friday, March 12, 2004
A term for any small mobile hand-held device that provides computing and information storage and retrieval capabilities for personal or business use, often for keeping schedule calendars and address book information handy. What is it?

Thursday, March 11, 2004
A type of program that automates business tasks such as inventory control, sales processing, and tracking of customer interactions, as well as analyzing sales forecasts and performance. What is it?

Wednesday, March 10, 2004
A Japanese term that refers, in general, to cellular telephone sets, particularly the handheld variety, and their associated hardware, programming, and services. What is it?

Tuesday, March 9, 2004
This faster version of the Global System for Mobile (GSM) wireless service, is designed to deliver data at rates up to 384 Kbps and enable the delivery of multimedia and other broadband applications to mobile phone and computer users. What is it?

Monday, March 8, 2004
This term has been used to describe a specific frequency range set aside by the U.S. FCC for mobile or radio services, including paging systems, from 50 cps to 64 Kbps. What is it?

Friday, March 5, 2004
A unit of alternating current (AC) or electromagnetic (EM) wave frequency equal to one thousand million hertz (1,000,000,000 Hz). What is it?

Thursday, March 4, 2004
A set of wireless local area network (WLAN) communication standards primarily used in European countries. What is it?

Wednesday, March 3, 2004
A term that refers to alternating current (AC) having characteristics such that, if the current is input to an antenna, an electromagnetic (EM) field is generated suitable for wireless broadcasting and/or communications. What is it?

Tuesday, March 2, 2004
A security protocol, specified in the IEEE Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) standard, 802.11b, that is designed to provide a wireless local area network (WLAN) with a level of security and privacy comparable to what is usually expected of a wired LAN. What is it?

Monday, March 1, 2004
A specification for a set of communication protocols to standardize the way that wireless devices, such as cellular telephones and radio transceivers, can be used for Internet access. What is it?

Friday, Feb. 27, 2004
A method of preventing a network from sending packets through a route that has become invalid. What is it?

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2004
A technology that allows programmers to use the Java programming language and related tools to develop programs for mobile wireless information devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). What is it?

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2004
The interconnection of information technology devices within the range of an individual person, typically within a range of 10 meters. What is it?

Tuesday, Feb. 24, 2004
This is the range of the radio spectrum is the band extending from 30 MHz to 300 MHz. The wavelengths corresponding to these limit frequencies are 10 meters and 1 meter. What is it?

Monday, Feb. 23, 2004
Unlike the analog cordless phones you may have in your home, this is a digital wireless telephone technology that is expected to make cordless phones much more common in both businesses and homes in the future. What is it?

Friday, Feb. 20, 2004
A device that receives a digital signal on an electromagnetic or optical transmission medium and regenerates the signal along the next leg of the medium. What is it?

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2004
The largest amount of data, specified in bytes, that a computer or communications device can handle in a single, unfragmented piece. What is it?

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2004
The provision of high-speed Internet access for mobile PC users in need of temporary service in public places. What is it?

Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2004
Based on the Microsoft Windows operating system, but designed for including or embedding in mobile and other space-constrained devices. What is it?

Monday, Feb. 16, 2004
A portable PC monitor that can be carried from room to room in your house, connecting wirelessly to your computer for web-surfing and other activities that require little or no keyboard activity. What is it?

Friday, Feb. 13, 2004
A local area network (LAN) that employs one of two connection arrangements, full mesh topology or partial mesh topology. What is it?

Thursday, Feb. 12, 2004
This technology uses voice recognition and speech synthesis technologies to enable users to access their e-mail from any telephone. What is it?

Wednesday, Feb. 11, 2004
An organic light emitting device (OLED) built on a flexible base material, such as clear plastic film or reflective metal foil, instead of the usual glass base. What is it?

Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2004
A term coined by Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen to describe a new technology that unexpectedly displaces an established technology. What is it?

Monday, Feb. 9, 2004
A battery- or AC-powered personal computer generally smaller than a briefcase that can easily be transported and conveniently used in temporary spaces such as on airplanes, in libraries, temporary offices, and at meetings. What is it?

Friday, Feb. 6, 2004
The use of portable computing devices (such as laptop and handheld computers) in conjunction with mobile communications technologies to enable users to access the Internet and data on their home or work computers from anywhere in the world. What is it?

Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004
A type of user authentication that uses voiceprints and pattern recognition software to verify a speaker. What is it?

Wednesday, Feb. 4, 2004
A technology that allows programmers to use the Java programming language and related tools to develop programs for mobile wireless information devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). What is it?

Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004
A variant of the dipole antenna, designed for use with an unbalanced feed line such as coaxial cable. What is it?

Monday, Feb. 2, 2004
A small telecommunications device that receives (and, in some cases, transmits) alert signals and/or short messages. What is it?

Friday, Jan. 30, 2004
A product that is used to animate digital images of people (or other creatures) for video presentations in which the characters appear to talk. What is it?

Thursday, Jan. 29, 2004
The practice of taking a picture with a built-in camera on a mobile phone or other handheld device and sending it to another mobile device or an e-mail recipient. What is it?

Wednesday, Jan. 28, 2004
Used for the transmission and reception of microwave signals, this antenna derives its name from the characteristic flared appearance. What is it?

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2004
A wireless technology for transmitting large amounts of digital data over a wide spectrum of frequency bands with very low power for a short distance. Also known as ultra wideband. What is it?

Monday, Jan. 26, 2004
A satellite communications system that serves home and business users. An end user needs a box that interfaces between the user's computer and an outside antenna with a transceiver. What is it?

Friday, Jan. 23, 2004
A technology used in digital cellular telephone communication that divides each cellular channel into three time slots in order to increase the amount of data that can be carried. What is it?

Thursday, Jan. 22, 2004
An industry group organized in 1989 to promote standards for a credit card-size memory or I/O device that would fit into a personal computer, usually a notebook or laptop computer. What is it?

Wednesday, Jan. 21, 2004
This term refers to use of the World Wide Web through a wireless device, such as a cellular telephone or personal digital assistant (PDA). What is it?

Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2004
A broadcasting and communications service that operates in the ultra-high-frequency (UHF) portion of the radio spectrum between 2.1 and 2.7 GHz. What is it?

Monday, Jan. 19, 2004
In voice over IP (VoIP), this is a shared data area where voice packets can be collected, stored, and sent to the voice processor in evenly spaced intervals. What is it?

Friday, Jan. 16, 2004
The geographical area covered by a cellular telephone transmitter. What is it?

Thursday, Jan. 15, 2004
A wireless personal computer (PC) that allows a user to take notes using natural handwriting with a stylus or digital pen on a touch screen. What is it?

Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2004
This term describes a growing industry sector resulting from the convergence of two trends: wireless communications and the outsourcing of services. What is it?

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2004
A wireless network architecture that specifies a framework for the fixed equipment necessary to support all the wireless terminals in a packet-switched, radio-based communication system. What is it?

Monday, Jan. 12, 2004
The computer operating system that provides a software platform for the Palm series of handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) made by Palm Inc. What is it?

Friday, Jan. 9, 2004
The ability of a mobile customer to retain the same phone number when they switch carriers. What is it?

Thursday, Jan. 8, 2004
A grass roots effort to create a standard iconography for public Wi-Fi access. What is it?

Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2004
This service is the ability to get access to the Internet when away from home at the price of a local call or at a charge considerably less than the regular long-distance charges. What is it?

Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2004
A network point that acts as an entrance to another network. What is it?

Monday, Jan. 5, 2004
In a wireless local area network (WLAN), this is a station that transmits and receives data (sometimes referred to as a transceiver). What is it?

Wednesday, Dec. 31, 2003
The act of locating and possibly exploiting connections to wireless local area networks while driving around a city or elsewhere. What is it?

Monday, Dec. 29, 2003
A developing IEEE standard for security in a wireless local area network (WLAN). A subset of this standard called Wi-Fi Protected Access became available in the early part of 2003. What is it?

Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2003
A family of specifications for wireless local area networks (WLANs) developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). What is it?

Monday, Dec. 22, 2003
This term describes the state of wireless technology and capability usually associated with General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) - that is, between the second and third generations of wireless technology. What is it?

Friday, Dec. 19, 2003
A wireless technology for transmitting large amounts of digital data over a wide spectrum of frequency bands with very low power for a short distance. What is it?

Thursday, Dec. 18, 2003
An ITU standard derived from code-division multiple access (CDMA), is officially known as IMT-2000 direct spread. WCDMA is a third-generation (3G) mobile wireless technology offering much higher data speeds to mobile and portable wireless devices than commonly offered in today's market. What is it?

Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2003
A wireless messaging system for location-specific rather than recipient-specific messages. What is it?

Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2003
A type of short-wave analog or digital telecommunication in which a subscriber has a wireless connection from a mobile telephone to a relatively nearby transmitter. What is it?

Monday, Dec. 15, 2003
A technology that incorporates a wireless local area network (wireless LAN or WLAN) into a wired wide-area network. What is it?

Friday, Dec. 12, 2003
The division of the frequency band allocated for wireless cellular telephone communication into 30 channels, each of which can carry a voice conversation or, with digital service, carry digital data. What is it?

Thursday, Dec. 11, 2003
A point-of-sale payment made through a mobile device, such as a cellular telephone, a smartphone, or a personal digital assistant (PDA). What is it?

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2003
Any wireless communications system intended for use by terrestrial subscribers in vehicles or on foot. What is it?

Tuesday, Dec. 9, 2003
Qualcomm's open source application development platform for wireless devices equipped for code division multiple access (CDMA) technology. What is it?

Monday, Dec. 8, 2003
A handheld device made by RIM (Research In Motion) that competes with another popular handheld, the Palm, and is marketed primarily for its wireless e-mail handling capability. What is it?

Friday, Dec. 5, 2003
The ability to get access to a computer or a network from a remote distance, via wireless technologies, DSL or cable modems. What is it?

Thursday, Dec. 4, 2003
This technology incorporates a wireless local area network (wireless LAN or WLAN) into a wired wide-area network. What is it?

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 2003
Known as next-generation e-commerce, this is the buying and selling of goods and services through wireless handheld devices such as cellular telephone and personal digital assistants (PDAs). What is it?

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2003
The popular term for a high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN), this technology is rapidly gaining acceptance in many companies as an alternative to a wired LAN. What is it?

Monday, Dec. 1, 2003
This digital mobile telephone system, used widely in Europe, uses a variation of time division multiple access (TDMA) and is the most widely used of the three digital wireless telephone technologies (along with TDMA and CDMA). What is it?

Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2003
A geographically dispersed telecommunications network. The term distinguishes a broader telecommunication structure from a local area network. What is it?

Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2003
Often referred to by its abbreviation, HT, this is a handheld, portable two-way radio transceiver. What is it?

Monday, Nov. 24, 2003
This is a protocol developed as a subset of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to support mobile connections. What is it?

Friday, Nov. 21, 2003
The informal name for the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), a system that will offer users anywhere in the world "near pinpoint" geographic positioning when it becomes fully operational by 2008. What is it?

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2003
The type of battery most commonly used in portable computers, camcorders, portable drills, and other small battery-powered devices, having an effective and even power discharge. What is it?

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2003
This industry-sponsored organization set up in 1993 to create international standards for the hardware and software used in infrared communication links. What is it?

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2003
This type of system usually operates in the ultra-high-frequency (UHF) or microwave part of the radio-frequency (RF) spectrum, and is used to detect the position and/or movement of objects. What is it?

Monday, Nov. 17, 2003
In cellular telephone communications, this is the radio-frequency portion of the circuit between the cellular phone set or wireless modem (usually portable or mobile) and the active base station. What is it?

Friday, Nov. 14, 2003
A service for sending messages of up to 160 characters (224 characters if using a 5-bit mode) to mobile phones that use Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication. What is it?

Thursday, Nov. 13, 2003
This is a technology used in digital cellular telephone communication that divides each cellular channel into three time slots in order to increase the amount of data that can be carried. What is it?

Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2003
Often compared to Wireless Markup Language (WML), this is a language that allows the text portions of Web pages to be presented on cellular telephones and personal digital assistants (PDA) via wireless access. What is it?

Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2003
Programming or files that are developed for the purpose of doing harm, including computer viruses, worms, and Trojan horses. What is it?

Monday, Nov. 10, 2003
This technology incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object, animal, or person. What is it?

Friday, Nov. 7, 2003
This term refers to the operation of wireless devices or systems in fixed locations such as homes and offices. What is it?

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2003
This is a battery-operated writing instrument that allows the user to digitally capture a handwritten note or drawing. What is it?

Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2003
This describes the state of wireless technology and capability usually associated with General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) -- that is, between the second and third generations of wireless technology. What is it?

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003
Also known as a spontaneous network, this is a local area network or other small network, especially one with wireless or temporary plug-in connections, in which some of the network devices are part of the network only for the duration of a communications session or, in the case of mobile or portable devices, while in some close proximity to the rest of the network. What is it?

Monday, Nov. 3, 2003
For users of portable computers equipped for wireless, this is a company providing Internet connection and virtual private network (VPN) access from a given location. What is it?

Friday, Oct. 31, 2003
This organization describes itself as "the world's largest technical professional society -- promoting the development and application of electrotechnology and allied sciences for the benefit of humanity, the advancement of the profession, and the well-being of our members." What is it?

Thursday, Oct. 30, 2003
This is a technology that allows programmers to use the Java programming language and related tools to develop programs for mobile wireless information devices such as cellular phones and personal digital assistants (PDAs). What is it?

Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2003
This is a Japanese term that refers, in general, to cellular telephone sets, particularly the handheld variety, and their associated hardware, programming, and services. What is it?

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2003
These are services that exploit knowledge about where an information device user is located. For example, the user of a wireless-connected smartphone could be shown ads specific to the region the user is traveling in. What is it?

Monday, Oct. 27, 2003
This is an Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) standard communications protocol that is designed to allow mobile device users to move from one network to another while maintaining their permanent IP address. What is it?

Friday, Oct. 24, 2003
This is a network that interconnects users with computer resources in a geographic area or region larger than that covered by even a large local area network (LAN) but smaller than the area covered by a wide area network (WAN). What is it?

Thursday, Oct. 23, 2003
This is the use of portable computing devices (such as laptop and handheld computers) in conjunction with mobile communications technologies to enable users to access the Internet and data on their home or work computers from anywhere in the world. What is it?

Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003
This is a machine designed for a specific function that also has a built-in Web-enabled computer. Internet appliances include small devices created especially for e-mail and Web surfing, as well as such diverse products as personal digital assistants (PDAs), smart phones, Web TV, and Web-enabled refrigerators and microwaves. What is it?

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003
This refers to the combined use of two technologies -- conventional radio-frequency (RF) wireless and optical fiber -- for telecommunication. What is it?

Monday, Oct. 20, 2003
This is a roughly spherical region that surrounds a portable or handheld digital wireless device operated by a person. The region moves along with the person and has a radius of 10 meters (33 feet). What is it?

Friday, Oct. 17, 2003
This is a credit card-size memory or I/O device that connects to a personal computer, usually a notebook or laptop computer. Probably the most common example of this term is the 28.8 Kbps modem for notebook computers. What is it?

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2003
This is a technology that incorporates the use of electromagnetic or electrostatic coupling in the radio frequency (RF) portion of the electromagnetic spectrum to uniquely identify an object, animal, or person. What is it?

Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2003
This is a service for sending messages of up to 160 characters (224 characters if using a 5-bit mode) to mobile phones that use Global System for Mobile (GSM) communication. What is it?

Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2003
These generally have two formats: a convertible model with an integrated keyboard and display that rotates 180 degrees and can be folded down over the keyboard ; or a slate style, with a removable keyboard. What is it?

Monday, Oct. 13, 2003
This is a third-generation broadband, packet-based transmission of text, digitized voice, video, and multimedia at data rates up to 2 megabits per second (Mbps) that offers a consistent set of services to mobile computer and phone users no matter where they are located in the world. What is it?

Friday, Oct. 10, 2003
This is a way to use a public telecommunication infrastructure, such as the Internet, to provide remote offices or individual users with secure access to their organization's network. What is it?

Thursday, Oct. 9, 2003
This refers to a network for interconnecting devices centered around an individual person -- in which the connections are wireless. What is it?

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2003
This is a unidirectional antenna commonly used in communications when a frequency is above 10 MHz. What is it?

Tuesday, Oct. 7, 2003
This refers to near-future developments in personal and business wireless technology, especially mobile communications. What is it?

Monday, Oct. 6, 2003
This is a group of broadband wireless communications standards for metropolitan area networks (MANs) developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE). What is it?

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