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    2-in-1 tablet (hybrid tablet, convertible tablet)

    A 2-in-1 tablet, also known as a hybrid or convertible tablet, is a tablet PC that also functions as a notebook

  • 2D barcode (two-dimensional barcode)

    A 2D (two-dimensional) barcode is a graphical image that stores information both horizontally -- as one-dimensional bar codes do -- and vertically. As a result of that construction, 2D codes can store up to 7,089 characters, significantly greater storage than is possible with the 20-character capacity of a unidimensional barcode.

  • A

    Amazon Kindle Touch

    The Amazon Kindle Touch is an e-reader that sports a 6”, multi-touch display that users can manipulate to input commands.

  • Android 3.0 Honeycomb

    Android 3.0 Honeycomb is a mobile operating system owned by Google and designed specifically for tablet PCs.

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS)

    Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) is a version of Google’s mobile operating system.

  • Android 9 Pie

    Android 9 Pie is the most recent version of Google’s mobile operating system.

  • Android for Work

    Android for Work is a program for devices running on the Google Android mobile operating system that allows IT to manage and secure business applications on a work-specific profile.

  • Android Oreo

    Android Oreo 8.0 is the eighth major update to the Android operating system that contains newer features and enhancements for application developers.

  • Android OS

    Android OS is a Linux-based mobile operating system that primarily runs on smartphones and tablets.

  • Apple 3D Touch

    Apple 3D Touch is a pressure-sensitive feature first included in iPhone 6s and 6s Plus that triggers different actions based on how much force the user puts on the screen.

  • Apple AirDrop

    Apple AirDrop is a feature on iOS and OS X devices that allows users to transfer data over the same Wi-Fi network from one Apple device to another.

  • Apple AirPlay

    Apple AirPlay is a content streaming and interactive display control feature that is integrated in Mac OS, iOS and Apple TV as well as a number of Apple devices, including AirPlay-enabled speakers.

  • Apple AirPrint

    Apple AirPrint is an iOS feature that lets users print documents and other files from their iPhones and iPads.

  • Apple Bonjour

    Apple Bonjour is a group of networking technologies designed to help devices and applications discover each other on the same network.

  • Apple Configurator

    Apple Configurator is a free Mac OS X tool for configuring and deploying iOS devices in the enterprise by using a physical USB connection.

  • Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP)

    The Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is an online service that automates the enrollment and configuration of Apple iOS devices in an organization’s mobile device management software.

  • Apple iOS

    Apple iOS is a proprietary mobile operating system that runs on mobile devices such as the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch.

  • Apple iOS in the Car

    iOS in the Car is Apple technology that integrates the iPhone with an automobile's built-in dashboard display, audio system and controls.

  • Apple iPad Pro

    Apple iPad Pro is the company's large, powerful, high-resolution tablet, aimed at users who require graphics-heavy applications and a PC-like screen and interface.

  • Apple iPhone 5c

    iPhone 5c is a lower-cost smartphone from Apple that runs iOS 7 and comes in five different colors.

  • Apple iTunes

    Apple iTunes is software that allows computer users to purchase, download and manage music, videos, applications and other media.

  • Apple iWork

    Apple iWork is a productivity software suite for computers and mobile devices running Mac OS X and iOS operating systems (OSes).

  • Apple Joint Venture

    Apple Joint Venture is an IT support and training service geared toward small and midsized businesses.

  • Apple Live Photos

    Apple Live Photos, first available on the iPhone 6s, turn pictures into short videos by capturing movement and sound in the seconds before and after a user takes a photo.

  • Apple Managed Open In

    Apple Managed Open In is a security feature released in the Apple iOS 7 mobile operating system that allows IT to configure which applications employees can use to access data.

  • Apple OS X Mavericks

    Apple OS X Mavericks is version 10.9 of the second-generation Macintosh computer operating system.

  • Apple Pencil

    Apple Pencil is a stylus for Apple's iPad Pro tablet. Sold separately from the iPad, the Pencil is able to pinpoint a single pixel on the touchscreen, allowing users to select icons more easily and draw within apps with much finer detail than they could with their finger.

  • Apple Smart Keyboard

    Apple's Smart Keyboard is a detachable, full-size, text input device designed for the iPad Pro. Its conductive material means the keyboard never has to be charged, and it can be unfolded to function also as a protective cover.

  • Apple Touch ID

    Apple Touch ID is biometric technology that provides iOS user identification through a finger scanner.

  • Apple TV (Apple TV 4)

    Apple TV is a set-top box that allows end users to stream multimedia content from the Internet over a television.

  • Apple User Enrollment

    Apple User Enrollment (UE) is a form of mobile device management (MDM) for Apple products that supports iOS 13 and macOS Catalina.

  • Apple Volume Purchase Program (Apple VPP)

    The Apple Volume Purchase Program (VPP) is a service that allows organizations to buy iOS apps for their end users.

  • Apple Watch

    Apple Watch is Apple's entry into the smartwatch market. It pairs with an iPhone to let users send texts, make calls, manage schedules, navigate and much more.

  • Apple Watch OS (Apple Watch operating system)

    The operating system for Apple Watch is designed to take advantage of the wearable nature of the device with features such as Glances that cater to the smaller screen and its location on the user's wrist.

  • Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (Apple WWDC)

    The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference is Apple Inc.'s annual multi-day training event for iOS and Mac OS X software developers.

  • B

    BBM 2.0

    BBM 2.0 is an overhauled version of the BlackBerry Messenger application for iOS, Android and BlackBerry devices, released in February 2014.

  • BlackBerry

    The BlackBerry is a handheld device made by RIM (Research In Motion) that is widely used in the enterprise for its wireless email handling capability. (Continued...)

  • BlackBerry 10

    BlackBerry 10 is a mobile operating system from Research in Motion. BlackBerry 10 will be based on technology developed by QNX Software Systems, which RIM acquired in 2010.

  • BlackBerry Balance

    BlackBerry Balance is a feature of BlackBerry Enterprise Server that allows IT administrators to deploy, secure and remove specific applications and data on BlackBerry smartphones.

  • BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES)

    BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) is a middleware program that allows BlackBerry devices to access corporate messaging and collaboration software such as Microsoft Exchange, Lotus Domino and Novell GroupWise.

  • BlackBerry Hub

    BlackBerry Hub is a BlackBerry 10 application that lets users access and respond to emails, text messages and social network activity.

  • BlackBerry Messenger

    BlackBerry Messenger is a native real-time communications application for BlackBerry smartphones.

  • Blackberry Secure Work Space

    BlackBerry Secure Work Space is an option for BlackBerrry Enterprise Service (BES) 10 that allows administrators to secure and manage non-BlackBerry devices through the BES management console.

  • BlackBerry World

    BlackBerry World is the official app store for BlackBerry smartphones and tablets.

  • BlackBerry Z10

    The BlackBerry Z10 is the first touchscreen smartphone to run the BlackBerry 10 operating system.

  • Bluejacking

    Bluejacking is the practice of sending messages between mobile users using a Bluetooth wireless connection.

  • Bluetooth brick

    A Bluetooth brick is a battery-powered, sealed device that has sensors for monitoring and communicating information such as temperature or vibration levels.

  • bring your own everything (BYOx)

    Bring your own everything (BYOx) is a term that refers to employees' use of personal technology to perform work tasks.

  • C

    camcorder (camera recorder)

    A camcorder (camera recorder) is a portable electronic recording device capable of recording live-motion video and audio for later playback.

  • cellular telephone (mobile telephone)

    Cellular telephone, sometimes called mobile telephone, is 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.

  • Centrino

    Centrino is a technology package from Intel that provides built-in wireless support for laptop computers while making it possible to run a laptop all day (up to seven hours) without a battery recharge.

  • chucking

    In computer and telephone use, chucking is the process of discarding a small piece of hardware by violent means, such as hurling it out a window, against a wall, or into a body of water.

  • Cisco Borderless Networks

    Cisco Borderless Networks is the brand name for a set of hardware and software technologies which allow "anyone, anywhere, anytime, and on any device" to connect to an organization's network.

  • cloudbook

    A cloudbook is a thin client notebook computer with a browser operating system (OS) and interface.

  • configuration profile (CP)

    A configuration profile (CP) is an XML file that an IT administrator can use to customize settings on an end user's Apple iOS or Mac OS X device.

  • consumer device

    Consumer device is an industry term for Internet-capable mobile computers that are marketed to individuals, not businesses.

  • convertible tablet

    A convertible tablet is a computer that can function as either a standalone touch screen device or as a notebook with a physical keyboard.

  • D

    digital camera

    A digital camera records and stores photographic images in digital form.

  • digital pen

    A digital pen is a battery-operated writing instrument that allows the user to digitally capture a handwritten note or drawing.

  • directional sound

    Directional sound is a technology that concentrates acoustic energy into a narrow beam so that it can be projected to a discrete area, much as a laser focuses light... (Continued)

  • DoCoMo (NTT DoCoMo)

    DoCoMo, also known as NTT DoCoMo, is a Japanese communications corporation that has introduced a line of cell phone sets that contain the equivalent of a digital smart card.

  • E

    E Ink (eInk)

    E Ink is an electronic device that is similar to a computer display, but with qualities that enable it to be used for applications such as eBooks, electronic newspapers, portable signs, and foldable, rollable displays.

  • e-paper (radio paper or electronic paper)

    E-paper (sometimes called radio paper or just electronic paper) is a portable, reusable storage and display medium that looks like paper but can be repeatedly written on (refreshed) - by electronic means - thousands or millions of times.

  • eBook

    An eBook is an electronic version of a traditional print book that can be read by using a personal computer or by using an eBook reader.

  • electronic ink

    Electronic ink is a liquid substance, in development at MIT's Media Lab in partnership with a company called E Ink, that responds to electrical impulses to enable changeable text and image displays on a flexible surface.

  • electronic newspaper

    An electronic newspaper is a self-contained, reusable, and refreshable version of a traditional newspaper that acquires and holds information electronically.

  • F

    FaceTime

    FaceTime is an Apple video telephony application that allows users to make a video call over the internet with a forward-facing camera on iOS and macOS devices.

  • fronthaul

    Fronthaul, also known as mobile fronthaul, is a term that refers to the connection of the C-RAN, a new type of cellular network architecture of centralized baseband units (BBU), at the access layer of the network to remote standalone radio heads at cell sites.

  • G

    Google Android 4.4 KitKat

    Android 4.4 KitKat is a version of Google's operating system (OS) for smartphones and tablets.

  • Google Chrome browser

    Google Chrome browser is an open source program for accessing the World Wide Web and running Web-based applications.

  • Google I/O

    Google I/O is Google's developer conference held annually in San Francisco.

  • Google Play (Android Market)

    Google Play, formerly known as Android Market, is the official distribution storefront for Android applications and other digital media, such a music, movies and books, from Google.

  • Google Voice

    Google Voice allows registered members to link their mobile phones, IP telephony applications and land line phones to a single Google Voice phone number. 

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    handie talkie (HT, walkie talkie, handheld)

    A handie talkie, often referred to by its abbreviation, HT, is a handheld, portable two-way radio transceiver.

  • Handspring

    Handspring was a company that manufactured portable computer/organizer hardware.

  • handtop (ultra personal computer)

    A handtop is a full-featured portable computer that is slightly larger than a PDA, but much smaller than a laptop.

  • I

    iCloud

    Apple's free iCloud service stores subscribers' photos, videos, documents, apps and more and updates everything across users' synced devices.

  • instant app (Google Android instant app)

    A Google Android instant app is a small software program that enables end users to test out a portion of a native Android app without installing it on a device.

  • iOS 8

    IOS 8 is the eighth version of Apple’s mobile operating system.

  • iPad

    The iPad is a touchscreen tablet PC made by Apple.

  • iPad 2

    The iPad 2 is a 9.7 inch touch screen tablet PC made by Apple.

  • iPad Air

    Apple’s iPad Air is an iOS tablet that is lighter and thinner than the company’s previous tablets.

  • iPhone

    IPhone is a smartphone made by Apple that combines a computer, iPod, digital camera and cellular phone into one device with a touchscreen interface. The iPhone runs the iOS operating system.

  • iPhone 3G

    iPhone 3G is the second generation of iPhone, a smartphone made by Apple that combines an iPod, a tablet PC, a digital camera and a cellular phone. (Continued...)

  • iPhone 5

    The iPhone 5 is the sixth version of Apple's touch-based smartphone.

  • iPhone 5s

    iPhone 5s is a smartphone from Apple that runs the iOS 7 operating system  (OS) and is powered by a 64-bit dual-core A7 processor, which Apple claims to be 2X faster than the A6 chip from the iPhone 5.

  • iPhone Configuration Utility

    The iPhone Configuration Utility is free software for Windows and Mac OS X that lets an administrator control how an iOS device works within an enterprise IT network.

  • iPod

    The iPod is a combination portable digital media player and hard drive from Apple Computer...(Continued)

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    laptop computer

    A laptop computer, usually called a notebook computer by manufacturers, is 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.

  • Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga

    The Lenovo IdeaPad Yoga is a line of convertible tablet computers that run the Windows operating system.

  • M

    Microsoft HoloLens

    Microsoft HoloLens is a virtual reality (VR) headset with transparent lenses for an augmented reality experience.

  • Microsoft Windows 8.1

    Microsoft Windows 8.1 is a PC and tablet operating system released in October 2013.

  • mobile card reader

    A mobile card reader, such as Square or PayPal Here, allows the user to accept payments through their mobile devices.

  • mobile device fragmentation

    Mobile device fragmentation is a phenomenon that occurs when some mobile users are running older versions of an operating system, while other users are running newer versions.

  • mobile Internet device (MID)

    The mobile Internet device (MID) is a mini-tablet communications unit aimed at the consumer market and designed to provide entertainment, information and location-based services... (Continued)

  • mobile operating system

    A mobile operating system (OS) is software that allows smartphones, tablet PCs (personal computers) and other devices to run applications and programs.

  • N

    NANDroid backup

    NANDroid backups are typically created by Android device owners who have gained root access to their phone’s operating system in order to use aftermarket distributions of the Android OS.

  • NetPC (Network PC)

    The Net PC (also referred to as the Network PC) is an industry specification for a low-cost personal computer designed for businesses and their network applications.

  • Nexus

    Nexus is a series of smartphones and tablets manufactured by Google and its hardware partners. Nexus devices run the native Android operating system.

  • Nokia Lumia

    Nokia Lumia is a series of touch-based Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8 smartphones that debuted in 2011.

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