Mobile Computing Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing mobile computing and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • B

    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.

  • bluesnarfing

    Bluesnarfing is the theft of information from a wireless device through a Bluetooth connection.

  • Bluetooth

    Bluetooth technology allows computers, mobile devices and accessories to easily interconnect with each other. A Bluetooth connection is wireless and works over a short range.

  • Bluetooth 4.0

    Bluetooth 4.0 is a version of the Bluetooth wireless networking standard that consumes less power than its predecessors.

  • 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.

  • Box (Box.net)

    Box is an online file-sharing, storage and collaboration service provider that caters to individual users as well as businesses.

  • breathalyzer cell phone (sobriety cell phone)

    A breathalyzer cell phone, also known as a sobriety cell phone, is a cellular telephone handset equipped with a built-in device for detecting the presence of ethyl alcohol vapor in the breath. ..(Continued)

  • BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless)

    BREW (Binary Runtime Environment for Wireless) is Qualcomm's open source application development platform for wireless devices equipped for code division multiple access (CDMA) technology.

  • 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.

  • Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP)

    The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) is an initiative within the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) created to promote the development and adoption of broadband throughout the United States, particularly in unserved and underserved areas. BTOP, which will disburse $4.7 billion in a number of categories, is expected to create jobs, advance technology and boost the economy.

  • BYOD policy

    A BYOD policy, or bring-your-own-device policy, is a set of rules governing a corporate IT department’s level of support for employee-owned PCs, smartphones and tablets.

  • BYOT (bring your own technology)

    Bring your own technology (BYOT) is a policy that allows employees or students to use their own personal electronic devices at work or scho

  • C

    cam

    A cam, homecam, or Webcam is a video camera, usually attached directly to a computer, whose current or latest image is requestable from a Web site.

  • camcorder (camera recorder)

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

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