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  • end user policy

    An end user policy is a set of directives that describes what actions employees must take -- or avoid -- in order to protect corporate assets Continue Reading

  • Dropbox

    Dropbox is a cloud storage provider (sometimes referred to as an online backup service) that is frequently used as a file-sharing service. Continue Reading

  • online file sharing service

    An online file sharing service provides a way to store and access documents, data, photos and video in the cloud rather than storing the information locally on a device hard drive or removable media. Continue Reading

  • multi-touch

    Multi-touch, in a computing context, is an interface technology that enables input through pressure and gestures on multiple points on the surface of a device. Continue Reading

  • mobile device management software

    Mobile device management software is any application that gives IT administrators a way to troubleshoot and manage employee mobile devices remotely. Continue Reading

  • Windows Live SkyDrive

    Windows Live SkyDrive is a free online file storage system from Microsoft.Continue Reading

  • Windows Phone 7

    Windows Phone 7 is a Microsoft operating system for smartphones.Continue Reading

  • Open Multimedia Application Platform (OMAP)

    Open Multimedia Application Platform (OMAP) is the name of Texas Instrument’s application processorContinue Reading

  • Aruba's Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE)

    Aruba’s Mobile Virtual Enterprise (MOVE) is a network architecture that provides a unified process for wired, wireless and remote access for users on both company-owned and employee-owned devices.Continue Reading

  • mobile virtualization

    Mobile virtualization is an approach to mobile device management in which two virtual platforms are installed on a single wireless device. Continue Reading

  • Mobile service provider

    A mobile service provider (MSP) is a company that offers mobile communication services to users of mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet PCs.Continue Reading

  • RPC over HTTP

    RPC over HTTP (Remote Procedure Call over HTTP) is a protocol that allows a client on the Internet to connect securely to a Microsoft Exchange Server without having to log into a virtual private network (VPN) first.Continue Reading

  • consumerization policy

    A consumerization policy is a documented set of practices for managing the use of consumer devices and technologies within a given organization. A consumerization policy defines acceptable use.Continue Reading

  • Android Open Source Project (AOSP)

    The Android Open Source Project (AOSP) is an initiative created to guide development of the Android mobile platform.Continue Reading

  • 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.Continue Reading

  • AT&T Toggle

    Toggle is an AT&T service that allows a smartphone owner to create separate personal and business environments on the same mobile device.Continue Reading

  • Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync

    Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync is a synchronization protocol that enables users of mobile devices to access email, calendar, contacts, and tasks from their organization's Microsoft Exchange server.Continue Reading

  • mobile search

    Mobile search is the practice of querying a search engine from an Internet-connected handheld device, such as a smart phone.Continue Reading

  • cloud drive

    A cloud drive is an umbrella term used to describe any Web-based service that provides storage space on a remote server.Continue Reading

  • Quiz: Managing mobile devices in a health care setting

    As smartphones and tablet PCs make their way into health care organizations, IT departments face many challenges. Take this quiz to see what you know about managing mobile devices.Continue Reading

  • iPad 2

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

  • location awareness

    Location awareness is a component of presence technology that delivers information about a device's physical location to another user or application. The location is usually determined by one of three methods... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • 4G (fourth-generation wireless)

    4G is the short term for fourth-generation wireless, the stage of broadband mobile communications that will supercede the third generation (3G) of wireless communications....(Continued)Continue Reading

  • 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, ...Continue Reading

  • Airborne Internet (A.I.)

    The Airborne Internet is a proposed network intended for use in aviation communications, navigation, and surveillance (CNS).Continue Reading

  • 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.Continue Reading

  • enterprise-mobile integration (EMI)

    Enterprise-mobile integration (EMI) is a form of fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) that provides integration between communications carriers and enterprise networks... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • fixed-mobile convergence (FMC)

    Fixed-mobile convergence (FMC) is the trend towards seamless connectivity between fixed and wireless telecommunications networks... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • fixed-mobile substitution (FMS)

    Fixed-mobile substitution (FMS) is the tendency for consumers and businesses to increasingly substitute cellular telephones for hard-wired or cordless landline sets... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • public land mobile network (PLMN)

    (pu A public land mobile network (PLMN) is any wireless communications system intended for use by terrestrial subscribers in vehicles or on foot.Continue Reading

  • WAP (Wireless Application Protocol)

    WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is 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.Continue Reading

  • RMON (Remote Network Monitoring)

    RMON (Remote Network Monitoring) provides standard information that a network administrator can use to monitor, analyze, and troubleshoot a group of distributed local area networks (LANs) and interconnecting T-1/E-1 and T-2/E-3 lines from a central ...Continue Reading

  • wireless application service provider (WASP)

    WASP is also an acronym for the Web Standards Project.Continue Reading

  • Wireless Markup Language (WML)

    WML (Wireless Markup Language), formerly called HDML (Handheld Devices Markup Languages), 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.Continue Reading

  • Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS)

    Wireless Transport Layer Security (WTLS) is the security level for Wireless Application Protocol (WAP) applications.Continue Reading

  • wireless LAN (WLAN or Wireless Local Area Network)

    A wireless LAN is one in which a mobile user can connect to a local area network (LAN) through a wireless (radio) connection.Continue Reading

  • package manager or package management system (PMS)

    A package manager, also known as a package management system (PMS), is a program used to install, uninstall and manage software packages.Continue Reading

  • fixed wireless

    Fixed wireless refers to the operation of wireless devices or systems in fixed locations such as homes and offices.Continue Reading

  • electromagnetic interference (EMI)

    EMI (electromagnetic interference) is 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.Continue Reading

  • dipole antenna

    A dipole antenna is a straight electrical conductor measuring 1/2 wavelength from end to end and connected at the center to a radio-frequency (RF) feed line.Continue Reading

  • Cell of Origin (COO)

    Cell of Origin (COO) is a mobile positioning technique for finding a caller's cell (the basic geographical coverage unit of a cellular telephone system) location.Continue Reading

  • cell

    In wireless telephony, a cell is the geographical area covered by a cellular telephone transmitter.Continue Reading

  • wireless distribution system (WDS)

    A wireless distribution system (WDS) is a method of interconnecting access points (AP) in a wireless local area network (WLAN). WDS makes it possible to expand the network range without requiring that access points connect through a wired backbone.Continue Reading

  • single stream 802.11n

    Single-stream 802.11n takes advantage of the fact that the second draft of the 802.11n specification does not require the number of antennas on the sending station to be equal to the number on the receiving station.Continue Reading

  • 802.11n

    802.11n is an addition to the 802.11 family of standards. The goal of 802.11n is to increase wireless local area network (WLAN) speed, improve reliability and extend the range of wireless transmissions. 802.11n uses multiple input / multiple output ...Continue Reading

  • 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 ...Continue Reading

  • wireless broadband (WiBB)

    Wireless broadband is high-speed Internet and data service delivered through a wireless local area network (WLAN) or wide area network (WWAN).Continue Reading

  • mobile marketing

    Mobile marketing is promotional activity designed for delivery to cell phones, smart phones and other handheld devices, usually as a component of a multi-channel campaign.Continue Reading

  • geolocation

    Geolocation is the detection of the physical location of an Internet connected computing device. As a noun, geolocation refers to the physical location itself; as a verb, the term refers to the process of detecting that location.Continue Reading

  • real-time location system (RTLS)

    A real-time location system (RTLS) is one of a number of technologies used to pinpoint the current geographic position and location of a target.Continue Reading

  • camcorder (camera recorder)

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

  • 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...)Continue Reading

  • flash mob

    A flash mob is a group of strangers who organize themselves, using electronic media such as cell phones or the Internet, to gather together in a public place, behave in a predetermined (and often silly) manner for a predetermined amount of time, and...Continue Reading

  • microblogging

    Microblogging is a web service that allows the subscriber to broadcast short messages to other subscribers of the service. (Continued)Continue Reading

  • Android OS

    Android OS is a Linux-based open source platform for mobile cellular handsets developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance.Continue Reading

  • satellite

    In general, a satellite is anything that orbits something else, as, for example, the moon orbits the earth.Continue Reading

  • geostationary satellite

    A geostationary satellite is an earth-orbiting satellite, placed at an altitude of approximately 35,800 kilometers (22,300 miles) directly over the equator, that revolves in the same direction the earth rotates (west to east)...Continue Reading

  • Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager (MSCMDM)

    Microsoft System Center Mobile Device Manager (MSCMDM) is server-based software that allows enterprise IT professionals to manage and automate tasks for Windows Mobile devices. (Continued...)Continue Reading

  • ultra-mobile personal computer (UMPC or Ultra-mobile PC)

    Ultra-mobile PC (UMPC) is a design specification for a hand-held computer that is larger than a PDA but smaller than a laptop. (Continued...)Continue Reading

  • 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, ...Continue Reading

  • wireless charging

    Wireless charging is any of several methods of charging batteries without the use of cables. The three main methods of wireless charging are radio charging, resonance charging and inductive charging... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • inductive charging

    Inductive charging is a wireless charging method used for charging mid-sized items such as cell phones, MP3 players and PDAs... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • resonance charging

    Resonance charging is a wireless charging method for items that require large amounts of power, such as an electric car, robot, vacuum cleaner or laptop computer. The method works over small distances (3-5 meters)... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • radio charging

    Radio charging is a wireless charging method used to charge items with small batteries and low power requirements, such as watches, hearing aids and wireless keyboards and mice... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • Open Handset Alliance (OHA)

    The Open Handset Alliance (OHA) is a coalition of more than 30 technology and mobile companies that introduced Android, an open source mobile phone operating system. (Continued...)Continue Reading

  • cell phone jammer

    A cell phone jammer is a device that blocks transmission or reception of signals, usually by creating some form of interference at the same frequency ranges that cell phones use... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • sniff subrating

    Sniff subrating is a Bluetooth feature designed to increase battery life as much as 500 percent for devices whose typical usage involves a significant amount of inactive time... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • push voice

    Push Voice is a service that enables functionality normally associated with PBX-based phone systems for cellular phones or other mobile handsets... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • Opera

    Opera is a Web browser that provides some advantages over the two most popular browsers from Netscape and Microsoft...(Continued)Continue Reading

  • voice portal (vortal)

    A voice portal (sometimes called a vortal) is a Web portal that can be accessed entirely by voice.Continue Reading

  • digital camera

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

  • Web texting

    Web texting is two-way text messaging from the Web to a handheld mobile device, usually a cellular phone.Continue Reading

  • Short Message Service (SMS)

    SMS (Short Message Service) is a service for sending short messages of up to 160 characters (224 characters if using a 5-bit mode) to mobile devices, including cell phones, smart phones and PDAs... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • pager

    A pager is a small telecommunications device that receives (and, in some cases, transmits) alert signals and/or short messages.Continue Reading

  • short message service center (SMSC)

    A short message service center (SMSC) is the portion of a wireless network that handles SMS operations, such as routing, forwarding and storing incoming text messages on their way to desired endpoints...(Continued)Continue Reading

  • SMS gateway

    An SMS gateway is a website that allows users to send SMS messages from a web browser to people within the cell served by that gateway. An SMS gateway can also serve as an international gateway for users with roaming capability, allowing SMS ...Continue Reading

  • common short code (CSC)

    Common short codes (CSC) are short telephone numbers, usually consisting of five digits, that are used to address SMS and MMS messages from cellular telephones. Common short codes may also be called mobile short codes or short numbers... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • short message

    A short message is a brief text message sent to or from a mobile phone subscriber through the Short Message Service (SMS).Continue Reading

  • SMS spam (cell phone spam or short messaging service spam)

    SMS spam (sometimes called cell phone spam) is any junk message delivered to a mobile phone as text messaging through the Short Message Service (SMS). The practice is fairly rare in North America, but has been common in Japan for years. In 2001-2002...Continue Reading

  • 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)Continue Reading

  • notebook computer

    A notebook computer 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.Continue Reading

  • OLPC (One Laptop Per Child)

    The One Laptop Per Child project (OLPC) is an initiative aimed at providing inexpensive laptop computers to children in the developing world as a means of bridging the digital divide.Continue Reading

  • Sugar

    Sugar is a graphical user interface GUI developed for the $100 laptop (XO)... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • upgrade

    In computers, an upgrade is a new version of or addition to a hardware or, more often, software product that is already installed or in use.Continue Reading

  • Near Field Communication (NFC)

    Near Field Communication (NFC) is a short-range wireless connectivity standard (Ecma-340, ISO/IEC 18092) that uses magnetic field induction to enable communication between devices when they're touched together, or brought within a few centimeters of...Continue Reading

  • personal operating space (POS)

    A personal operating space (POS) is a roughly spherical region that surrounds a portable or handheld digital wireless device operated by a person.Continue Reading

  • personal area network (PAN)

    A personal area network (PAN) is the interconnection of information technology devices within the range of an individual person, typically within a range of 10 meters.Continue Reading

  • Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR)

    Also see Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR).Continue Reading

  • forward error correction (FEC)

    Forward error correction (FEC) is a method of obtaining error control in data transmission in which the source (transmitter) sends redundant data and the destination (receiver) recognizes only the portion of the data that contains no apparent errors.Continue Reading

  • GPS messaging (Global Positioning System messaging or mid-air messaging)

    GPS (Global Positioning System) messaging is a wireless messaging system for location-specific rather than recipient-specific messages.Continue Reading

  • 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)Continue Reading

  • NOAA Weather Radio (NWR)

    NOAA Weather Radio (NWR) is an emergency broadcasting system operated by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA, pronounced NO-ah).Continue Reading

  • Galileo

    Galileo is 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. Designed to be ...Continue Reading

  • Over the Air (OTA)

    Over The Air (OTA) (or Over-The-Air) is a standard for the transmission and reception of application-related information in a wireless communications system.Continue Reading

  • MEO satellite (medium earth orbit satellite)

    A medium earth orbit (MEO) satellite is one with an orbit within the range from a few hundred miles to a few thousand miles above the earth's surface.Continue Reading

  • mobile satellite services (MSS)

    Mobile satellite services (MSS) refers to networks of communications satellites intended for use with mobile and portable wireless telephones.Continue Reading

  • ESMR (Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio)

    Also see Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR).Continue Reading

  • Mobitex

    Mobitex is 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.Continue Reading

  • helical antenna

    A helical antenna is a specialized antenna that emits and responds to electromagnetic fields with rotating (circular)polarization.Continue Reading

  • wireless service provider (WSP)

    A wireless service provider (WSP) is a company that offers transmission services to users of wireless devices (handheld computers and telephones) through radio frequency (RF) signals rather than through end-to-end wire communication.Continue Reading

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