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  • downlink and uplink

    These terms should not be confused with downstream and upstream. Continue Reading

  • IrDA (Infrared Data Association)

    5IrDA (Infrared Data Association) is an industry-sponsored organization set up in 1993 to create international standards for the hardware and software used in infrared communication links. Continue Reading

  • EUTELSAT (European Telecommunications Satellite Organization)

    EUTELSAT (European Telecommunications Satellite Organization) refers to both the organization and its set of satellites that were placed in geostationary orbits over Europe beginning in 1983. By early 1998, at least 48 countries had become members ... Continue Reading

  • Deep Space Network (DSN)

    The Deep Space Network (DSN) is a sophisticateddata communications system used by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in conjunction with manned and unmanned space missions. Continue Reading

  • EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment)

    EDGE (Enhanced Data GSM Environment) is a faster version of GSM 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. Continue Reading

  • GPRS (General Packet Radio Services)

    General Packet Radio Services (GPRS) is a packet-based wireless communication service that promises data rates from 56 up to 114 Kbps and continuous connection to the Internet for mobile phone and computer users.Continue Reading

  • roaming service

    Roaming 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.Continue Reading

  • VoWLAN (Voice over WLAN)

    VoWLAN (Voice over WLAN) is a method of sending voice information in digital form over a wireless broadband network. The technology is sometimes called "VoWi-Fi" or "Wi-Fi VoIP" because it uses the IEEE 802.11 set of specifications (informally known...Continue Reading

  • Veepers

    Veepers is a product that is used to animate digital images of people (or other creatures) for video presentations in which the characters appear to talk.Continue Reading

  • wireless ISP (wireless Internet service provider or WISP)

    A wireless Internet service provider (WISP) is an Internet service provider (ISP) that allows subscribers to connect to a server at designated hot spots (access points) using a wireless connection such as Wi-Fi.Continue Reading

  • automated speech recognition (ASR)

    Automated speech recognition (ASR) is a technology that allows users of information systems to speak entries rather than punching numbers on a keypad.Continue Reading

  • text-to-speech (TTS)

    Text-to-speech (TTS) is a type of speech synthesis application that is used to create a spoken sound version of the text in a computer document, such as a help file or a Web page.Continue Reading

  • WAX (Wireless Abstract XML)

    Wireless Abstract XML (WAX) is an abstract markup language and associated tools that facilitate wireless application development.Continue Reading

  • BitPim

    BitPim is a cross-platform, open source application for managing data on cell phones that use the CDMA mobile telephony protocol. BitPim can be used to back up data stored on a phone and synchronize contacts and calendars... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • Virtual Home Environment (VHE)

    In mobile computing, the Virtual Home Environment (VHE) is the concept that a network supporting mobile users should provide them the same computing environment on the road that they have in their home or corporate computing environment.Continue Reading

  • HDML (Handheld Device Markup Language)

    HDML (Handheld Device Markup Language) - often compared to Wireless Markup Language (WML) - 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.Continue Reading

  • remote-control software

    Remote-control software is programming in a central or server computer that is used to control other computers (or their users) at a distance, either under the control of an administrator or at the request of the user. Although remote-control ...Continue Reading

  • digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB)

    Digital multimedia broadcasting (DMB) is the process of multicasting by satellite or terrestrial services (or a combination of both) for reception by mobile and portable devices, particularly cell phones... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • wireless point of sale (wireless POS or WPOS)

    Wireless point of sale (wireless POS or WPOS) is the use of wireless devices in retail establishments to facilitate payment for products or services... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • reconfigurable tactile display (RTD)

    A reconfigurable tactile display (RTD) is a control interface that provides physical touch input, but that can be configured by programming.Continue Reading

  • FeliCa

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  • Ogo

    Ogo is a handheld, battery powered, wireless communications device, released in 2004, that provides instant messaging (IM), text messaging, and e-mail for subscribers to America Online (AOL), the Microsoft Network (MSN), and Yahoo!. The unit is ...Continue Reading

  • 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.Continue Reading

  • datacard

    A datacard is any removable computer component, approximately the size of a credit card, that contains data, or that contains nonvolatile memory to which data can be written and from which data can be recovered.Continue Reading

  • 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.Continue Reading

  • iPod

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

  • digital pen

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

  • Smart Display

    Smart Display is a wireless touch screen display device in development at Microsoft.Continue Reading

  • mobile node

    A mobile node is an Internet-connected device whose location and point of attachment to the Internet may frequently be changed.Continue Reading

  • nomadicity

    Nomadicity is the tendency of a person, or group of people, to move with relative frequency.Continue Reading

  • Compact HTML (CHTML)

    Compact HTML (CHTML or cHTML) is a subset of standard Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) adapted for use with small computing devices such as personal digital assistants (PDAs), cellular phones, and smartphones.Continue Reading

  • 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.Continue Reading

  • 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.Continue Reading

  • 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.Continue Reading

  • electronic newspaper

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

  • Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB)

    Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) is a set of standards that define digital broadcasting using existing satellite, cable, and terrestrial infrastructures.Continue Reading

  • Palm

    Palm is the trade name for a popular personal digital assistant (PDA), a form of handheld device that is also known as a palmtop computer.Continue Reading

  • battery

    A battery is an electrochemical cell (or enclosed and protected material) that can be charged electrically to provide a static potential for power or released electrical charge when needed.Continue Reading

  • zipping

    Zipping is the act of packaging a set of files into a single file or archive that is called a zip file.Continue Reading

  • Zip drive

    A Zip drive is a small, portable disk drive used primarily for backing up and archiving personal computer files.Continue Reading

  • unzipping

    Unzipping is the act of extracting the files from a zipped single file or similar file archive.Continue Reading

  • Palm OS (Palm Operating System)

    Palm OS is the computer operating system that provides a software platform for the Palm series of handheld personal digital assistants (PDAs) made by Palm Inc.Continue Reading

  • HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access)

    High-Speed Downlink Packet Access (HSDPA) is a packet-based mobile telephony protocol used in 3G UMTS radio networks. (...Continued)Continue Reading

  • Mobile IP

    Mobile IP 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.Continue Reading

  • Mobile IPv6 (MIPv6 or Mobile Internet Protocol version 6)

    Mobile IPv6 (MIPv6) is a protocol developed as a subset of Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) to support mobile connections.Continue Reading

  • Hierarchical Mobile IPv6 (HMIPv6)

    Hierarchical Mobile IPv6 (HMIPv6) is the proposed enhancement of Mobile Internet Protocol versions 6 (MIPv6) that is designed to reduce the amount of signaling required and to improve handoffspeed for mobile connections.Continue Reading

  • mobile-to-mobile convergence (MMC)

    Mobile-to-mobile convergence (MMC) is a technology that facilitates the interoperability of mobile communications devices without the need for any fixed capabilities or proprietary service provider... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • WiDEN (Wideband Integrated Digital Enhanced Network)

    WiDEN (Wideband Integrated Digital Enhanced Network) is an upgraded version of iDEN (Integrated Digital Enhanced Network), a wireless communications technology originally developed by Motorola in 1993 and deployed by Nextel in 1996 to combine the ...Continue Reading

  • unlocked cell phone

    An unlocked cell phone is a cellular telephone handset that can be used with more than one service provider, making it easy for a user to switch from one cellular network to another... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • no-swipe credit card

    A no-swipe credit card is a credit card equipped with a radio frequency (RF) transponder that allows for purchases without the need for passing the card through a traditional magnetic-stripe detection machine. The card holder can simply come within ...Continue Reading

  • SMiShing (SMS phishing)

    SMiShing is a mobile phone security attack in which the user is tricked into downloading a Trojan horse, virus or other malware onto his phone. SMiShing is short for "SMS phishing." (Continued)Continue Reading

  • CDMA2000 (IMT-CDMA Multi-Carrier or code-division multiple access 2000)

    CDMA2000, also known as IMT-CDMA Multi-Carrier or 1xRTT, is a code-division multiple access (CDMA) version of the IMT-2000 standard developed by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).Continue Reading

  • Quarter Video Graphics Array (QVGA)

    QVGA (Quarter Video Graphics Array) is a small-screen display mode in which the resolution is 320 pixels horizontally by 240 pixels vertically (320 x 240). This is 25 percent of the total number of pixels afforded by the VGA (Video Graphics Array) ...Continue Reading

  • Wibree (Baby Bluetooth)

    Wibree, also called Baby Bluetooth, is a low-power wireless local area network (WLAN) technology that facilitates interoperability among mobile and portable consumer devices such as pagers, personal digital assistants (PDAs), wireless computer ...Continue Reading

  • screaming cell phone

    A screaming cell phone is a cellular telephone that is programmed to emit a noise like human screaming. (Continued)Continue Reading

  • mobile VPN (mobile virtual private network)

    A mobile VPN is a networking configuration that enables mobile devices such as notebook computers or personal digital assistants (PDAs) to access a virtual private network (VPN) or an intranet while moving from one place to another... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal)

    VSAT (Very Small Aperture Terminal) is a satellite communications system that serves home and business users.Continue Reading

  • feed line

    In a wireless communications or broadcasting antenna system, the feed line connects the antenna to the receiver, transmitter, or transceiver.Continue Reading

  • narrowband

    Generally, narrowband describes telecommunication that carries voice information in a narrow band of frequencies.Continue Reading

  • modem

    A modem modulates outgoing digital signals from a computer or other digital device to analog signals for a conventional copper twisted pair telephone line and demodulates the incoming analog signal and converts it to a digital signal for the digital...Continue Reading

  • 802.11

    802.11 is an evolving family of specifications for wireless local area networks (WLANs) developed by a working group of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)....(Continued)Continue Reading

  • MIMO (multiple input, multiple output)

    MIMO (multiple input, multiple output) is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at both the source (transmitter) and the destination (receiver).Continue Reading

  • wireless backhaul

    Wireless backhaul is the use of wireless communications systems to get data from an end user to a node in a major network such as the Internet or the proprietary network of a large business, academic institution or government agency... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • spectrum efficiency

    Spectrum efficiency is the optimized use of spectrum or bandwidth so that the maximum amount of data can be transmitted with the fewest transmission errors.Continue Reading

  • EV-DO (1x Evolution-Data Optimized)

    1x Evolution-Data Optimized, (EV-DO) is a 3G wireless radio broadband data standard. (...Continued)Continue Reading

  • unified messaging (unified messaging system or UMS)

    Unified messaging (sometimes referred to as the unified messaging system or UMS) is the handling of voice, fax, and regular text messages as objects in a single mailbox that a user can access either with a regular e-mail client or by telephone.Continue Reading

  • Stratellite

    A Stratellite is a rigid framed airship that hovers in a fixed position in the lower stratosphere and carries one or more repeaters to create wireless communication networks. (Continued...)Continue Reading

  • Generic Access Network (GAN)

    The Generic Access Network (GAN) is an evolving wireless communications system in which mobile phone sets function seamlessly between local area networks (LANs) and wide-area networks (WANs)... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • microwave integrated circuit (MIC)

    A microwave integrated circuit (MIC) is an integrated circuit (IC) designed for operation at frequencies of approximately 1 gigahertz (GHz) or more... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • 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)Continue Reading

  • CSD (circuit switched data)

    Circuit switched data (CSD) was the original form of data transmission developed for TDMA-based networks, typically obtaining speeds up to 9.6 Kbps.Continue Reading

  • UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service)

    UMTS (Universal Mobile Telecommunications Service) is a third-generation (3G) broadband, packet-based transmission of text, digitized voice, video, and multimedia at data rates up to 2 megabits per second (Mbps). UMTS offers a consistent set of ...Continue Reading

  • TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access)

    TD-SCDMA (time division synchronous code division multiple access) is a mobile telephone standard for wireless network operators who want to move from a second generation (2G) wireless network to a third-generation (3G) one. Supporting data ...Continue Reading

  • Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS)

    Advanced Mobile Phone Service (AMPS) is a standard system for analog signal cellular telephone service in the United States and is also used in other countries. It is based on the initial electromagnetic radiation ...Continue Reading

  • D-AMPS (Digital-Advanced Mobile Phone Service)

    D-AMPS (Digital-Advanced Mobile Phone Service), sometimes spelled DAMPS, is a digital version of AMPS (Advanced Mobile Phone Service), the original analog standard for cellular telephone phone ...Continue Reading

  • 802.11i

    802.11i is a standard for wireless local area networks (WLANs) that provides improved encryption for networks that use the popular 802.11a and 802.11b (which includes Wi-Fi standards).Continue Reading

  • 802.11m

    802.11m is an initiative to perform editorial maintenance, corrections, improvements, clarifications, and interpretations relevant to documentation for 802.11 family specifications.Continue Reading

  • 802.11k

    802.11k is a proposed standard for a series of measurement requests and reports involving channel selection, roaming, transmit power control (TPC), and subscriber statistics in 802.11 wireless local area networks (WLANs).Continue Reading

  • 802.11j

    The 802.11j specification is a proposed addition to the 802.11 family of standards for wireless local area networks (WLANs) that incorporates Japenese regulatory extensions to the 802.11a standard.Continue Reading

  • 802.11h

    The 802.11h specification is an addition to the 802.11 family of standards for wireless local area networks (WLANs). 802.11h is intended to resolve interference issues introduced by the use of 802.11a in some locations, particularly with military ...Continue Reading

  • 802.11g

    The 802.11g specification is a standard for wireless local area networks WLANs) that offers wireless transmission over relatively short distances at up to 54 megabits per second (Mbps), compared with the 11 Mbps theoretical maximum with the earlier ...Continue Reading

  • 802.11e

    802.11e is a proposed enhancement to the 802.11a and 802.11b wireless LAN (WLAN) specifications.Continue Reading

  • wireless

    Wireless is a term used to describe telecommunications in which electromagnetic waves (rather than some form of wire) carry the signal over part or all of the communication path.Continue Reading

  • 802.11d

    802.11d is a communications specification for use in countries where systems using other standards in the 802.11 family are not allowed to operate.Continue Reading

  • 802.11b

    The 802.11b standard for wireless local area networks (WLANs) - often called Wi-Fi - is part of the 802.11 series of WLAN standards from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).Continue Reading

  • podslurping (slurping)

    Podslurping (sometimes just called slurping) is the unauthorized download of data from a computer to a small device with storage capacity, such as a flash drive or an iPod or other MP3 player... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol)

    TKIP (Temporal Key Integrity Protocol) is an encryption protocol included as part of the IEEE 802.11i standard for wireless LANs (WLANs).Continue Reading

  • polite cell phone

    A polite cell phone is a mobile telephone with built-in intelligence so that it adapts to its current environment and behaves appropriately... (Continued)Continue Reading

  • hot spot

    For users of portable computers equipped for wireless, a hot spot (or hotspot) is a wireless LAN (local area network) node that provides Internet connection and virtual private network (VPN) access from a given location.Continue Reading

  • wireless router

    A wireless router is a device in a WLAN (wireless local area network) that determines the next network point to which a packet should be forwarded toward its destination. A wireless router works in the same way as the router in a hard-wired home or ...Continue Reading

  • 802.16a

    802.16a is a wireless communications specification for metropolitan area networks (MANs).Continue Reading

  • 802.16c

    802.16c is a set of clarifications and updates to the 102.16 family of wireless communications specifications for metropolitan area networks (MANs).Continue Reading

  • smart antenna

    A smart antenna is a digital wireless communications antenna system that takes advantage of diversity effect at the source (transmitter), the destination (receiver), or both.Continue Reading

  • SISO (single input, single output)

    SISO (single input, single output) refers to a wireless communications system in which one antenna is used at the source (transmitter) and one antenna is used at the destination (receiver).Continue Reading

  • American Radio Relay League (ARRL)

    The American Radio Relay League (ARRL) is a worldwide organization of amateur radio operators with its headquarters in Newington, Connecticut, USA. The organization was founded in 1914 by Hiram P. Maxim.Continue Reading

  • SIMO (single input, multiple output)

    SIMO (single input, multiple output) is an antenna technology for wireless communications in which multiple antennas are used at the destination (receiver).Continue Reading

  • digital audio broadcasting (DAB)

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  • 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.Continue Reading

  • mLife

    mLife is a multi-million dollar advertising campaign sponsored by AT&T to promote their wireless products and services.Continue Reading

  • keitai

    Keitai (pronounced k-tie) is a Japanese word meaning "portable.Continue Reading

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