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Chapter 3

Communication

TermDefinition
downloading The process of saving files from a Web site or file transfer protocol (FTP) site.
uploading Saving files to a Web or FTP site.
compressed files Computer files that may contain multiple native-format files, such as documents or photographs, and are much smaller in size than the uncompressed versions; they must be decompressed using extraction utility software to access the data they contain.
self-extracting compressed files . Compressed computer files that can be decompressed by simply double-clicking on the file.
shareware Software that can be installed and used, then purchased if you decide to continue using it.
freeware Fully functional software that can be used forever without purchasing it.
for-purchase software Software you must buy to use, although you can often download a timed or limited-use demo.
Web 2.0 Technology that allows users to collaborate and interact with each other on the World Wide Web.
Instant messaging Participants conduct a conversation by keying and sending responses, rather than talking or using video; the conversation usually takes place in real time, but the messages can be stored and retrieved at a later time.
text messaging Participants conduct a conversation by keying and sending responses via cell phone, rather than talking or using video; the conversation usually takes place in real time, but the messages can be stored and retrieved at a later time.
blogs Web sites maintained by an individual who posts topics or opinions.
cell phones Telephones that allow the user to move around and communicate without a land-line.
conference calling Verbal communication with three or more people on a telephone call.
identity theft . A form of fraud that occurs when somebody takes your personal information and pretends to be you in order to make credit card purchases, withdraw funds from your accounts, or obtain other benefits to which you are entitled.
malware A program intended to damage, destroy, or steal the data on a computer system.
online meetings A remote meeting conducted through desktop sharing and mark up tools; each participant can make suggestions and changes to presentations stored on the leader’s computer.
pagers Electronic-communication devices that let the user know there is a message waiting.
podcast A series of digital media files, released at regular intervals, that contain information related to a specific topic; the files may be audio or video and can be retrieved by users at their convenience.
professional networking sites Similar to social networking sites, they are used by professionals seeking to expand their career networks.
smartphones Advanced computerized devices that can be used to check e-mail, surf the Web, take pictures, and talk on the phone.
social bookmarking A method of saving bookmarks to a public Web site so others may have access to them.
social media An Internet-based tool that allows users to share information within a group.
social networking sites Web sites that allow users to share information for the purpose of building relationships within their individual networks.
teleconferencing Verbal communication with three or more people on a telephone call.
text messaging Participants conduct a conversation by keying and sending responses via cell phone, rather than talking or using video; the conversation usually takes place in real time, but the messages can be stored and retrieved at a later time.
texting See text messaging.
voice mail Available with any landline or cell phone, it allows callers to leave voice messages that the phone’s owner can access at a later time.
Web seminars Similar to teleconferencing, but with the added element of a video display
wireless technology Used to connect devices without the use of lines, cables, or other type of physical connection.
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