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computer a programmable, electronic device that accepts data input, performs processing operations on that data, and output and stores the results
input the process of entering data into a computer; can also refer to the data itself
processing performing operations on data that has been input into a computer to convert that input to output
storage the operation of saving data, programs, or outpit for future use
information data that has been processed into a meaningful form
software the instructions, also called computer programs, that are used to tell a computer what it should do
boot to start up a computer
windows desktop the background work area displayed on the screen in Microsoft Windows
smartphone a mobile device based on a mobile phone
desktop computer a personal computer designed to fit on or next to a desk