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Wireless and mobile

Terms related to wireless and mobile technology, including definitions about consumer mobile technology devices and communication technologies such as Wi-Fi, WiMAX and LTE.

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  • Project Vault - Project Vault is a secure minicomputer contained on a Micro SD card; Vault is under development at Google ATAP, the company’s lab group for disruptive technologies.
  • projector phone - A projector phone is a smartphone with an embedded pico projector.
  • proximity marketing (hyperlocal marketing) - Proximity marketing, sometimes referred to as hyperlocal marketing, is the wireless delivery of promotional material to mobile users in a specific location.
  • 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.
  • push notification - Push notification, also called server push notification, is the delivery of information from a software application to a computing device without a specific request from the client.
  • Push to Talk (PTT) - Push to talk (PTT), is a means of instantaneous communication commonly employed in wireless cellular phone services that uses a button to switch a device from voice transmission mode to voice reception mode.
  • push voice - Push Voice is a service that enables functionality normally associated with PBX-based phone systems for cellular phones or other mobile handsets.
  • qHD (quarter high definition) - qHD (quarter high definition) is a resolution standard for mobile devices.
  • Qik - Qik is an online video streaming service that allows anyone with a strong wireless Internet connection and a video camera-equipped smartphone to broadcast live events.
  • QNX - QNX is a mobile operating system that was originally developed for embedded systems.
  • QR code (quick response code) - A QR code (quick response code) is a type of 2D bar code that is used to provide easy access to information through a smartphone.
  • 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).
  • QuickType - QuickType is a predictive text feature released with Apple's iOS 8 that uses machine learning to incorporate the user's vocabulary into its dictionary and so improve its capacity and accuracy.
  • radar (radio detection and ranging) - Radar is an acronym for "radio detection and ranging.
  • radiant energy - Radiant energy is, simply, energy that radiates from a source of electromagnetic radiation, such as the light and heat radiating from the sun.
  • 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.
  • Radio Data System (RDS) - .
  • rain fade - Rain fade is an interruption of wireless communication signals as a result of rain or snow droplets whose separation approximates the signal wavelengths.
  • React Native - React Native is an open source JavaScript framework for mobile application development.
  • 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.
  • rechargeable battery - Rechargeable batteries allow for multiple usages from a cell, reducing waste and generally providing a better long-term investment in terms of dollars spent for usable device time.
  • 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.
  • recycling - Recycling is the practice of reusing items that would otherwise be discarded as waste.
  • remote desktop - Remote desktop is a program or an operating system feature that allows a user to connect to a computer in another location, see that computer's desktop and interact with it as if it were local.
  • remote wipe - Remote wipe is a security feature that allows a network administrator or device owner to send a command to a computing device and delete data.
  • 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.
  • reverse image search - Reverse image search is a technology that takes an image file as a search engine input query and returns results related to the image.
  • RF wireless charging (RF energy harvesting) - RF wireless charging is a type of uncoupled wireless charging in which an antenna embedded in an electronic device can pick up low level radio frequency waves from external sources and convert the waves’ energy to direct current (DC) voltage.
  • ringtone - On mobile phones, a ringtone is a brief audio file played to indicate an incoming call.
  • rollable display - A rollable display is a digital screen technology that can be rolled up like a newspaper.
  • Salesforce AppExchange - Salesforce AppExchange is Salesforce.
  • Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE) - Samsung for Enterprise (SAFE) is a line of smartphones and tablets manufactured to meet specific enterprise management and security criteria, including interoperability with third-party mobile device management (MDM) and virtual private network (VPN) software.
  • Samsung Galaxy - Samsung Galaxy is Samsung Electronics' flagship line of Android smartphones and tablets.
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (Samsung GN) - Samsung Galaxy Note is a large Android smartphone with a touchscreen and stylus that is manufactured by Samsung Electronics.
  • Samsung KNOX - Samsung KNOX is a set of enterprise mobility management services that offers mobile device and data protection and management.
  • Samsung Tizen - Samsung Tizen is Samsung's implementation of Tizen, an open source mobile operating system.
  • SAP Afaria - Afaria is a mobile device management (MDM) and mobile application management (MAM) software platform.
  • SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) - SAP Mobile Platform (SMP) facilitates the development and deployment of business-to-enterprise (B2E) and business-to-customer (B2C) applications through reusable components, drag and drop HTML5 apps and other programming tools.
  • satellite - In general, a satellite is anything that orbits something else, as, for example, the moon orbits the earth.
  • satellite Internet connection - A satellite Internet connection is an arrangement in which the upstream (outgoing) and the downstream (incoming) data are sent from, and arrive at, a computer through a satellite.
  • satellite news gathering (SNG) - Satellite news gathering (SNG) is the use of mobile communications equipment for the purpose of worldwide newscasting.
  • scalable video coding (SVC) - Scalable video coding (SVC) is an extension of the H.
  • screaming cell phone - A screaming cell phone is a cellular telephone that is programmed to emit a noise like human screaming.
  • secure container - A secure container is a lightweight, executable software package that has been isolated from other software or processes running on the same virtual or physical host.
  • selfie - A selfie is a self-portrait, typically a photograph, that is posted online.
  • service set identifier (SSID) - A service set identifier (SSID) is a sequence of characters that uniquely names a wireless local area network (WLAN).
  • Shared Key Authentication (SKA) - Shared Key Authentication (SKA) is a process by which a computer can gain access to a wireless network that uses the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) protocol.
  • short message - A short message is a brief text message sent to or from a mobile phone subscriber through the Short Message Service (SMS).
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • showrooming - Showrooming is the act of visiting a physical retail store to examine a product in person and then shopping online to purchase the item at a find lower price.
  • sideloading - Sideloading is the installation of an application on a mobile device without using the device’s official application-distribution method.
  • Signalling Connection Control Part (SCCP) - Signalling Connection Control Part (SCCP) is a portion of International Telecommunication Union (ITU) recommendation Q.
  • silicon cockroach - Silicon cockroach is a term invented by networking expert John Sidgmore to describe the tiny portable electronic devices that are expected to become popular in the next few years, creating new behavior patterns while putting new demands on network bandwidth capacity.
  • SIM card - A SIM card, also known as a subscriber identity module, is a smart card that stores identification information that pinpoints a smartphone to a specific mobile network.
  • SIM swap attack (SIM intercept attack) - A SIM Swap Attack, also known as a SIM Intercept Attack, is a form of identity theft in which an attacker convinces a cell phone carrier into switching a victim’s phone number to a new device in order to gain access to bank accounts, credit card numbers, and other sensitive information.
  • 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).
  • SIP trunking (Session Initiation Protocol trunking) - Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) trunking is a service offered by a communications service provider that uses the protocol to provision voice over IP (VoIP) connectivity between an on-premises phone system and the public switched telephone network (PSTN).
  • Siri - Siri is Apple's personal assistant for iOS, macOS, tvOS and watchOS devices that uses voice recognition and is powered by artificial intelligence (AI).
  • 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).
  • SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) - SMAC (social, mobile, analytics and cloud) is the concept that the convergence of four technologies is currently driving business innovation.
  • Small Office Home Office (SOHO) - In information technology, SOHO is a term for the small office or home office environment and business culture.
  • 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.
  • smart hard hat - A smart hard hat is personal protective equipment (PPE) designed to enhance worker performance and safety in construction and related industries through embedded technology.
  • smart home app (home automation app) - A smart home app, sometimes referred to as a home automation app or a smart home automation app, is an application used to remotely control and manage connected non-computing devices in the home, typically from a smartphone or tablet.
  • smart lock - A smart lock is an electronic and mechanical locking device that opens wirelessly with an authorized users’ authentication.
  • smart speaker - A smart speaker is a wireless and smart audio playback device that uses several types of connectivity for additional functions.
  • smartphone - A smartphone is a cellular telephone with an integrated computer and other features not originally associated with telephones, such as an operating system, web browsing and the ability to run software applications.
  • smartphone sensor - A smartphone sensor is any one of a number of different types of sensing devices installed on a user's phone to gather data for various user purposes, often in conjunction with a mobile app.
  • 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.
  • SMS gateway - An SMS gateway is a Web site that allow users to send SMS messages from a Web browswer to people within the cell served by that gateway.
  • 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).
  • Smurf Suite - The Smurf Suite is a collection of smartphone hacking and spyware tools that can remotely activate iPhones and Android devices and collect user data through eavesdropping and data access.
  • Snapchat World Lenses - Snapchat World Lenses are a collection of augmented reality (AR) 3D enhancements to live real-world environments as viewed through the Snapchat mobile app, which allows users to send and receive 'self-destructing' photos and videos.
  • 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.
  • snoopware - In mobile computing, snoopware is malware that is capable of monitoring activity on a smartphone.
  • soft handoff - In cellular telephone communication, soft handoff refers to the overlapping of repeater coverage zones, so that every cell phone set is always well within range of at least one repeater (also called a base station).
  • soft reset - A soft reset is a restart of a device, such as a smartphone, tablet, laptop or personal computer (PC).
  • software-defined radio (SDR) - Software-defined radio (SDR), sometimes shortened to software radio (SR), refers to wireless communication in which the transmitter modulation is generated or defined by a computer, and the receiver uses a computer to recover the signal intelligence.
  • solar fade (sun interference) - Solar fade, also called sun interference, is a phenomenon that occurs in satellite communications on certain occasions when the downlink signal is aligned with the sun's position and it is overcome by signal noise from the sun.
  • solar-powered laptop - A solar-powered laptop is a notebook computer that uses built-in photo voltaic solar panels to run and recharge its battery.
  • SoLoMo (social, local and mobile) - SoLoMo (social, local and mobile) is a term representing the convergence of collaborative, location-based and on-the-go technologies, primarily used for marketing and discovery purposes.
  • SoMoClo (social, mobile and cloud) - SoMoClo (social, mobile and cloud) is the convergence of collaborative, on-the-go technologies that allow users to access data and applications from anywhere at any time.
  • spatial division multiple access (SDMA) - Also see frequency division multiple access (FDMA) and time division multiple access (TDMA).
  • Specialized Mobile Radio (SMR) - Also see Enhanced Specialized Mobile Radio (ESMR).
  • 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.
  • Splashtop - Splashtop is a vendor that sells remote connection software which lets users access their PCs or Macs from other computing devices.
  • spray-on antenna - A spray-on antenna is a conductive material that can be dissolved in liquid and sprayed onto a surface to create a lightweight, flexible antenna.
  • spread spectrum - Spread spectrum is a form of wireless communications in which the frequency of the transmitted signal is deliberately varied.
  • Square (Square Register, Square Wallet) - Square is a mobile payment startup co-founded in 2009 by Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey.
  • SS7 attack - While the SS7 network is fundamental to cellphones and its operators, the security of the design relied entirely on trust.
  • StarBand - StarBand is a broadband Internet service provider (ISP) that uses geostationary satellites to provide always-on connection independent of other media.
  • 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.
  • Sugar - Sugar is a graphical user interface GUI developed for the $100 laptop (XO).
  • superheterodyne - Superheterodyne refers to a method of designing and building wireless communications or broadcast equipment, particularly radio receivers.
  • Surface (Microsoft Surface tablet) - Surface is a line of tablet computers from Microsoft.
  • SWAN (Structured Wireless-Aware Network) - SWAN (Structured Wireless-Aware Network) is a technology that incorporates a wireless local area network (wireless LAN or WLAN) into a wired wide-area network.
  • T1 (T-1) - Also see the T-carrier system, of which the T1 is a part.
  • talk time - In customer relationship management (CRM), talk time is the amount of time a call center agent spends with a caller during a transaction.

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