Computing terms explained in plain English
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Local-area network. A computer network in one place, such as a home or office.
A type of printer that creates documents rapidly using a laser beam and powdered ink called toner.
To start a program.
Image-editing programs allow users to create multiple layers. Think of these like layers of glass stacked on top of the canvas, which can be drawn on, re-ordered or hidden.
Liquid-Crystal Display. The technology used to create almost all flat displays from digital watches to televisions.
Light-Emitting Diode. An electronic device that emits light. Used on almost all electronic devices, and to provide the backlight for some LCDs.
A translation of the symbols or colours used in a graph.
The legal document detailing what you can do with a piece of software as its owner.
A method for etching labels on the top of specially coated CDs or DVDs using the DVD writer itself.
Lithium Ion. A type of rechargeable battery used in most laptops, mobile phones and digital cameras.
A small device that plugs into a household phone socket to provide a connection for a router.
An input on a computer or audio device that allows the user to connect any external audio source.
Short for hyperlink: a word or object on a web page that, when clicked on, takes you to another page.
An operating system that can be freely used, distributed and modified by its users.
An advanced type of rechargeable battery.
A sample of music that can be repeated to create part of a new song.
A short term for 3GPP Long Term Evolution, one standard for very fast transfer of data on mobile networks, produced by the 3rd Generation Partner Project. LTE could reach the UK by the end of 2012.
A measure of brightness.
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