Screen design that has a slight curvature at the edge.
A measure of how much information a computer can process at once. Most older computers are 32bit.
A set of technologies that deliver faster mobile broadband.
Video with a resolution of at least 3840x2160 pixels.
A technology that processes information in larger chunks. Most modern computers are 64bit.
A common resolution of HD video: 1280x720 pixels.
Unwanted adverts that come with software.
Comparing software and products with an accepted standard.
A version of software that’s being tested.
A group of infected computers connected together via the internet, and used to infect other PCS.
A website or PC program used to access and manage a user’s email.
A feature in some backup programs that makes an exact copy of a drive on to another drive.
Multiple processors squeezed on to a single chip.
Central Processing Unit. A computer processor.
Obtaining ideas, information or money from a large group of people, usually online.
A new socket for connecting monitors that’s still relatively rare.
Digital Visual Interface. A common type of display connector.
To convert media files to a new format.
Exchangable Image File Format. A method for storing extra information in digital photo files.
A program that adds extra features to your browser.
Finger movements on a screen that perform an action.
Gigahertz. A measure of how many instructions a chip can process per second. 1GHZ is equal to 1,000MHZ.
Graphics Interchange Format. A type of image file often used on the web, but now largely superseded by PNG.
A very fast networking standard that can transfer data at up to 1,000Mbps.
Graphics Processor Unit. A chip designed to create 3D graphics, but which can also be used for other computing tasks.
A component in a computer that produces the image shown on the monitor.
High-definition media interface. A type of connection that transmits high-definition video and audio signals.
The latest version of the Hypertext Markup Language used to create most web pages.
A storage device that contains both a conventional hard drive and flash memory.
Internet Message Access Protocol. A method for email that lets the user manage messages stored on a remote server.
Internet Protocol Address. A unique set of numbers used to identify computers and websites on the internet.
A screen technology. Monitors that use it have wider viewing angles and better, more accurate-looking colours.
Liquid crystal display. The technology used to create almost all flatscreen monitors.
Light-emitting Diode. An electronic device that emits light.
A standard specification for internal PC expansion cards and connectors.
The science of teaching computers how to learn by themselves.
A standard for motherboards introduced in 1997.
A small type of memory card. Can be converted to SD size using an adapter.
The main circuit board inside every PC into which all other parts connect.
Near-field communication. A technology that allows two devices to communicate by being touched together or placed near to each other.
Organic light-emitting diode. A thin-film organic light-emitting diode used in PC and TV screens.
Make a processor work faster to improve performance at the cost of it getting hotter and requiring more power.
A form of internet fraud that tries to trick you into revealing personal details.
Post Office Protocol 3. A system for remotely accessing and retrieving email from an ISP.
A program that adds features to software or to your web browser.
The agreed standard for transmitting data between devices.
Potentially unwanted program that you consent to download.
A computer that has four processors on a single chip.
Random-access memory. The computer’s working area.
How a website converts digital code into an image.
Serial ATA. An interface for connecting modern hard drives and optical discs to a computer.
Secure Digital card. A popular type of memory card.
Subscriber Identity Module. The smart card used by all digital mobile phones.
A standard RGB colour space for use on monitors.
Solid-state drive. Storage that, unlike a hard drive, uses no moving parts.
Static IP address
An IP address that stays the same every time you go online, unlike dynamic IP addresses.
A keyword used to describe a file or web page.
A way of providing internet access to a computer by connecting it to another device.
A very fast port for connecting external storage to a computer.
Transport Layer Security. A technology for keeping information secure and secret when sent over the internet.
The distance the keys of a keyboard have to be pressed before the keystroke is recognised.
A system that uses two different means to identify the user. For example, a PIN in addition to a password.
Universal Plug and Play. A standard for sharing media between computers and network devices.
Faster versions of the USB standard used to connect devices to a computer.
A new connector that’s reversible, letting you plug it in upside down.
Video Graphics Array. A standard socket for connecting a monitor to a computer.
Virtual private network. A technology for keeping all internet communication safe and private even on insecure networks.
Wifi Protected Setup. An easy way to make a wireless connection between a device and your router by pressing the WPS button on both.
A file that contains a compressed items.