Common Technology Word Misusage
These days, keeping up with the constant array of new technology is quite a challenge – not to mention some of the terms and words that are used to describe the various aspects of its workings. As a result, many people are in the habit of using the incorrect words, terms and phrases when describing technology-related devices or services. Below are just a few of the most common mistakes that are made when it comes to technology-related word misusage.
Web Browsers, the World Wide Web and the Internet
Many people think that a web browser and the internet itself are one and the same thing. However, this is not the case – web browsers are merely the programs that enable users to gain access to the many websites that are hosted online – such as Google Chrome, Firefox and Safari – while the internet is actually the wiring and network cabling that enables computers from all over the world to communicate with each other quickly and efficiently. The World Wide Web, which is where the millions of websites that are currently online are being hosted, is the actual system that operates by means of the above mentioned system of wiring and network cables.
Apps and Tools
Apps or applications as they are sometimes referred to as are larger and more complex pieces of software that enable users to perform various functions on computers as well as on smartphone devices these days – such as Microsoft Office. Tools, on the other hand, tend to be designed for a specific use, such as spyware programs and online calendars. However, over the past few years, the distinction between these two items has become somewhat less defined than before because of the fact that there are now apps that have more limited amounts of overall functionality, while a few of the newer tools have become more complex than apps have ever been.
Bandwidth and Data Allocation
The term ‘bandwidth’ is often confused with the amount of data that is allocated to a user’s internet account. For example, many internet users will state that they only have a specified amount of gigabytes’ worth of bandwidth to perform downloads, surf the internet and send or receive emails; however, this should be referred to as the amount of data instead. Bandwidth is actually the term that is used to describe the speed at which data travels along a connection, such as 50 MB, 100 MB or more – depending on the option a user has selected on an ISP account. The speed at which data will travel also depends on whether ADSL, broadband, cable or satellite connections are used.
Keeping up with tech-related terms and phrases is essential for everyone who uses a computer, smartphone or other device that connects to the internet. The good news is that web users who are unsure of what particular terms mean with regards to technology can access a vast array of sites that are able to explain everything in varying amounts of detail these days.