DigElearn Digital Glossary

We have compiled terms and their definitions from different digital technologies. You will find that some terms are linked with others which will be highlighted in the text or end with a “See” link. If you see a terminology that we have not covered please let us know — contact us. We also review, update and add new terms on a quarterly basis. We hope this helps you in getting more digital savvy.

Watson

A AI-based question answering computer system capable of answering questions posed in natural language, developed in IBM’s DeepQA project by a research team led by principal investigator David Ferrucci. Watson was named after IBM’s first CEO, industrialist Thomas J. Watson.

WhatsApp Messenger

A freeware, cross-platform and end-to-end encrypted instant messaging application for smartphones. It uses the Internet to make voice calls, one to one video calls; send text messages, documents, PDF files, images, GIF, videos, user location, audio files, phone contacts and voice notes to other users using standard cellular mobile numbers. WhatsApp Inc., based in Mountain View, California, was acquired by Facebook in February 2014 for approximately US$19.3 billion. By February 2016, WhatsApp had a user base of over one billion, making it the most popular messaging application at the time.

Word Cloud

A way to graphically show the popularity of word usage in a document — the more a word is used the bigger the word appears in the graphic. Blogs or websites can use word clouds for a fun way to see the most popular words

WordPress

An online, open source website creation tool written in PHP. But in non-geek speak, it’s probably the easiest and most powerful blogging and website content management system (or CMS) in existence today.

Workstream

Progressive completion of tasks by different groups in a company to finish a single project

WPAN

A WPAN (wireless personal area network) is a personal area network — a network for interconnecting devices centered around an individual person’s workspace — in which the connections are wireless. Typically, a wireless personal area network uses some technology that permits communication within about 10 meters — in other words, a very short range. One such technology is Bluetooth, which was used as the basis for a new standard, IEEE 802.15.

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