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Android
Android is a Linux-based operating system designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

App
APP is an abbreviation for application, usually refers to a software for a specific device or purpose.

Application
A computer software designed to help you perform a specific task.

B

Browser
A software program which provides access to web pages pages, e.g., Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, etc.

C

CD-ROM
An abbreviation for "Compact Disc Read-Only Memory." A computer with a CD-ROM drive is needed to read this kind of disc.

CMS
Abbreviation for Content Management System, a software package that makes it possible for non-technical users to publish content (text, images, etc) on a website.

Cascading Style Sheets (CSS)
Cascading Style Sheets are a feature of HTML that enables a range of styles for headers, body text, bullet points, links etc.

G

Google Products
Google products include all major desktop, mobile and online products released or acquired by Google Inc.

H

HTML
HyperText Markup Language (HTML) is the main markup language for displaying web pages and other information that can be displayed in a web browser.

I

ICT
Abbreviation for Information and Communications Technology.

iOS
iOS is Apple's mobile operating system.

iPad
The iPad is a tablet computer designed and developed by Apple. It is particularly marketed as a platform for audio and visual media.

iWaikato
iWaikato is the University Staff and Student Portal.

N

Network
A collection of computers and other hardware interconnected by communication channels that allow sharing of resources and information.

P

Panopto
Panopto is the University wide solution for capturing video and audio content for teaching, learning, research, and iTunes U.

Podcast
Pre-recorded audio or video files delivered via RSS feed onto the internet, and which can be played back through a computer or digital players such as iPods, MP3s, etc.

Proxy Server
An online tool (also known as a gateway) which is applied to a private network (e.g., the University of Waikato) to re-direct its own users to selected websites (e.g., our subscription databases).

Q

QR Code
QR is short for Quick Response and is a two dimensional bar code which can be read quickly by a cell phone or tablet device with a camera and QR reader application. They can be printed on paper or displayed on a screen and are used to encode small amounts of information such as a website URL, GPS location, product information or other useful short text.

S

Software
A generic term describing all kinds of computer programs, applications and operating systems.

V

VPN
See Virtual Private Network

Virtual Private Network
VPN (Virtual Private Network) is a remote access technology that allows you to connect to the University’s network using any internet connection - Worldwide.

W

WWW
Abbreviation for World Wide Web.

WYSIWYG
Acronym for What You See Is What You Get, refers to what you see on the screen.

Wireless (Wifi)
A way of transmitting information without cables that is reasonably fast.

World Wide Web
Usually referred to simply as the Web. This is the most powerful and fastest growing Internet service.

E

eLearning
eLearning (sometimes E-learning) encompasses all forms of technology enhanced (or enabled) learning (TEL) whether that happens on campus or at a distance. Learning & teaching is mediated through ICT services and hardware. This will include computers, tablets, mobile devices and handheld devices. It also includes services supplied by the University such as Moodle and Google Apps as well as external services which are not directly controlled by the University.

LD Self ServiceLog Your Own Ticket

The University has provided a Self Service tool through which you can log your own tickets (jobs). You can also search for a previously logged ticket to check it's status. For urgent jobs you can phone the ITS Service Desk: ext 4008 (838 4008) for support.

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