Wacom - Wacom pen tablets are easy to set up, easy to use. Plug it into the USB port, or connect wirelessly, install the software, and go. The tablet works with many of the creative programs you already use. And it comes bundled with a range of software designed for creatives, like Autodesk SketchBook Express and ArtRage® Studio.
WAIS (Wide Area Information Servers) - A commercial software package that allows the indexing of huge quantities of information, and then making those indices searchable across networks such as the Internet. A prominent feature of WAIS is that the search results are ranked (scored) according to how relevant the hits are, and that subsequent searches can find more stuff like that last batch and thus refine the search process.
Walled Garden - A browsing environment that controls the information and Web sites the user is able to access. This is a popular method used by ISPs in order to keep the user navigating only specific areas of the Web, whether for the purpose of shielding users from information — such as restricting children’s access to pornography — or directing users to paid content that the ISP supports.
Wallpaper -An image designed to appear as the background on your device’s Home screen.
WAN (Wide Area Network)- Any internet or network that covers an area larger than a single building or campus.
WAP - WAP can refer to the Wireless Application Protocol, or can be used to mean Wireless Access Point.
WAP 1.0 - WAP (Wireless Application Protocol) is a format of mobile web that relies on WML markup language and special protocols designed for ultra-efficient transmission of content to limited devices over limited connections.
WAP 2.0 - WAP 2.0 is a popular format of choice for mobile web that relies on a new set of standards that are more in line with Internet standards. Using xHTML, mobile carriers, content providers and media companies can present content and functionality in more robust formats via faster wireless technologies.
War Chalking - War chalking is a hobbyist pursuit using sidewalk chalk to “mark” areas of wireless network access. War chalking uses a series of pictograms or icons to represent open and closed networks, and includes the SSID and sometimes the information needed to access the network.
War Driving - Another hobbyist pursuit, war drivers will use their cars, wireless equipment, and mapping software to map out the wireless coverage of an area. Some groups have collaborated to map out entire cities. The resulting map may be shared amongst group members or published to the Internet and will identify, as closely as possible, the location of APs, their SSIDs, and whether the networks are open or closed.
Warm boot - To restart the computer by pressing Ctrl+ Alt+ Del simultaneously on your system’s keyboard or to press the restart button on the front of your computer’s case.
Watch ON™ Remote - An app for your Samsung Galaxy Gear™ that lets you change the channel and volume on a compatible TV right from your smart watch.
WAV - A format for digital sound files that can be played on nearly all Windows® and iOS® apps that support sound.
Wave ( wav) file - Wave is the standard form for uncompressed audio on a PC and the files usually have a .wav file extension. Since a wave file is uncompressed data – as close a copy to the original analog data as possible – it is therefore much larger than the same file would be in a compressed format such as mp3 or RealAudio. Audio CDs store their audio in, essentially, the wave format. Your audio will need to be in this format in order to be edited using a wave editor, or burned to an audio CD that will play in your home stereo.
WCDMA - WCDMA (Wideband Code Division Multiple Access) is a high-speed 3G mobile wireless technology with the capacity to offer higher data speeds than CDMA and therefore can transmit and receive information faster and more efficiently.
Wearable Tech - Devices, such as smart watches, fitness trackers, glasses and even shoes, worn by a user. Most can be synced with a computer or a mobile device.
Web site - The entire collection of web pages and other information (such as images, sound, and video files, etc.) that are made available through what appears to users as a single web server. Typically all of the pages in a web site share the same basic URL, for example the following URLs are all for pages within the same web site:http://www.google.ca,http://games.yahoo.com/,http://www.altavista.com/image/.
Web page - A document designed for viewing in a web browser. Typically written in HTML. A web site is made of one or more web pages.
Web ring - A way of interlinking related Web sites so that people can visit many similar Web sites by just following the “Web ring” link on each page. Most Web rings allow people to browse backwards or forwards through the sites in the ring, or choose to visit individual sites from a list.
Web - Short for World Wide Web
Web Kit - The engine that powers the web-based browsers on many mobile devices.
Web OS - An operating system developed by Palm® for use in Palm mobile devices.
WEP - Wired Equivalent Privacy is the original encryption scheme implemented in wireless networks. Using RC4 and either a 40bit or 104 bit pre-shared key, WEP provides about the same level of privacy as using a hub does on a wired network. Easily broken, WEP is typically only deployed in home networks.
White balance - White balance is the process of capturing the correct colors for the type of available light. Think of it as making sure the color white is always white, and doesn’t have blue or red tints. Many cameras come with a white balance menu, as well as an auto white balance feature.
Whitelist - Marking a particular entity as “approved” in order to ensure it is included. For example, you could use an industry filter to allow (whitelist) technology.
Wholesale Price - The price manufacturers, distributors, or other wholesalers charge retailers for products.
Wholesaler - A manufacturer, distributor, or similar that sells to retailers.
Wide angle - Wide angle is a lens that uses a grouping of glass to enable a shorter focal length than the physical body of the lens would normally permit. In doing so, the wide angle lens can capture more of a subject from an equal distance when compared to a normal lens of the same size.
Widget - An interactive item you can add to the Home screen of your mobile device to give you quick access to information or tasks you perform frequently. For example, widgets can provide weather updates, upcoming calendar events, and the ability to quickly turn Wi-Fi on and off. Many come preinstalled on your device and can be customized to fit your needs. More widgets can be downloaded from the app store on your device.
Widget (BlackBerry®) - An interactive item you can add to the Home screen of your mobile device to give you quick access to information or tasks you perform frequently. For example, widgets can provide weather updates, upcoming calendar events, and the ability to quickly turn Wi-Fi on and off. Many come preinstalled on your device and can be customized to fit your needs. More widgets can be downloaded from BlackBerry World.
Widget (Windows® Phone) - An interactive item you can add to the Home screen of your mobile device to give you quick access to information or tasks you perform frequently. For example, widgets can provide weather updates, upcoming calendar events, and the ability to quickly turn Wi-Fi on and off. Many come preinstalled on your device and can be customized to fit your needs. More widgets can be downloaded from the Windows Phone Store.
Wi-Fi - A short-range wireless technology that provides a high-speed Internet connection to wireless data devices. Many locations offer Wi-Fi connections, including airports, hotels, restaurants and more. Using a Wi-Fi connection instead of your mobile network can help reduce your mobile data usage. Be aware that some public Wi-Fi connections may not be secure. You should only connect to those you trust and use some form of Internet security on your devices.
Wi-Fi Calling - A service that lets you make and receive calls on your compatible device's phone number over a Wi-Fi network.
Wi-Fi Direct - A standard that allows Wi-Fi devices to connect to each other without the need for a wireless access point, like a hotspot. For example, you can use Wi-Fi Direct to transfer a file between your compatible smartphone and tablet, without first connecting to your home Wi-Fi router or a public hotspot. Wi-Fi Direct can also be used to connect a wireless mouse, keyboard, headset or other accessory to your device.
Wi Max - The WAN or community deployment of wireless networking, Wi Max was initially started by Intel and is now designated by the IEEE as 802.16. Wi Max offers ranges measured in miles and bandwidth of up to 1 gbps. Wi Max deployments are limited at present, but can include last mile services, regional mesh networks, and municipal access for entire cities.
Windows Containers - The third technical preview of Windows Server 2016 introduced Windows Server Containers capabilities (later referred to simply as Windows Containers), which provide operating system-level virtualization that allows for multiple isolated applications to be run on a single system. Windows Containers provide application isolation through process and namespace isolation technology by sharing a kernel with the container host and all other containers running on the host.
Windows Media® Player - A software media player used for playing audio and video on computers running Microsoft® Windows® or Windows® Mobile. The basic file formats are WMV (Windows Media Video & Audio), WMA (Windows Media Audio) and ASF (Advanced Systems Format).
WINDOWS MOBILE - Windows Mobile was a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft for smartphones and Pocket PCs. Launched in 2000, it was the predecessor of Windows Phone and was discontinued with the introduction of its successor in 2010.
Windows Mobile Device Center - Software created by Microsoft® that lets you synchronize your music, videos, contacts, calendar events and more between a Windows® Phone device and a computer running Windows XP or newer.
WINDOWS PHONE - Windows Phone is a mobile operating system developed by Microsoft, and is the successor to its Windows Mobile platform. Launched in second half of 2010, Microsoft had created a new and much neater user interface called Metro.
Windows® Operating System - An operating system for mobile devices created by Microsoft. This OS is known for its vibrant Start screen with Live Tiles.
Windows® Store - An online store available through a Windows device where you can browse, search and download apps designed to run on the Windows OS.
Wireless Charging - A way to charge a device without having to plug it directly into a power outlet. Also called inductive charging, it uses a magnetic field to send the energy from a transmitter to a receiver (pad, plate, etc.) that you can lay the device on. The device charges while it’s lying on the receiver.
Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) - Free wireless notifications that are delivered to your mobile device as a public safety system provided by Authorized Senders designed to inform you of imminent threats to safety or missing persons alerts in your area.
Wireless Home Phone - An analog telephone adapter that lets you connect your home phone(s) to the Verizon Wireless CDMA network, replacing your landline connection. You can keep your current home phone number or choose a new one.
Wireless Phone Protection - A program that provides replacement mobile devices in the event of loss, theft or damage. Replacements are underwritten by Liberty Insurance Underwriters, Inc. or one of its insurance company affiliates. Asurion Insurance Services, Inc. (in NY, Asurion; in California, Agent License #0B35141) is the agent and provides the claims servicing under this program.
WLAN - Wifi is the wireless connection you get through a local network (e.g. your Internet hub at home) rather than the mobile network (e.g. 3G connection), which requires a subscription and often has a usage limit.
Wma files - WMA is a format similar to MP3. This is essentially a competing format created by Microsoft and used primarily in Windows Media Player and other compatible programs. Microsoft claims that Windows Media files are even better than MP3 files, but MP3 files are still much more prevalent on the internet.
Workgroup Bridge - A pair of APs that provide connectivity between two different wireless segments are a workgroup bridge. Entire offices can be connected wirelessly using workgroup bridges, or small office on another floor of a building, or across the street from the main office, may be connected using workgroup bridges rather than by running cables. These are extremely popular in downtown areas where offices are spread out across multiple buildings that are still close together, and where the cost of running fibre or copper cables is excessive.
World Device - A phone that you can use in the US and while traveling internationally. It operates both within the Verizon Wireless CDMA network and the overseas GSM networks. See also CDMA and GSM.
World machine - Powerful and flexible, World Machine combines procedural terrain creation, simulations of nature, and interactive editing to produce realistic looking terrain quickly and easily.
Worm - A worm is a virus that does not infect other programs. It makes copies of itself, and infects additional computers (typically by making use of network connections) but does not attach itself to additional programs; however a worm might alter, install, or destroy files and programs.
WWW (World Wide Web) - World Wide Web (or simply Web for short) is a term frequently used (incorrectly) when referring to “The Internet”. WWW has two major meanings.
First, loosely used, the whole constellation of resources that can be accessed using Gopher, FTP, HTTP, telnet, USENET, WAIS and some other tools.
WPA - Wi-Fi Protected Access is a security protocol for wireless networks that was designed to replace WEP. It uses TKIP to encrypt data and is much more resistant to attacks that WEP is, but still has cryptographic vulnerabilities that make it undesirable for use. WPA was an IEEE 802.11i draft. WPA Personal typically uses an initial PSK to establish authentication, but the protocol has been extended to use EAP methods where available.
WPA2 - Wi-Fi Protected Access v2 is currently the strongest encryption protocol available to wireless networks, and is the current 802.11i standard. It uses AES encryption for data and is considered cryptographically strong. WPA2 Personal uses a PSK to establish initial authentication, but WPA2 Enterprise can use various EAP methods to ensure a strong authentication without the need for a PSK.
WPS - Wi-Fi Protected Setup makes it easier for users to add Wi-Fi clients to WPA and WPA2 protected wireless networks. It was intended to help non-technical home users deploy WPA security, but is vulnerable to a brute-force attack and should not be used. WPS can use a PSK, encryption settings transferred using a USB key, a PIN, NFC, or with a simple push button approach.