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Apple user's dictionary of tech jargon

David Price | May 10, 2016
From Arrangement Mode to Xcode: we explain all the jargon in our plain-English dictionary of tech terms, focusing on concepts that affect Apple fans

On default settings, repeated calls to the iPhone will be let through after three rings, but you can tweak the way it works. You can even set it to allow through VIP callers only.

What is an ebook?

An electronic book. Made popular by the Amazon Kindle device and also purchased on iOS devices using iBooks. These are books that can be read on digital devices.

What is FaceTime?

Video conferencing technology implemented into iOS and Mac OS X technology. Enables users to easily start video conversations with other FaceTime users.

What is a fanboy?

Disparaging term used, often, by other fanboys who subscribe to a different type of fandom.

Google Android supporters may call users of Apple products fanboys (or fangirls which apparently is worse), thereby accusing them of slavish devotion and unthinking, cultish defensiveness. In the reverse situation the variant 'fandroid' might be used instead. Also heard frequently when discussing rival gaming platforms.

We gathered a few of the more entertaining or aggressive flame comments we've had from Android fanboys (many of them accusing us of being Apple fanboys) in our article Best (and worst) of the Android fanboys: Our 20 favourite troll comments.

What is firmware?

Firmware is program code stored within hardware that determines how it works. Unlike hardware, which is fixed, firmware can be updated (like software). However, firmware updates are infrequent. Firmware updates to Apple hardware are typically handled by Software Update.

What is Find My iPad/Find My iPhone?

App for iOS devices and iCloud web-based service that enables users to locate iOS and Mac OS X devices (iPhones and Macs, and so on). Integrates with Apple Maps and enables users to lock and send messages to missing devices.

What is flame? (And what is flame-bait?)

Flame and flaming are internet terms that refer to abusive (and usually profanity-laden) comments, most commonly posted anonymously on social forums and gaming chat rooms, but also in the comments section of news and comment articles. Journalists whose work is published online quickly develop a thick skin, or learn not to read the comments below their articles.

Ironically, an article that attracts a lot of flame may be considered a success in pure web traffic terms, as the flaming process gains momentum and other users are attracted to the spectacle. This may lead to other commenters accusing the writer of creating the piece as 'flame-bait' - that is to say, a deliberately 'bad' or controversial article designed intentionally to stir up argument and attract trolls or abusive commenters.

What is a flick?

A gesture used in iOS. Made by moving the finger swiftly in any direction (usually up or down). Often used to quickly move up and down a web page or through a long list of items.


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