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What is NFC (Near Field Communications)?What is NFC (Near Field Communications)?
NFC, the abbreviation for Near Field Communications, is a technology that allows you to transfer data wirelessly between two devices. Like WiFi and Bluetooth, it's one more type of wireless communication standard that allows communication between any two devices that . . . keep reading

What is Authentication?What is Authentication?
Authentication is how someone (often a website) verifies you are who you say you are, also known as your "identity." The basic idea goes back thousands of years -- any time a sentry said, "Halt! Who goes there?" he was taking the first step of authentication. Websites use . . . keep reading

What is a Download?What is a Download?
A download is a file you can acquire from a computer on a network and save to your local computer or device. Moving a file is called downloading, which refers to the process of moving a file from a networked computer to your local device. . . . keep reading

What do Online and Offline Mean?What do Online and Offline Mean?
Online means that a computer, device, or a person is connected to a network, and usually this means the Internet. While off-line means the computer, device, or person is not connected to a network, cannot be reached, and cannot communicate with any other computer or device. . . . keep reading

What is a Hackathon?What is a Hackathon?
A Hackathon is an event where computer programmers gather together and develop software programs collaboratively in a short period. Hackathons are also called Hack Days, Hackfests or Codefests and can last a day or up to a week in duration. . . . keep reading