Techno-jargon can be kind of a pain in the you-know-where, especially for the lay person who’s only trying to use his or her device to perform a specific function, rather than as an additional appendage upon which virtually (no pun intended) everything relies. Today, we’re here to help you achieve a little bit more familiarity with some of the more common words, phrases and acronyms in the world of tech. So, say goodbye to your confusion!

3D Printing – The next step in the line of technology that brought you the standard laser and slightly more advanced inkjet printers, 3D printing is the future of physically rendered digital designs. Capable of producing anything from recreational flights of fancy to fully operational machines and even electrical circuits, you may not have a need for 3D printing just yet, but give it time! 

Anti-poopsocking – This one may come as a rather rude and graphic surprise to those of you not immersed in the world of online gaming. As it just so happens, though, some gamers are so ardently devoted to their progress in a given game that they will allow gameplay to trump all other priorities, even up to and including the call of nature. Many games are now designed with built-in anti-poopsocking features that will force a gamer to cease play for some period of time, if only to help them justify a trip to the John. 

Bluetooth 4.0 – Really nothing at all like a green thumb, Bluetooth 4.0 is the newest and most advanced iteration of the beloved wireless pairing technology that keeps a plethora of devices connects. 

Device Driver – These little smidgeons of programming code allow you to seamlessly incorporate an external device (e.g., mouse, webcam, hard drive, etc.) in the use of your host device (e.g., laptop, desktop, etc.), but you’re still the one driving, to be clear.

Gesture – Not exactly the thumbs up or piece sign with which you grew up. These gestures are used in conjunction with your mouse’s cursor, a touchscreen, or a trackpad, allowing the user to shortcut his or her way to some readily utilized feature or screen configuration. Just be careful, as gestures differ from platform to platform.

JavaScript – In short, JavaScript is a programming language that is primarily used in the development of interactive web browser content, but you can probably rest assured that if you’re not a coder, then learning JavaScript will do you about as much good as learning Sanskrit or Aramaic. 

Megapixel – While this buzzword is usually the only thing that those unfamiliar with digital photography hear or consider in their research and purchase, megapixels are only one factor that contribute to overall image quality. One megapixel is a grouping of one million pixels, and, theoretically, the more pixels, the higher the potential resolution of the subsequent image. Think of it this way: megapixels are to digital cameras what horsepower is to cars. There’s more to think about than just this one factor. 

Phablet – This sharp portmanteau combines the “ph” of phone and the “ablet” or tablet for the purpose of having something to call those devices that exist in that grey area between those two categories. Blending the portability of a phone with the larger screen size of a tablet, phablets usually measure in somewhere between 5-7 inches, making your next order of business finding a garment with large enough pockets to house the thing. 

Skeuomorphism – This mouthful of a word is actually a simpler concept than you might think. It basically just refers to the interface design practice of making an element emulate its real-world counterpart. Like sticky note widgets that look like real sticky notes or eBook downloads that are represented as actual book covers on shelves, this method is designed to make users feel at home while navigating a computer’s interface.

VP9 – Yes, it does sort of sound like the newest of James Bond’s Aston Martins. While not as sleek, VP9 is no less functional it what it’s designed to accomplish. Indeed, it’s the leading royalty-free and Google developed video compression standard. As it’s capable of compressing video of 4K or higher resolution, it’s definitely a worthy tool to have in your arsenal. 

That’s all for now, as we’ve got to get back to less pressing business, because you’re most definitely our highest priority. For those of you who got a big juicy bite of tech knowledge and now crave more, check in with us again soon for round two of our awesome tech glossary.