Digital Communication

Task 1: Communication Protocols

WAP – Wireless Application Protocol is a technical standard for accessing information over a mobile network. This enabled mobile devices to access functions like emails, websites and news.

GPRS – General Packet Radio Service is packet mobile data service on 2g and 3g cellular communications. It is usually charged based on the volume of data transferred.

Web 2.o – The second stage of the internet, showing the switch from static web pages to dynamic pages and the rise of Social Media.

ADSL – Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line is a data communications technology that has faster data transmission over copper telephone lines than the usual conventional modem.

MMS – Multimedia Messaging Service is a way to send messages over cellular networks that include multimedia content such as pictures and videos.

SMS – Short Message Service enables mobile users to send text messages over cellular networks.

IM – Instant Messaging offers real-time chat between users over internet connection.

VOIP – Voice Over Internet Protocol is the technology for delivering voice-communication and other multimedia (video for example) over internet.

FORUMS – An Internet forum where people can have discussions on a whole range of topics in the form posts on a board.

GSM – Global System for Mobile Communications is a standard to describe the protocols for 2g cellular networks on mobile phones.

Bluetooth – Is a wireless technology that enables users to transmit data over a short distance.

Domain Names and URLs – A domain name is an identification that defines an authority on the internet. A Uniform Resource Locator (URL) is a reference to a resource on the web that specifies its location.

Micro-Blogging – The practise of making short, frequent posts to a microblog. A Microblog differs from an actual blog, as its content is much smaller than that of a regular blog.

Video Conferencing – Is a telecommunication technology that enables two users to simultaneously communicate video and / or audio transmissions.

QR Codes – Quick response Code is a type of matrix barcode that is a machine-readable optical label that contains information about an item usually found on the internet.

NFC – Near Field Communication is a communication protocol that enable two electronic devices (one of them is usually portable) to establish communication.

Task 2: Using Digital Communication Systems

Text Message (Conversation with my sister, Informal language, Device is my iPhone):

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Email (Conversation with boss Stephen, Formal language, Email client is Gmail, Device is Desktop):

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Social Media (Twitter feed, Tweets & Retweets, Language is informal, Device is Mobile):

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Skype (Use for Business and informal chats with friends, language is formal and informal, Devices is both mobile and desktop):

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Infographic on communication usage:

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