Glossary - our guide to modern technology
At emporia, we want to make technology as accessible and simplified for as many people as possible. That is why we invest so much time and research into the way we design our phones. In this glossary you will find explanations for many of the features you will find on our devices, but we have also extended it to include many common terms and descriptions that you may come across in relation to modern day communicatuons in general. If you cannot find what you are looking for here, please feel free to drop us an email at UKpress@emporiatelecom.co.uk and we will try our best to give you an answer.
App is short for application and an App can be anything from a shopping guide to a list of what’s on at your local cinema. Tap the appropriate App icon on your screen and it will open revealing all the information you need.
A mobile app is a software application designed to run on smartphones, tablet computers and other mobile devices. emporiaSMART.3 comes with many useful apps already installed, but if you want more, it’s really easy. Simply click on PlayStore and choose the ones you want to instal
Bluetooth is a wireless technology for the free exchange of data over short distances between devices, such as between a mobile phone and a headset. Since making calls while driving is only permitted if a hands-free system is used, Bluetooth provides the perfect way of connecting the headset and mobile phone.
A headset is a headphone combined with a microphone. A headset with Bluetooth capability can provide wireless connectivity with a compatible mobile phone. For example, it can access an audio channel and regulate the volume via additional data channels. Bluetooth technology is particularly useful in the car since cell phone use when driving is not permitted, and calls may only be made using a hands-free headset.
Everything on a computer or smartphone uses memory. A byte is a set of 8 bits that represent a single character in the computer’s memory. Bytes are used to measure file sizes, hard disk space, and computer memory. Larger amounts of data are measured in megabytes, gigabytes, and terabytes. One kilobyte is equal to 1,024 bytes. (Don’t ask us why it’s not 1,000 bytes.)
Your telephone number, or caller ID, is automatically presented to every line dialled if the destination phone supports this feature. If you do not want your caller ID to be presented, you can restrict caller ID presentation by selecting the “CLIR” option in the “Settings” menu.
Also known as a docking station or docking cradle, the charge cradle provides a convenient way of recharging your mobile phone. When you put the phone in its cradle, it recharges automatically and is always ready for use. Standing upright in the cradle, the mobile phone is clearly visible and has a dedicated place in your home, just like a landline phone. emporia charge cradles offer ultimate convenience as you can use the hands-free function to make calls while the phone is charging. The charge cradle can also be mounted on the wall.
The Cloud is simply a term used to describe a section of the Internet which is used for securely storing data so that you don't have to keep it on your own device or computer. It is especially helpful fo storing large amounts of data which frees up your computer's memory. It also means you can access your data from any device or computer, even if you are away from your home, so long as you remember your password
The red emergency button is particularly large and is located on the back of several emporia models. It can be pressed directly in case of an emergency. If the emporia emergency button is pressed for three seconds, the phone automatically notifies up to five preset numbers in succession. This ensures that the emergency call gets through and does not end up on an answering machine or in a mailbox.
According to the German product testing foundation, Stiftung Warentest, the emporia emergency call function is a particularly clever and useful feature. If the emporia emergency button is pressed for three seconds, the phone automatically notifies up to five predefined numbers in succession, such as your spouse, a family member, your neighbour, doctor or emergency services. This ensures that the emergency call gets through and does not end up on an answering machine or in a mailbox.
Facebook is a social networking website that was originally designed for college students but is now open to anyone over 13 years old. Facebook users can create and customise their own profiles with photos, videos, and information about themselves. Friends can browse the profiles of other friends and write messages on their pages. But you can adjust your privacy settings to only allow people to view part or all of your profile
A flip-style mobile phone has a hinge that divides the phone into two parts. The phone closes like a clam, making it more compact while also protecting the phone. The emporiaTIME features a high-quality flap that fits over the keypad so that it is always protected when you’re carrying the phone.
FM stands for “frequency modulation” and refers to a broadcast technology that uses frequency modulation to provide sound over broadcast radio. A mobile phone with FM radio allows you to tune into talk or music radio. emporia phones with FM radio have an integrated antenna so you can listen to the radio without a headset.
Global Positioning System is a satellite navigation system used to determine where you are, what speed you are travelling, and in which direction. Created by the U.S. military, GPS is now available to the general public all over the world. All smartphones have this system, allowing the unit to be located anywhere in the world
The volume on your cell phone can be set individually. You can decide what volume is most comfortable for you to conduct your phone calls and hear the party on the other end. The handset volume on emporia cell phones can be set up to “very, very loud” to ensure you can hear everything even without a hearing aid.
The Internet is so called because it connects computer networks just like roads connect towns and cities. It was developed for the US military to maintain communications through computers in case of emergency and then became a civilian experiment, connecting university mainframe computers for sharing academic data.
As the use of personal computers grew, so did the Internet as more and more users plugged their computers into the network. Today, it has grown into a spider’s web of millions of computers, all connected by cables and wireless signals.
No single person owns the Internet. No single government has authority over its operations. It’s a free and open broadcast medium. The Cloud is just a term used to describe an area of the Internet where data is stored securely so that it does not take up storage on your computer or phone.
The integrated LED torch is a practical tool. It stays lit as long as the button on the side of the casing remains pressed. This has the advantage that the torch cannot accidentally discharge the battery. Furthermore, the torch on the emporiaELEGANCE model flashes brightly for incoming calls. In addition to the vibration alert, this is a useful function for people with impaired hearing.
Phishers are trying to steal your personal information. They send out e-mails that appear to come from legitimate websites such as eBay, PayPal or other banking institutions. The e-mails say that your information needs to be updated or validated and ask that you click a link included in the e-mail and enter your username and password. Some e-mails will ask that you enter even more information, such as your full name, address, phone number, social security number, and credit card number.
If you think such an e-mail might be fake there’s an easy way to check. Instead of clicking the link in the e-mail, go to the website by typing the web address into your browser’s address field. If you are prompted to update your information after you have manually typed in the Web address and logged in, then the e-mail was probably legitimate. However, if you are not asked to update any information, then the e-mail was most likely a spoof sent by a phisher.
Most legitimate e-mails will address you by your full name at the beginning of the message. If there is any doubt that the e-mail is legitimate, don’t enter your information and delete the e-mail
If you don’t want to forget an upcoming event, such as a birthday or an appointment, you can use the handy reminder function on your mobile phone. Simply enter the specific date and time and the cell phone will sound an alert tone when the date arrives. The alarm clock function works in the same way: set your preferred wake-up time and the phone will sound an alarm tone at that time.
If you want to find information about anything on the internet, enter keywords into a search engine and within seconds you will have an answer. Google is the world’s most popular search engine. It began as a research project in 1996 by two Ph.D. students at Stanford University. They developed a method of ranking Web pages not just by content and keywords, but by how many other Web pages linked to each page.
With slider style phones, the top part of the mobile phone slides up to reveal the keypad underneath. The emporiaLIFEplus is a slider phone and 80% of its functions are accessible when the phone is closed. This compact style of phone offers a very large display within the available space.
Smartphone is a term used to describe mobile phones that are more like mini computers. Smartphones allow you to do a lot more than just phone or text and have larger displays and faster processors than ordinary feature phones. They also give you access to the internet and e-mail. And just like a computer, they run operating systems which allow them to use Apps.
An extra-strong vibration discreetly signals an incoming call. This ensures you never miss a call in loud surroundings or if your ringtone is low. You can enable a ringtone along with the vibration function or just use the vibration function on its own. Also suitable for individuals with impaired hearing.