Wireless Developer Network Glossary
B2B - Business-to-Business, also known as e-biz, is the exchange of products, services, or information between businesses rather than between businesses and consumers.
Bandwidth - Describes the transmission capacity of a medium in terms of a range of frequencies. A greater bandwidth indicates the ability to transmit a greater amount of data over a given period of time.
Baud - Baud was the prevalent measure for data transmission speed until replaced by a more accurate term, bps (bits per second).
BeOS - BeOS is a personal computer operating system that its makers describe as designed for the multimedia applications of the future.
Biometrics - Biometrics is the science and technology of measuring and statistically analyzing biological data.
Blue Screen Of Death - The blue screen of death is a rather terrifying display image containing white text on a blue background that is generated by Windows operating systems when the system has suddenly terminated with an error.
Bluetooth - A new wireless technology being developed by Ericsson Inc., Intel Corp., Nokia Corp. and Toshiba. The technology enables data connections between electronic devices such as desktop computers, wireless phones, electronic organizers and printers in the 2.4 GHz range. Bluetooth would replace cable or infrared connections for such devices.
Broadband - Describes a communications medium capable of transmitting a relatively large amount of data over a given period of time. A communications channel of high bandwidth.
BTA - Basic Trading Area. Usually composed of several contiguous counties. BTAs are a service area designed by Rand McNally and adopted by the FCC. There are 493 BTAs in the United States.