New words – 5 May 2014

May 5, 2014


ransom spam noun spam emails that introduce ransomware to your computer

Ransom spam tricks you into thinking there is a problem with your computer and wanting to charge you to unlock or fix your PC.

[www.wikiwirral.co.uk 15 November 2013]


infinity scroll noun a page on the Internet that keeps on loading more ads and links as you scroll it down, so that you never reach the end

Infinity scroll keeps looping (start over and over)

[http://stackoverflow.com 20 December 2013]

power-up noun a reward in a computer game that gives the player an advantage

And that got entrepreneurs excited: if everyone’s so keen on power-ups and achievements, why not have them do something beneficial in the pursuit of those things?

[GQ (UK men’s magazine) Nov 2013]

splinternet noun a (possible future) internet that is split into many parts because of national or commercial interests, laws, restrictions, etc.

If countries proceed with data localization and similar efforts, the Internet will be broken up into a ‘splinternet’ of smaller national and regional pieces, with barriers around each of the splintered Internets, he added.

[www.pcworld.com 14 November 2013]

Search giant Google Inc on Wednesday warned that U.S. spying operations risk fracturing the open Internet into a ‘splinter net’ that could hurt American business.

[http://www.reuters.com/ 13 November 2013]


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