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Tech word/term of the week

Published:Monday | September 15, 2014 | 12:00 AM

Written and Compiled by Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

Firmware

Oftentimes, hardware devices may stop communicating with other computer hardware which may be related to a required firmware update. Firmware is a set of instructions programmed into a hardware device such as smartphones, smart TVs, digital electronic devices even traffic lights. The firmware is typically permanent or described as semi-permanent as while it cannot be removed from a device it may be altered through a manufacturer's recommended update. Some digital devices will not automatically produce a message explaining to users of new updates. If any digital devices at home or work have malfunctioned without any physical interference, check the manufacturers' websites to find out if there are any firmware updates before throwing them away or returning them to the vendor.

Tech poll of the week

What technological device is most important to you?

(a) Computer (Desktop or Laptop) 37%

(b) Tablet 7%

(c) Game Console 5%

(d) Mobile Phone 34%

(e) Audio-Visual Devices

(that is, Radio and/or Television) 17%