By Melanie Hedgespeth | Aug. 20, 2018

Even though many have grown up with, or been around, technology for decades, tech terminology still sometimes seems like a foreign language. By understanding key terms, you can more easily ask for help and navigate technology without getting frustrated.

Kindergarteners through adults, here are a few words to master.

A browser is what you use to navigate the Internet.  Examples are Chrome, Edge & Firefox.

Uniform Resource Locator

The address of a website. If you want to visit the Salina Public Library website, you type in the URL


Search Engine
To find what you want on the Internet, you use a search engine.  Popular engines are Google, Bing and Yahoo.

Wireless internet that you can connect to on your smartphone, tablet or computer. Typically WiFi connections are free, although some may require you to pay to gain access. If you go to McDonald’s, Spangles or your fantastic public library there is free WiFi!

3G and 4G data are typically what you see for smartphones. This tells you how fast your mobile device connection is to the internet. (3G means third generation and 4G means fourth generation.) The increase has allowed us to stream video without waiting for it to buffer. Data plans from your smartphone provider vary. The more data you want to use, rather than WiFi, the pricier the plan.


Applications or “apps” are bits of software that you use to create documents, access the internet, check social media and play games. The browsers mentioned above are all apps. Solitaire, Angry Birds, Google Docs, Instagram and Facebook are apps. Applications can be utilized on a smartphone, tablet or computer.