E-Commerce and M-Commerce

Another sector of communication is E-commerce and M-commerce. This is recent technology that has developed due to the end users desire for the ability to purchase goods from home via the internet. E-commerce is the ability to buy and sell goods via the internet. It has revolutionized the way companies do business. Now we don’t need to leave our homes to purchase a car, get a loan, or shop. The introduction of devices such as smartphones and tablets in recent years also called has affordeecommerced us the luxury of purchasing items from almost anywhere this is known as M-commerce or mobile commerce. This is a fairly new technology that allows consumers to purchase and shop online from their mobile devices. There are many concerns with M-commerce and its ability to keep banking data secure. The first line of security starts with the user and requires that they create secure passwords to help prevent fraudulent activities on their accounts. Today’s mobile devices allows you to scan bar codes, check for sales, or even pay or receive banking transactions for your business.   E-commerce and M-commerce are changing the way we buy and sell goods.

Mobile Commerce. (n.d.). In Investopedia online. Retrieved from                 http://www.investopedia.com/terms/m/mobile-commerce.asp


Methods of Communication

internet communication2There are many methods of communicating that users use to interact socially for business or personal reasons.  You can video call, share and give information, read books, and even attend college using the internet.

Social Networking

Here at Bridge the Gap social networking is a good way to have novice and experts interact socially on the internet. Social networks function much like a community of internet users which depends on the common interest that site provides. Blogging, internet dating, think tanks, hobbies, religion, politics, and life style are various genres of communities that are often established. Facebook provides a service of social interaction unlike any other, allowing people to connect with family and friends across the world. I don’t think anyone could get bored using a computer. There are endless possibilities to talk and share with anyone around the world.

Social networking service. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015 from the OLPC Wiki:             http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Social_networking_service


Email is electronic mail that allows senders and addressees to receive messages/mail in real time. Unlike the mail that we send via the postal service senders are able to send messages instantly through electronic messaging. When email was first developed it worked like instant messenger in which both parties had to be online at the same time. Throughout the years email developed into what it is today; a secure way to send messages, pictures, video, and attachments. Emails are a fundamental way businesses communicate with each other as well as with their staff. It has become one of the most common ways we communicate, almost as popular as telephonic communication as it is not uncommon to be asked for your email address in lieu of a telephone number. It is definitely integrated into our everyday lives for both business and pleasure.

Email. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015 from the OLPC Wiki:             http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Email

Wikis and Blogs

Another way we communicate is through the use of blog’s and Wikis. Blogs are online personal journals or diaries. The author post, updates, and administers the site in real time. Blogs are used to express opinions on subjects that the author has published. Users can read blogs and also leave comments.

Wiki’s are similar to blogs. They are platforms that are meant for anyone to update in real time. Wiki’s have multiple authors which are edited by a group or team. Most of the time they contain links to other wiki’s. Wiki’s involve many communications that grow rapidly and change continuously.

Byrd, K. (2011). What is a blog? Blog Basics. Retrieved from             http://blogbasics.com/what-is-a-blog/

Podcasts and Webcasts

Webcast and podcast are another way we communicate through technology. Webcast is streaming multimedia live through a web site that can be watched by millions of people. When a user goes to UTUBE and watches a video or plays a sound it is done by webcast. It allows for unlimited viewing by accessing the web page. Podcast is a form of audio broadcasting on the internet. Podcast is a little different from Webcast as it requires users to hardware to assist in accessing broadcast such as Mp3 players or IPods. Podcast in many cases require a subscription much like a blog and allows subscribers to listen to syndicated files that can be automatically fed to your device.

Starak, Y. (2015). What is a Podcast? Entrepreneurs-Journey.com. Retrieved from             http://www.entrepreneurs-journey.com/230/what-is-a-podcast/

Streaming Media

Streaming media is video or audio content online that can be played immediately online via the internet. This form of media allows the user play video or audio in an instance without having to download a file to review it. Just as a dvd/cd player or downloaded file users are able to rewind or fast forward the content. In order to stream media a client application called a media player is needed. Media players can be added as a plug-in to your computer or could be a dedicated device such as a MP3 player or IPod.

Rouse, M. (2009, April). Streaming Media. Retrieved from http://whatis.techtarget.com/definition/streaming-media

History of the Internet and Web Browsers

To bridge the gap of Digital Divide we must begin by reviewing the origins of the internet and how it was created.  The internet was started by a military project called ARPA which stands for the Advance Research Project Agency in the late 50’s. The military wanted a technology that would allow them to communicate even in war time. They developed the ARPANET which was the first operational packet switch and lead to the development of TCP/IP communicating protocols.  The technology would develop into the first message sent and received using TCP/IP by UCLA and Stanford University.  As more people began using the network it continuously grew into a worldwide phenome with billions of users called the internet.



A GUI or mosaic user interface was eventually developed called a web browser.  One of the first web browsers was called Netscape.  Web browsers gave users the ability to send and receive secure transmitted data packets.  They could use email, check the news, weather, and surf the internet.  Web Browsers like Netscape, Internet Explorer, Firefox, and AOL were design to work on multiple platforms like Linux, Microsoft, and Macintosh computers.  A legal decision between Netscape and Internet Explorer allowed anyone to create browsers and use any browser the user so deemed.

Evans, A., Martin, K., & Poatsy, M. A. (2014). Technology In Action, Introductory, 11th     Edition. [VitalSource Bookshelf version]. Retrieved from             http://online.vitalsource.com/books/9781323028339

Internet. (n.d.). Retrieved January 27, 2015 from the OLPC Wiki:             http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Internet