Tricky quiz puts the nation’s knowledge of phrases used in the tech industry to the test

A tricky multiple-choice quiz is putting the nation’s knowledge of everyday phrases used to describe tech to the test.

The seven-question challenge was created by online smartphone retailer e2save, who claim less than one in ten people are able to achieve a perfect score – despite the questions being suitable for the UK’s school curriculum. 

Creators say that more than half of people are unaware of who invented the mobile phone and a stream of people don’t know what 5G stands for.

So, will you be able to correctly solve all the questions? Scroll down to take the test and check your answers at the bottom.  

A seven-question multiple choice quiz is putting the nation's knowledge of tech to the test (file image)

A seven-question multiple choice quiz is putting the nation's knowledge of tech to the test (file image)

A seven-question multiple choice quiz is putting the nation’s knowledge of tech to the test (file image)

Mobile expert, Andrew Cartledge says: ‘Technology is part of most of our daily lives, we’re constantly surrounded by tech in one way or another, so it’s easy to think you’re tech savvy when it comes to commonly-heard terms.

‘These questions are all inspired by the technology curriculum, so it goes to show that school kids can definitely teach us a thing or two! Although with that said, it was interesting to see those in the 55-64 age bracket were the most clued up on tech, so it’s not all about the youth. 

‘There are plenty of resources out there that can help you get clued up on tech, including things like Google Garage or how-to guides from many of the major manufacturers, so we’d encourage people to take a look if they want to learn something new.

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Answers

1. If information is stored on the Internet, this is called _____ computing?

C) Cloud

Cloud computing is essentially the storage of information (such as databases, software and storage) over the Internet (‘the cloud’). This allows you to access your information wherever you have a connection, rather than being limited to a physical device like a laptop or computer.

2. What is an algorithm?

A) A list of rules to follow in order to solve a problem

Computers need to be told what to do, but before you write any code for solving a problem, you must create an algorithm, which is a list of rules that the computer will use to implement the code in the right order and execute the desired outcome.

3. What does the ‘C’ stand for in ‘ICT’?

A) Communications

ICT stands for Information Communications Technology. This refers to the access of information through communication technologies such as mobile phones, the Internet, and wireless signals.

4. What does URL stand for?

B) Uniform Resource Locator

A URL or Uniform Resource Locator is the address of a specific webpage on the Internet.

5. Who invented the mobile phone?

A) Martin Cooper

American Martin Cooper invented the first handheld cellular mobile phone while at Motorola in 1973 and helped develop the device and bring it to market a decade later in 1983.

6. How many characters were originally allowed in a tweet, when Twitter launched in 2006?

B) 140

The original character limit on the social networking platform Twitter was 140 characters, but as of 2017, the limit was increased to 280 characters. Jack Dorsey, Twitter’s CEO, shared the very first tweet on the platform, which was simply ‘just setting up my twttr’.

7. What does 5G refer to?

C) Fifth-generation

When referring to telecommunications, 5G means the fifth generation technology standard for cellular networks. Advancements in technology from predecessors include greater bandwidth enabling faster download speeds. Due to the increased speed, 5G networks may eventually be used for internet service providers alongside regular cabled internet.

 

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