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How to get quick definitions for acronyms and abbreviations

It happens to the best of us. We run into a string of all-caps that must mean something, but isn't explained in context. If you're lucky, a quick search can come up with possibilities, but Chrome and Firefox users have access to Abbrex, a nifty extension that provides pop-up definitions quickly and easily.

By January 9, 2012


Euroboffins get €10m to think up cool acronyms, also hopefully make apps work everywhere

Fokus, an alliance of networks, manufacturers and standards bodies have been united by a plan to standardise apps, €10m in Eurofunding, and a love of cool acronyms.

By September 23, 2010


Data Loss Prevention needs a new name--and acronym

Data Loss Prevention, or DLP, was appropriate circa 2005, but not in 2008. So if DLP doesn't fit anymore, what does?

By June 19, 2008


Ask Anything: Cell phone acronyms explained

What do 3G, GSM, and CDMA mean? CNET cell phone expert Kent German has the answers.

May 21, 2008


It's the acronym from hell contest

I've come across a lot of abbreviations and acronyms in this industry, but the NVMHCIWG takes the cake.

By December 3, 2007


Odds & Ends: CDT, AIM, USB (and other acronyms)

Odds & Ends: CDT, AIM, USB (and other acronyms)

By November 18, 1999


Vaio Pro and Fit are first Vaio laptops since being sold off by Sony

Vaio is now a separate company to Sony, but its first two laptops are familiar for more than their name.

By July 1, 2014


The Avengers land in Times Square

For a limited time, Discovery's Manhattan museum is hosting a Marvel-themed exhibit. CNET got an opening night preview of the Times Square showcase, which was nirvana for comics nerds.

By May 30, 2014


Smart seat belt could alert dozy drivers

An EU-funded consortium is working to create sensors that would integrate with seat belts and seat covers to alert drivers when they get sleepy.

By July 24, 2014


North Korea names space agency 'NADA,' mimics NASA logo

North Korea's newly named space agency sports the unfortunate acronym "NADA" and features a familiar-looking logo.

By April 2, 2014