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Gateway:

The Viasat network includes a number of gateways on the ground around the U.S. The gateways connect the satellite to the internet. Each gateway has a large antenna that transmits the internet signal from the ground to the ViaSat satellite and back again.

Geosynchronous Orbit:

Often referred to as a geosynchronous equatorial orbit (GEO), this is a circular geosynchronous orbit 22,236 miles (35,786 km) above the Earth occupied by ViaSat and other communications satellites. In this orbit, objects match the rotation of the Earth, and thus appear to stay in the same place. This is what allows communications satellites to deliver service to stationary antennas on the ground.

GIF:

Graphics Interchange Format (GIF) is a compressed image file format that uses a compression formula. GIFs are based on indexed colors, which is a palette of at most 256 colors. This helps greatly reduce their file size. These compressed image files can be quickly transmitted over a network or the internet, which is why you often see them on web pages. GIF files are ideal for small icons and animated images, but they lack the color range to be used for high-quality photos.

Gigabyte:

A gigabyte is 2 to the 30th power or 1,073,741,824 bytes. It can be estimated as 10 to the 9th power, or one billion (1,000,000,000) bytes. A gigabyte is 1,024 megabytes and precedes the terabyte unit of measurement. Hard drive sizes are typically measured in gigabytes, such as a 160GB or 250GB drive. The term gigabyte is often often abbreviated as simply a “gig” in speech.

Gmail:

A free, advertising-supported email service developed by Google. Gmail is available across all your devices including Android, iOS and desktop devices. Users can access Gmail online via the web or mobile app. Gmail provides 15 GB of storage and uses third-party programs that synchronize email content through POP or IMAP protocols. Gmail features include a Google Apps sidebar, confidential mode with self-destructing emails, desktop notifications. hover-activated trash & snooze options, integrated search, offline support, Smart Compose & Smart Reply, which can suggest replies and autocomplete sentences, spam blockers, and an undo send option.

To sign up for Gmail, you will need to create a Google Account. You can use the username and password to sign in to Gmail and other Google products like YouTube, Google Play and Google Drive.

GoFundMe:

A for-profit online crowd-funding platform that allows people to raise money for events ranging from life events such as celebrations and graduations to challenging circumstances like accidents and illnesses. This is a free service available to use via the internet at the Official GoFundMe.com website or as a mobile app.

Google:

Google LLC is a U.S. technology company that began as a search engine research project. While conventional search engines ranked results by counting how many times the search terms appeared on a  webpage,  was designed to provide a better system that analyzed the PageRank relationships among websites. The new Google Search PageRank technology determined a website’s relevance by the number of webpages and the importance of those pages that linked back to the original website.

Google specializes in internet-related services and products, which include online advertising technologies, search engine, cloud computing, software & hardware and more. The company’s rapid growth since its launch has triggered a chain of products, acquisitions and partnerships beyond Google’s Search engine including:

Google also offers many other unique services designed for work and productivity (Google Docs, Sheets &  Slides), a free email service (Gmail),  social networking (Google+), GPS mapping & navigation services (Waze, & Street View) and video sharing (YouTube), as well as being a leader in the development of the Android mobile operating system (OS) and Chrome OS, which is a lightweight operating system based on the Chrome web browser.

Google Home:

A voice-activated speaker powered by the Google Assistant. Get answers straight from Google, manage your daily tasks and easily control any smart devices around your home. Google Home’s smart audio design integrates a high-excursion driver with a dual passive radiator design that delivers crystal-clear highs and deep lows for Hi-Fi sound that streams over a wireless network. It can easily hear you from across the room, thanks to two omni-directional microphones and neural beam-forming.

Google+:

Google Plus (stylized as Google+ or G+) is an internet-based social media network that is owned and operated by Google. The Google+ design team sought to replicate the way people interact offline more closely than is the case in other social networking services, such as Facebook and Twitter. The project’s slogan is “Real-life sharing rethought for the web.” Google+ is the fourth social networking platform created by Google after Google Buzz, Orkut and Google Friend Connect. It was launched in June 2011. This is a free social media networking service available to use via the internet at the Google+ website or as a mobile app.

GoToMyPC:

LogMeIn, Inc. is a provider of software as a service and cloud-based remote connectivity services for collaboration, IT management and customer engagement. The company develops several remote desktop software products such as GoToMyPC, which allows users to access computers remotely using through their web browser enabling remote access to their computer from anywhere on any device.

GPS:

Global Positioning System (GPS) is a satellite navigation system used to determine ground position and velocity (location, speed & direction). Though it was created and originally used by the U.S. military, GPS is now available to the general public world wide.

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