Information Technology Quiz Questions

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Information Technology Quiz Questions
1. According to ComScore, Inc, US shoppers spent a whopping $27 billion online in the holiday season with the second most productive day being ‘Cyber Monday’ with sales of $887 million after the December 15 sales which saw $913 million being spent. When was ‘Cyber Monday’?
2. If the signalling rate for USB 2.0 is 480 Mbit/s, what is it for the new USB 3.0?
3. Teenager David Nelson, the founder of a music service, was chastised by Vevo which asked him to stop using the service’s content and trademark. Name the teenager’s site.
4. Name the game that has broken many records, earning the distinction of being the ‘most pirated game of 2009′ with downloads exceeding 4.1 million times till end December since its early November launch.
5. The team from which prestigious varsity won a $40,000 online, nine-day challenge in early December, proposed by the US government’s DARPA, in just nine hours?
6. According to Netcraft’s December 2009 Web Server Survey, how many million sites were there across all domains: 225, 234 or 240?
7. Why is February 4, 2004 a significant date in the online world of social networking?
8. Which OS has the default browser NetPositive (often called Net+)?
9. Which dangerous worm has/had the aliases ‘Simpsons’, ‘Kwyjibo’ or ‘Kwejeebo’?
10. The popular video capture and video processing utility for Microsoft Windows written by Avery Lee is called..?
Answers
1. November 30.
2. 4.8 Gbit/s
3. Muziic
4. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′.
5. MIT
6. 234 (from about 12 million in 1999).
7. Facebook, initially named ‘thefacebook’, made its appearance.
8. Be Operating System (BeOS).
9. Melissa
10. VirtualDub.
Questions
1. The nomenclature of Google’s Nexus One is said to be a reference to which cult sci-fi book?
2. The new Cybersecurity Coordinator in the Obama administration is..?
3. What is the present name of the Czech company Grisoft?
4. According to Amazon’s founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, what is the most gifted item in the company’s history?
5. Which game recently had the biggest entertainment launch in history with first day sales in the US and the UK being $310 million?
6. Which popular social movie site was founded by Saran Chari and Joe Greenstein?
7. Who owns Direct2Drive, Rotten Tomatoes and Gamespy, among other media properties?
8. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, has been nominated to the board of which entertainment behemoth?
9. What dubious distinction did Google Jaiku, Dodgeball and Yahoo! Briefcase achieve in 2009?
10. Two hackers called ‘Labba’ and ‘ilovecabbages’ recently claimed to crack the copyright protection on which popular device?
Answers
1. Philip K. Dick’s ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep’.
2. Howard Schmidt.
3. AVG Technologies.
4. Kindle
5. ‘Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2′.
6. Flixster
7. IGN Entertainment.
8. Disney
9. They all became history.
10. Kindle e-reader.
Questions
1. Google’s new URL-shortening service is called…?
2. Name the CIO and CTO in Barack Obama’s administration.
3. In October 2009, which company did Forbes name as the largest privately held computer-hardware company in the US?
4. Which country has topped China as the world’s most prolific spammer by being responsible for 7.7 trillion spam e-mail messages in the year through November?
5. What term used in cyber-security was coined by Jeremiah Grossman and Robert Hansen in 2008?
6. Wii Sports is on to a new trend of ‘exer-gaming’. What is it?
7. Which popular p2p file-sharing search engine was founded by Gary Fung?
8. Which pioneering online project in mass communication, brainchild of photographer Rick Smolan, took place on February 8, 1996?
9. How did Newsweek’s Dan Lyons achieve fame or infamy? 22
10. Who recently announced the launch of a 64 GB embedded NAND flash memory module, the highest capacity yet achieved in the industry?
Answers
1. Goo.gl.
2. Vivek Kundra and Aneesh Chopra.
3. Kingston Technology Company.
4. Brazil
5. ‘Clickjacking’.
6. Exercising by playing video games.
7. isoHunt.
8. ‘24 Hours in Cyberspace’.
9. As the ‘Fake Steve’ Jobs.
10. Toshiba
Questions
1. Name the two major papers with whom Google has teamed up for ‘Living Stories’, an experimental new feature designed to deliver news stories, updates, multimedia, etc, on specific topics on one single Web-page.
2. Which short-lived MS product was codenamed ‘Mira’?
3. Name the maker of the popular Flip Video range of camcorders who was acquired by Cisco Systems for $590 million.
4. Who makes the revolutionary but unsuccessful LocationFree TV?
5. Name the new music-video site operated by Google launched recently.
6. Name the three major labels that co-own the site mentioned in the above question.
7. Panasonic has won control of which of its electronics rival for a consideration of $4.59 billion?
8. What was launched in 2006 by Intel, Samsung, Microsoft and other companies under the codename ‘Project Origami’?
9. Which phone has been chosen to first run Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox?
10. Underscoring the power of promoting on Twitter, which computer maker recently announced that it has earned an estimated $6.5 million more in sales of PCs, accessories, etc?
Answers
1. The New York Times and The Washington Post.
2. Microsoft Smart Display.
3. Pure Digital Technologies.
4. Sony
5. Vevo
6. EMI, Sony and Universal.
7. Sanyo
8. Ultra-Mobile PC.
9. Nokia’s N900.
10. Dell
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Questions
1. According to Google’s annual Zeitgeist findings, the “fastest rising” worldwide search term of 2009 was…?
2. Google has announced a global alliance with UNESCO to put what imagery into Street View?
3. Intel’s new Atom processor, which will be the first chip with graphics integrated onto the CPU, is named…?
4. Name the Fisher Price Activity Center, which allows children who are not capable of verbal communication to communicate through an inventive combination of hardware and software such as Twitter, which won the INCA Award for 2009.
5. Name the Japanese cell-phone company that has used noted director Quentin Tarantino for a TV spot.
6. The upcoming, anticipated video game ‘Dark Void’ has a character named after which famous scientist?
7. Who makes the Droid Eris smartphones?
8. Name the company that makes EtherPad, “the only web-based word processor that allows people to work together in really real-time”, taken over by Google recently.
9. Comcast, the US’ largest cable company, is taking a controlling stake in which TV network and movie studio in a deal valued at $37 billion?
10. Who makes the very popular Facebook games FarmVille and PetVille?
Answers
1. Michael Jackson
2. Imagery of World Heritage Sites.
3. Pineview
4. Twoddler
5. Softbank
6. Nikola Tesla
7. HTC
8. AppJet
9. NBC Universal.
10. Zynga
Questions
1. In the context of MP3s, what is an ‘Artifact’?
2. What prides itself with the tagline ‘A webcomic of romance, sarcasm, math, and language.’?
3. Who is to be the CFO of Microsoft replacing Chris Liddell?
4. Chronologically, what was No. 1 in Webby Awards’ recently announced 10 most influential Internet moments of the decade (2000-2009)?
5. Simple. What is the extension for a compiled Java file?
6. Which US President was responsible for creating Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) from where we got the ARPANET?
7. Which consumer hardware company was founded by David Potter in 1980?
8. What term is Apple Computer CEO John Sculley said to have used for the first time to describe Apple Newton at its launch?
9. What is the nationality of Jarkko Oikarinen of the IRC fame?
10. In an episode of the sitcom ‘Friends’, which virus infects Ross’s laptop, when Chandler checks his, leading to Ross’s speech on archaeology being deleted?
Answers
1. An error, like a pop or a crackle, that an inferior encoder has created.
2. xkcd.com
3. Peter Klein.
4. Craigslist moving outside San Francisco in 2000 to revamp the whole notion of classified ads.
5. .class
6. Dwight D. Eisenhower.
7. Psion.
8. PDA (Personal Digital Assistant).
9. Finnish.
10. Anna Kournikova virus.
Questions
1. Which desktop application is the first and probably the only one to have Google’s AdSense Ads?
2. Of late, Google’s first ad space on Google Image Search page has explained why an offensive image of a subject in query appears as the first result for searches on that personality’s name. Name the personality.
3. Jungle-Search.com is completely devoted to finding deals on which Web site?
4. On which work is the upcoming flick on Facebook ‘The Social Network’ based?
5. According to Wikia, in how many languages does Wikia host wikis: 160, 170 or 180?
6. In the context of IBM, what is ‘n.Fluent’?
7. Who holds the record for the most-subscribed MMORPG?
8. How are the Human Interface Design Excellence (HIDE) Awards now known as?
9. Palm’s newest smartphone, the sister phone to the Pre, is called..?
10. Name the CEO of the electronics giant Sony.
Answers
1. Google Earth.
2. Michelle Obama.
3. Amazon.com
4. Ben Mezrich’s “The Accidental Billionaires”.
5. 180!
6. A text translation software, now used internally, to instantly convert documents, Web pages and even IMs between English and 11 other languages.
7. World of Warcraft.
8. Apple Design Awards (ADAs).
9. Pixi
10. Howard Stringer.

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