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Understanding Computers in a Changing Society, 6th Edition

  • Deborah Morley
  • ISBN-10: 1285767713
  • ISBN-13: 9781285767710
  • 376 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2013, 2011, 2009
  • COPYRIGHT: 2015 Published
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About the Product

Understanding Computers in a Changing Society gives your students a classic introduction to computer concepts with a modern twist! Known for its emphasis on basic computer concepts and societal issues, this text makes concepts relevant to today's career-focused students and has increased emphasis on mobile computing and related issues such as mobile commerce and mobile security.


  • Increased emphasis on mobile computing (including smartphones, media tablets, mobile apps, and issues such as mobile commerce and mobile security).

  • New Presentation/Demonstration project in each chapter have students explain a technology topic or demonstrate a skill. All Balancing Act projects in each chapter (which state a current issue and students need to pick a side and defend it) have been updated to reflect timely topics.

  • All topics and figures updated for currency.

  • Ask the Expert: Features guest experts from top-name companies such as McDonald’s, Kingston, Seagate, Symantec, SanDisk, SONIC, Rhapsody, GreenDisk, and Sony Animations who discuss how concepts covered in each chapter relate to students’ lives or careers in the IT industry.

  • Special Features: Trend, Inside the Industry, How It Works, and Technology and You boxes take a look at how computers and technology work or are used in everyday life.

  • Learning Tools: Include Review Activities (Key Terms, Self-Quiz, Exercises, and Discussion Questions), as well as Projects (Hot Topics, Hands On, Ethics in Action, Presentation/Demonstration, and Balancing Act) that extend student knowledge through research and activities.

About the Author

Deborah Morley

Deborah Morley has authored more than ten popular computer textbooks, including UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS: TODAY AND TOMORROW and UNDERSTANDING COMPUTERS IN A CHANGING SOCIETY. Professor Morley earned her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Business Information Systems from California State University, Fresno. Today, she offers more than ten years of experience teaching at the college level.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction to the World of Computers.
2. A Closer Look at Hardware and Software.
3. The Internet and the World Wide Web.
4. Network and Internet Security.
5. Computer Security and Privacy.
6. Intellectual Property Rights and Ethics.
7. Health, Access and the Environment.
8. Emerging Technologies.

New to this edition

  • New Hardware Developments: Includes smartphones, media tablets, smart watches, Google Glass, hybrid notebook-tablet computers, tiny PCs like the Raspberry Pi and Chromecast, GPUs, tablet and smartphone docks, personal 3D printers, projector phones, self-driving cars, self-healing devices, perceptual computing, gesture input, touch mice, eye tracking tablets, tablet storage devices, DNA data storage, and 4K (Ultra HD) Blu-ray Discs.
  • New Software Developments: Includes Windows 8, the Google Play store, mobile app builders, and the impact of cloud computing.
  • New Networking Technologies: Includes new and emerging Wi-Fi standards, the Internet of Things (IoT), Bluetooth Smart, and new Wi-Fi-enabled products such as smart thermostats, scales, and Wi-Fi locks.
  • New Mobile and Web Applications: Includes Bring Your Own Device (BYOD), mobile ticketing, mobile data caps, group messaging, geofencing, Google Now, and mobile ergonomics, as well as cloud printing, social media integration, and virtual currency.
  • New Security Risks and Precautions: Includes BYOD security issues, social media hacks, ransomware, digital tattoos and other emerging biometric systems, soft and hard tokens for OTPs/two-factor authentication, wireless tethers for mobile devices, and proximity devices and apps to automatically lock and unlock a computer.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

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