giga·​byte | \ˈji-gə-ˌbīt, ˈgi- \

Definition of gigabyte 

: 1024 megabytes or 1,073,741,824 bytes also : one billion bytes

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In another, testers were able to download over 100 gigabytes of data from severs without detection. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "New Report Finds DOD "Could Be Pretty Easily Hacked"," 9 Oct. 2018 During your 15-second spin, four gigabytes of depth data are captured. Joanna Stern, WSJ, "Naked and a Little Afraid: Testing the Body-Scanning Mirror," 29 Aug. 2018 On the by-the-gigabyte plans, both Charter and Comcast allow tethering at high speeds. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter launches mobile service, throttles all video to 480p," 5 July 2018 The Washington Post broke the story over the weekend that Chinese hackers had compromised the computers of a Navy contractor and stolen 614 gigabytes of data. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What Is the Navy’s Secret 'Sea Dragon' Weapon?," 11 June 2018 In October, South Korean lawmakers said North Koreans had stolen 235 gigabytes of data and military secrets, including a joint U.S.-South Korean plan to eliminate Pyongyang leadership in the event of war. Timothy W. Martin, WSJ, "How North Korea’s Hackers Became Dangerously Good," 19 Apr. 2018 Since Bitcoin began in 2009, the blockchain has come to hold over 160 gigabytes worth of data about every time a Bitcoin is sent between two digital wallets. New York Times, "Confused About Blockchains? Here’s What You Need to Know," 27 June 2018 Sprint's $15 a month unlimited offer only lasted a week; now scrappy wireless provider FreedomPop has a new deal, $10 monthly for unlimited talk and text, and 1 gigabyte of high-speed data, under the Unrealmobile brand name. USA TODAY, "The key to online video success —post often," 23 June 2018 For my personal email account alone, Google's archive of my data measured 8 gigabytes, enough to hold about 2,000 hours of music. Author: Brian X. Chen, Anchorage Daily News, "I downloaded the information Facebook has on me. Yikes.," 12 Apr. 2018

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1975, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of gigabyte

: a unit of computer information equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes


giga·​byte | \ˈji-gə-ˌbīt, ˈgi-\

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: a unit of computer information storage capacity equal to 1,073,741,824 bytes

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