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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Buss also told fire officials that all Verizon plans have some sort of throttling and that the department would have to pay by the gigabyte to avoid throttling entirely. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif. wildfire," 21 Aug. 2018 The group’s first research project involves combing through one million gigabytes of information about the links users have clicked on over the past year to find patterns about fake news. Douglas Macmillan, WSJ, "Facebook Gives Researchers ‘Full Access’ for Election Studies," 13 July 2018 The new service will cost about 10 cents per megabyte, with packages ranging from 600 megabytes for about $7 to four gigabytes for about $30. Andrea Rodriguez, The Seattle Times, "Cuba to begin full internet access for mobile phones," 5 Dec. 2018 According to the test, the modem transferred a gigabyte’s worth of data in 17 seconds. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "How fast is 5G? This speed demo gives us an idea," 4 Dec. 2018 Photo: Sara Hylton for The Wall Street Journal Jio’s competitors slashed rates, cutting average data prices in the country from more than $3 a gigabyte before Jio’s launch to about 60 cents now. Newley Purnell, WSJ, "Two Years Ago, India Lacked Fast, Cheap Internet—One Billionaire Changed All That," 5 Sep. 2018 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

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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-\

Kids Definition of gigabyte

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

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