push technology - Computer Definition
A data distribution technology in which selected data are automatically delivered to the user's computer or mobile device in real time or at prescribed intervals. E-mail messages, calendar updates and text messages are examples of data that are pushed to the user. Contrast with "pull technology," in which the user initiates a request for the data each time. Browsing the Web is an example of the pull model. A Form of Real-Time Transmission If data are sent to the receiving party at the moment they are generated, then the push technology is also real-time transmission. See real time. PointCast Was the First No longer in service, in the mid-1990s, PointCast was the first Internet product to become popular for pushing selected news and stock quotes into a user's machine at prescribed intervals. See push e-mail, PointCast, BackWeb and Active Channel.