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VOA慢速英语新闻:随时联通在线的互联网路由器(双语)

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美国和肯尼亚科学家专为非洲开发了一种互联网路由器,他们称即使是在互联网不可靠的地区,这种路由器仍可提供网络服务。这个设备名叫Brck,可以插在电源上,也可用电池。
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From VOA Learning English, this is the Technology Report.
这里是美国之音慢速英语科技报道。

A team of Americans and Kenyans has developed an Internet router made specially for Africa. They say it keeps the Internet available even in areas with undependable Internet service. The device is called Brck [pronounced Brick], it can plug into an electric source, but it is also battery powered.
美国和肯尼亚科学家专为非洲开发了一种互联网路由器,他们称即使是在互联网不可靠的地区,这种路由器仍可提供网络服务。这个设备名叫Brck,可以插在电源上,也可用电池。

Al Banda is an Internet blogger in Cameroon. He saw the device for the first time last week at an Information Technology Conference in Berlin, Germany. Mr. Banda says Brck could solve a problem he has experienced.
Al Banda是卡梅隆的一位博主,他上周在柏林信息技术会议上首次看到这种设备,他说Brck可以解决自己遇到的问题。

"In Cameroon, in my community, we constantly have power outages, and you won't get access to the Internet. We constantly have the ISPs for any random reason just not providing the service they claim they're providing us, so a solution like that is an African answer to an African problem."
“在卡梅隆我住的地方,停电是常有的事,这样就没办法上网。网络服务提供商不断地停止向我们提供所承诺的服务,所以这个设备就是解决非洲问题的非洲答案。”

The Kenya-based nonprofit technology company Ushahidi developed Brck after raising money through the crouse sourcing website Kickstarter. Ushahidi official Erik Hersman says the router is able to move among Internet networks.
总部在肯尼亚的非盈利科技公司Ushahidi通过克劳斯采购网站Kickstarter筹资开发了Brck,Ushahidi高管埃里克·赫斯曼说这种路由器能够在不同互联网络之间切换。

"If you have an Internet connection problem, it will "fail over" to the sim card, so you'll have 3G connectivity, which means that you can completely unplug it and take it with you wherever you want to go, and have connectivity along the way."
“一旦遇到互联网连接问题,它会‘故障切换’到SIM卡,这样就连接到3G网络,这就意味着可以完全取下,随身携带,一路上都能上网。”

Mr. Hersman says Brck will go into production as soon as the company raises $125,000. Ushahidi has collected about half that so far. The company plans to make up to 1,500 devices at first, mainly for Africa and India. Mr. Hersman expects each device to sell for about $100.
赫斯曼说一旦公司筹集到12.5万美元,就会批量生产。目前该公司已经筹集了近半,计划先生产1500台,主要供应非洲和印度。赫斯曼希望每台设备售价100美元。

James Clardy is a technology developer from Texas. He has already bought a Brck and says he is exploring the use of these technologies for building telehealth and telemedicine.
James Clardy是来自德克萨斯的技术开发人员,他已经买了一台Brck,他说正研究这种技术来构建远程医疗保健系统。

In a seperate story, A creative program combining wireless phones, pregnant women and health advice is been launched in South Africa, the program called Mama sends maternal advice to expectant and new mothers through text messages.
另据报道,南非目前启动一个有创意的项目,结合了无线电话、孕妇和卫生资讯。该项目名叫Mama,向孕妇和初为人母者发送短信提供孕产妇信息。

Mama is the Mobile Alliance for Maternal Action, it is based on the idea that wireless phones are the most dependable way to reach people. Right now, three of every four people in the world use cellphones.
Mama是孕产妇移动联盟的简称,它是基于无线电话是传达到人的最为可靠的方式这样一种理念。目前全球每四个人中就有三个人使用手机。

Mama sends up to three messages a week. For example, one such message is about caring for a new-born baby's umbilical cord. It explains how infection of the cord can make a baby sick, then it tells how to keep the cord clean and infection free.
Mama每周发送三条信息,比如,一条是关于护理新生儿脐带,解释脐带感染如何使婴儿生病,然后介绍如何清洁脐带和预防感染。

About 800 women die everyday from pregnancy related problems, and infant death rates are in the millions. Mama is a partnership between the American government and private companies. The program was first established in Bangladesh and soon to arrive in India.
每天约有800名妇女死于与怀孕相关的疾病,而婴儿死亡达到百万。Mama是美国政府和商业公司之间的合作项目,最初成立于孟加拉国,后来拓展到印度。

And that's the Technology Report. Transcripts, MP3s and podcasts of our reports are at 51voa.com. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube at VOA learning English. I'm Milagros Ardin.

词汇解释

1.router n. [计] 路由器;刳刨者

I will test the router in your apartment this afternoon.
我下午先去你的寓所帮你测试好路由器。

2.unplug vt. 去掉…的障碍物;拔去…的塞子或插头

Also, unplug chargers when you are not using them.
同样,当你不用充电器时拔掉其插头。

3.maternal adj. 母亲的;母性的;母系的;母体遗传的

Her feelings towards him were almost maternal.
她对他的感情是近乎母亲般的。

4.umbilical cord 脐带

At birth the placenta is removed when the umbilical cord is cut.
出生时,切断脐带除去胎盘。

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