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BBC六分钟英语听力精选:Wireless furniture for phones 手机未来的便捷无线充电设备

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大家好,欢迎收听BBC六分钟英语听力精选,我们将会给你带来各种各样的消息新闻,今天要说的是无线充电设备的话题。
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Wireless furniture for phones

手机未来的便捷无线充电设备

是否常常因为手机充电问题而苦恼?是不是很难使手机保持电量呢?如何才能解决这个问题呢?答案就是无线充电设备。

今天的BBC六分钟英语,Rob和Neil将要讨论有关电池寿命、咖啡桌、有毒废料以及一些与技术相关的词汇。

本周问题:

现代手机电池含有什么物质呢?是:

a) 镍

b) 锂

c) 铅酸

让我们一起听节目,找正确答案吧。

听力内容:

Rob: Hello and welcome to 6 Minute English. I'm Rob…

Neil: …and I'm Neil. Hello.

Rob: Hello, Neil! Can I borrow your phone charger? My phone's just died.

Neil: Er … I don't think my charger is compatible with your phone. Compatible means when you can use things together… I'm afraid they'll be no status updates for you today.

Rob: Oh dear. I can't believe it's run out of power already.

Neil: Well, you shouldn’t have bought a state-of-the-art phone – it's a big drain on the battery.

Rob: State of the art means something that has the newest ideas and features. So I should have stuck with a dinosaur like yours, eh, Neil?

Neil: And dinosaur here means something that is out-dated. You can laugh at my phone, but it's got plenty of battery life left – unlike yours!

Rob: Hmmm… I might just pop out and ask if someone's got the same charger…

Neil: Stay where you are. We're recording a programme! And today's show is… you guessed it… all about phones!

Rob: That’s right, Neil. And we're also talking about wireless furniture…

Neil: Pardon?

Rob: Furniture with built-in wireless charging technology – like a coffee table. Built in means the technology is included as part of the table. So you just pop your phone on the table, and technology does the rest!

Neil: Magic! And wireless technology is the way mobile phones work using radio waves to send and receive data. So that's what we need – a desk with a built-in charging spot for both our phones! But would it be compatible for both of them?

Rob: Well, that's an excellent question – and I don't have the answer. But can you tell me the answer to this: What do modern phone batteries contain? Is it…

a) nickel?

b)lithium?

or c) lead-acid?

Neil: Well, lead-acid sounds dangerous… so I think it's either nickel or lithium. I'll go with lithium.

Rob: We'll find out if you're right or wrong later on. But now let's listen to journalist Daisy Buchanan who thinks that mobile phones have stopped us having conversations. And listen out for a phrase that means 'It's unlikely to happen soon'.

Daisy Buchanan, writer for the Telegraph & the Guardian newspapers [2.59]

I was thinking yesterday how it used to be, you know, you used to sort of go into a café or a pub maybe and look for where the loos are but now the first thing we're looking for is sockets to try and find where you can charge if you … you know, if you're having an emergency… And maybe with this, I might be being naïve – I suspect I am – especially with Ikea's new wireless charging furniture… that maybe if our batteries died a bit more frequently we are going to… you know… look up a bit more and have a few more conversations. I'm not holding my breath, but you can but hope.

Rob: Daisy said some really interesting things there, so let's listen to that clip again.

INSERT REPEAT

Rob: Did you get it? Another way of saying 'It's unlikely to happen soon' is I'm not holding my breath. Now, Daisy doesn't seem keen on the idea of wireless charging furniture. She thinks our phones are stopping us from having conversations.

Neil: It sounds ridiculous, but it's true, isn't it? We spend far too much time staring at our phones instead of talking to each other.

Rob: Sorry. What's that, Neil? I was just looking at my phone.

Neil: Come on, Rob! Put the phone away.

Rob: OK. Well, that's because phone functionality – that's what a phone can do – is increasing all the time. But let's move on now and think green for a minute. Are there any environmental factors to consider in relation to new mobile phone technology?

Neil: Let's listen to Fevzi Turkalp talking about the latest model of one mobile phone brand – and find out.

Fevzi Turkalp, editor of tech advice website GadgetDetective.com

They've taken the decision to make it a sealed unit so no user-replaceable battery… And I guess … you're more likely then to say you know what I won't replace the battery I'll just get a new phone.

Rob: So Fevzi says this new phone doesn't have a user-replaceable battery, meaning you can't take it out and replace it – and this is a problem for the environment.

Neil: That's right – environmentalists want products that are designed to be taken apart. Then they can easily be upgraded, repaired or recycled. But you can't do this with a sealed unit – a unit that cannot be opened.

Rob: And this means toxic – or poisonous – materials are often dumped in landfill. And you guessed it – that's really bad for the environment. Now, remember at the beginning of the show I asked you: What do modern phone batteries contain? Is it a) nickel? b) lithium? or c) lead-acid?

Neil: And I said lithium…

Rob: And you know your batteries well because that's the right answer!

Neil: Wow. What a great guess! Now Rob, how about those words again?

Rob: OK, the words we heard today were:

compatible

state of the art

dinosaur

wireless furniture

built in

wireless technology

I’m not holding my breath

functionality

think green

user-replaceable

sealed unit

toxic

Neil: Well, that brings us to the end of today's 6 Minute English. We hope you're feeling charged up by today's programme. Please join us again soon.

Both: Bye.

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