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  • 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 please?

  • 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 like my phone.

  • 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 leftunlike yours! Rob.

  • 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: I beg your pardon?

  • Rob: Yes. Furniture with built-in wireless charging technologylike 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 questionand I don't have the answer.

  • But can you tell me the answer to this question:

  • 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: OK. 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: I was thinking yesterday how it used to be,

  • you know, you used to sort of go into a cafe

  • 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 naive

  • I suspect I amespecially 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.

  • Daisy Buchanan: I was thinking yesterday how it used to be,

  • you know, you used to sort of go into a cafe

  • 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 naive

  • I suspect I amespecially 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: So 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 dois 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 brandand find out.

  • Fevzi Turkalp: 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 itand this is a problem for the environment.

  • Neil: That's rightenvironmentalists 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 toxicor poisonousmaterials are often dumped in landfill.

  • And you guessed itthat's really bad for the environment.

  • Now, remember at the beginning of the programme I asked you:

  • What do modern phone batteries contain?

  • 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.

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

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BBC 6 Minute English_May 7, 2015 - Wireless Furniture for Phones

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