1. … to send and receive text messages to and from mobile telephones.
2. … SMS is a real bargain.
3. … on the Vodaphone GSM network in the UK.
4. … but always via an SMS centre instead.
5. … SMS is silent and discreet.
6. … up to 160 characters of text in length.
7. … as they can do during peak network usage times.
8. … have been defined and incorporated in the GSM standards.
EXERCISE EXERCISE 4
Use the words in the column to form one word that fits in the same numbered space in the text. Think what part of speech (noun, adverb, verb etc.) should go in each space.
How do you send and receive messages?
Once you have subscribed to SMS through your service (1)___, receiving messages is easy. Most phones will display an (2)___message alert graphic on the screen. Depending on the device, you may also set a tone to sound when an incoming (3)___arrive. Once a message is (4)___, you can use the scroll keys on your phone or pager to view the message text. Options to store, reply, or forward each message will be available at that time.
It is also easy to send a message. The exact procedure varies from device to device, but it usually (5)___the recipient’s phone number or e-mail address, and then (6)___the message with the phone keypad. You may have the options to send the message (7)___or store it for later delivery.
Read the words and word combination below and give their Russian equivalents:
Increasingly, electronic gadgets, become familiar with, accessories, fingermarks, pocket-sized computers, tiny sensor, frown, eventually, ready-to-wear items, otherwise, to improve technology, predict, fashionable items, useful application, succeed, crazy inventions, to pop up, easily-wearable accessories.
Read the article about the latest developments in computer technology and be ready to answer the questions after the article, choose the answer (À, Â, Ñ or D) which you think fits best according to the text.
INCREASINGLY over the last few years, we have become familiar with the range of small electronic gadgets that come under the heading 'smart' accessories. Joggers, for example, run with heart-rate monitors, and shop assistants carry pocket-sized computers. But these are just the first examples of a whole range of new products that promises to change our lives in all sorts of surprising ways.
As a scientist at Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Media Lab, Rosalind Picard tries out all kinds of smart accessories before they go on the market. One of these was the so-called «frown headband». It came as a shock to Rosalind to realize just how often she frowned. Stuck in a traffic jam recently, waiting for the cars to move forward, Rosalind kept hearing the sounds of the tiny sensor inside the band worn around her forehead — each time she frowned in frustration, the sensor gave out a signal.
Headbands that check facial expressions are just one of the things she and her colleagues have designed.
Theiraim is to make ready-to-wear items that both look good and give the wearer useful feedback. Body sensors, like those in Rosalind's headband, can detect physical changes that the wearer might not otherwise be aware of. Hidden inside watches, rings or shoes, these sensors can check for signs of stress, give information and offer advice.
Another computer scientist, Steven Feiner, is working on a pair of glasses that will do more than help you to see. Imagine you want to try a restaurant in a foreign city but you're not familiar with the dishes on the menu. If you are wearing a pair of Steven's glasses, all you have to do is glance above the restaurant's doorway and your glasses will immediately become windows to the Internet, offering you full details of the meals served inside. Are you one of those people who lack confidence when giving a talk to an audience? Look to the right and the glasses will flash your notes in front of your eyes. They could also prove useful for cooks who want to check a recipe without leaving sticky fingermarks all over their cookery books.
At the moment, Steven's invention looks more like a pair of ski goggles than a pair of glasses. It's a headset connected to a hand-held computer and a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver, which tracks thewearer's position. Students who don't mind being stared at have tried out the Star Trek-like device on campus. But Steven says that these head-worn displays will eventually get smaller, lighter and smarter as technology improves. As they will be relatively cheap, he foresees them replacing the notebooks and manuals that workers have to carry. He predicts that they will be useful to surgeons, giving them instant access to a patient's medical notes while carrying out operations.
And, of course, this new technology has a fashionable as well as a useful application. A chemical engineer named Robert Langer has invented a new microchip that, if put inside a ring, can give off different scents according to a person's mood. That, of course, may or may not appeal to you. And, in the end, it is shoppers, not scientists, who will determine which of these smart accessories will succeed as fashionable items and which are destined to join history's long list of crazy inventions. Steven Feiner, concerned that vanity may prevent some people from wearing his glasses, is already working on the idea of contact lenses with the same features.
It is clear, however, that as small computer displays get brighter and cheaper, they will pop up in all sorts of easily-wearable accessories, even in the buttons on your coat. What's more, this is something that's going to happen a lot sooner than we all expect.
1. When Rosalind wore the headband, she was surprised at
A. how well the sensor worked.
Â. how affected she was by the traffic.
Ñ. how strong the signal was.
D. how comfortable it was to wear.
2. What does «Their» in the text refer to?
A. facial expressions
D. ready-to-wear items
3. 'glance' in the text describes a way of
A. wearing something
Â. looking at something
Ñ. pointing to something
D. finding something
4. Steven's glasses will help people who are giving a talk by
A. telling them if they forget to say things.
Â. checking how nervous they're feeling.
Ñ. signaling if they make a mistake.
D. helping them to remember things.
5. What is the current problem with Steven's glasses?
A. where they are worn
Â. how much they cost
Ñ. what they look like
D. the way they've been tested
6. What is the writer's view of Robert Langer's invention?
A. It is unlikely to work successfully.
Â. It is a bad use of new technology.
Ñ. Íå is sure people will laugh at it.
D. He is uncertain whether people will buy it.
7. In general, what does the writer think about 'smart' accessories?
A. They will soon be widely available.
Â. Much more research is needed into them.
Ñ. Only a few of them will prove to be useful.
D. They will only affect the lives of certain people.