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Telecommunications

Avoidance Apps
Trying to avoid an awkward encounter with an ex? Fearful of an embarrassing meeting after an argument? New apps can help people avoid bumping into others and provide escape routes if they do. (Avoiding people you do not want to see, vocabulary hunt, answering a questionnaire.)
Pre-Intermediate
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I Quit!
Are you thinking about quitting your job? Are you worried about how to quit? A funny new app tells your boss for you. (Jobs, quitting, apps, do you want to...?)
Elementary
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Fill 'er Up?
Seeking a place to work out of the office that is quieter than a bustling coffee shop and provides drinks, printers, Wi-Fi and even petrol? Regus, a provider of ready-to-use office space, thinks it has the answer. It has teamed up with Shell Germany to open up workplace hubs and lounges in 70 petrol stations in and around Berlin. (Reading for information, brainstorming, expressions used with business equipment, present simple tense uses and forms).
Intermediate
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What's For Dinner
Anyone looking to expand their culinary horizons beyond steak and potatoes or spaghetti may find inspiration in a new app that provides recipes based on what is already stocked in the refrigerator. (New apps for computers, cooking and food, will + infinitive used for future.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Cash Mobs?
Flash mobs have been blamed as a factor in looting during urban riots. But now a group of online activists is harnessing social media like Twitter and Facebook to get consumers to spend at locally owned stores in cities around the world in so-called Cash Mobs. (Cash mobs, spending, business.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Mobile Phone Health Question
Experts who studied almost 13,000 cell phone users over 10 years, hoping to find out whether the [cell phones] cause brain tumors, said their research gave no clear answer. A study threw up inconclusive results but researchers said suggestions of a possible link demanded deeper examination. (Health hazards, mobile phones, graphs, summarizing, use of may or might.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Stolen Phones
Music-lovers watching their favorite acts at concerts are increasingly becoming targets for gangs of mobile phone thieves, British police said. Thieves who steal mobile phones may soon find them unusable and the phones will scream at them. (Crime, technology, cell phones, use of future form, 'going to'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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No Twitter
Teen star Miley Cyrus quit Twitter on Thursday and then used a rap video to tell the world why she had suddenly quit. "Everything that I type, Everything that I do, some gossip site makes it news." In recent months, celebrity news sites have taken what Cyrus says on Twitter about her weight and her boyfriends and turned them into news stories. (Celebrities, Hannah Montana, music, celebrity gossip, Twitter, first and second conditionals.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Web Life
Written references could become old hat for hiring managers with one in five saying they use social networking sites to research job candidates -- and a third of them dismissing the candidate after what they discover. (Job hiring processes, social networking websites, reading a job advertisement, discussion, first and second conditionals.)
Intermediate
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Fantasy Sport
Fantasy sports, where fans select real athletes for make-believe teams, are exploding onto new platforms like smart phones and social networking sites, grabbing the attention of advertisers and software companies. With a growing number of people playing casual games on the Internet and a largely untapped market outside the United States, analysts say the market for fantasy sports can only grow. (Fantasy sports, leisure, technology, conducting a survey, determining fact or opinion.)
Advanced
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Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship
Anyone wanting to throw away their mobile phone can do it in style and may even win a medal - at the Mobile Phone Throwing World Championship in Finland. (Unusual events and festivals, mobile phones, playing games, Finland, speed reading, choosing the best answer, completing a summary)
Pre-Intermediate
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Battling the Ban
New York may be a city of incessant cell phone talkers, but students vowed on Wednesday they would hit the "off" button during classes as they battled a ban on cell phones in schools. (Using cell phones, high schools, true or false, brainstorming, completing a table of information, discussing pros and cons, using present simple, present continuous and will/won't to describe present habits.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Ring, ring - why don't you give me a call?
The study says that 6% of Americans with cellphones play music on their phones. 2% in the study with cell phones watch video or TV on their phones. (Cellphones, consumer issues and leisure habits, complete a table, choose the best answer, understanding the main idea, asking yes/no questions, present simple tense questions, discussion.)
Elementary
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Escaping a Date!
You're on a date, it's a disaster but there's no way out. A mobile phone company in Australia has a service offering an escape. All you have to do is dial three numbers and then hang up. The company will call you back a minute later with a perfect excuse to get you out of there. (Dating, relationships, quiz, predicting from the headline, reading for gist, crossword: telephone words, reading for understanding, functional language: making excuses, dialogues, have to and should.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Delivering The Mail
This is about postalworkers who won't deliver the mail when it's too cold and postalworkers using scooters to deliver mail. (Transport, mail, jobs, addressing, France, Canada, the weather, the present simple, the present continuous.)
Elementary
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Survey Results 'Too Good'
When customers of utility company Southern California Edison were surveyed to get feedback, pollsters received answers expressing delight at the service received. But the objectivity of these results came under question when it was learned that employees had surveyed friends and family! (Customer surveys, utility companies, hacking, discussion, comprehension, sequencing, true, false or not given, passive, conditionals, listening for differences.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Cyber Crime
This is about a plan where high-tech companies and companies involved in ecommerce joined the FBI to use encrypted e-mail and a secure Web site to warn each other about new hacking attempts, computer viruses and other Internet-based criminal activity. (Internet crime, hacking, ecommerce, the FBI, verb agreements)
Upper-Intermediate
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Truant Text Warning!
This is about how children at a Singapore school need to think twice about playing truant: The school has set up a mobile phone text message broadcast system which automatically alerts their parents!
Intermediate
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Move Over, Karaoke
Frustrated actors have a new outlet for their creative urges that until now was only available to their singing cousins -- Movieoke, Karaoke's cinematic sibling. (Movieoke, entertainment, skimming, comprehension, completing a flowchart, true, false or not given, guessing vocabulary using the context, a,an,the, checking a summary, matching game - famous lines from movies, survey.)
Intermediate
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All Gadgets In One
Dennis Nally used to travel with a cell phone, an electronic organizer and a laptop. These days, the chairman of PricewaterhouseCoopers carries a tiny handheld device that does it all. (Multipurpose gadgets, technology, consumers, understanding the headline, text organization, finding information, completing a table, interview, crossword - adjectives, adjectives - -ed and -ing, Gadgets game - ordering instructions and writing instructions for using a machine.)
Advanced
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Photos and Stamps
People in Japan can now put their face or favorite photo on a stamp. (Photos, stamps, new products, understanding the main idea, comprehension, jigsaw reading, reading and retelling, the verb 'take' and its meanings, reading clozes, 'Asking and Answering Yes / No Questions' game.)
Elementary
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Animal Phones
The sweet song of a bird, the roar of a lion or the grunt of a hippo could soon replace the beeping of Britain's mobile phones. (New services for mobile phones, matching pictures and words, split reading, tell someone about an article, matching information, reading for detail, discussion, what am I? game, understanding and drawing a cartoon, the present continuous tense, crossword - animals.)
Elementary
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Inventing the Future
Three years ago, few people stopped to consider that a $70 or $80 monthly charge might deter the typical American consumer from buying online music, video and games. The actual product being peddled was broadband Internet access, and it was supposed to be an easy sell at any price. (Broadband access and the fate of companies promoting it, making predictions, understanding the main idea, true or false, comprehension, inventions through history, prepositions, discussion.)
Advanced
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Work Internet Stopped
Major corporations are increasingly classifying employee email and Internet privileges as potential security hazards, distractions or worse, costly legal dangers in the making. As a result, companies are considering dramatically curtailing, or even abolishing completely the freedoms, on which employees have grown increasingly reliant over the past few years. (The Internet, business, employment, personal phone calls at work, adverbs, writing a memo.)
Advanced
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Eye in the Sky
This is about a bank robber in Vancouver who was caught by the police because he used a taxi with a global positioning system to try and escape. (Crime, high-tech, Canada, transport, escapes, simple past tense.)
Elementary
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The Paranormal
Mobile phones are killing off ghosts, a British expert says. (Mobile phones, ghosts, the paranormal, writing a story, summarizing , using "would" and "used to".)
Intermediate
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Space Travel
One lucky Briton is set to win a prize that's literally out of this world -- a trip into space. (Competitions, prizes, space travel, the solar system, suffixes, prepositions ‘before’ and ‘after’ followed by a verb.)
Upper-Intermediate
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Phone Home
A British tourist lost in the Australian bush in heavy rain and fog rang his father in England on his mobile phone to get help. (Rescue, mobile phones, using present tense and past tense.)
Elementary
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Connected
Any time there's a disaster, people reach for the nearest phone. The attack on September the 11th was no exception. This lesson looks at how mobile phones played an important role in Tuesday's tragic chain of events. (Telephones, summary completion, abbreviations.)
Upper-Intermediate to Advanced
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Town Warns Drivers: Get a Grip While on Phone
This lesson looks at how motorists using cellular phones must now keep both hands on the steering wheel. (Cell phones, driving laws, accidents, technology, to + infinitive to show purpose)
Intermediate
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Very Wrong
Two Canadians wanting to buy cocaine in the Cayman Islands got a dramatically wrong number, and ended up talking to a top anti-drug officer. They also got busted. (dialling, phones, crime, drugs, adverbs, 'actually')
Pre-Intermediate
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Prize 4 Txt Mssg Poetry
Mobile phone text messages are to move from quick communication to art in a British newspaper's poetry contest with a 1,000 pound ($1,440) prize! (Mobile phones, text messages, communication, poetry, 'will'.)
Pre-Intermediate
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Worker Privacy
Employee privacy in the United States is under threat. A survey showed that Internet connections were monitored by 63 percent of companies, telephone use was tracked by 43 percent, computer use such as time logged on or keystroke counts was monitored by 19 percent, and video surveillance for security purposes was used by 38 percent. (Present perfect, oxymorons.)
Advanced
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Virtual Church
Germany's Protestant Church has seized the latest technology by transmitting text highlights of a religious service to mobile phone users and inviting them to join in. "Now it is up to you when and how you participate in mass," said their Internet site. (Religion, the Internet, Punctuation.)
Intermediate
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