PTE听力口语练习素材:科学60秒-Apple Pay

PTE考生目前最大的问题之一就是练习题缺乏。除了有限的基本官方书(PLUS,Testbuilder, OG)之外,Apple Pay就没有题了。很多英语基础不是很扎实的同学很难找到练习材料。墨尔本文波雅思PTE培训学校专门为墨尔本,悉尼PTE考生准备了适合PTE听力阅读练习的科学60秒。各位PTE同学可以练习PTE听力中的summarise spoken text和PTE口语中的retell lecture,练习记笔记技巧和复述。废话少说,下面开始:

60秒科学: Perturbs Prying Personal Prospectors


60秒科学节目(SSS)是科学美国人网站的一套广播栏目,英文名称:Scientific American – 60 Second Science,节目内容以科学报道为主,节目仅一分钟的时间,主要对当今的科学技术新发展作以简明、通俗的介绍,对于科学的发展如何影响人们的生活环境、健康状况及科学技术,提供了大量简明易懂的阐释。

Apple’s efforts to improve your digital privacy have met with surprisingly strong resistance from companies and agencies that want your info. Seems that confidentiality hampers efforts to track buying habits—and bad guys.

The controversy revolves around what’s called Apple Pay. By employing the newly released payment system, users of the latest i-devices can now buy things without flashing a credit or debit card. Google’s offered a similar digital wallet for years, but Apple’s version will not collect transaction info or store card numbers on your device.

Many retailers have bought in to Apple Pay. It promises to be more secure than plastic, and companies such as Staples need all the help they can get when it comes to data security. But other outfits, including retail giants Walmart and Best Buy, have rejected the Apple Pay technology because it prevents them from tracking customer-purchasing preferences. They’re working on a rival smartphone payment app called CurrentC.

Meanwhile, law enforcement has demonized Apple over iOS 8, which passcode-protects photos and other info on the newest iPhones and iPads. Apple doesn’t store the passcodes, so it cannot turn them over even if there’s a warrant. Google will offer similar device encryption in an upcoming version of Android.

Apple exerted its will on the music and publishing industries. We’ll see if the company has the clout to now move the needle on privacy.

—Larry Greenemeier


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