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万花筒 Kaleidoscope 2007-07-14&07-15, 儿童专用手机

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Hello, I'm David Pogue, now as a technology columnist,I must say, I'm blissfully free of the kind of heated contentious1 controversy2 that dogs other kinds of columnists3, those who write about, say, politics or religion, or Ashley Simpson. But this week, I'm afraid I've really stepped in it. I reviewed these.

What? Cellphones for kids? They don't need any outside plant. Go away!

Not only that do I think it's a great idea, I mean, I would buy stocking it.

Cellphones for, for 6-year-olds? Come on.

When they get lost at the mall, or I am blamed picking them up, how do I get one?

When I grew up, we didn't have any technology at all,look out, I've treated that OK, goodbye.

Now I should explain that these aren't ordinary cellphones, they don't do pictures, text messaging, voice mail or e-mail, they don't get on the Internet. In fact, they can't even dial out, except certain preprogrammed numbers that you've input4.

For example, the firefly has buttons for mom, dad, and a phone book button that lists up to 20 other authorized5 numbers. Verizon's Migo phone can dial a maximum of 5 numbers, but it does have the best sound and construction quality plus a speakerphone and a vibrate-phone. And then there is the Tic-Talk. It's built really cheaply and you're supposed to talk into it like a speakerphone. But it's filled with educational games and you program it from a website which is a really great idea.

They are pretty cool-looking. In fact, most of the 5 to 10year-olds I showed them to were pretty enthusiastic.

Wow, this is awesome6, can me, please, pretty please , have this, pretty please with....., please, please...please!! What a great thing!

The phone was cool.

I should know, however, that the status conscious age group over about 11 were somewhat, less enthusiastic?

I would not because, Dad will call on this thing in public.

Get me a real cellphone.

So this is a phone, that only calls my parents, great.

The age when Americans first get a cellphone has been dropping year after year. And thanks to cellphones like these, kindergareners are now packing cell phones. And guess what? I don’t think that's the end of it.

Daddy?

Yeah, hi, how are you? Hey , listen, I'm learning a little late this afternoon, why don't you meet me out in front and I'll pick you up after karate7 and then we can go on...

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Outside plant: 1. In civilian8 telecommunications, all cables, conduits, ducts, poles, towers, repeaters, repeater huts, and other equipment located between a demarcation point in a switching facility and a demarcation point in another switching center or customer premises9.

Note: The demarcation point may be at a distribution frame, cable head, or microwave transmitter.

2. In DOD communications, the portion of intrabase communications equipment between the main distribution frame (MDF) and a user end instrument or the terminal connection for a user instrument.

karate: A Japanese art of self-defense in which sharp blows and kicks are administered to pressure-sensitive points on the body of an opponent.


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1 contentious fa9yk     
adj.好辩的,善争吵的
参考例句:
  • She was really not of the contentious fighting sort.她委实不是好吵好闹的人。
  • Since then they have tended to steer clear of contentious issues.从那时起,他们总想方设法避开有争议的问题。
2 controversy 6Z9y0     
n.争论,辩论,争吵
参考例句:
  • That is a fact beyond controversy.那是一个无可争论的事实。
  • We ran the risk of becoming the butt of every controversy.我们要冒使自己在所有的纷争中都成为众矢之的的风险。
3 columnists 4b0c463dbee83e5632e77c6f9c00ae3f     
n.专栏作家( columnist的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • This story will be more fodder for the gossip columnists. 这个传闻会是闲谈专栏作家的又一素材。
  • The columnists coined the phrase \"to broderick\", meaning to rough up. 专栏作家们杜撰出一个新词“布罗德里克”意思是“动武”、“打架”。 来自辞典例句
4 input X6lxm     
n.输入(物);投入;vt.把(数据等)输入计算机
参考例句:
  • I will forever be grateful for his considerable input.我将永远感激他的大量投入。
  • All this information had to be input onto the computer.所有这些信息都必须输入计算机。
5 authorized jyLzgx     
a.委任的,许可的
参考例句:
  • An administrative order is valid if authorized by a statute.如果一个行政命令得到一个法规的认可那么这个命令就是有效的。
6 awesome CyCzdV     
adj.令人惊叹的,难得吓人的,很好的
参考例句:
  • The church in Ireland has always exercised an awesome power.爱尔兰的教堂一直掌握着令人敬畏的权力。
  • That new white convertible is totally awesome.那辆新的白色折篷汽车简直棒极了.
7 karate gahzT     
n.空手道(日本的一种徒手武术)
参考例句:
  • Alice's boyfriend knew a little karate.艾丽斯的男朋友懂一点儿空手道。
  • The black belt is the highest level in karate.黑腰带级是空手道的最高级别。
8 civilian uqbzl     
adj.平民的,民用的,民众的
参考例句:
  • There is no reliable information about civilian casualties.关于平民的伤亡还没有确凿的信息。
  • He resigned his commission to take up a civilian job.他辞去军职而从事平民工作。
9 premises 6l1zWN     
n.建筑物,房屋
参考例句:
  • According to the rules,no alcohol can be consumed on the premises.按照规定,场内不准饮酒。
  • All repairs are done on the premises and not put out.全部修缮都在家里进行,不用送到外面去做。
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