Category Archives: Personal Technology

Websites to Find Free Ebooks – VOA Learning English (Feb 22, 2017)

Have you wanted to try an ebook? Would you like to keep ebooks handy to read on your phone or tablet? Has the cost of ebooks stopped you? Well, there are ebooks out there that you can download without spending … Continue reading

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How to Turn Your Phone into a Wi-Fi Hotspot – VOA Learning English (Jan 25, 2017)

While it may seem as if Wi-Fi is available everywhere, sooner or later you will go somewhere Wi-Fi is not. You still need to get on the Internet. What are you to do? Well, you may have a solution right … Continue reading

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Top Technology Stories of 2016 – VOA Learning English (Dec 28, 2016)

The year 2016 was filled with stories about or involving personal technology. New products and services kept us wondering what technology will be like in the future and how it might affect our lives. 2016 was a time of change … Continue reading

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Report Shows Deaths by Selfie on the Rise – VOA Learning English (Nov 23, 2016)

Report Shows Selfie Deaths on The Rise (0:05:59) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/11/23/3255bb33-83dd-4390-963b-97132ede461e.mp3 “Selfie,” taking a picture of yourself to post on social media, became an official word in the Oxford dictionary in 2013. The idea seems simple, just pose and snap a photo … Continue reading

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New Study Links Using Facebook and Living Longer – VOA Learning English (Nov 09, 2016)

Facebook Longer Life (0:03:59) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/11/09/4a3c3617-15d2-4b26-9f03-c715eadf9ce9.mp3 A well-known study in 1979 found that people who socialize with others live longer than people who keep to themselves. A new study shows that socializing online may have health benefits as well. To test … Continue reading

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New Computers from Microsoft and Apple – VOA Learning English (Nov 02, 2016)

New Computers From Microsoft, Apple (0:08:19) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/11/02/36255daa-ef42-4817-ace1-937dcd4c4180.mp3 Last week the future of computers came more clearly into view. Microsoft and Apple announced new machines that demonstrate where computer technology is headed. Both big companies are trying to innovate with these … Continue reading

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What to Do When Your Technology Goes Wrong – VOA Learning English (Oct 26, 2016)

What to Do When Your Technology Goes Wrong (0:09:17) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/10/26/59004120-9e5b-48fb-90a4-a6da50350370.mp3 Technology sometimes goes wrong. And the more you use technology, the more you know it can go wrong. A connection drops. A printer will not print. An app crashes or … Continue reading

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MIT Seeks ‘Moral’ to the Story of Self-Driving Cars – VOA Learning English (Oct 19, 2016)

MIT Seeks ‘Moral’ to the Story of Self-Driving Cars(0:05:11) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/10/18/18f8e598-aa1d-40ee-97f7-8ce0fb590811.mp3 Every time we get behind the wheel of a car, we put our lives and the lives of others at risk. Self-driving cars are designed to reduce those risks by … Continue reading

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Google Announces New Products – VOA Learning English (Oct 12, 2016)

Google Announces New Products (0:06:56) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/10/12/72bd50ab-863a-488f-b38e-4d387bb111c9.mp3 Last week we told you about Google’s new phone, the Pixel. This week we talk about the company’s other new products. Google has expanded its focus from services, such as Maps, Gmail and Chrome, … Continue reading

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Google Launches New ‘Pixel’ Smartphone – VOA Learning English (Oct 05, 2016)

Google Launches New ‘Pixel’ Smartphone (0:07:27) http://av.voanews.com/clips/VLE/2016/10/05/ce681ff8-1283-4a38-a9a4-fffdd920dd35.mp3 Google has announced its first smartphone designed in-house, the Pixel. The company showed the new phone to the world during a launch event Tuesday in San Francisco, California. “So today, I’m very excited … Continue reading

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