Technology

Key vocabulary

  • Technophile (n.) -a person who is enthusiastic about new technology.
  • Technophobe (n.) -a person who fears, dislikes, or avoids new technology
  • Innovation (n.) -the action or process of innovating
  • Revolutionary (adj.) -involving or causing a complete or dramatic change
  • Breakthrough (n.) -a sudden, dramatic, and important discovery or development
  • Cutting-edge (adj.) -at the latest or most advanced stage of development; innovative or pioneering
  • State-of-the-art (adj.) -the most recent stage in the development of a product, incorporating the newest ideas and the most up-to-date features
  • Indispensable (adj.) -something or someone that is indispensable is so good or important that you could not manage without it, him, or her
  • Out-dated (adj.) -obsolete
  • Obsolete (adj.) -no longer produced or used
  • To transform (v.) -to change completely the appearance or character of something or someone, especially so that that thing or person is improved
  • Censorship (n.) -the suppression or prohibition of any parts of books, films, news, etc. that are considered obscene, politically unacceptable, or a threat to security
  • Internet security (n.) -a process to create rules and actions to take to protect against attacks over the Internet
  • Hacker (n.) -a person who uses computers to gain unauthorized access to data
  • Cyber security (n.) -the state of being protected against the criminal or unauthorized use of electronic data, or the measures taken to achieve this
  • Cybercrime (n.) -criminal activities carried out by means of computers or the Internet
  • User-friendly (adj.) – (of a machine or system) easy to use or understand
  • Microchip (n.) -a tiny wafer of semiconducting material used to make an integrated circuit
  • Video conferencing (n.) -to see and hear people from different locations using the internet
  • Wireless hotspot (n.) -a public place where you can access the internet
  • Wireless network (n.) -a network where users can access the internet without the use of fixed cables
  • Word processing (n.) -producing written texts on a computer
  • To navigate a website (v.) -to find your way around a website
  • Intranet (n.) -a network of connected computers within an organization that is not accessible by unauthorized visitors

 

Expression

  • Bell and whistles – attractive features that things like computer programs have, though of the a bit unnecessary
  • Silver surfer -a silver surfer is an elderly person who uses the internet
  • Well-oiled machine -something that functions very well
  • Rocket science -If something is not rocket science, it is not very complicated or difficult to understand.
  • Silver surfer -an elderly person who uses the internet.
  • Leading edge -If something is on the leading edge, it is using the most advanced technology available.
  • Light years ahead -If you are light years ahead of others, you are a long way in front of them in terms of development, success, etc.
  • Bells and whistles – Attractive features that things like computer programs have, though often a bit unnecessary.