News Report

Intermediate level

Apple vs the FBI

Episode 160322 / 22 Mar 2016

Step 1: Listen

You're going to hear a genuine BBC news report from 15 March 2016. Before you listen, read these three summaries:

a) The FBI might no longer need Apple's help to unlock a gunman's phone.

b) The FBI has decided to take Apple to court to force the company to help to unlock a gunman's phone.

c) Apple has agreed to help the FBI in an investigation.

Now listen and decide which one is correct. Listen again if you need to.

Step 2: Learn the key words and listen again

How was that? Try listening again. Here are three definitions of key vocabulary items which may help you.

unlock
(here) enter the correct password to open a mobile phone

postponement
decision to delay something

manufacturer
company that makes products in large quantities

Step 3: Transcript and answer

The US Justice Department says the FBI may have found a way to unlock the mobile phone of the San Bernardino gunman Syed Rizwan Farook, and has won a postponement of its court case against the manufacturer Apple.

The department had wanted to force Apple to unlock the phone to help the investigation.

Answer

a) The FBI might no longer need Apple's help to unlock a gunman's phone.

This bulletin comes from BBC World Service Radio.

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