英語で聞く: Apps

From BBC Learning English
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by Mark Gregory
Many of us have grown used to using (…) applications on smartphones for little tasks like checking the latest weather, catching up on the news or playing games. But how about running a country? (…)
(T)here’s an app that can help with that – only so far it’s available to only one man – British prime minister David Cameron. The app has been developed by an 18-month-old small company in South London.
It crawls the web and other sources providing live data on the jobs market, housing and other key indicators relevant to government. It also tracks social media sources such as Facebook and Twitter, providing insight on what voters are thinking. (…)
Clip from Apple advertisment: “Yep, there’s an app for just about anything.”

Homework
After reading the text, think of the questions below and write an answer to ONE of them (5-10 sentences):
1. What are your favorite smartphone applications? What are their functions? How often do you use them?
2. What smartphone application are you missing? Do you think it is possible to create such an application?

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