Senior Chinese officials are hinting that U.S. technology giant Apple is at risk of losing its trademark dispute with a company in the southern city of Shenzhen that claims ownership of the iPad name in China.
The U.S. House of Representatives has approved a bill aimed at securing the nation's computer networks from cyber attackers, but opposed by the Obama administration because of privacy concerns.
馬裏蘭州研究人員在《眼科學檔案》（Archives of Ophthalmology）發表的一份報告說，視力受損者每日步行總數比正常視力者少26%，並且身體活躍度約為後者的一半，這可能會增加視力受損者患慢性病的風險。
People with impaired vision take 26% fewer steps per day than normal-sighted individuals and are about half as active physically, which could increase their risk of chronic illness, says a report by Maryland researchers in Archives of Ophthalmology.
im·pairs; im·paired; im·pair·ing
▪ The disease causes impaired vision/hearing in elderly people. — sometimes used in combination ▪ hearing-impaired people [=people with impaired hearing]
經濟學人信息部(Economist Intelligence Unit)的一篇報告說，近半數跨國公司的高管相信，語言障礙曾讓跨境交易流產，給公司帶來經濟損失。經濟學人信息部是《經濟學人》(Economist)雜誌母公司經濟學人集團(Economist Group)旗下的商業研究機構。
Nearly half the executives at global companies believe language barriers have spoiled cross-border deals and caused financial losses for companies, says a report from the Economist Intelligence Unit, a business research unit of Economist Group, the Economist magazine's parent.
spoils; spoiled or chiefly British spoilt /ˈspojəlt/; spoil·ing
1 [+ obj] : to have a bad effect on (something) : to damage or ruin (something)
▪ The fight spoiled the party.▪ The camping trip was spoiled by bad weather.▪ Don't let one mistake spoil your day.▪ He always spoils everything.▪ Don't spoil your appetite by snacking too much.▪ Exposure to air will spoil the wine.▪ I spoiled the sauce by adding too much garlic.
2 [no obj] : to decay or lose freshness especially because of being kept too long
▪ The milk/fruit was beginning to spoil. synonyms 1decay
3 [+ obj] disapprovinga: to give (someone, such as a child) everything that he or she wants : to have a bad effect on (someone) by allowing too many things or by not correcting bad behavior
▪ Her grandparents spoil her.— often used as (be) spoiled▪ He was spoiled by his parents.▪ a spoiled brat▪ That child is spoiled rotten. [=very spoiled]— sometimes used figuratively ▪ We've been spoiled lately by/with this beautiful weather. [=we've had so much beautiful weather that we expect the weather always to be beautiful]▪ (Brit) Customers are spoiled/spoilt for choice [=customers have a lot of choices] when buying a new car.
b: to treat (someone) very well
▪ The hotel spoils their guests with fine dining and excellent service.▪ She always spoils me on my birthday.▪ You should spoil yourself with a day at the spa.
(be) spoiling for
: to have a strong desire for (something, such as a fight)
▪ They are spoiling for a fight/argument.▪ The team is spoiling for a rematch.
Communication difficulties are becoming increasingly costly as companies seek to expand their operations globally.