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Are you ready for Christmas?  We are!

Are you ready for Christmas? We are!

Posted on17. Dec, 2010 by .

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There’s a little over a week to go till the big day and with the somewhat inclement weather last week some people (ie me) are a little behind with their Christmas shopping. Just like every other crisis situation the first thing you should do is “Don’t panic”! The second is – Let us help you out.

Our Christmas shop is chock full of gift ideas for everyone ranging from main presents like the Samsung Galaxy Tab to small stocking fillers like the Dell Axim X51. Whoever you need a gift for – we’ve got it covered.

We’ve also got a HUGE pre Christmas Clearance sale running this weekend only with up to 50% reductions on some of your favourite products and free shipping on everything.  Our delivery drivers are running right up until 12:30pm on Christmas Eve so you’ve got no worries with your goods getting to you on time.

So don’t spend the last weekend before Christmas rushing round the shops, stay at home, put your feet up, head over to TotalPDA and let us do the hard work for you.

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This is not the 10 o’clock news

This is not the 10 o’clock news

Posted on27. Sep, 2010 by .

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It’s the TotalPDA news and what a lot I have to tell you.

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What’s all the Swype about?

What’s all the Swype about?

Posted on10. Aug, 2010 by .

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When I was in my mid-teens my mum got me my very first mobile phone.  It was a Nokia and it was a brick.  It had a monochrome screen the size of a postage stamp, a moulded antenna and big rubbery buttons that had to be pressed with the strength of ten bears in order to register.  I adored it though.  I could phone people and text people and play snake and…  well that was about it, but it was freedom and it was cool and it was better than a pager.  A couple of years on, mobile phones evolved into an animal that was quicker, that was faster, that was stronger, more powerful, a phone that was smarter.  The mobile phone became the smartphone and with it came a whole host of very smart things.

Handsets today can be used to buy products on line, check your bank balance, keep up to date with your social networking sites, do your homework, write your thesis, work from the train.  With RFID technology you can even use your handset to pay for public transport and your weekly shopping in store by swiping your phone past a reader.  You can organise your life, organise your travel, find directions, answers to problems and still have your friends one finger away.  All of this is now vital to how we function on a daily basis and without our trusty little phones the majority would be lost.  While I appreciate all of this, I probably don’t take full advantage of it all.  For me, my main handset is used predominantly for texting and it would appear that I’m not alone in my SMS love affair.

According to the Mobile Data Association 96.8 billion text messages were sent in Britain in 2009 alone.  That figure doesn’t include the 601 million picture or video messages that were also sent.  Thats the equivolent of every single person in the UK sending 43 text messages a day, every day for the year.  Clearly texting is still our favourite way to communicate but with handsets getting smaller it can sometimes be tricky to say what you mean.

I’m a girl, I have nails, they’re not WAG talons but I like to keep them on the long side so a QWERTY or numeric keypad for me would have to house Vtech size buttons in order for me to type a coherent sentence.  I wept with joy the day that touchscreen phones arrived on the scene.  The touchscreen and accompanying stylus was a God send for input accuracy especially for me and my manicured ilk,  but was I as nimble with the tappy, little typing stick as I was with two thumbs?  In short, no.  Particularly long texts or emails could take forever to input, even with T9 predictive text turned on.  More and more often I would slide away my stylus in frustration and actually converse with people *shudder*.

In a bid to restore my textual relationships I bought myself a little folding Bluetooth keyboard which allowed me to tip tap to my heart’s content.  Except when I was in a busy club, or the supermarket, or shopping in town or anywhere not near a desk/level surface.  So what does a girl (or someone with fingers too large for a teeny tiny keyboard) do?  They Swype.

According to the website, Swype is the easiest and fastest way to input data on your handset.  Using Swype you can accurately  input up to 40 words a minute which means more time to communicate and less time sense checking what you’ve written. There are loads of tips and tricks available on the Swype website which will allow you to drastically reduce your input time.  No more holding the shift key to capitalise, no more pressing the space bar in between every word.  It’s fast, it’s accurate, it’s a little bit of genius and it’ll revolutionise your handset.

Swype provides a faster and easier way to input text on any screen. With one continuous finger or stylus motion across the screen keyboard, the patented technology enables users to input words faster and easier than other data input methods. The application is designed to work across a variety of devices such as phones, tablets, game consoles, kiosks, televisions, virtual screens and more.

At first it can seem a bit daunting and strange but its easier to get to grips with than predictive text and there are lots of handy video tutorials available to show you how to deal with things like punctuation, word editing, capitalisation and so on.  Of course, if you’re prone 2 txtN n txt spk n tnk #s in-situ of letAs wrks gr8 thN d vids wl B 404 u.  Or something.

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