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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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Find your way to a bargain with the TomTom GO 910

Posted on23. Nov, 2009 by .

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tomtom-go-x10If you are looking for a low cost sat-nav solution, then you may be interested in the TomTom GO 910. Just in at TotalPDA, the TomTom GO 910 is now available for only £119.99, giving you a whole lot of sat-nav functionality at an extremely cost-effective price.

Each device has been refurbished by TomTom to the highest standards and ships with a full 12 month TomTom warranty. Not only that, but each unit also features the very latest maps so you can always be sure you’re taking the best route.

With Bluetooth handsfree calling, safety camera alerts, a large 4″ touchscreen, plus smart extras such as iPod control and a 20GB HDD the TomTom GO 910  includes all of the high-end features you would expect from a TomTom nagivation device – at a price that won’t break the bank.

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Turn your phone into a personal trainer with SportyPal

Posted on04. Jun, 2009 by .

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sportypalIf the thought of jogging bores you to tears, then SportyPal, a new free application which utilises your phone’s GPS functionality to log and map your fitness progress, may be just the motivation you need to dust off your running shoes.

SportyPal tracks and analyses your activity,  providing you with a summary of your performance and detailed graphics charting a map of your completed exercise route. You can also create a free account at www.sportypal.com and upload your statistics to your web account where you can further analyse your performance and share the results with your friends. Alternatively, you can publicly publish your results to the wider SportyPal community, where you can exchange workouts and get ideas for your own personal improvement.

Compatible with a variety of GPS enabled phones, including the iPhone, Android, Java, Windows Mobile and Symbian based models, the application is free to download and use, making it a very versatile application and an exciting way to keep track of your daily fitness activities.

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TomTom Navigator 6 – Compatible devices

Posted on09. Jun, 2008 by .

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Straight from the mouth of TomTom themselves I have a full compatibility list of devices that will work with the TomTom Navigator 6. Not a very interesting post I know, but thought some people out there would appreciate it. They haven’t given me an answer yet on whether one license key will activate your phone and PDA, but say they will get back to me. There are some incompatibilities that I can’t explain, so if anyone knows of others to add, let me know and I’ll post them here. Anyway, here we go:
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TomTom GO 720 Nominated For The T3 Most Useful Gadget Award

Posted on21. Aug, 2007 by .

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T3 Award

We’ve been raving about it for weeks now. Other websites have already showered it with praise, presenting it with top marks in their gadget reviews. The TomTom GO 720 simply has everyone in the industry foaming at the mouth in anticipation of the impact it is set to create in the GPS world.

Now T3.co.uk, one of the UK’s leading tech news and reviews websites, has nominated the GO720 for its inaugural T3 awards 2007 under the “Most Useful Gadget” category. Up against the likes of the acclaimed Nokia N95, Sky Television’s new High Definition television service, the Blackberry, and the nifty Freeloader Solar Charger, the competition is certainly a tough one. However, given the fantastic range of features boasted by the GO 720, it is sure to fend off its competitors and prevail.

If you would like to vote for the GO 720, simply head over to http://competition.futurenet.com/t3awards/ and cast your vote. Better still, register your vote and you could be in with a chance of winning a free PS3 and a free PSP Slim and Lite for your efforts!

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