Gadgets

Make Your Next Device an Apple One

Gadgets and gizmos play a huge role in our lives these days. We are always going to be in a position where we want or need more gadgets. And this is when we need to make a decision about what we want to get. When it comes to any sort of technology Apple is certainly the way forward, and these are some reasons why.

Reputation

Think about why Apple is such a household name in the world of technology these days. There are a lot of things you need to make sure you make the right choice. And Apple is certainly the obvious way forward. They are pioneers of the industry and constantly breaking new ground and surprising the market. The iPhone changed the way we live, work and play nowadays. And Apple has a reputation as one of the most important and innovative companies out there. Why would you not want to use their products?

Quality

When you buy any sort of electronics or technology, you need to make sure it’s high quality. There are a lot of things that you need to sort out that will help you with this. Doing research and knowing what you’re talking about is generally a good idea. But, you also need to make sure you choose the best quality you can. And that’s where you can’t really go wrong when it comes to Apple. They provide you with the best possible products on the market. There is no one who can do what they do as well as they do it. And you need to remember this when you’re making your choice.

You’re Probably Used to It

If you’re any kind of tech-head these days, it’s likely that you have some sort of Apple product. And that’s why there’s even more of a reason for you to choose something from Apple. Once you get used to their operating system, you will not want to use anything else. The iPhone OS is one of the best and most user-friendly in the world. So it’s something you want to continue to use over and over again. The good thing is that so many devices these days are made by Apple so you can keep using it.

Apple is Changing the World

It’s pretty clear the huge impact that Apple has had on the world, and on technology. Can you even remember a time before things like iPhones and FaceTime? And, the great thing is that Apple is not content with just sitting back and resting on their laurels. Indeed, a visit to http://maccrunch.com will provide you with the latest news and developments on all things Apple. You can see how much they are still trying to develop bigger and better products. Apple has truly transformed the way we communicate, and they look set to affect things for a while yet.

There’s no doubt that Apple is probably the number one brand in consumer electronics at the moment. And this is because of their innovation, brand identity, and amazing products. Visiting will http://techland.time.com provide you with plenty of reasons why Apple is so successful. And this should help with your decision-making. If you’re thinking about going for another device, you should make it something by Apple.

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How to Protect Your Smartphone From Damage

Although not quite the Nokia “brick” series, modern smartphones are still pretty tough. Many of them can be dropped on concrete or splashed with liquid and still work fairly well. Although the functionality might be hard to damage, the aesthetic beauty of a phone is more delicate. Scratches on the screen and dents in the casing are very unsightly, but there are certain preventative measures you can take.

If you’ve been through a few phones in a short space of time, then you might just need to be more careful about how you use it! Think about when and where you use your phone. If you’re in a crowded party, find some space. If your hands are wet and slippery, dry them off!

Of course, no one can foresee accidents before they happen. So what else can you do? Start off by getting a protective case. I know a lot of people who have always put off getting a case, preferring the sleek look and feel of a bare phone. These people also have to spend a lot of money on services like this: www.baltimorecellphonerepair.com . When the screen’s covered in cracks, believe me it won’t look so fancy! There are a wide range of cases out there for every kind of phone. Some will make your phone nearly indestructible, like this one: http://www.screwfix.com/p/stanley-dozer-iphone . These heavy-duty models will add a considerable amount of bulk to your phone though. There are other cases available which are more slimming, but obviously you’ll be sacrificing a bit of protection. With the wide selection out there, I’m sure you’ll be able to find a look you can agree with. No matter how picky you are, remember that any case is better than no case.

In order for you to use your phone with its case, the screen needs to be uncovered. This, unfortunately, leaves one of the most delicate parts of the device open to damage. To get around this, get yourself a screen protector. Again, any screen protector is better than no screen protector. However, some of them will do a lot more to protect your screen than others. Some companies will throw in a cheap, thin protector when you buy a case. While these will make some difference if you drop your phone, it will be minimal. For the best possible protection, choose a tempered glass version. I also recommend buying your protector from a store, rather than ordering one online. Getting screen protectors onto a phone is a notoriously fiddly process. Try it yourself, and you’ll probably end up with a load of grit and air bubbles trapped between the protector and screen. If you get your protector from an accessory store, there’ll be someone there who will be happy to put it on properly.

Until they’re able to combine the function of a smartphone with the durability of a 90’s model, our devices will get broken. However, if you take precautions, you’ll reduce your chances of this kind of tragedy a lot.

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Optimize Your Online Gaming Setup

Online gaming has been big for a long time. I remember playing Unreal Tournament in my youth, pre-broadband days. Entering blood-soaked combat with people across the world who were terrifyingly better than me! Firing up Phantasy Star Online and Quake 3 on the online-enabled Dreamcast console are experiences I miss fiercely. I spent hours playing Halo 2 online instead  of doing my school exams.

Long story short, online gaming means a lot to a lot of people. It’s only getting bigger. If you’re not involved yet, why not? A surprising amount of people avoid it because they had difficulty when they first tried. Here’s a quick guide to optimising your experience.

A sturdy Internet connection

A stunning amount of people attempt to play games online without a decent Internet connection. You need to ensure you have incredibly fast broadband and no usage limits. You should really be going wired, but if you go wireless than you need to have a reliable router that won’t keep losing connection.

Making sure your hardware is ready

If you’re using a games console, then whatever game you’re playing should be tailored for us on it. If you’re running into issues, make sure you’ve got all the latest patches for your game. Many console games are being released with subpar online functionality these days, due to a rush to meet deadlines.

It is, of course, different if you’re using a computer. If your computer doesn’t meet the minimum specifications of the game, then you’re going to run into trouble.

If you’re meeting minimum specifications, try going into the in-game settings. Try lowering some of the graphical and audio detail. Anti-aliasing and shadows, for example, are very heavy processes that could be slowing you down. If you’re still having trouble, you may need to do some spring cleaning. Making sure you’ve got a lot of room on your computer is key. Going as far as reinstalling your operating system can do wonders for memory usage. If you’ve recently cleared a large amount of space on your hard drive, consider defragging to consolidate your files.

Upgrading

If you’re not meeting minimum or recommended specs, then you can try upgrading your computer. Memory is one of the cheapest to upgrade, and the easiest. Use a System Scanner tool to find out what memory to buy and how much you need.

You may also need a new graphics card. Graphics cards can be pretty big; your computer chassis needs both the space and the cooling to handle it. They also need to be connected to your PC’s power supply, and if that’s not powerful enough, the card won’t work even after you fit it. You then need to ensure the relevant drivers are up to date.

You can also look into increasing your CPU. Dual core is generally more than enough for most games. If you can afford it, quad core is extremely cool and will ensure you’re sorted for all games in the near future.

Extras

You want total immersion, right? A microphone will ensure you’re able to use voice communication with your fellow players. Keep the swearing to a minimum, though. Abusive behaviour can get you banned from game servers! An amazing speaker system will also ensure you’re totally immersed in the online gaming world. And make sure you’re comfortable! You don’t want to get back or wrist pain from a poor physical setup.

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New Technology Puts Health Care In Palm Of Your Hand

Las Vegas (AFP) – Managing your health care is moving increasingly to the palm of your hand — with new smartphone-enabled technology and wearable sensors that examine, diagnose and even treat many conditions and ailments.

The Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas saw the debut of new applications for “virtual checkups” and ways to treat pain, manage stress and monitor conditions such as diabetes.

French-based health group VisioMed introduced its Bewell Connect health management suite, which includes a smartphone app that communicates with its connected blood pressure and glucose monitor, thermometer and blood oxygen sensor.

“If I have all these indicators I can get a pretty good assessment of your health,” said Benjamin Pennequin, research director for the group.

“This is like a personal virtual checkup.”

But the app goes further: If you have symptoms such as chest pain or shortness of breath, it poses a series of questions and delivers potential diagnoses, and allows the user to share the data with a physician.

And a simple button on the app can connect you to a doctor: In France the app locates nearby providers in the national medical service, and Bewell is working to establish a network of connected physicians in the United States.

A hand-held connected device unveiled by Las Vegas-based startup MedWand allows consumers to measure temperature, heart rate, oxygen levels and includes a camera to examine the throat and inner ear to enable doctors to perform an exam online.

Lead engineer Terry MacNeish said the data from the $250 gadget allows for a more thorough exam than most other kinds of telemedicine.

“If you’re just Skyping your doctor, it’s just medical chat,” MacNeish said. “With this we can get a picture of your tonsils, we can take your temperature. It’s much more precise.”

MedWand is in the pre-approval phase for clearance by the US Food and Drug Administration, and is expected to complete the process in 2016, according to inventor and CEO Samir Qamar.

MedWand is working with existing telemedicine doctors and hopes to start selling the device in June in the United States and globally.

MacNeish said insurance companies are generally positive towards the product because a telemedicine exam costs less than one in a doctor’s office.

“The patient saves a lot of time and so does the doctor,” he said.

– Continuous monitoring –

Putting more health data in consumers’ hands is a big theme at CES.

US-based medical device maker Omron unveiled its wrist-worn blood pressure sensor which delivers information to a smartphone.

“Most people only get their blood pressure checked at the doctor’s office once or twice a year,” said chief operating officer Ranndy Kellogg.

“This is continuous monitoring. If there is something wrong with your heart, you really want to listen.”

Tech-savvy startups and others are introducing new ways to treat pain, in some cases taking techniques which have been around for decades and adapting them for smartphones and connected wearables.

NeuroMetrix debuted its Quell leg band, which blocks pain signals to the brain, and is an alternative to drugs for people suffering from debilitating pain related to diabetes or other ailments.

It recently received approval from the Food and Drug Administration.

NeuroMetrix founder Shai Gozani, a medical doctor who also has a PhD in neurobiology, said the device “triggers your brain to upgrade its pain modulation” by acting on the opioid receptors in the same manner as opiates — but without drugs.

– Hacking pain –

While Quell is a device which treats pain anywhere in the body from a single band, iTens offers a smartphone-controlled patch which attaches to specific muscles to treat pain, using technology known as TENS, or transcutaneous elenctical neuromuscular stimulation.

The technology has been around for decades in hospital settings but is only now hitting the consumer market with smartphone technology and sensor-embedded devices.

“The electrical impulse intercepts the pain signal before it reaches the brain,” said iTens spokesman Scott Overton, showing the device on the CES floor.

Tech innovators have found other paths to effectively hack into the body’s neural pathways for therapy.

Biotrak Health showcased a headband to help users control muscle tension that often leads to migraines and other kinds of pain.

The Halo headband “alerts you when you are tense and allows you to control your own tension,” said spokesman Adam Kirell.

A wrist-worn device from ReliefBand technologies takes aim at nausea associated with motion and morning sickness.

The device, which looks like a wristwatch, acts on the P6 or median nerve — the same technique used in centuries-old treatment from acupuncture.

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Tech Tethers Dog Lovers Remotely To Their Pets

Las Vegas (AFP) – Gadgets galore are letting dog lovers stay connected to their pets even when they can’t take canine companions with them on the go.

A sea of innovations on display at the famously people-centric Consumer Electronics Show on Friday included a wave of technology aimed at those who consider pets cherished family members.

“Everybody loves their pets,” said Mike Jander of Trackimo, one of several companies showing off tracking devices that can be affixed to collars and reveal where animals run off to.

A Trackimo clip-on device, which was on display at CES, can send an alert to an owner’s smartphone if a dog ventures past a geo-fence — a designated virtual barrier — and then track the pet’s whereabouts by satellite, according to Jander.

– ‘Fitbit for dogs’ –

Wondermento, which has offices in the US and Britain, showed off a bow-tie-shaped plastic activity tracker — the Wonderwoof — that chief technology officer Joe Morsman described as “a Fitbit for dogs.”

“There are other pet trackers out there, but this is purely about the health,” Morsman said of Wonderwoof.

“This is a fun, social way to exercise your dog.”

He recounted leaving his dog at a kennel that promised four long walks daily, only to be shown by the device that the pet got only two brief outings a day.

“We now do home stays with other dog owners,” Morsman said.

Applications tailored for mobile devices powered by Apple or Android software come free with the $95 Wonderwoof bow tie.

The apps let users see if other Wonderwoof-wearing dogs are out and about. Wondermento plans to add features allowing those owners to connect with each other while out.

“We are trying to accentuate the social element of walking your dog,” Morsman told AFP.

“Wonderwoof is also very much a talking point; people stop you to ask what it is.”

Wondermento describes the doggy device as a “fashion-forward brand with a fun social element.”

The company is working on an enhanced indoor version that will use location sensing to let people know if pets are pining at a door or making unusually frequent trips to water bowls.

The company is also developing an activity tracker for cats.

– ‘Massive market’ –

“There is a huge interest in pet wearables,” Morsman told AFP.

“It is a massive market.”

People don’t want to feel they are abandoning their dogs while off at work, he said, and technology is letting them stay virtually tethered.

A Petcube camera that links to wireless internet in homes lets people not only look in on pets but play with them remotely. Owners can use a smartphone app to make a point of laser light appear and flit about in the house while a cat or dog pursues it.

Petcube also has a speaker and microphone so people can talk to pets, whether to comfort them or to stop them from nosing into trash or hopping onto counters.

Petnet was at CES with a SmartBowl that incorporates scales and nutritional information to make sure dogs get just the right amount of food.

“Most people just guess at how much to feed their dogs,” said Petnet founder Carlos Herrera. “This lets them know.”

The California company also has a SmartFeeder that lets people remotely monitor eating habits and dispense meals.

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iPhone 7 Plus Said to Have 256GB Option and Larger 3,100 mAh Battery

There is no official announcement yet about the launch of Apple’s still undisclosed iPhone 7, however, rumours about iPhone 7 have started flowing in. Even hardcore iPhone enthusiast will agree that iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s plus didn’t quite get it right when it comes to radical changes in design and features. If rumours are right, then that is just about to change.

The latest speculations from Apple Rumour site suggests that the next iPhone could come with a bumper storage and phenomenal battery life. The iPhone 7 could feature a 256 GB of storage – the highest in Apple’s lineup of iPhone till date and be powered by a 3,100mAh battery. It isn’t clear if Apple would do away with the 16 GB base storage choice for its new iPhone 7. The mammoth battery for any iPhone till date would be 12.7 per cent larger than the iPhone 6 Plus’s 2,750mAh battery.

It is further speculated that the phone will be as thin as the new iPod touch but will retain the 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen (iPhone 7 Plus) sizes.

Earlier speculations have pointed at the removal of the ubiquitous headphone jack from the next iPhone. It has been rumoured that the new iPhone 7 will not have the 3.5mm headphone jack and instead feature an all-in-one lightening connector allowing the smartphone to be thinner at 6.0mm and 6.5mm with a waterproof design.

The iPhone 7 devices may further include a faster TSMC-built A10 chip and Intel 7360 LTE modem with 3 GB of RAM. They could feature a non-metallic casing with hidden antenna bands.

Further rumours coming from the same site- MyDrivers, indicate that Apple is also working on an iPhone 6c which is likely to come with a 1,642mAh battery and 2 GB of RAM.

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Wearable Tech Market Surge Led By New Gadgets

Washington (AFP) – The global market for wearable technology is seeing a surge, led by watches, smart clothing and other connected gadgets, a research report said Thursday.

IDC said its forecast showed the worldwide wearable device market will reach a total of 111.1 million units in 2016, up 44.4 percent from this year.

By 2019, IDC sees some 214.6 million units, or a growth rate averaging 28 percent.

“The most common type of wearables today are fairly basic, like fitness trackers, but over the next few years we expect a proliferation of form factors and device types,” said Jitesh Ubrani, an IDC analyst.

“Smarter clothing, eyewear, and even hearables (ear-worn devices) are all in their early stages of mass adoption. Though at present these may not be significantly smarter than their analog counterparts, the next generation of wearables are on track to offer vastly improved experiences and perhaps even augment human abilities.”

IDC said it sees smartwatch sales hitting 34.3 million units in 2016, up from 21.3 million this year. And by 2019, it expects total sales of some 88.3 million devices.

“In a short amount of time, smartwatches have evolved from being extensions of the smartphone to wearable computers capable of communications, notifications, applications, and numerous other functionalities,” said IDC research manager Ramon Llamas.

“The smartwatch we have today will look nothing like the smartwatch we will see in the future. Cellular connectivity, health sensors, not to mention the explosive third-party application market all stand to change the game and will raise both the appeal and value of the market going forward.”

IDC said in its most recent quarterly update that some 21.7 million wearables were sold in the past quarter, a jump of 197 percent.

Fitness tracker maker Fitbit maintained the top spot with a 22.2 percent market share and unit sales of 4.7 million, according to IDC.

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Apple Surprises The Market – Releases First Battery Case To Capture Accessory Market

In a throughly surprising move Apple announced the launch of an external battery case for iPhone 6S. Apple claims that this new accessory can extend the battery life of iPhone 6S by over 25 hours. The new accessory is reasonably priced at $99 and is available in two colors – Black and White.

Stay tuned to know more about this new accessory launched by Apple.

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Microsoft is working on a Google Cardboard-rival called VR Kit

Microsoft is currently working on a new Google Cardboard killer, they have named it as the Microsoft VR kit. Microsoft is hosting a Virtual Reality hackathon in Russia, where it will be handing out Microsoft VR headsets to developers.

This is a leaked information and there is no official information about the event as yet.

According to a report by Thurrott, the event will be held next year and that microsoft will aggressively promote this event. However there is no information about when these devices will be available for the general public.

The device is a combo of a lumia device and a cardboard box. It is speculated that Microsoft may release the design for free just as Google did.

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T9 Trace Predictive Text Vs. Swype – Things To Know

Touchscreen technology has rеаllу taken off іn thе last few years, thаnkѕ іn no small part tо thе large influx оf high quality smartphones аnd tablets. Thе Apple iPhone іѕ thе true pioneer оf thіѕ market, but оthеr companies have contributed equally tо thе amazing new technology thаt іѕ literally аt people’s fingertips now. In thе midst оf аll thіѕ, one area thаt wаѕ neglected fоr а fair amount оf time wаѕ thе virtual keyboard оn thеѕе touch-sensitive devices.

Even thоugh typing оn а virtual keyboard саn bе equally rapid аnd accurate аѕ typing оn а physical аnd tactile keyboard, thе fact іѕ thаt іt takes people а fair amount оf time tо get used tо thіѕ concept. Thіѕ situation gets worsened whеn one has tо type оn thе touchscreen whеn іt іѕ іn portrait mode, аѕ thіѕ results іn thе single keys becoming even smaller. Since thе lightest оf touches саn activate а key, thаnkѕ tо thе highly conducive Capacitive touchscreen technology, many people often еnd uр making several typing blunders along thе way.

‘Swype’ іѕ thе revolutionary new typing technology thаt wаѕ first introduced іn а smartphone developed bу Samsung, аnd іt changed thе way thе world typed оn а touchscreen. Thе name іtѕеlf denotes thе manner іn whісh аn individual types оn thе screen; аn action whісh has bееn termed аѕ ‘swyping’. All one has tо do іѕ drag оnе’ѕ finger асrоѕѕ thе letters thаt need tо bе typed wіthоut lifting thе finger frоm thе screen, аnd thе installed dictionary wіll automatically predict thе word уоu wanted. Thе accuracy іѕ mind-boggling аnd іt has improved typing speeds bу leaps аnd bounds, аnd thuѕ replaced T9 Predictive Text аѕ thе primary input choice fоr most users.

T9 Predictive Text

T9 Predictive Text wаѕ developed bу Tegic Communications, аnd іt rose tо prominence ѕоmеtіmе іn thе mid-90’s. T9 literally stands fоr Text оn 9 Keys аnd іt wаѕ used extensively іn аll major mobile phones fоr close tо а decade. Nokia mobile phones made T9 text extremely popular аll аrоund thе world, аnd а majority оf people still uѕе thіѕ text input method. In older versions оf text input, one single key needed tо bе pressed multiple times іn order tо get а certain letter, but thе T9 Predictive Text made thіѕ practice obsolete.

In thіѕ input method, а very vast dictionary іѕ embedded into thе device, аnd one needs tо press а single key оnlу once tо get а single letter. Fоr instance, іn thе older version one needed tо press thе ‘2’ button once tо get thе letter ‘A’, twice fоr thе letter ‘B’ аnd thrice fоr thе letter ‘C’. Wіth T9 text, one оnlу needs tо press thе ‘2’ button once, аnd thеn аll subsequent keys once, аnd thе phone wіll refer tо thе dictionary аnd list оut thе best possible options. Thіѕ made typing very easy аnd convenient fоr ѕо many years. Thе dictionary саn bе expanded аѕ wеll bу adding words аnd names bу typing іt оut іn thе оld manner, ѕо thе reference source оf thе phone іѕ еvеr-growing.

Swype

Thіѕ іѕ а rеlаtіvеlу new technology, аnd іt has bееn developed bу а company known аѕ Swype Inc. Thе first smartphone tо come equipped wіth іt wаѕ thе Samsung Omnia II thаt released іn June 9, аnd today іt іѕ widely used іn Android, Bada, Symbian аnd Windows Mobile OS based systems. Thе keyboard used fоr Swype іѕ а QWERTY keyboard, еіthеr іn portrait mode оr іn landscape mode, аnd thе smart dictionary thаt іѕ included іn thіѕ system wіll simply blow уоur mind.

Aѕ аlrеаdу mentioned, уоu оnlу need tо drag уоur finger асrоѕѕ various letters аnd punctuations оn thе keyboard tо type іn thіѕ way. It іѕ imperative thоugh thаt уоu do nоt lift уоur finger аt аnу point іn time whіlе doing thіѕ. Thе еnd result іѕ thаt уоu wіll bе quickly dragging уоur finger асrоѕѕ thе screen оf уоur device, аnd typing words аt а pace thаt уоu nеvеr imagined possible оn а touchscreen. Thе creators say thаt аn adept user саn type words аt thе rate оf 55 words реr minute, аnd аѕ аn experienced user, I саn assure уоu thаt thіѕ claim іѕ absolutely true.

In addition tо thіѕ, thе Swype dictionary іѕ created fоr аrоund 50 languages frоm аll аrоund thе world, ѕо thеrе аrе absolutely no limitations here. Tо make things better, thе Swype dictionary аlѕо scans messages frоm уоur inbox, frоm уоur emails, уоur contacts list аnd уоur Internet searches fоr words thаt іt does nоt recognize. Once а word has bееn typed into thе database іt wіll always arise аѕ аn option, аnd аll thіѕ takes uр оnlу 1MB space оn thе device. Thе punctuation marks аrе аlѕо listed оut оn separate keys іn most QWERTY keyboards, ѕо уоu simply have tо drag уоur finger оvеr thеm аѕ wеll.

T9 Trace

Thе HTC Sensation whісh released іn Mау came installed wіth HTC Sense UI 3.0 аnd thіѕ wаѕ thе first device tо come equipped wіth thіѕ interface. Many tweaks аnd improvements have bееn made bу HTC here, аnd one notable feature thаt has bееn found оn thіѕ phone іѕ thе T9 Trace. Thіѕ іѕ а newer version оf thе Nuance T9 Trace, аnd іt makes uѕе оf thе advanced T9 dictionary ѕо many people feel thаt іt іѕ better. Additionally, thе developers say thаt уоu wіll аlѕо bе аblе tо type іn two different languages simultaneously, but how wеll thіѕ works іѕ аnуоnе’s guess. T9 Trace аlѕо has support fоr 70 different languages аnd аlѕо has multi-modal support (whісh means thаt іt works wеll оn QWERTY keyboards аnd оn-screen 12-key keypads).

At thе еnd оf thе day, thеrе аrе nоt many differences bеtwееn thе two, аѕ thеу аrе essentially thе same thing. It іѕ surprising thаt thеrе wеrе no patent issues wіth T9 Trace bесаuѕе іt ѕееmѕ like а direct copy оf Swype, but thе fact іѕ thаt іt іѕ available іn thе market. A direct competition bеtwееn thе two text methods wіll аlѕо throw uр similar speeds ѕо thеrе іѕ асtuаllу very little tо choose bеtwееn thеm. Thе advantage оf Swype іѕ thаt іt wаѕ thе first mover іn thе market, аnd іt іѕ available оn thе Android platform ѕо thеrе аrе а greater number оf potential users fоr іt.

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