Is Grandma psycho? Is she unhinged? Has she lost the plot?
No. Well…not necessarily. Let me explain… Some people (particularly older people) mistakenly believe that the text term “LOL” means “lots of love” but it more commonly means “laugh out loud”. So if you text your grandmother saying that your dog died and she texts back “So sorry to hear that darling. LOL” – don’t panic – Grandma just ain’t hip to text lingo because it wasn’t around back in her day.
When Irene Chng, aged 58 from Singapore, first saw Dextr she thought “This is exactly what I want”.
“I was very happy to see a much easier looking layout”, she said.
Irene likes to SMS frequently on her Samsung S3 and she is also a big fan of the chat app Whatsapp.
“Dextr is great layout for my fingers and the predictive text is very accurate”, she said.
Previous to discovering Dextr, Irene used the standard QWERTY keyboard and was reluctant to send texts, so she had to rely mainly on calls.
These days, more messages are sent through mobile chat apps than via SMS (standard texting).
So once you have your internet plan there is virtually no limit to how much you can communicate via text. This is why more and more people are spending more and more time chatting away on their smartphones.
It is also the reason the incidence of bumping into poles has increased 947% worldwide. (OK, I made that up.)
A young woman from a town called Capas in the Philippines is texting up a storm!
Lourdes Tiglao is a 21 year old Software Engineer, who like most of her generation is a mad keen social media buff. Facebook, Twitter and Instagram are her favourite platforms. In line with current trends, Lourdes uses chat apps more than she uses SMS, and she prefers the apps Viber, Skype and Facebook messenger.
Lourdes spends hours every day on her smart phone chatting with friends. So maybe it’s not surprising that she now texts at a racy 72 words per minute. That’s FAST! In fact, she’s faster with two thumbs than most people can type on a regular PC keyboard with ten fingers.
Reo Jan Matias is a 25 year old Senior Software Quality Assurance Engineer living in Mabalacat City, in the Philippines.
Reo is an adventurous fellow and his dream is to travel the world. Having a strong interest in architecture his top three destinations are: Paris, to see the Eifel tower; Dubai, to see the Burj Khalifa Tower (the tallest building in the world), and; Japan, to check out the older style of houses.
In planning his travels Reo likes to use the host of apps available for Trip Advisor – there’s a separate app for many of the world’s cities. He also makes use of the Google Maps app for Android.
Woohoo! Team Dextr is excited to announce the latest, new and improved alpha version of the app.
Dextr Product Developer Anthony Corpuz says the latest version is a great leap forward, presenting heaps of improvements. The new version has cured various bugs, and elements of functionality and design have also been upgraded. Such improvements include:
Well, well, well, here we are in the 21st century, dear hip-happening-and-now reader. We’ve been through a lot of changes over the decades, to say the least – we even survived the Y2K apocalypse (which could only be described as disappointing).
The first decade of the century has seen the most rapid rate of technological development in known history. We in the west are availed of a veritable cornucopia of technological gadgetry. We have seen the personal computing revolution, the text revolution, the social media revolution and we now enjoy/are burdened with constant connectivity. We are able to communicate with our friends, loved ones, colleagues and indeed people across the planet via devices that fit into our pockets – anywhere, anytime. It’s really quite incredible.
Last month Dextr founder John Lambie and photographer Pandora Karavan sought to discover “the face of Dextr”. What sort of face could some up what Dextr is all about?
The trouble with the task quickly became obvious – how could there be just one face of Dextr when the vision is that “
Dextr is for everyone”?
Right now, we’ve got Dextr Textrs living all over the world, including: the Philippines, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia, China, India, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Colombia, Chile, Venezuela, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania and the Congo.
As we learned in
Part 6 of the story, the alphanumeric keypad had at long last bumped off the QWERTY beast. Huzzah!
Mobile phones incorporating the alphanumeric keyboard (also known as the T9 keypad, owing to the 3 x3 grid of keys) saw a phenomenal rate of adoption – an astonomical 5 billion people over 20 years
In fact, T9 phones are still being introduced onto the market, and many people prefer them to QWERTY.
Now, dear querisome reader, let’s get quizzical – why would anyone buy obsolete technology by choice?
Team Dextr got its creative on this month making a fill-um!
The short video is to be a centre-piece for use in promotional campaigns.
The star of the show was, of course, the illustrious Mister John Lambie himself, Director of Appalladium and inventor of Dextr.