A new technology called Swype allows users to glide a finger across the virtual keyboard of their mobile phone to spell words, rather than tapping out letters, reports the New York Times. Back in the 1990s, typing out “hello” on most cell phones required an exhausting 13 taps on the number keys, like so: 44-33-555-555-666. That was before inventor Cliff Kushler, based in Seattle, and a partner created software called T9, which could bring that number down to three by guessing the word being typed. Now, there is a new challenge to typing on phones: More phones are using virtual...

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