Finding your way round

When you switch your device on and have unlocked it, you can generally swipe to get to your home screen. Or you add your pin code and the home screen pops up straight away. From the home screen you can get anywhere with a tap or two. You might have several home screens, well one…

Touch screen

So all tablets and smartphones are touch screen controlled. You use touch to do all the things that a mouse would do for you.  Move around your device, hop from app to app, input text from the visual keyboard. To do these things you will use taps, double taps, pinchs, swipes and flicks. They are called touch…

Visual keyboard

On mobile digital devices you don’t have a physical keyboard. You have a visual keyboard – that means it appears on your screen. They work similary across any device you are using and look a bit like a traditional QWERTY keyboard. Warning – visual keyboards can be very annoying. It takes a while to get…

The mobile revolution – a history of computing

I think it will be fun to start our 8 week course by a whistle stop tour of the history of the digital computer.   I think we’re so used to seeing these little devices wherever we go, it’s easy to forget what a mind blowing invention they were. We are part of a mobile…