We already covered the announcement of the new Matias tactile-keyboards but couldn't resist descending into the show floor in order to get a quick hands-on with the Canadian-made kit. The USB-powered boards contain a Bluetooth module and a physical button (with a blue LED) that you can switch between typing on your desktop and wirelessly to your device.
Anyone who has ever tried to use a touchscreen keyboard knows immediately the issue with those. The keys lack any tactile feel. Without tactile feel, it's hard to tell if you have your fingers in the correct location for touch typing and it's hard to tell when you have actually pressed the keys. This is why many people opt for external keyboards when they need to type a lot.
The proliferation of gadgets without keyboards has been explosive over the last few years, as have the options for keyboards to increase productivity. The Surface and Surface Pro series, the numerous Windows, Android and iOS tablets…all of them call for a keyboard to really maximize productivity with these devices.
It's designed to be used with two hands simultaneously, and while you mostly swipe from letter to letter, you can also use taps to indicate a double letter.The ability to touch multiple letters simultaneously is especially helpful for small words consisting of two letters, as you can literally tap both at the same time and it's on to the next word.
I've reviewed a lot of iPad keyboard cases over the years, finding some that are amazing (the four-star rated US$169 ClamCase Pro for iPad Air , for example), and some that aren't that great. The new Logitech Type+ for iPad Air (US$99.99) is a billed as a protective case with an integrated keyboard.
One of the big additions of iOS 8 was the introduction of third party keyboards for typing. There are lots of options out there at different price points, but right now you can get one of the best keyboards on the market for free. It's called Swype and it's wonderful.
The Swype keyboard allows you to write by quickly sliding your finger from letter to letter.
We all know that if you work from a tablet and need to do some serious typing, on screen keyboards don’t quite cut it. A lot of tablet users prefer Bluetooth keyboards that can be connected to the tablet like a case. Rumors have been swirling about the Dell Venue 10 tablet for a while and a new keyboard has crossed the FCC that appears to be for that tablet.
Earlier this year, we reported on Rovio's slumping financial figures and the waning popularity of its breadwinner, Angry Birds . Fast forward a few months, and now the company has announced that it will be laying off a significant number of workers to readjust.
Sometimes we all need a second pair of eyes on something we're writing, even if it's curt replies on WhatsApp or a lengthy email response that youhadto compose from your phone. Ginger's custom keyboard, now out on iOS, offers a way to proofread your typing with a press.
One of the great things about iOS 8 is the addition of third party keyboards allowing swipe typing, a variety of symbols and foreign language support.
I've already looked at Swype from Nuance (US$0.99) and found it generally superior to the Apple standard keyboard.
Fleksy keyboard has been a favorite of some Android users because of its speed and accuracy. It recently beat a Guiness World Record for the “fastest time to type a text message on a touchscreen device”. It's not exactly Fleksy for Android but rather the app installed on an iPhone 6 Plus but still, it's Fleksy. Avid Fleksy user and typing champion Marcel Fernandes Filho beat his previous 18.
With all of the new iOS 8 keyboard apps, we're seeing new functions, languages and features. Custom Keyboard (US$0.99) gives the standard iOS keyboard a completely new look based on what you want. It's appearing in the App Store today.
Custom Keyboard provides control of backgrounds, colors, fonts, shadows and even animations for key pop-ups. It's easy to use, and is quite effective.
It's been a while since we've seen a brand new major product from personal drone pioneer Parrot , but today it is coming out with a big splash. Though it has three new products (OK, maybe two and a half) debuting today, the star of the show is, of course, the new Bebop drone that is smarter, better, but not bigger than its predecessor.
Bluetooth keyboard cases for iPads may be a convenient way to always have a keyboard with your tablet, but they do have problems. They are all undersized keyboards, usually with non-standard arrangements of the non-alphabetic keys, and they aren’t always easy to type on, especially for touch typists.
its "largest, most ambitious" release yet.With Lollipop, Google introduced "material design," an overhauled interface aesthetic that's sleek and brightly colored.Today, Google starts rolling out Lollipop, the Android update it calls"It’s grounded in tactile reality, inspired by real life objects—specifically paper and ink," designer Nicholas Jitkoff writes in a company blog post.
Typing on a touchscreen is more difficult that typing on normal keyboards because the smooth, flat screen offers you no physical clues to let you know if you’ve even touched a key as you type. The Phorm case changes that by overlaying physical clues onthe touchscreen when you need it.
If you jumped at the chance to try the first wave ofthird-party iOS keyboards, you probably noticed that they're a little... rough around the edges. You may want to give at least one of them a second try, though. SwiftKey has just released thefirst updateto its iOS input method, and it tackles some of the larger gripes that early adopters have noticed.