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LG Rolly Keyboard rolls into a stick to fit in your bag

LG Rolly Keyboard rolls into a stick to fit in your bag

There are literally dozens of keyboard accessories out there for tablets and even smartphones, but most of them fall into two categories. Either they present a comfortable full-sized keyboard but are uncomfortably bulky, or they are incredibly petite but inevitably result in tangled or cramped fingers. Since our mobile devices these days are just as useful for work as they are for play, LG has tried to design the Rolly Keyboard that fits both types. Its solution? Have the keyboard roll into a rather fat stick.

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Microsoft DisplayCover gives Surface an epaper touchscreen

Microsoft DisplayCover gives Surface an epaper touchscreen

Microsoft's detachable Surface keyboard may already bring easy text entry to the tablet, but the company is cooking up a new DisplayCover prototype with its own e-paper touchscreen. The work-in-progress peripheral is the handiwork of Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group, combining not only a physical keyboard but a full-width touchscreen which can be used to show menu items, toolbar controls, or even offer an alternative input area.

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New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple mouse, keyboard incoming with Bluetooth LE

New Apple accessories for desktop computers appear in FCC listings, likely headed for release later this Summer. Today we're seeing two wireless devices, on Apple mouse, the other an Apple wireless keyboard. The keyboard has not had a refresh since 2011 while the mouse (also known as the Magic Mouse) has not had a refresh since the year 2009. It's about time for that to happen. Inside these devices is no longer the Bluetooth 2.1 (BCM2042 inside) they originally came packed with, but Bluetooth 4.2 with Bluetooth LE Low Energy.

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Galaxy S6 Edge Plus tipped to support optional keyboard accessory

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus tipped to support optional keyboard accessory

The leaks of images and info about Samsung's Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 have been practically non-stop over the last few weeks, and with the official launch taking place later this week, there's no sign of them slowing down. One of the latest is actually of an interesting accessory for the S6 Edge Plus: a cover featuring a physical keyboard. This would be the first such accessory from Samsung for one of its devices, and it clearly draws comparisons to BlackBerrys, PDAs, and other devices of recent history.

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iOS keyboard app Signily lets users type with sign language

iOS keyboard app Signily lets users type with sign language

Signly, a new keyboard app for iOS, offers something that almost no other app does: the ability for deaf users to type and communicate with sign language. The app comes from ASLized, a US nonprofit group, and was created with the help of deaf people, and uses American Sign Language (ASL). Typing is done with hand gestures making different signs, in a style similar to the default emoji on iOS. There are even options to change the hand's skin color, much like the recent iOS update that did the same to face and hand emojis.

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Corsair and Cherry to release silent mechanical keyboard

Corsair and Cherry to release silent mechanical keyboard

The interest in mechanical keyboards among PC gamers and serious typists isn't going anywhere, but what's a user to do when they want the tactile feedback that mechanical switches provide, but don't like the loud click-clack sounds they make? Well, keyboard maker Corsair and switch maker Cherry have come up with a solution: a mechanical keyboard that features completely silent switches. This October will see the release of the Corsair Strafe RGB Silent, priced at $160, featuring the new switches and support for LED backlighting.

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Razer Orbweaver Chroma, Deathstalker Chroma revealed at Gamescom 2015

Razer Orbweaver Chroma, Deathstalker Chroma revealed at Gamescom 2015

Two new accessories with full "Chroma" color are revealed by Razer at Gamescom 2015. Razer Orbweaver Chroma and Razer Deathstalker Chroma join the rest of the Chroma-branded devices, the whole collection with their own implementation of customizable color options. A whopping 16.8 million colors for the whole crew. Both the Orbweaver Chroma and the Deathstalker Chroma are included in the Chroma SDK for developers to bring in-game events to the devices with lighting effects. Like when you lose, your devices all turn red.

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Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

Corsair Strafe Mechanical Keyboard mini-Review

It's time to dive back in on one of the biggest up-and-comers in the straight-to-consumers gaming peripherals game: Corsair. With the Corsair STRAFE, users work with the same high-quality mastery in mechanical keyboard clicking as the rest of the recent Corsair Gaming RGB light-up series, but here the options - and therefor the price - take a cut. You still get the high-end German-made quality of Cherry MX switches, of course. If you like lights, but you don't need the full rainbow, this chop of a keyboard might be right up your ever-loving red-lit alley.

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Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft’s folding Bluetooth keyboard plays nice with all

Microsoft's Universal Folding Keyboard has finally hit store shelves, with the platform-agnostic wireless peripheral playing nicely with phones and tablets. Shown off back in March alongside a pair of midrange Lumia phones, the keyboard hooks up over Bluetooth and has a dedicated switching button at the top which allows it to flick between two different devices. That way, so the theory goes, you could be typing on your iPad one moment, then flip to your Android smartphone the next.

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Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Fleksy: another Android Keyboard moves to the free bin

Several months after SwiftKey decided to move to a "free" model for Android devices, the keyboard known as Fleksy has decided to flip the switch as well. This is the first time - outside of promos - that the 3rd party keyboard will be free. Users will be able to download the Fleksy keyboard for any and all compatible Android devices as early as this afternoon. From there, in-app purchases like keyboard themes will be available. It's likely Fleksy felt the pressure from the wide variety of other keyboards on the market today with similar models.

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Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Model 01 keyboard conforms to typists’ needs

Those who do a lot of typing know the strain it can put on one’s wrists over time. There are ergonomic alternatives to traditional straight keyboards, and they are commonly used, but not everyone finds them attractive. Model 01 is similar, but with a sleek, sophisticated design instead — it features two angled and curved keyboard halves nestled in shaped wood. It features mechanical switches, as well, for a mixture of modern and classic for a wholly unique way to type.

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Intel releases remote keyboard & mouse app for Android

Intel releases remote keyboard & mouse app for Android

If you're the owner of one of the micro-sized PCs — the ones the size of a flash drive and can connect to a television — and often find yourself wishing you could type with a keyboard from your couch, Intel may just released the app you're looking for. Called Intel Remote Keyboard, the free Android app lets you use your smartphone as both a keyboard and mouse for your PC. Now you don't even need to worry about trying to connect a peripheral to that little HDMI stick.

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