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Swype now available via Google Play

Swype now available via Google Play

Nuance has rolled out its latest update for Swype, bringing with it some new keyboard themes, and a few other improvements and and change. The big news, however, is that for the first time Android users can get the keyboard app from Google Play, which has a limited-time special price of $0.99, after which point you'll have to shell out an unspecified amount.

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Minuum Android keyboard sparks crowdfund interest with one-row layout

Minuum Android keyboard sparks crowdfund interest with one-row layout

This week a set of developers hoping to create a new way for users to use touchscreen-based keyboards have seem some significant success, finding 873% of their goal met in their first crowdfunded venture. The app environment these developers have presented is "Minuum Keyboard", one created for Android devices initially, here showing off the entire English alphabet in a single row near the bottom of a smartphone or tablet screen. Having met their Indegogo goal several times over, they're now headed for a June release for the software in beta.

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Cooler Master unveils CM Storm QuickFire Stealth keyboard

Cooler Master unveils CM Storm QuickFire Stealth keyboard

When it comes to keyboards for gamers and touch typists, many people prefer the old-fashioned mechanical keyboard. Most of the keyboards we use today feature membrane keys that don't have the same sort of click as old-school fully mechanical keys. Gaming peripheral manufacturer CM Storm has announced the launch of the new mechanical keyboard called the QuickFire Stealth.

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Flexible keyboard with clickable keys means more comfortable and accurate typing

Flexible keyboard with clickable keys means more comfortable and accurate typing

There are number of flexible and portable keyboards on the market today designed to interface with everything from laptop computers to smartphones and tablets. The problem with many of these thin and flexible keyboards is that the keys offer very little tactile feedback making typing difficult and uncomfortable. A company called Strategic Polymers Sciences is showing off a new flexible keyboard that has keys that provide more tactile feedback.

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Corsair announces Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard with customizable backlighting

Corsair announces Vengeance K70 gaming keyboard with customizable backlighting

Yes, Corsair is making keyboards now, and they have been for a little while. Their latest creation is called the Vengeance K70, and they just announced it to along with the previously-announced Vengeance headsets. Essentially it's a fully-mechanical keyboard that comes with customizable backlighting, which in this case means that you can control the lighting for each key independently.

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TouchPal keyboard for Windows 8 brings gesture typing

TouchPal keyboard for Windows 8 brings gesture typing

When it comes to gesture based typing we often think of Android. Some of the apps for Android include Swype, TouchPal and now the default keyboard in Android 4.2. But on that note, it looks like TouchPal has recently released an app for another platform -- Windows 8. The one catch, the keyboard is not yet available from the Windows Store. UPDATE: This app is now available in the Windows Store - go out and grab it!

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A QWERTY Lumia? Don’t hold your breath says Nokia’s smartphone boss

A QWERTY Lumia? Don’t hold your breath says Nokia’s smartphone boss

Nokia may not have ruled out a QWERTY Windows Phone for its portfolio, but the chances of a device with a physical keyboard are shrinking, according to smartphone chief Jo Harlow. Speaking to SlashGear at Mobile World Congress this week, where Nokia took its Windows Phone 8 range to five devices with the addition of the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720, Harlow admitted that the company's reluctance to revisit physical text entry options was down to a fear of being left on the wrong side of the mobile industry's momentum - again.

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SwiftKey 4 unleashed: Flow your way to next-level Android typing

SwiftKey 4 unleashed: Flow your way to next-level Android typing

Today SwiftKey 4 has been revealed, integrating the abilities of what we've seen very recently with the beta of SwiftKey Flow and a collection of new features we've never seen before. What this app represents is a next-level Android-based on-screen keyboard experience, complete with word predictions, a multi-tiered learning interface, and now the ability to "flow" from key to key for typing without ever lifting a finger.

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