Keyboard

Apple granted patent for ‘fusion keyboard’ with multitouch keys

Apple granted patent for ‘fusion keyboard’ with multitouch keys

It appears the ultra-shallow keyboard keys on Apple's new 12-inch Retina MacBook were only the beginning. The company was granted a patent this week that may one day see a complete revolution in keyboard functions, possibly eliminating the need for a touchpad altogether. Dubbed a "fusion keyboard," the input device would still feature the mechanical keys we're used to today, but each one would have touch sensors on top, and they could each be pressed down to register multiple stages, enabling multitouch gesture support.

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SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey Keyboard for iOS updated with theme store and improvements

SwiftKey's innovative keyboard app has expanded its selection of keyboard themes on iOS, with a small price tag. The free app just added a new selection of "freemium" themes to download. SwiftKey's Android app dropped its $3.99 price tag last year in favor of a in-app purchases; now, the iOS version is following its lead. SwiftKey only debuted on iOS last year, after gaining popularity on Android systems. The app's late entry into the iOS market was due to Apple blocking system-wide, third-party keyboards from its App Store.

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KFC had a food tray that was also a Bluetooth keyboard

KFC had a food tray that was also a Bluetooth keyboard

Whoever said that fast food does nothing good for you should get ready to eat their words. And some KFC too. The German division of the food chain has unveiling a solution to the problem of typing on your smartphone or tablet with greasy fingers: a thin, flexible Bluetooth keyboard that comes on the tray under your food order. It's called the KFC Tray Typer, and before you rush out to your nearest fried chicken fast food outlet, know that this has only been shown in Germany, and you can't really get your hands — greasy or not — on one. Read on for the explanation.

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Click Wheel replaces your iPhone’s keyboard with an iPod

Click Wheel replaces your iPhone’s keyboard with an iPod

What's that? You miss the days of the iPod Classic and its click wheel interface? Did you see that mockup iPod Classic case for the iPhone a few months ago and think, "yeah, that's how I want to enter all the text on my smartphone, productivity be damned." Well, Canadian developer Adam Bell has come up with the perfect app for you, and it's completely packed with nostalgia, all for free. Read on for more details.

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Sunrise ‘Meet’ is the smartest iOS keyboard around

Sunrise ‘Meet’ is the smartest iOS keyboard around

We’ve all been there — you’re trying to schedule a meeting, but the back-and-forth of finding a time can be maddening. To help make the process easier, Sunrise is introducing Meet, a keyboard that brings up your calendar and lets you choose open times for getting together with someone else. Not only do you get a quick glance at your Calendar, but you can select open time slots and offer them up as times you can meet with someone on the other end of your chat or email.

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Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

Fleksy keyboard for Android kicks fee for a week

This week the folks behind Fleksy keyboard for Android have decided to push their abilities to as many Android users as possible. For the next week, the two dollar fee for the full version of the app has been waived. Of course there is an in-app store for additional themes for keyboards, but all the good stuff is available right out the box, so to speak. If you've never tried an alternate keyboard on your Android device OR if you've used everything by Fleksy, by all means, have at it now.

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Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

Zagg Pocket Keyboard Review – the last phablet keyboard you’ll ever need

The Zagg Pocket Keyboard is a product I did not expect would be as awesome as it turned out to be. Zagg has made some awesome products in the past - they've never really let us down in the past - but they're not know for their particularly flashy or otherwise massively memorable presentations. That's not what we need here. What we need is a keyboard that works for a large smartphone - or any detached screen sort of device - that also folds down to a very small size. Zagg did it right.

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Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition goes Chroma

Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition goes Chroma

One of the most high-performance keyboards made for gaming is getting a sort of re-boot for the market with a newly minted rainbow inside. The Razer BlackWidow Tournament Edition Chroma, it's called, and it'll be working with the same bright array of colors we saw with the first several "Chroma" family devices earlier this year. This machine works with mechanical switches, a detachable USB cable, and now 16.9 million customizable colored key options - including a lovely Spring array for you lovers of the morning sunshine.

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Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Fleksy now has GIFs for times when words aren’t enough

Sometime, words won’t do. Even an acronym like ‘LOL’ sometimes fails to convey the right message. In those times, a GIF can likely help out. To help you get the right message across, Fleksy is announcing a partnership with Riffsy to bring GIFs right to their keyboard app. Coming to iOS today (and soon for Android), Fleksy’s fast-typing keyboard app will also let you quickly access GIFs. GIFs will come pre-configured in Fleksy, and the app maker claims they’re the only ones who have GIFs, emoji, and a proper keyboard in the same app.

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