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Google Hangouts adds SMS support but KitKat keyboard prompts typist fury

Google Hangouts adds SMS support but KitKat keyboard prompts typist fury

Google has released Hangouts 2.0 for Android, adding in SMS and MMS support in addition to enabling group MMS conversations and embedding animated GIFs. Promised when the incoming update was first revealed late last month, the new app also drops alongside an update to the Android keyboard, also bringing it to version 2.0, though that change has been met with less enthusiasm from users.

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Swype 1.6 pushed with mini keyboard and voice recognition boosts

Swype 1.6 pushed with mini keyboard and voice recognition boosts

There’s a new Swype in town this week for Android, running with new features requested by the masses throughout the year. This version of the 3rd-party keyboard software continues to replace the standard keyboard experience on your Android device, both smartphone and tablet, and here brings on the ability to work with the tiniest of keyboards for your most massive machines. In other words - you no longer need to have a keyboard that’s as wide as your display.

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Razer unveils lineup of Battlefield 4 branded gaming peripherals and accessories

Razer unveils lineup of Battlefield 4 branded gaming peripherals and accessories

Razer has been making some very interesting gaming peripherals for a long time including a number of mice and keyboards designed specifically for gamers. We talked about the new Razer Tartarus gamepad in August. Razer has announced a new series of Battlefield 4 themed gaming peripherals and accessories designed for fans of the video game who also need high-quality products to game with. The series includes headphones, a keyboard, mouse pads, a mouse, and more.

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Apple iPad Air keyboard cases unveiled by Kensington

Apple iPad Air keyboard cases unveiled by Kensington

Kensington has been making accessories for a number of Apple gadgets and other devices for years. The company has announced a new line of keyboard cases for Apple's iPad Air. The new accessories include the Kensington KeyFolio Pro for iPad Air, the Kensington KeyFolio Executive for iPad Air, the Kensington KeyCover Hard Case for iPad, and the Kensington KeyFolio Exact for iPad Air.

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ROCCAT RYOS MK mechanical gaming keyboard released with built-in processor

ROCCAT RYOS MK mechanical gaming keyboard released with built-in processor

The folks at ROCCAT have revealed release information at last for the keyboards it showed off earlier this year at CES 2013. Three models appear in this series, each of them with a "top of the line" quality - as marked by ROCCAT, of course, for the whole collection. There's a standard RYOS MK, another with full backlighting with the name RYOS MK GLOW, and a biggest-and-best model called RYOS MK PRO with all of the features of the other models paired with per-key lighting and its very own SDK for software development.

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Lenovo IdeaPad A10 takes Android for another notebook spin

Lenovo IdeaPad A10 takes Android for another notebook spin

There's a new Android-based notebook in town, and it goes by the name Lenovo IdeaPad A10. This device - while not appearing officially via the company itself quite yet - has made its debut on Amazon in Europe. Here we've got a look at a mid-range gallery of specifications for the machine as it heads to the global market with a 10.1-inch display with a full physical keyboard and Android OS under the hood.

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ROLI Seaboard Crosses a Piano with a Fretless String Instrument

ROLI Seaboard Crosses a Piano with a Fretless String Instrument

London-based tech start-up ROLI has introduced a new musical instrument line that should get musicians and audiophiles salivating. The "Seaboard" is a continuous-touch keyboard with curved "keywaves" (instead of keys) that flow into one another like waves on the sea (thus the name.) This overcomes the step-function limitations of a traditional keyboard, letting musicians bend and select pitches with absolute precision, analogous in principle to a fretless stringed instrument like a violin. The only other on-board control is a "Sounddial" resembling an iPod click wheel that allows for continuous preset indexing and fine-tuning.

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Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

Surface 2 Docking Station, Touch 2, Type 2, and Power Cover hands-on

With the ushering in of the second generation of Microsoft Surface devices in the Surface 2 and the Surface Pro 2, the company decided to give their accessory line a boot as well. What you're seeing this week is a Type Cover 2, a Touch Cover 2, a Power Cover, and a Docking Station. These accessories will all be working with the Surface 2 and Surface Pro 2 as well as the original Surface Pro but will not work with the original Surface RT.

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Kanex Multi-Sync wireless keyboard brings quick-switch with Bluetooth 3.0

Kanex Multi-Sync wireless keyboard brings quick-switch with Bluetooth 3.0

While there's no reason to believe that the newest keyboard device from Kanex wouldn't work with any and all Bluetooth 3.0-compatible devices, they've aimed directly at the Apple world here in the week of this accessory's launch. The Kanex Multi-Sync Keyboard works with the iPhone, iPad, iMac, and any other machine (with Bluetooth 3.0 or higher) you think would match up nicely. You've got a full Apple-esque design to the board as well as Bluetooth switching buttons - that means you can press one button for device A, then switch to device B or C with a press of one of your total of three buttons.

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