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Apple iPad “Pro”: Force Touch screen, Bluetooth stylus, NFC

Apple iPad “Pro”: Force Touch screen, Bluetooth stylus, NFC

Now that the Apple Watch is out of the way, the tech world's attention is now being turned to what could be Apple's most contentious product, if the iPhone 6's larger screen wasn't contentious enough. Currently nicknamed the iPad Pro, Apple's expected gigantic 12.9-inch tablet is expected to sport some hardware never before seen in any iPad, including something that could probably make the late Jobs turn in his grave. A source familiar with the matter claims that the big iPad will include not just a Force Touch screen and NFC but also a Bluetooth stylus.

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Microsoft has acquired N-Trig, brings Surface stylus tech in-house

Microsoft has acquired N-Trig, brings Surface stylus tech in-house

Microsoft has announced their acquisition of long-time partner N-Trig, who they’ve leaned on for technology in their Surface 3 and Surface Pro 3 styli. We first heard Microsoft had acquired the Israeli company in February, but nothing official materialized on the acquisition front. Now we have it straight from Microsoft, though that’s really all we do know. There’s been no word of a purchase price or terms, but Microsoft already owned 6% of N-Trig through a 2009 investment.

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LG takes another stab at a penabled phablet with the G Stylo

LG takes another stab at a penabled phablet with the G Stylo

With the probable renaissance of the digital pen, in part thanks to rumors of a certain iPad Pro, it seems that LG is willing to give another whack at a stylus-enabled smartphone. After the somewhat lackluster LG G3 Stylus, the Korean OEM is now coming up with a still disappointing LG G Stylo. While that might sound a bit too harsh for a new smartphone, especially considering it does improve on the G3 Stylus just a bit, it does fall short in others and is in no way fit to take on Samsung's Galaxy Note line.

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Apple granted another stylus patent, Jobs would disapprove

Apple granted another stylus patent, Jobs would disapprove

Tech companies usually file dozens, if not hundreds, of patents that never see the light of a product launch. They've become more of legal guarantees and protection than actual plans for something tangible, much less marketable. That said, the fact that Apple has been granted yet another patent relating to an active stylus for a mobile device is still noteworthy, especially in light of the late Steve Jobs' dislike of the pointy tool. Plus, it adds fodder to rumors of a larger iPad Pro that will be marketed more to content creators than conventional content consumers.

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StaffPad lets you draw music on that expensive Surface Pro

StaffPad lets you draw music on that expensive Surface Pro

Microsoft has always been marketing its Surface Pro tablets to creatives, but with the stylus that comes with it, it has mostly been of more interest to those with a visual flair more than any other type or creator. A new app that just debuted for Windows 8, however, gives that stylus a new purpose beyond scribbling and drawing. StaffPad utilizes the precision and flexibility that the Surface styluses have to offer in order to let musicians write, but really "draw" music just as they would on a physical music sheet.

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Adonit Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition review

Adonit Jot Script 2 Evernote Edition review

Adonit wants to keep you scribbling away digitally, and their new Jot Script stylus is their best effort to that end thus far. Though penning a long letter digitally probably isn't the aim (or your desire), quick notes are. Jot Script 2 boasts improved hardware, and a firm grasp on Penultimate, the note taking app from Evernote. To see if Adonit improved o their original Jot Script enough to make us ditch paper, we took Jot Script 2 and Penultimate for a spin.

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Inklet gives new MacBook’s Force Touch a Wacom-like feature

Inklet gives new MacBook’s Force Touch a Wacom-like feature

Apple's introduction of its oddly-named "Force Touch" technology on its new MacBook's touchpad might seem a bit eccentric to some, especially those that really don't have much fine control over how hard they tap or press on a trackpad. There are some, however, who are only too happy to capitalize on the technology to improve, and sell, their own products. One of those is Inklet, whose admittedly interesting invention turns your MacBook's touchpad into a makeshift Wacom tablet. Just on a smaller scale and with slightly less features.

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LG G4 photos leaked, possibly “Note” variant

LG G4 photos leaked, possibly “Note” variant

With the HTC One M9 and the Samsung Galaxy S6 set to arrive in stores in the next few weeks, we can turn our attention a bit to this year's MWC no-shows, like LG, for example. Numerous leaks of what might be the LG G4 have already surfaced, and LG itself is giving fodder by teasing what could be in its next flagship. This latest batched of leaked photos, four in total, is particularly curious. While some might bill this to be the LG G4 itself, it might very well be an LG G4 Note version instead.

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Jot Touch review — sensitive stylus perfection

Jot Touch review — sensitive stylus perfection

The stylus is not necessary for your day-to-day existence, we’d bet. You may think of a stylus as something you’re just not in need of, and you might be right. Though there have been a lot of really good styli of late, it’s still a relatively niche market. In that niche, though, some champions emerge. FiftyThree has their Pencil, which works in conjunction with the Paper app. Adonit has their Jot Touch, which works in unison with Forge (as well as a few other popular apps). Do the tandem warrant the asking price, though?

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Jot Pro/Mini review; two fine-tuned stylus offerings

Jot Pro/Mini review; two fine-tuned stylus offerings

The stylus, as we know it, isn’t very good. The digital pen replacement is often incorrect, clumsy, and downright useless. Let’s be fair that if the stylus were any kind of reliably good, we’d have found out how to go paperless long ago. Sadly, they’re typically not. The Jot Pro and Jot Mini aim to change your mind about the stylus, with their pinpoint accuracy and pen-like feel. Are they good enough to keep you reaching for your tablet or phone instead of paper, though?

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Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Equil Smartmarker transforms any surface into a smart surface

Everyone uses dry erase boards from schools to business presentations. Whiteboards are too ephemeral as the presenter always seems to be erasing the part we've just started reading. With Equil's smart technology, your whiteboard notes and drawings can last forever. Equil is adding to their line of smart pens with their new Smartmarker. Equil's Smartpen was designed for paper, but their Smartmarker can be used on any surface, especially whiteboards. Simply attach its magnetic base to the surface, and everything you write with the Smartmarker will be saved to its built-in memory.

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LG Phablet hits FCC for LG G4 partner launch

LG Phablet hits FCC for LG G4 partner launch

There's a new LG smartphone in town, and it goes by the code-name LG LS770. This device appeared in the FCC this week with scant details - but just enough to let us know that it's coming with a display that'll be big enough for a "Note" sort of size. Chances are this device will launch right alongside the LG G4, a device that's been long awaited - after the LG G Flex 2, which was first revealed this February at MWC 2015 in Barcelona.

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