There’s a lot to love about the way iOS works, but sometimes you just need a little bit more from it. Take the built-in keyboard, for example. It gets the job done for texting and typing in shorter bursts, but for those aspiring novelists, businessmen with a presentation to finish, or extremely dedicated Internet forum trolls, the default keyboard may not cut it. Thankfully, there are a handful of options in the App Store that provide a functional alternative. From the keyboards for the socially addicted to the professional typist on the go, here are eight of the most helpful alternative keyboard options.
We've heard reports of Macs falling asleep and having trouble waking up after an install of Lion. It might sound like something out of Sleeping Beauty, except without the Prince to kiss your Mac and wake it up. If you're having problems waking up your Mac, try troubleshooting it with these suggestions after the cut.
Wow-Keys didn’t need to be flawless for us to love it. The potential for awesomeness was huge: a computer keyboard that charges our phones and lets us switch between typing and texting is enough to get us seriously excited. So we were willing to forgive a few faults for that kind of functionality…just not this many.
I can finally dust off my Apple Wireless Keyboard and use it -- and it’s all thanks to LMP’s ingeniously designed Bluetooth keypad. For me, numpads aren’t optional -- reaching to the right to bash numbers, symbols, and that big fat Enter key is permanently hardwired. This clever keypad un-amputates the Wireless Keyboard by snapping easily but sturdily onto the edge of the keyboard, gripping it firmly enough to make the pair feel like one device.
Whether you're selling your Mac or just doing a little spring cleaning, keeping your Mac clean not only ensures that your machine works well, but that it also looks good. From cleaning your screen, to dusting your trackpad and magic mouse, we've got you covered in this guide. Learn all of the tips for cleaning and reconditioning your Mac desktops and notebooks.
The second we laid eyes on the Magic Trackpad, we had one thought: “Please oh please let it magnetically snap onto Apple’s Wireless Keyboard!” Alas, it was not so, which is why we lit up again when we heard about Twelve South’s MagicWand, a simple-seeming doodad that links those two peripherals. Unfortunately, disappointment once again followed as the MagicWand can sometimes be surprisingly difficult to set up.
Many of us spend the majority of our day sifting through, sorting, and retrieving email. But when you're moving messages between folders, clicking, dragging, and dropping becomes a repetitive annoyance. Fortunately, Mac OS X comes with the built-in ability to assign keyboard shortcuts. Read along to discover how to implement these shortcuts to bring your inbox to organizational heaven.
Computer users have had decades to get comfortable with the notion of noodling with a mouse and keyboard for gaming and churning out work. If a freshly filed Apple patent is any indication, however, our long-term relationship with the the most basic of human interface devices could soon come to an end. It seems that the company's engineers have been tinkering with the notion of incorporating touch gestures into future iterations of their keyboards, making the need for a mouse moot.
More than two months after being yanked from the App Store, the controversial free iDOS app that allows users to run an emulated version of the DOS prompt has resurfaced. The app, which reappeared earlier this morning, has come back missing one key feature, the capability to use the file-sharing tool built into iTunes. In previous versions, this allowed users to add executables such as a a full-blown Windows installer and effectively turning the iPhone and iPad into nearly workable PC emulators.
Per CNET News, developer Chaoji Li has included six shareware games from classic gaming company 3D Realms as well as built a simplified game launcher that will load up any of those titles without the user having to enter commands on the virtual keyboard. And for die-hards who want to use the full real estate of the screen, the app now supports Bluetooth keyboards, though this only works in text-based games according to the documentation.