Apple makes excellent pack-in keyboards--unlike the bizarro world of PCs and their cheap-as-possible extras. But even Apple’s standard can be beat, and Matias’ new Tactile Pro 3, a USB 2.0 keyboard with a decidedly old-school feel, does just that. Mechanical springs and switches let you feel the action as you type, subtly improving your accuracy and comfort while you’re in front of your Mac.
Insanely great as Macs are, using them means losing some of your day to launching apps, hunting down files, and performing other routine iChores. Keyboard Maestro helps reclaim some of that time by letting you create custom macros--keyboard commands that automate lengthy or repetitive tasks and add new productivity tricks to your favorite applications. It’s a powerful package that can simplify any Mac user’s life, but if you’re not already comfortable with Macs, you may need to work a bit harder to get the most from the application.
This week, we'll focus on Apple's iPad, with some helpful tid bits on file syncing, buying a case, turning off the iPad's annoying keyboard click, and a navigational tip that is useful when browsing mile long pages of information on a single web page.
Soft keyboards are great for typing on--if you can get used to them. Many people moving to the iPhone from a Blackberry or other device that has a physical keyboard often have issues typing on the device from the getgo. There's quite a learning curve when you're learning to type on a touchscreen keyboard. Fortunately, BlindType hopes to get rid of the errors when typing on your mobile device.
The Apple iPad was the first iOS-based product that would allow you to use an external keyboard. Apple offers two options for keyboard support: the Apple Wireless Keyboard and the Apple iPad Keyboard Dock, both going for $69. The former connects to the iPad or any iPhone running iOS 4 using Bluetooth. This week, we'll take a look at some tips on how to get the most out of these keyboards.
Do you find yourself wanting a physical keyboard for your iPhone? Well, according to a newly posted YouTube video, it's as simple as purchasing a small Bluetooth keyboard and hooking it to your iPhone with a small piece of clear tape. While it's not the most elegant solution, people requiring the physical feel of a keyboard could benefit from this do it yourself hack.
We didn't think we would be able to top the coolness factor of last week's walking iPads, but someone has surely done it. Here we have the USB typewriter keyboard. It's not just any old keyboard either, this one looks, feels, and sounds just like a typewriter.
Many people wouldn’t take a second look at the $29 iPad Camera Connection Kit because they could simply transfer photos and videos from their computer via iTunes. But, this little unsuspecting accessory has hidden powers, with which comes great responsibility.
Keyboards are highly personal items. Some folks like huge, clackety, old-school keyboards with tactile feedback, while others go for small and light. And if small and light is what you’re after, Microsoft’s new Arc is a decent, portable, chiclet-style keyboard that works well alongside your Mac--provided you can put up with the indignity of backward function keys.
Apple haters love to trot out the fact that the iPhone and iPod touch lack a physical keyboard. And of course, the first feature iPhone users notice about any rival keyboard-equipped smartphone is usually the microscopic keys. 4iThumbs attempts to bridge that gap, offering some of the tactile feedback of a hard keyboard without giving up all the benefits of the iPhone’s virtual keys.