Always wondered if those virtual keyboards really work as advertised? On this week's Mac|Life Show, we pitted the Cellulon Magic Cube against the Logitech Solar-powered Keyboard to see if those laser keyboards are really all that they're cracked up to be.
Maybe you’re not down with Apple’s push for a gesture-based operating system on OS X Lion, preferring to crunch numbers the old-fashioned way with your keyboard. You may change your opinion soon enough when you see how easy it is to temporarily convert a Magic Trackpad into a touchable number pad.
It seems a software publisher’s work is never done -- even after pushing out a slick 64-bit update to iTunes that support’s OS X Lion full-screen mode, bugs creep in that have to be dealt with, requiring more updates. Such is the case with Monday’s iTunes 10.4.1, which focuses on five such nagging issues.
Now that OS X Lion has finally arrived, Apple is wasting no time making its influence known across their product lines. Case in point, the company is now shipping their Mac keyboards with icons specific to the functions of the big cat on the F3 and F4 keys.
Vampires, vampire wannabes, and anyone else who shuns the light -- this slick new keyboard is not for you. Not only does Logitech’s Wireless Solar Keyboard eliminate cord clutter, but it also eliminates the need to buy batteries in bulk, drawing its juice from the ambient lighting at your desk. Small solar panels at the top of the keyboard grab power from any available light source, including fluorescent bulbs.
FrogPad is a portable, one-handed keyboard that's actually pretty simple to use. We got some time to play with one ourselves and we were surprised at how quickly we caught on to a keyboard that wasn't QWERTY. We also took a minute to talk to President & CEO, Linda Marroquin, who gave us a quick run through of the device.
If you've got fingers the size of Snickers bars and find the iPad's on screen keyboard on the difficult side of sanity to use for typing anything more robust than a quick email, you'll want to pay attention to the BL-BKB76 case made by the Shenzhen Paoluy Silicone Technology Company, and recently registered with the FCC.
We’ll admit it. We’re still having a hard time typing on the iPad--in particular, serious work in Pages, Bento, or other productivity apps cries out for a hardware keyboard. While we quickly adjusted to thumb-typing on the iPhone, iPad is a horse of a different color. In portrait mode, the keys are a little too spaced out to comfortably type with two fingers--and in landscape, forget it! Meanwhile, our traditional 10-finger typing is hampered by the lack of tactile feedback and having to hover over the virtual keyboard. Luckily, the iPad supports Bluetooth keyboards out of the box, so we rounded up the most interesting options to test as companions to our iPad.