Plenty of devices -- routers and digital cameras, for example -- adopt retro styling that's mostly cosmetic. But for boutique keyboard maker Matias, there's a retro feature that deserves to live on: the mechanical keyswitch.
Too many keyboards today have keys that are cheap, spongy, and short-lived. At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Matias announced its latest model, the $200 Matias Ergo Pro, that brings the company's more robust design to those who want a split keyboard for ergonomics reasons.
The Ergo isn't cheap, but company founder Edgar Matias thinks it's worth the … Read more
LAS VEGAS -- If an all-touch screen smartphone has never matched the speed nor dampened the satisfaction of a well-executed QWERTY keyboard beneath your fingertips, then the Typo Keyboard Case for your iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S might very well be the best $100 you've ever spent on a cell phone accessory.
All the keyboard trappings are there, and an extra button on the bottom right helps you navigate … Read more
BlackBerry, which has persisted in selling smartphones with hardware keyboards, has filed a patent infringement suit against Typo Products, which makes an iPhone case with a built-in keyboard.
Typo's $99 case, which is debuting at the CES conference next week, slips around an iPhone 5 or 5S and connects to it wirelessly via Bluetooth. It provides a keyboard that looks an awful lot like BlackBerry's, including beveled keys.
BlackBerry, which has steadily lost relevance and revenue with the rise of Android phones and iPhones, decided it was time to sue. Steve Zipperstein, BlackBerry's general counsel, had this … Read more
Before we head into the new year, let's take a moment to look back at some of the most epic videos of 2013. This list represents the top non-product-reviewed videos most watched by you, our CNET viewers!
Though it never did come to fruition in 2013, Apple's iWatch still managed to stir up quite the commotion throughout the year. In the most popular video of 2013, let's take a look back on the very early rumors and speculations spilled by Apple Byte.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 was one of the most viewed products of the year on … Read more
There's no denying that Swype, SwiftKey, and the standalone Google Keyboard are great standard keyboards for typing on your Android phone. But if you've grown bored of the typical typing experience, hoping instead for something that's unique or challenging, you've got a few options.
I looked at the smattering of keyboards in Google Play and rounded up four funky apps that harmoniously meld features, functionality, and design into a keyboard that not only looks cool, but also gets the job done.
SwiftKey, our favorite Android keyboard, gets an upgrade Thursday which adds two highly-requested features: emoji and a numbers bar. The new features are available in Swiftkey 4.5 beta.
The addition of emoji comes just a few months after Google officially added the tiny digital ideograms to its stock keyboard in Android 4.4. Now, the same icons of food, smiley faces, animals, and more that you'll find in KitKat, are also available in SwiftKey.
You have two options to craft your message with emoji in Swiftkey. First, you can start typing any word, and if there's a … Read more
You don't need a keyboard for your iPad. But, if you're planning on an iPad being a laptop-replacing device, having one can come in very handy for getting writing done. I've played with a lot of keyboard accessories on the iPad, but these are my favorites.
Before the iPad Air, most cases would fit the second-, third-, and fourth-gen models equally. That's no longer the case. So, having used several new solutions and written on each, I've broken my recommendations down into categories of iPad: Air, previous generations, and iPad Mini.
You could also, … Read more
While software keyboards continue to improve and speech recognition becomes a more viable option where it does not create social stigma, text input remains a key challenge for mobile devices. Larger tablets -- generally 8 inches and larger -- can accommodate a keyboard tucked away in a folio carrying case or attached as a cover or, as seems the trend with Windows tablets, embedded into a case.
For smaller tablets or smartphones, though, carrying a touch-typable keyboard around can mean yet another bulky thing to pack. The challenge even predates the rise of smartphones. In the heyday of PDAs like … Read more
Fleksy just came out of private beta, and now it's available on the Google Play store for everyone to try it out. It has its own classic-style keyboard layout, a compact mode, and better yet -- invisible mode. You're probably wondering why you might want to use a keyboard you can't actually see. Well, three reasons come to mind:
Extra screen real estate -- Whether you're using a device with a small screen, or something the size of a Galaxy Note, you'll see more of your apps when using this keyboard.
Impressive auto-correction -- This … Read more