Programs that launch other programs, such as FastKeys, can save you time and effort by automating your most frequent and repetitive tasks and collecting them in one easy-to-access point, typically on the desktop. With FastKeys, it's the screen edge: Touch it to call up your customized FastKeys Menu. FastKeys not only launches programs but opens files, folders, or Web sites; runs scripts; fills in forms and data fields; and automates mouse clicks and keystrokes. In fact, most anything you can do with your mouse or keyboard can be automated by FastKeys. FastKeys has useful extras, too, such as a … Read more
The first signs of a new Key Lime Pie build of Android have surfaced, albeit in a somewhat unconventional manner.
A user in the Chromium bug tracker (Chromium is Chrome's open source backbone) recently reported running tests on a variety of mobile devices. Among them, a Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 were listed as having the KRS36B build of Android.
The finding is interesting since both devices recently saw official updates that brought them current with builds JSS15J and JWR66V, respectively. The first letter in the build almost always matches up to the Android version. For instance, "J&… Read more
Samsung might skip the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean update in favor of the 4.3 release for the Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3, according to a new rumor.
As some readers know first-hand, both the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 are currently awaiting an Android 4.2.2 update. According to a source known to tech site Temefy, Samsung won't issue the next update for the two units until either November or December. Allegedly, this is so that these smartphones can scoop up the 4.3 release.
The anonymous tipster also claims … Read more
Programmers and fanboys fixated on the thorny problem of Android fragmentation had reason to pay attention to Google statistics that this week showed the latest version of Android, Jelly Bean, surpassing the two-and-a-half-year-old Gingerbread as the most-used version of Android.
It's a notable achievement for Google, which has been trying to push the Android world toward the modernized features and interfaces of Android 4.x for years. It introduced Android 4.0, aka Ice Cream Sandwich, in late 2011, then refined it with 4.1 and 4.2, aka Jelly Bean, starting in May 2012.
The operating system variety … Read more
SwiftKey 3 Keyboard Free offers a faster, smoother, more intuitive, and more stylish experience than Android's default keyboard. There's a reason so many people sing its praises, even though it's not the cheapest keyboard around. The only downside to this trial version is that it will make you want to buy the real version.
SwiftKey 3 Keyboard Free gives you a full walk-through of the sometimes confusing Android keyboard setup, which is awesome. You will have to download your language, which will take a few seconds. The app offers a Swype-like feature called "Flow," which … Read more
KeyBlaze Free Mac Typing Tutor for Mac aims to help users increase their typing speed and precision through available lessons, tests, and a couple of games. While functional, the free version of this typing tutor could benefit from more engaging content. However, it will be enough to get you started.
During installation, the program attempts to automatically install an Internet toolbar, but those paying attention can disable this by unchecking a box. After this, the user is prompted to choose their level: Adult Beginner, Improving, or Professional. There are also options for teens and kids. After the user type selection … Read more
Snapkeys provides an innovative replacement for the QWERTY keyboard as a primary method of typing. Primarily aimed at touchscreen devices, Snapkeys aims to reinvent the way users type out words and sentences with an interface that strives to provide the same level of support for the entire alphabet. Combined with some intelligent algorithms to predict what you're going type, the interface, itself, is designed to drastically reduce the amount of space a keyboard occupies on a screen, allowing users to focus less on what to write and more on the content at hand.
The arrangement is unconventional, yet effective … Read more
I guess it's safe to assume Adele and Coldplay are making decent livings in the music business, but I wanted to talk with an average band to see how they were doing. What sort of income did they see from Spotify, Pandora, and YouTube, vs. selling CDs or downloads? So I chatted with Phil Metzler, from Just Off Turner, and he was willing to share some income numbers. The band has been featured on soundtracks on shows from ABC, MTV, E!, and Oxygen; they've toured the U.S., Europe, Brazil, Australia, and the U.K.
They made three … Read more