We review a lot of wireless Bluetooth keyboards and keyboard cases for iPads and other tablets, but we've yet to review a wired keyboard for the iPad. It comes as little surprise then that Logitech, which makes plenty of Bluetooth keyboards, has unveiled the Wired Keyboard for iPad, which it dubs "the first iPad keyboard made specially for the classroom environment."
The keyboard will come in a Lightning connector or 30-pin connector versions and have an MSRP of $59.99. The Lightning version is due to ship in August; the 30-pin version will ship in October. … Read more
Quick housekeeping note: There was a technical glitch yesterday that prevented the Cheapskate newsletter from being sent. Apologies for that, but remember, you can always check the site directly.
As for today, I'm running way behind due to my travel schedule; everything should be back to normal come Thursday.
Anyway. I know a number of you have endured extremely slow shipping from 1SaleADay, so today's deal comes with this big fat caveat: Expect a 2-to-3-week wait for it to arrive. Don't expect a tracking number, nor any response from the company to shipping-related inquiries.
That said, if … Read more
The redesigned Google+ has a plethora of new features, including a new look to its stream. Check out the tips below to help you get a head start navigating the new Google+ stream.
j: next post k: previous post o: expand or collapse current post n: next comment of current post p: previous comment of current post l: load new posts /: search ?: show shortcuts list left arrow: show list of pages right arrow: hide list of pages
Display three columns. Most Web browsers will display the new multicolumn stream as two columns. However, you can actually go up … Read more
Typing is a skill that many of us take for granted, but for growing children, it is important that they become proficient in word processing as early as possible. So much so that there are numerous apps now available to help children as young as three years old learn how to use a keyboard, even on the iPad. Keyboard Explore is a very easy-to-use app, providing a limited number of features, but it presents them well and is quick and responsive. It's a useful tool when helping a young child learn how to type.
The app starts by asking … Read more
New York-based accessories company RawBKNY (Raw Brooklyn, New York) is working on releasing a set of key caps for Apple's keyboards that may give your system the makeover you are looking for. The key caps are carved out of a thin layer of wood and given an adhesive backing so they can be applied to the top of the keys of a MacBook or one of Apple's Bluetooth or USB keyboards.
The look that these key caps offer is quite unique, and beyond aesthetics, the durability of the wood in this accessory means it could also be a … Read more
The standard F1 through F12 function keys in OS X by default are set to change a number of common system settings, including audio volume, backlight and brightness levels, and media player controls. Convenient as this is, sometimes their default behaviors can be intrusive or too crude for your needs.
For example, if your system is connected to an external amplifier that is set to a high volume, then the increments changed by the volume function keys may be too crude for your needs, and the corresponding audio indicator pop may be unpleasantly loud and intrusive, especially if you are … Read more
Unlike classic keyboards where characters were small decals stuck on generic keys, many modern keyboards, such as those in Apple's laptops, have keys built for the specific characters. The keys are made of translucent plastic with a black coating so the character can be illuminated with a backlight.
This approach to keys offers great advantage in low-light situations, but it also can be a bit of a burden if the key begins to wear out. While the keys ought to last, after extensive use you may look down to see some of the characters fading away.
When key wear … Read more
You've got plenty of options when it comes to virtual keyboard apps for your Android device, including some far-out concepts, but we always come back to those layouts with the most familiar look and feel. Big Buttons Keyboard Standard is a free Android app by Chicago Logics based on their Delta II mobile keyboard technology. With a modified QWERTY layout (and other choices) as well as options like click sound, vibrate on tap, and a resizable keypad, it kicks other keyboards' buttons. We tried it on a Samsung Galaxy S3 running Android 4.4.1.
When you install and … Read more
It's hard to type fast and not make any spellibg msitakes, but scientists reckon they've solved that with a new keyboard for Android tablets. Kalq is a keyboard calculated to have you typing 34 percent faster.
Developed by keyboard heroes at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics, the University of Montana, and the University of St. Andrews, Kalq -- named, like the standard Qwerty keyboard, for one of the rows of letters -- splits the keyboard in two so you can quickly type with your thumbs. … Read more