Tag Archive: Keyboard


Touchfire Wants To Give You A Full Keyboard Typing Experience On An iPad Mini [CES 2013]

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CES 2013 bug LAS VEGAS, CES 2013 – When Steve Jobs first unveiled the 9.7 inch iPad back in 2010, he made a specific point of telling how many endless hours, how many prototypes had been rejected determining the perfect size for an onscreen keyboard. 9.7 inches, he claimed, was the minimum device that you could accurately and comfortable type on. Any smaller tablet, he  [Read More…]

Easily Access Launchpad With A Keyboard Shortcut [OS X Tips]

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Launchpad, the iOS-style apps launcher feature that appeared in OS X Lion, showed up without a keyboard shortcut enabled for it. Later Macs, of course, have the F4 key assigned as a Launchpad, well, launcher. You can use the dock icon, of course, and you can double click the Launchpad icon in the Applications folder, but if you have an older Mac keyboard, here’s how to enable the F4 key  [Read More…]

How Steve Jobs Got AT&T To Let Him Make The iPhone Without A Keyboard

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Even for a guy like Steve Jobs, you don’t just wake up one day knowing how to build a phone, let alone the iPhone. So when Jobs had questions about the nitty-gritty of mobile phone design back in 2006, he called up AT&T (then Cingular’s) COO, Ralph de la Vega, for help… but in typical Steve fashion, he became angry when Cingular told him his phone needed to have physical keys.

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How Steve Jobs Got AT&T To Let Him Make The iPhone Without A Keyboard

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Even for a guy like Steve Jobs, you don’t just wake up one day knowing how to build a phone, let alone the iPhone. So when Jobs had questions about the nitty-gritty of mobile phone design back in 2006, he called up AT&T (then Cingular’s) COO, Ralph de la Vega, for help… but in typical Steve fashion, he became angry when Cingular told him his phone needed to have physical keys.

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The EX Hybrid Controller Is Like A MagSafe Gamepad & Keyboard For Your iPhone 5

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A lot of people want both an iPhone and a physical QWERTY keyboard, but they don’t want the extra bulk. Similarly, some people want a physical control pad, but they don’t want to ensconce their device in a massive case to get one.

That’s the genius of the EX Hybrid Controller for iPhone 5. It’s a Bluetooth controller that magnetically attaches to a special shell on the back of your device: flip it one way and it’s a  [Read More…]

Connect & Use an External Wireless Keyboard with an iPhone or iPod touch

External wireless keyboards can be connected to and used with iPhones and iPod touches through Bluetooth. This can help when typing anything of length, particularly if you’re not as fast a typer with the virtual keyboard, and it allows you to create an immediate (albeit tiny) workstation just about anywhere. There’s also a very nice software-side bonus to using an external keyboard with iOS too; the virtual keyboard disappears when an external keyboard is paired, letting you see the entire  [Read More…]

Nibiqü, A Surface-Like Keyboard Cover For iPad

“Click!” You hear that? It’s the sound of an iPad turning into a Microsoft Surface, with the help of the Nibiqü keyboard cover.

Now that we see it, it’s obvious that this product was completely inevitable. And almost equally inevitable is the fact that it comes by way of Kickstarter.

What many have failed to see is that the Surface isn’t a tablet at all. It’s just a laptop with the computery parts in the top  [Read More…]

Brydge+, The $220 Keyboard On Which I Can Hardly Type [Review]

Despite Tim Cook’s revelation that he uses the iPad’s virtual keyboard most of the time, anyone who writes for a living will still be using an external keyboard. And today’s test subject is the Brydge+, a $ 220 Bluetooth keyboard which does its best to turn your iPad into a tiny notebook.

The Brydge+ is exquisitely put together, and will almost certainly outlast the iPad it fits. Unfortunately, poor key positioning makes  [Read More…]

Use An Apple Wireless Keyboard With Your iPhone Or iPad? You Need The WINGStand [Review]

The WINGStand, from the guys at BiteMyApple, is another accessory that was born on Kickstarter. It allows you to combine your iPad, iPad mini, and iPhone with your Apple Wireless Keyboard in the simplest way possible — without carrying additional an additional stand, dock, or case.

Simply attach the WINGStand clips to the back of your keyboard — they cling onto its battery compartment — and they form a stand in which you  [Read More…]

21 Useful iTunes 11 Keyboard Shortcuts

iTunes 11 icon The new iTunes interface can be a bit jolting at first, but whether you’re still trying to get the hang of the new iTunes 11 interface of you’ve already made the changes to bring some familiarity back to the app, you’ll find good use out of these keyboard shortcuts.

We’ve split them up into three distinct sections based on usage, and you’ll be able to start and stop songs, change  [Read More…]