During its WWDC 2014 keynote, Apple announced iOS 8 will support third-party keyboards as part of a new extensions capability. You'll be able to set the new keyboard to be used system-wise, and Apple shows an image of the popular Swype keyboard system as an example. The keyboard will be sandboxed so that they can only access text input, although the user will have the ability to also grant the keyboard network access if there are more features that may require Internet access that someone may want to use.
Third-party keyboards will be available in the App Store when iOS 8 is released.
Now that I've been using the Microsoft Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard for over a week, my search for the ultimate keyboard might be finally over. It might be one of the strangest looking keyboards Microsoft has ever put out.
The Sculpt combines the curved ergonomic structure the company has been making for almost 20 years with a raised wrist area and a completely empty middle. Couple that with something Microsoft has barely done with their keyboards—laptop-style, easy-to-press scissor key set that's way less stressful on the fingers than anything previous--and you've got a keyboard that's vying for the title of "best keyboard they've ever made."
Belkin has announce its FastFit Bluetooth keyboard case for iPad mini. Measuring in at 7mm thick, the FastFit Bluetooth case provides about three months of battery life, equating to about 150 days of active use before its 200mAh battery needs to be charge. It attached to the iPad mini magnetically, and automatically wakes the tablet when opened. Belkin also touts the TruType keyboard layout, which is says has well-spaced keys for fast and accurate typing. No word on a ship date, but it'll be available from Belkin soon for $79.99.
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We gave you a look at the Microsoft Surface Touch Cover in our last video, and now we are here to show you the Type Cover. Both are keyboard covers for Microsoft's Windows RT tablet, but the Type Cover features real mechanical keys. This means that it's more like a traditional keyboard than the Touch Cover...but it's also thicker as a result. Check out the video for our review of the Type Cover in this episode, and if you'd like one, you can pick up a Type Cover for $129.
Be sure to also check out our full Microsoft Surface review!
Keyboards get dirty, and they're annoying to clean. Logitech solves this with its Washable Keyboard, our next pick in our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide. You can say goodbye to crumbs and hand-salsa when you run the keyboard under the faucet with confidence. The sell for $40, but you can get it on Amazon for $29.35, saving you 27%.
Oh, and to complete your setup, pair it with a Belkin washable mouse!
Read More | Logitech Washable Keyboard
The Touch Cover is a futuristic multitouch keyboard accessory for the Microsoft Surface tablet that brings a thin profile and a measure of protection, but for those of you who'd prefer a tried and true tactile keyboard with real trackpad buttons, you'll wanna get a look at the Type Cover. Since the Touch Cover is a capacitive touch keyboard without any moving keys, it's the slimmer of the two, measuring in at 3mm thin compared to the Type Cover's 5mm thickness.
We've got your latest list of items that fall under the best tech Deals of the Day for you, separated out into laptops, desktops, monitors, gaming, and home entertainment. The laptop deals are right here, but be sure to click through to get a look at all the rest of what we determined to be today's top 10 deals in tech, including that limited edition Gears of War 3 Xbox 360 controller up there!
- 17.3" HP ProBook 4730s Core i7-2630QM 2GHz Quad-core "Sandy Bridge" Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, Blu-ray, 1GB Radeon HD 6370 for $1000 (normally $1,299)
- 15.6" Dell Inspiron 15R-2nd Gen Core i5-2410M 2.3GHz Dual-core Laptop w/8GB RAM, 750GB HDD for $675 with free shipping (normally $800 - use coupon code 4J4XPNDZ1PKR2B)
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The Luxeed Dynamic Pixel LED Keyboard features 430 individual LEDs to light up the board in literally every spectrum across the rainbow. Heck, you can even customize your keyboard to display a rainbow effect of colors. Not to mention that the keys can be programmed to light up individually as pressed. Furthermore, the four preset buttons change the "skin" of the keyboard, attributing unique glowing skins to run with certain video games. For instance, each key can glow in accordance to the buttons used for that game, or could just show illuminated patterns and designs.
The Luxeed LED Keyboard comes as black or white, and is available for $129.99.
- 430 LEDs that dynamically change the color of each key
- Individual key LED programming
- Custom illuminated key layouts with 4 preset buttons
- Animated rainbow effect, or animated random key colors
- "Spark" mode allows keys to illuminate only when pressed
- Standard USB connection
- Keyboard Dimensions: 15" x 7.5" x 1"
- Plug & Play (P&P) for onboard color control, or Software Controlled (SWC) for more advanced functions. Drivers are available for Windows, Mac and Linux.
Read More | ThinkGeek
- Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse: The G700 typically sells for $99, but with the Logitech promo code you’ll get this 13-button wireless gaming mouse for $74.99.
- Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard: Normal price on this one is $120, but use the promo code and you’ll score it for $89. This is a new release from Logitech, so the discount is great. The keyboard has a GamePanel LCD and user-selectable RGB backlighting.
- Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset: Normal price on the G930 is $160, but with the promo code you’ll walk away with them for $120. These have a 40-foot wireless range and offer 7.1 channel surround sound with noise canceling boom mic.
Here are the links for the offers:
- Logitech G700 Wireless Gaming Mouse for 25% Off
- Logitech G510 Gaming Keyboard for 25% Off
- Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset for 25% Off
Looks like Apple is realizing that if you are going to be building a larger-form factor device like the iPad, you’ve gotta realize that some of the people that use it are going to want a physical keyboard. With that knowledge, they’ve prepared a keyboard accessory for the iPad. It’s actually both a keyboard and a dock for charging the iPad as well, which can be used to plug in to a USB power adapter, sync with a computer, etc. It also has an audio jack that let’s you connect the keyboard dock to a stereo system or powered speakers. No word on price just yet.
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