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Earlier this year Corsair refreshed its mechanical keyboards with the LUX RGB line, and I liked them so much that I ended up buying one for myself.
And I thought that'd be it for the year. They were the best keyboards I'd used in a good while. They were small, did everything I wanted, and didn't break the bank.
But then iKBC came along.
Swiftkey is the most innovative and interesting predictive keyboard maker in the business, and Microsoft is a software giant that's trying to push its artificial intelligence cred a little higher. It's a match made in heaven.
Apple and Microsoft have a long and strange history. The latest chapter in this on-again, off-again affair is the rumour that Microsoft is releasing the Windows Phone keyboard on iOS. Apple's former greatest rival is reportedly testing the keyboard internally, and they want to make the keyboard publicly available sometime in the near future.
If there are words and phrases you type out over and over again on your phone — from your email address to "I'll be five minutes late" — then both Android and iOS include built-in tools to help you communicate faster. Here's how to get the shortcuts set up and burn through emails and texts messages on your smartphone.
There are a lot of alternative keyboard options out there, but sometimes you need something really specific. Building your own is pretty tough. Students from Tokyo University are about to make it easier.
BlackBerry and Ryan Seacrest are not buds. The first Typo keyboard — an absolutely horrible iPhone keyboard attachment you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy — was just the focus of a lawsuit that cost Seacrest's crew nearly $US860,000. Now BlackBerry is back, and suing them again for the Typo 2.
Your keyboard is boring — completely practical, functional, useful even, but also awful, boring and stupid. You just don't know it yet. I learned about boring keyboards in college, when a nasty case of carpel tunnel syndrome threatened to silence my fingers forever. Then, one day, my father lent me a ridiculous vertical keyboard that changed how I think about typing. Now I can't stop collecting oddball keyboards.
The Nexus 9 is a pretty mediocre tablet. For $479, it's nothing special. But if Google bundled every single one of them with this awesome keyboard case, I bet they'd sell much better.