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    The Financial Times is sourcing "people familiar" to report that Microsoft will acquire TouchType, the company that makes algorithm-assisted keyboard app Swiftkey, for $250 million.This is the Microsoft's first acquisition of a mobile-centric services provider in 2016. It acquired the developers of the Accompli, Sunrise Calendar, Wunderlist apps in the past year or so. The eight-year-old company, which most recently reported sales of just £8.4 million ($12.1 million), is currently held in the majority by venture capital and angel firms while company co-founders Jon Reynolds and Ben ...

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    It's been more than three years in the making and only now is it getting out to the public. Microsoft has been researching how to craft an entire on-screen smartphone keyboard fit for one-thumb use. The company sent out invitations for beta testers to try out the Word Flow keyboard on iOS just last week. We now have snaps of what's going on with that refined setup. Windows 10 Mobile and select Android OEM skins feature keyboards with compacted keys biased to one side of the screen, but this takes things to a natural level of thumb arcing. Word suggestions follow that arc, too. Android ...

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    The peach. The eggplant. Okay, nevermind those. Last time around, it was the taco that made waves in the digital messaging sphere. What can we look forward to as the next big emoji? Not a dumpling one — at least, not anytime soon. The Unicode Consortium has taken in 74 emoji into its new Unicode 9 standard, set for release in June. While operating system publishers have to deal with coding these little pictograms into the lexicon of the software, it's up to individual OEMs to actually implement them onto their keyboards. And that can take a bit of time. Below is the complete list of ...

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    Even though analysts debated if 3D Touch would be enough of a feature for Apple to be able to break more records with the iPhone 6s, it seems to have worked. 3D Touch, even though a tad confusing and inconsistent has been the only major update for the new iPhone, and sales continue to skyrocket regardless. The iPhone is actually the latest addition to other Apple products with this functionality, and today we learn of a new one. A new patent that Apple recently filed envisions the idea of a keyboard capable of Force Touch technology. The patent is called an "ultra low travel ...

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    And if your socks aren't knocked off by that price, wait until you see how high it can go. Apparently, that's the way the former PC division of Sony is kicking off business all by itself. And it's not afraid to join in the fray with Apple and Microsoft for king of the productivity tablet. The 12.3-inch Z Canvas is meant for the creative types — VAIO calls out photo editors, illustrators and graphic designers — who need the versatility of a detachable keyboard and the precision of a digitized stylus. The device itself comes in an aluminum alloy build with an anodized exterior. Display ...

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    All the leaks did what they were supposed to. Numbers next to the letters GPU, RAM, GB and plenty of other acronyms and symbols have been put into place. So, when the Nexus phones came out of the gate during today's presser, we weren't exactly buzzing about what was up with the hardware there. We've been calling this 75-minute affair the "Google Nexus event" when it really should've been called "The Software Show, feat. Nexus and friends." Either way, Google was being Google and everyone, if not bursting from the seams, was more or less content. And then the show then made a U-turn. Or a ...

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    There's a lot of talk floating around about the latest Galaxy Note. From one perspective, it's Samsung's most beautiful phablet yet, porting the top-notch design of the Galaxy S6 to the Note family and bumping some specs in the process. From another, it represents a watering down of an iconic brand once partly known for its no-compromises feature load. We made the case for both sides on the latest episode of the Pocketnow Weekly podcast (coming soon) but there's one thing we're pretty sure most folks can agree on: that keyboard case Samsung's selling alongside it is a very special ...

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    Remember back in those heady early days of smartphones, when hardware keyboards still dominated? Their availability has waned in recent years, and the selection at the moment is so thin that that you'd likely find yourself making serious compromises in order to secure a keyboard-equipped model, either in terms of platform, specs, or carrier support. So it's understandable that word of a keyboard option for an upcoming flagship-level model would get us raising a few eyebrows. This afternoon we check out just such a leak, upon the publication of an image supposedly showing a hardware ...

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    Google Keyboard may not be the world's preferred input method for Android, but we can't deny that the company has done a decent job in improving its capabilities over the last couple of years. If QWERTY keyboards are not your thing, the Google Play Store offers a ton of alternative solutions to choose from, but Google has decided to bring back an oldie today, and this one focuses on your handwriting. Google Handwriting Input has just reached the Play Store as an app, and as its name implies, you get the option to switch the regular QWERTY keyboard for an option that can detect your ...

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    We've got smartphone software that tracks eye movement. We have keyboards that allow you to just drag your finger over the screen, rather than tapping individual keys. Microsoft's realized just what kind of potential there might be if we could tie those two technologies together, and in a new patent it discusses a system that uses eye-tracking to let users interact with virtual keyboards. The idea's just like swipe-based keyboard software, but instead of tracking the motion of your fingertip, the system tracks eye movement. As your glance moves from key to key, darting around and changing ...

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    Some view iPads and Android tablets as little more than devices made for multimedia consumption – watching YouTube videos, playing games, reading books, and Web browsing. But some people seek a little more out of their tablets and opt to pair them with a Bluetooth keyboard. The problem is, a lot of mobile keyboards are poorly executed. They're either completely separate or they don't add a lot of protection. ZAGG has the answer to this problem: the Rugged Folio. Available for both iPad mini models and coming soon for the iPad Air, the ZAGG Rugged Folio is both a truly rugged case for ...

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    When I first saw the Minuum campaign on Indiegogo, I was sold. I've said for years that the way we type on smartphones doesn't make sense. Gesture (or trace) typing is a logical step forward, as was predictive and context-aware input. But that doesn't answer why we're still using the same keyboard layout which works best for 10-finger typing. Why do our smartphones use the same keyboard layout that was designed over a century ago to prevent typewriters from jamming? Why do we need a keyboard that takes up nearly half of the display when you're typing? Those were the exact questions the ...

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    As a long-time proponent of BlackBerrys, I was particularly adverse to the idea of soft keyboards back in 2009. I had gotten so used to the renowned BlackBerry keyboard that I was skeptical I – or anyone else, for that matter – would ever be able to type as efficiently as one could on a pocket-sized physical keyboard, especially those on BlackBerry handsets. I'm not sure I'm getting my point across. I really liked BlackBerrys, its physical keyboards, and hated practically everything else. Obviously, things have changed. I tried the BlackBerry Q10 a few months back and could hardly make ...

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    Google Search isn't the only thing Google's updating today (come on, it is a Wednesday, after all), and we've picked up on one more update hitting Android users today, with a new version of its Android Keyboard going out. The big change (even if Google isn't making a big show out of it, with no official announcement that we've seen) is support for personalized suggestions. When enabled, the keyboard will attempt to learn from monitoring your usage which words you're likely to string together, improving the quality of the suggestions it offers. By tying to other Google apps and services, it ...

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     "Our revels now are ended, Kirk." That's a quote from Star Trek VI, paraphrasing a line from Shakespeare's The Tempest. In the latter instance (minus the "Kirk" bit) it's a conceit of sorts, an admission that the play is a falsehood - and an observation that so, perhaps, is life. In the former example it's a wisecrack from a Klingon bent on shooting our favorite captain's ship out from under him. In both cases, it's a kind of farewell. And in today's example, it's also a goodbye - to the old times. That's a pretty dramatic way of saying that we're finally, officially past the post-CES ...

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    SwiftKey is, undoubtedly, one of the best third-party keyboards for Android around. It's all of the great features you could ask for in a soft keyboard, packed into a single keyboard – gesture typing, word prediction, cloud sync, themes, etc. Today, the company released the SwiftKey 4.3 public beta, called the Layouts for living update. As the nickname suggests, this SwiftKey update comes with various, user-definable layouts, as well as several other helpful features. Watch the video below to see the 4.3 beta in action. And if you'd like to try it out yourself, check out SwiftKey's blog.

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    Despite how far technology has advanced and all the new devices that have come to be in the past century, we're still using virtually the same exact method to input text – the QWERTY, Dvorak, or some similar key layout. Who's to say those are the most efficient layouts for entering text via mobile? Why would a key layout made specifically for a typewriter also be the best layout for pocket-sized devices that didn't exist until well over 100 years after the invention of the typewriter? More and more people are beginning to rethink the keyboard, specifically for mobile use, and Minuum is a ...

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    The war between the virtual and the concrete has been over for some time, and there's no real dispute that the former won. Software keyboards now dominate the smartphone space in no uncertain terms. But the conflict was long and protracted, with manufacturers like BlackBerry and Motorola fiercely holding on for years, fighting the good fight like those infamous WWII Japanese holdouts - even after it became clear that virtual keyboards were the wave of the future. That's not to say that physical keypads are entirely obsolete; "losing the war" in this context just means they're no longer the ...

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    I got my start in the tech industry with BlackBerry. I was a fiend. I've owned dozens of different models, and I knew my way around the software like the back of my hand. I made my own themes in my free time, and was constantly flashing unofficial software and on the prowl for new apps and games. Above all, when BlackBerry failed to innovate and change direction with the rest of the smartphone market, there was one feature that I found unbelievably difficult to give up: the physical keyboards. BlackBerry was – and still is, for that matter – renowned for its second-to-none keyboards. ...

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    No matter what generation you're from, what year you were born, we all learned to type practically the same way – on some variant of the keyboard that stemmed from the original, spaced keys of the typewriter. Ever since, that original layout has been twisted, turned and conformed but never truly lost. It's the design that inspires the key layout on the software keyboards on practically every smartphone in the world. Modern software keyboards are practically flattened versions of their hardware peripheral counterparts, with the same QWERTY and regional-specific key layouts, give or take a ...

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    Typing on small touchscreens, while it has improved over the years, still isn't the best experience. That's to proprietary interfaces from manufacturers like HTC, Samsung and Motorola, many stock keyboards lack useful, innovative features. Fortunately, one of the many advantages of Android is the ability to switch out the stock applications and services with alternatives. The stock launcher, for instance, can be hidden away an never used again simply by downloading a third-party launcher from Play and set the new one to default. Switching out the stock keyboard is just as simple. Download ...

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    Virtual on-screen keyboard software has come a tremendous way over the past several years, getting smarter about predictive text and offering new ways to input text, like via swipe gestures. Is there still room for improvement? One start-up thinks so, and wants to minimize the screen real estate eaten up by traditional keyboard software, while also offering some new ways to interact. Minuum is essentially a linear keyboard – all the keys live in one row. While it usually lives along the bottom of the screen, the keyboard can be resized and repositioned at your whim. With so many keys so ...

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    The Galaxy S III's barely old enough to warrant an After The Buzz episode, but we're already talking about the Galaxy S IV. In any other venue, that would be a sign of jumping the shark; on the Pocketnow Weekly, it's just business as usual. Tune in for our best speculation on what Samsung might include in its next sensational superphone, from unbreakable screens to bone conduction. Then keep on listening for an extended debate about the merits of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 versus iOS, drilling down into their UIs and design philosophy. Finally, after some extended talk about how useful ...

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    As far back as I can remember I've had a fascination with Soft Input Panels (SIPs) or Input Method Editors (IMEs) -- the user-replaceable, on-screen keyboards that we use on our smartphones and tablets. I remember trying all kinds of different "keyboards" for PocketPC that ranged from regular-looking keyboards, to graffti-like "chicken-scratch" areas, and even a handwriting recognition panel. Android-powered devices give us the same functionality by letting us simply install and configure an app to replace our stock keyboard. Today we're looking at SwiftKey 3. SwiftKey has been around for ...

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    A few months back, I penned a Brutally Honest Question Corner in which I asked, Are Physical Keyboards Dead? That article came -as all good ones do- as a result of a barroom conversation. I was with a handful of BlackBerry-toting friends who bemoaned their antiquated software situation, but steadfastly maintained that they could never give up their stodgy Canadian hardware for one important reason: RIM's world-class physical keyboard. I went on to make the case that touchscreen keyboards were the future, and I still believe that's true. Touch input is faster, it allows for sleeker ...

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