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    It's been four months since Microsoft struck on a keyboard for iOS that made typing with a single thumb's arc a whole bunch easier. Now, if only there were a way to add a GIF to it. Well, Word Flow 2.0 is now out and it comes with a bunch of new, internet-powered features like a search function for emoji, images, GIFs, businesses, news, facts, videos, contacts, blah blah blah... all of it powered by Microsoft's own Bing search engine. Google's competing product, Gboard, has been working in the company's search services as well. This only seems like an appropriate volley back just to keep ...

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    Huawei MateBook sales have kicked off in the UK at a slight premium from the scheduled US pricing. Now, the Microsoft Store is moving to up the ante stateside. In addition to selling the Huawei MateBook at its suggested prices with a free Portfolio Keyboard in either black or a tan (brown) color — a $129 value. That and — this is probably the most important part — you get three months of Hulu for free. It's interesting to note that the tan Portfolio Keyboard is in the box with the UK units. Update: Huawei is taking $100 off Amazon purchases of MateBooks and keyboards. Both promotions ...

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    If you've chipped in for an iPad Pro and have found yourself with no proper keyboard for your language, — because of those damn 'Muricans — well, you're finally about to get yours from Apple. For both the 12.9- and 9.7-inch iPad Pro models, the Smart Keyboard now comes in multiple languages subject to locality. British English is available as well as Arabic, French, Italian, Korean, Spanish, Zhuyin (Chinese) and others. Prices remain the same for both models. Via: MacRumors

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    Microsoft's SwiftKey has completed its first major order of business since its acquisition — make a keyboard all about the emoji. Swiftmoji, now available for iOS and Android, brings smartened emoji suggestions on top of the word suggestion bar, not relegated to a panel of icons you have to pull up and dig through. There are over a thousand of these little things out there and plenty of keyboards to type them up with. As far as we know, few put an algorithm to good use for them. Download: Android, iOS Via: Android Central

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    So, you're about to dive into an iPad Pro and its nearly 13-inch screen. But you're not really jazzed about Apple's tame Smart Keyboard cover. Sure, it's splash-proof and it's light, but the keys are pretty clacky and there aren't any function keys on it. Well, if you're willing to pay just 99 cents more to Razer, you could get one of its Mechanical Keyboard Case for the Apple iPad Pro. It's a hefty thing that houses a metallic kickstand for your tablet viewing preferences, a backlight behind a more robust keyboard and keycaps on top of — you guessed it — "Ultra-Low-Profile Mechanical ...

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    Google is taking a new view of what its keyboard can be. But you have to get the latest software to take a look at it. If you can get the latest Android N Developer Preview onto your applicable device and also have Google Keyboard version 5.0, there's a whole menu in the settings dedicated to changing the color of the keyboard. Not only can you choose from a few hues, but you can upload your own pictures — taking away one of the biggest tricks up the sleeve for third-party keyboards. Yep, owners of phones with AMOLED displays can enjoy pitch black power savings when they're typing up ...

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    Update: A Google product manager on the Gboard team said that they are working on bringing features from the app over to the Android side. We're not sure in what form the features will come in, though. Our original story is below. If you also feel like most third-party iOS keyboards are always one step behind their Android counterparts, and find the former platform’s built-in app a little lacking in functionality and versatility, we have some pretty big news for you today. Good, potentially game-changing news, to be specific, as recent rumors of a cutting-edge, gesture typing-capable ...

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    The iOS audience is a lucrative bunch. It's why Google, with its web search business, has been aggressively going after it by offering its suite of apps for free to iPhone. So, as Apple opens up more of its App Store to third-party replacements for UI elements, why wouldn't Google take advantage of it? That's what The Verge is reporting Google may plan on doing, based on its sources. Google's keyboard for iOS — in the works for months — will hold a special Google button for web search as well as buttons to find GIFs and pictures (Google Keyboard on Android does not currently have ...

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    PCs are dying. Tablets are dying. Everything's horrible, the end. Well, not quite. While computer manufacturers have come into consolidating company and the tablet market is getting a little flabby, combining Windows and tablets together might equal success in the future. As long as you can take the keyboard out of the equation, that is. IDC is forecasting another fall in global tablet shipments for this year, down 5.9 percent to 195 million devices. But it seems that the detachable devices segment (the Surface Pro-likes and strive-to-bes) will drive future growth, said to be in the single ...

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    Well, that sure didn’t take long. It was only a month ago that the first rumors of Microsoft’s interest in snagging Swiftkey emerged, with Redmond confirming the story mere hours after it broke, and already, the acquisition is completed. The mutually beneficial news was unveiled with surprisingly little fanfare by MS Executive Vice President Harry Shum on Twitter, and the financial details remain under wraps. Officially, that is, because off the record, we’ve heard Satya Nadella & co. were prepared to pay around $250 million for a company founded in 2008 and headquartered in ...

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    Microsoft is a company all too aware of its place in the smartphone world: it may be the firm behind one of the major platforms out there, but it's still in a distant third compared to Android and iOS – and that means that if it wants to be a force to be reckoned with, that means playing across platform lines. That's led to all sorts of Android and iOS apps coming out over the years, from standard stuff like Office and OneDrive to more experimental projects – the sort of things we've seen emerge from Microsoft Garage. Today we're taking a look at the latest of those apps, the new Hub ...

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    Everyone seems to have a Windows 10 tablet out on the market these days. We saw a glut back at CES — a glut Alcatel was a part of — but for MWC, the newly re-christened company has decided to step up its offerings with a convertible tablet called the PLUS 10. That "10" tells of a 10-inch LCD at 1280 x 800 resolution. It's paired with two front-facing speakers (with "3D sound") as both stand as a hallmark of the intended multimedia experience. A quad-core processor powers the device with 32GB of storage, expandable by SD card. The 8,410mAh battery is believed to last an eight-hour day ...

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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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