Avoid unnecessary keyboard spills with Logitech Washable K310

In the fast paced lifestyle that people live nowadays, multi-tasking is a common sight to be seen. At home or at the workplace, people juggle different tasks into a seemingly narrow time.

With the advent of this practice, people tend to commit errors often. Due to difficulties in coordinating one task with another, we sometimes accidentally commit a mistake that we later regret.

Take for instance typing a report in your keyboard while at the same time talking to someone at the phone and sipping some coffee every once in a while. The most frequent accident is you spilling your drink on your keyboard destroying that once pristine ally of yours.

What can you do? There are instances where you can only let your keyboard dry and use it again. In other cases, you have to replace the whole thing and spend a few hard earned dollars for your clumsiness.

Here is where the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 comes in.

Introduced last Wednesday, the Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 is a device that you can submerge in water. Its design hasn’t changed from Logitech’s other keyboards. The only thing that separates it from the rest is its ability to be dipped into water.

According to Logitech, the Washable K310 keyboard can handle water unlike any other keyboards out there.

Another great thing about this keyboard is that you can easily rinse it once it gets dirty. So no more dusting your keyboards. And the best of it all, it dries easily.

The Logitech Washable Keyboard K310 retails at $39.99 and will soon be available at your retail outlest.

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Blackberry new device won’t have physical keyboard

Research in Motion has developed a new operating system in light of the competition they have experienced from Samsung and Apple. The first Blackberry device running on this operating system will not have the physical keyboard as the norm in all blackberry devices. This however will be included in the later devices.

The new Blackberry device will be offered in the market later in the year. This touch screen feature will be in line with smartphones in the market which are offering full touch screen devices. The Samsung and Apple devices do not have a physical keyboard and are fully touchscreen.

However, this development has not gone down well, with many corporate users who have claimed that they have stuck with Blackberry because of the physical keyboard. There is a perception that typing on the touch screen is harder than the touch devices. This situation has led Blackberry in a hard position, as they fear that Apple is making wide in roads into the corporate market previously held by them. This has led many analysts to wonder how Blackberry would relinquish their strength. They would have continued with the physical keyboard as it separated them from the competitors.

Blackberry have failed to keep up with the Android and iOS system, due to failing to adapt and coming up with improvements on the own phone and having what consumers really want. These include the ultimate multimedia experience, internet browsing and an operating system that can support as many apps as possible. This has led to Blackberry having to lay down some employees and the company’s stock falling.

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Snapkeys to replace QWERTY keyboards, boasts 99% accuracy

Snapkeys wants to wipe out the QWERTY keyboard on the face of the earth.

Ryan Ghassabian of Snapkeys inputs words to his tablet in a fast rate and high precision as he demonstrates their device at a booth of the Consumer Electronics Week in Vegas.

Their device is a keyboard that isn’t visible. It uses a new technology called the 2i and predicts typing to remove the need of the user to look at the screen of his smartphone or tablet.

The idea behind it is to use all the characters of a typical keyboard and and to effectively reduce the whole keyboard to only four “buttons”. For instance, those that stand on one point such as F, I, T, etc. are grouped in one button; those that stand on two points such as M, N, X, etc. are in another, those that stand on a wide base like Z, U, L, etc. are in the third button; and characters with a closed circle @, P, O, etc. are in the last button.

There are also two spaces at the sides of the buttons. One is for the space bar while the other one is for the delete button or backspace. Snapkeys predicts the letter that you’re trying to input by the way you push the buttons and which buttons you choose. The company is sure that the device will get it 99% of the time.

Ghassabian explains that the purpose of this technology is to “reclaim the space” that is being consumed by the keyboard.

Now don’t go rushing into any app store (be it Apple’s, Android’s or RIM’s) because the technology is not available in the market yet, and it won’t even be available as an app to be downloaded. The company says there are currently in the process of talking to carriers to embed the technology to upcoming devices and phones.

Can’t wait? You can try the demo at Snapkeys’ website.

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iPad typing: still a difficulty

Touch typists will find it difficult to type a paragraph in an iPad without committing errors. Except maybe for a gifted few, the flat screen makes it hard for individuals to feel their way through its keyboard due to the absence of a physical keyboard.

For those of you who are having problems with the number of errors you make typing in an iPad, you are not alone.

Iphone and iPad developer in UK, Dave Addey, even has the same trouble as most mortals when typing in an iPad. He wondered why he was getting a ton of mistakes typing in his device. So he recorded the screen while he typed and found out which keys registered a touch and the order in which they registered.

He analyzed results he found on the video and one of his findings are that some keystrokes on the keyboard did not record in the document. An example of which is when he typed “i have”, the result became “iave”. The auto correct function automatically kicked in and corrected the word and typed “image”. Still an error considering that you typed the words “i have”.

So what would be the best tip to type faster? Practice, practice and more practice.

For those who need assistence, an app that teaches users how to “Taptype” is also available in the AppStore. But faster and more reliable means however,  it would be still  be smart to bring with you a physical keyboard such as Apple’s wireless Bluetooth keyboard or purchase a case with a keyboard attachment such as this one from Logitech. 😀

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