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How To Pick the Right Android Keyboard For YOU

How To Pick the Right Android Keyboard For YOU

There are tons of ways to tap text into your Android (y'know, when you're not just talking to it). CareAce looked at the stock 2.1 keyboard, Better, Swype Beta, TouchPal, SwiftKey Beta, and ThickButtons and sorted out what's what. Their helpful guide will point out, for example, that Swype is wel

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Google Voice Review

Google Voice Review

Get used to hearing the words “Google Voice” an awful lot because after using it for the past week I would describe it with three words: awesome, awesome, awesome. I’m going to take some time using text, pictures and videos to: Overview what you can do with Google Voice Walk you through

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Intel 80GB Solid-State Drives Get Official (and High) Price Tag, Are Blazing Fast [Ssds]

Intel 80GB Solid-State Drives Get Official (and High) Price Tag, Are Blazing Fast [Ssds]

Intel's slightly delayed leap into the SSD game is now official, with the company announcing a $595 pricetag for an 80GB SSD, which comes in 1.8-inch (X18-M) or 2.5-inch (X25-M) sizes for the same price, with 160GB versions coming later this year. While that's a considerably higher price-per-gi

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Signs of Armageddon: We’re worrying about CO2 emissions of a Google search

Take some interesting science statistics. Mix in a well-known company such as Google. Stir well. And you have a bunch of malarkey about how searching the Web is killing the planet. I suppose there’s nothing else to worry about on the weekend (Techmeme). First up, the Times of London “reveals t

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Top 5 features in Android 1.5 (Cupcake)

Top 5 features in Android 1.5 (Cupcake)

Google has released a preview SDK for the long awaited next version of Android: version 1.5, a.k.a “Cupcake”. I’m happy to report that this time it’s for real, and not just another rumor. Android 1.5 is expected to be featured on the new HTC Magic that is coming out in Europe next month f

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Windows 7 Build 7022 goodness: Screenshot Gallery

Windows 7 Build 7022 goodness: Screenshot Gallery

You may have heard by now that build 7022 of Windows 7 has recently hit the net. If you haven't had the pleasure of using the build yourself yet, you can always count on a nice screenshot gallery to satisfy your inner geek enthusiast. Keep on reading to see just what 7022 has to offer.

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Windows XP Mode No Longer Requires Virtualization Hardware

Windows XP Mode No Longer Requires Virtualization Hardware

Windows XP Mode is a pre-configured solution for Windows 7 users needing support for older software, and, until recently, it required AMD-V or VT processor hardware. An update released today should make XP Mode far more accessible to more Windows 7 users. If you're a 7 user who's been trappe

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Opera 9.6 Faster, Stronger, Available Now

Opera 9.6 Faster, Stronger, Available Now

Opera just popped out the latest version of their desktop browser, 9.6. Besides being just plain faster, it adds feature improvements all around, like a new low-bandwidth mode in the built-in email client, expanded syncing (speed dial, search engines and notes), and RSS feed previews, so you c

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Future iPhones May Have Always-On Display

Apple has patented a new display technology that will allow their iPhones to have always-on displays with almost no battery cost whatsoever. This doesn’t mean the whole display would be lit at all times. In reality, only part of it would be activated using a secondary backlight system located under the main one. According to , the objective is to give feedback to the user at all times, even when the main display is turned off:

The primary backlight system may block light from the secondary backlight system except for those one or more regions. Thus, the size and shape of the status indicator may be set by sizing and shaping the transparent or semitransparent regions of the primary backlight system. In addition to setting the size and shape of the icon, the color of the icon may also be set by adjusting the color of the light provided by the secondary backlight system.

For example, each indicator may have a particular color, blinking speed, or light intensity. These properties may be programmed into the electronic device by the user, or may be hard-coded or hard-wired into the system. Thus, when the secondary backlight is turned on, the properties of the light provided by the secondary backlight system may depend on the status of the device. Also, if the status of the electronic device changes while the secondary backlight is on, the properties of the light provided by the secondary backlight system may change to reflect the new status.

To avoid depleting the battery, these icons’ backlight system will be low-power. Don’t get your expectations too high, however. The patent doesn’t clearly explains how the icons themselves may be displayed. By the look of the diagrams included, they may not even be actual pixel-based icons, but cut-outs illuminated by individual LED lights shining through the main display.

But of course, you know that this may be something completely different from what the diagram shows, since the drawings included in patents always seem to be drawn by a monkey on drugs. At least, I want to believe this thing is more like the illustration I did, because if it’s just little icons—like every other single cheap clamshell cellphone out there—I won’t be very excited. [Apple Insider]

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