Apple may conjure up iPad keyboard to mimic Surface Touch Cover

Apple may take a page from Microsoft in cooking up a whole new keyboard for the iPad.

A case for the full size iPad that mimics Microsoft's Touch Cover has been prototyped, former Apple employee Jamie Ryan said in a blog post Saturday. Ryan said he wasn't clear whether the development is far enough along for Apple to unveil the new case at Tuesday's launch event. But he claimed that different style cases have been in the test phase for a while and that Apple is also working on various accessories.

The purported goal is to enable … Read more

What I want to see from Macs and iPads at Apple's event

A little over a month after Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C debut, another event looms with promises of unveiling everything else: namely, the rest of the Macs and iPads for 2013. The invitation says "we have a lot to cover," and I hope so: after all, there are a lot of unanswered questions about Apple's product lineup this year, and many devices that haven't seen updates since 2012.

Here's what I'd like to see.

A Retina Mini Before anything else, this. The iPad Mini is perfect sizewise, but the lack of a higher-resolution, … Read more

Dell's Windows 8.1, quad-core tablet now on sale for $299

On Friday, Dell began selling one of the first tablets with Intel's Bay Trail processor, as small Windows 8.1 devices go quad core.

The $299 Dell Venue 8 Pro can be ordered online starting Friday with an estimated shipment date of October 25.

The tablet sports a quad-core Intel Atom Z3740D "Bay Trail" processor rated at speeds of up to 1.8GHz, a 32GB flash drive, and 2GB Single Channel DDR3L-RS 1600MHz RAM.

Dell is one of the first out of the gate with a soon-to-ship tablet packing Intel's redesigned, higher-performance Atom processor.

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Review: iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor for Mac eases the viewing of iOS backups in OS X

iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor for Mac converts iOS device backups created by iTunes into Mac OS X files that are easy to access and use. The app can retrieve detailed information stored in backups, making it a useful tool for developers investigating bugs or for users trying to decode SMS messages, notes, or call histories from SQLite database files. Even though it's quite basic, the app does a good job.

iPhone / iPod Touch Backup Extractor quickly detects iPhone and iPad Touch devices that have been backed up by iTunes and lets you extract all information contained within the … Read more

Review: Parallels Access is one of the most impressive remote access apps on iOS

Parallels Access is designed to give you remote access of your Mac or PC through your iPad's screen and it works as well as or better than promised by the developers. From the ease of opening and controlling apps to the customized interfaces for dozens of different app types, Parallels is a smooth experience that will provide a much-needed interface option for anyone that works on the go.

The one thing about Parallels Access that can be frustrating is setup and installation time. It takes a few minutes to install, verify, and then set up on your desktop. We … Read more

T-Mobile rolls out wallet-friendly Alcatel One Touch Evolve, Fierce

T-Mobile on Wednesday announced pricing and availability for a number of new products, including three smartphones and a mobile hot spot.

Starting today, T-Mobile customers can purchase the entry-level Alcatel One Touch Evolve at T-Mobile stores and retail partners. Priced at $27.99 down with 24 monthly device payments of $3, the net cost of the phone is $99. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the Evolve features a 4-inch display and 5-megapixel back camera with fixed focus. Powered by a single-core 1GHz processor, the smartphone received low marks in the CNET review.

Also available today, the Samsung LTE … Read more

Siri 'Eyes Free' mode comes to six more Chevy cars

Chevrolet integrated Apple's personal assistant Siri into two cars last year, and it's gone so well that the company is adding the functionality to six more vehicles.

The way Siri integration works is by wirelessly connecting to the Chevy MyLink infotainment system via Bluetooth. This allows people with newer generations of the iPhone, iPad, iPad Mini, or iPod Touch running iOS 6 or iOS 7 to perform Siri-related tasks using a voice activation button on their car's steering wheel.

In this "Eyes Free" mode, users can make calls, access their calendars, play songs from their … Read more

iPad 5 will sport fingerprint reader, suggests leaked image

The iPad 5 will offer the same Touch ID fingerprint sensor found in the iPhone 5S, at least if an image leaked by a Chinese blog site is legit.

Offered by Chinese site Chinese site, the image shows what purports to be the fifth-generation iPad with a home button that looks just like the one on the 5S. That home button incorporates Apple's Touch ID sensor, which allows users to unlock their device via fingerprint recognition.

A recent video from Unbox Therapy suggests that the Touch ID sensor from an iPhone 5S would fit perfectly into the … Read more

Did Oreck break the mold with its Touch Bagless Vacuum Cleaner?

When I was a kid, I remember seeing commercials for Oreck vacuum cleaners on TV. David Oreck himself usually starred in the ads, and when he did, he'd always cheerfully proclaim the merits of his machine, the 8-pound Oreck XL. The XL had the look of a complete clunker, with an ugly, dated design that seemed like it hadn't been updated since 1963, when Oreck first started selling vacuums in Louisiana. All the same, there was just something endearing and perhaps infectious about Oreck's unapologetic confidence. Sure enough, everyone I knew who used an Oreck XL swore … Read more

Bose SoundTouch throws down multiroom audio gauntlet to Sonos

Over the years, Sonos, once a fledgling startup, has grown up to dominate the DIY multiroom wireless audio space. Now it has some serious competition.

Bose has officially unveiled a new line of Wi-Fi speakers under its new SoundTouch brand, which features simple setup and operation, and it's definitely aimed at the same audience that Sonos has targeted.

The three new speakers that are available at launch -- you can order them today -- are the SoundTouch 30 ($699), a larger speaker designed for larger living spaces, and the SoundTouch 20 ($399) and SoundTouch Portable ($399), which are designed … Read more