Every February, Punxsatawney Phil forecasts whether spring is coming (this week's verdict: more winter). But for most of us, Groundhog Day is about the movie, with Bill Murray's weatherman suffering the same day over and over again -- 12,403 times by one super-fan's estimate -- because we can relate to the frustration of doing the same things day after day. We have yet to see an app that will free you from a time loop, but these six picks will relieve the tedium of repetitive tasks. And if you can't get "I Got You … Read more
Before iOS 8, those who didn't like iPhone's bare-bones keyboard had no alternative. Apple has expanded iPhone's default keyboard to include hundreds of emoji, but now it also supports keyboard apps from other companies, meaning more ways to make your thumbs happy. Whether you hate your default keyboard or just want to try something new, tap into our picks for iOS keyboard apps. Then read CNET's step-by-step guide to installing custom keyboards in iOS 8.Swiping, not typing SwiftKey
If you find typing tedious, SwiftKey's predictive texting saves you time by incorporating your common words … Read more
Stylish and responsive, GO Keyboard brings many improvements to the default Android keyboard, including different layouts, symbols, and punctuation marks integrated into letters for an easier typing experience and beautiful themes. However, it suffers from harassing home screen ads and lacks accented characters.Pros
Fluent typing experience: GO Keyboard arranges the keys better than the default Android keyboard, providing smooth and responsive typing that keeps mistakes to a minimum. It also makes typing faster by cleverly integrating symbols and punctuation marks into letter keys, which are available with a longer tap.
Convenient Arc Menu: The app's Arc Menu enables … Read more
With its aqua tones and cute graphics, GO Keyboard Sunshine theme adds freshness and fun to your smartphone or tablet, replacing your old keyboard with one that's faster and more accessible. This GO Keyboard theme puts at your fingertips more features than the default Android keyboard, including seamless switching between gesture-typing and tapping, amusing voice texting, and multiple layout options.
GO Keyboard Sunshine theme can be downloaded for free, but you have to pay to unlock it, either with real money or with 20 GoldJar Credit, which you can earn by installing two of several apps promoted by the … Read more
GO Keyboard Sweet Dumplings provides a responsive, feature-rich keyboard that can serve as an excellent replacement for the basic Android keyboard. This smooth, polished keyboard theme enables you to quickly switch layouts as well as access digits and symbols, and comes with a rich pack of emoticons available as a plug-in. The only drawback of this theme is that when used in the dark, its orange brightness can hurt your eyes.
GO Keyboard Sweet Dumplings installs as a theme for the free GO Keyboard app. Once it's activated, the theme brings you a smooth interface with bright orange keys … Read more
Mouse & Keyboard Remote is one of the finest ways to control your computer with a smartphone or tablet. Though it hides many of its best features behind a paywall, that's fairly standard and easy to forgive once you see everything this app does. It's worth downloading just for the cool factor.
This program lets you control any computer's keyboard or pointer with your phone or tablet. You have to install a desktop program -- right now the program is only available for Windows, but Mac and Linux versions are said to be on the way -- … Read more
Keyboard Maestro for Mac is a powerful program designed to let you create and manage macros to carry out all kinds of tasks you specify. The options for what you can automate are vast; and even if you don't have experience working with this type of program, there's a helpful tutorial to walk you through the process.Pros
Lots of options: There are few limitations on what you can do and what types of tasks you can automate with this program. Whether you want to open folders with keyboard shortcuts or manage multiple clipboards simultaneously, you can do … Read more
Multiplicity lets you easily control several desktop machines or laptops with a single mouse and keyboard. This app offers a perfect solution for Web designers, programmers, and most gamers.Pros
Easy to configure and set up: It takes only a couple minutes to set up EdgeRunner Multiplicity. To use Multiplicity, install it on all machines you would like to connect. Use a switch in the upper-right corner to designate each computer as primary or secondary. The app automatically scans and locates all available machines on your wireless network and lets you connect to them. It also assigns a passcode to … Read more
Though fancy, Pink Keyboard can lower your security and ultimately offers little other than a color change. It comes with a nagging high-pitch beeping while you type and doesn't have emoticons, but must receive credit for being a standalone keyboard with configurable settings rather than a mere skin for your existing keyboard.
Once you install Pink Keyboard, you must choose it as your default input method in your Android Settings. When you do this you're warned that using a third-party keyboard may compromise your security, since anything you type -- including passwords, credit card information, etc. -- can … Read more
Keyboard shortcuts are useful options for quickly accessing specific program commands or system services, such holding the Command key and pressing C, X, or V, for copy, cut, and paste.
While common and useful commands are usually assigned a hot-key shortcut, you can also set up custom hot-key assignments in an application to give unassigned commands a hot key to invoke that command.
To do this, simply go to the "Shortcuts" tab in the Keyboard pane of System Preferences, and choose "App Shortcuts" in the categories list, where you can click the plus button to add … Read more