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GO Keyboard review

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

GO Keyboard Sunshine theme review

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 review

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 review

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 review

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

EdgeRunner Multiplicity review

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

Pink Keyboard review

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

Setting up custom keyboard shortcuts in OS X

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

Dish-Disney deal changes future of online TV

CNET Update is hacking coffee machines:

In this episode of Update:

- Learn why Dish made a deal with Disney so its DVR won't auto-skip commercials on ABC shows for three days after airing. In the compromise, Disney scored the rights to stream Disney-owned networks online, including ESPN, and that could be a game changer in accessing TV on the Internet.

- You may need to hack the Keurig 2.0 machine if you want to use bargain-priced unlicensed single-serve coffee cups. Keurig is fighting copycat K-cups with high-tech machines.

- Watch thousands of music videos on Xbox Music, … Read more

Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard: A living room keyboard and universal remote

Living room set-top boxes have become increasingly sophisticated, but they can still feel backward any time you need to input a long password or search term using an onscreen keyboard.

Logitech's new Harmony Smart Keyboard ($150 list) is aimed squarely at that problem. It's a full-size keyboard that lets you type on (most of) your living room devices, while also offering total living room control in the manner of a typical Harmony universal remote.

The universal remote capabilities of the system are similar to the Logitech Harmony Smart Control ($130), except the keyboard replaces the simplified remote. The … Read more