There’s a right way and a wrong way to use your phone’s autocorrect, says the person who invented it. Ken Kocienda, former Principal Engineer of iPhone Software for Apple and author of the new book Creative Selection: Inside Apple’s Design Process During the Golden Age of Steve Jobs, led the team creating the first software keyboard for the first release of iOS. And he says that it’s possible to get too aggressive with autocorrect.
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Nothing kills typos faster than predictive text. Just think of how often you go about your day, texting away, using your smartphone's built-in capabilities to predict the big words you're trying to type before you finish them. If you're good, you can compose a decent thought without ever hitting an actual letter. So, why can't you do this on your PC, too?
I have a problem with my MacBook's poorly designed keyboard, one I know Apple isn't going to solve for me. On older MacBook keyboards, the arrow keys were identical in size, with two empty spaces to the left and right of the top arrow key that provided a tactile reference point and clear delineator between full-size keys and the half-size arrow keys. On the newest MacBooks, the left and right arrow keys are full-size keys, and get rid of that handy empty space.
Mechanical keyboards -- keyboards with full, individual switches under every key -- have exploded in popularity recently, although the technology inside is as old as the keyboard itself. There's really no substitute for that solid, clicking sensation under your fingers as you type, and the satisfying sound each key makes when you press it. However, choosing the best mechanical keyboard can be tricky, since there are dozens of models sporting different switch types, and more popping up every day. Here's how to tell them all apart and pick the right one for you.
We've seen a few different ways to add Slack-style emoji search to your Mac, but Rocket's probably the simplest way to do it.
Android: One of the most helpful features of Google's Android keyboard is keeping your own personal dictionary. Not only does this save words you use that aren't necessarily in the regular dictionary, but it can be a handy shortcut. Now, your custom changes can sync across devices.
With the recent acquisition by Facebook of voice-recognition company Wit.ai, all four major players in the post-PC market (Apple, Google, Microsoft and Facebook) now have a significant infrastructure for hands-free communication with your device. But what will that mean for our communication with our devices? Is voice just another method to talk to your computer, or are we on the cusp of a revolution in computer communication?
Repetitive strain injury, or RSI, is a term which was developed to describe an epidemic of work-related arm and hand pain reported in Australia in the 1980s. While work-related arm and hand pain was and still is common, this particular epidemic was unusual in that it involved workers not previously considered as being at risk.
Android (4.1+): Previously mentioned Fleksy has been in private beta for a while now, but now it's available at Google Play for Android users. Whether you just want to customise the keyboard, or turn it invisible so you can see behind it as you type, Fleksy works well.
Android: Swype, one of our favourite Android keyboards, has updated today with multiple keyboard layouts, a continuous dictation feature that types as you speak, and better language support.