And really, it’s no surprise. Considering the wild success it enjoyed with its first Touchpad fire sale, why wouldn’t HP try to recreate that magic in time for the holiday shopping rush? According to a release the company sent out to employees this week, the redux will kick off on December 11th at 6 PM, on HP’s eBay Store. There, consumers will be able to get their hands on a refurbished 16GB or 32GB model for $99 and $149, respectively. They’ll also have the chance to get a case, charging dock and wireless keyboard as part of a $79 bundle, though the sale isn’t entirely [...]
The on-screen keyboard in iOS does the job for short bursts of text, but if you want to use your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch for long-form writing, you’re better off using a discrete keyboard.
Even for shorter things, such as text messages, instant message chats or brief emails, a separate keyboard speeds you up no end.
As well as actually typing, you can manipulate your text more quickly because iOS lets you use shortcuts for commands such as copying and pasting, and Shift+arrow keys to select text. You can also use the arrow keys on their own to move the cursor around, so no more dragging [...]
We think Apple’s Magic Trackpad marks the beginning of the end for Mac OS X. Other reviewers of the Magic Trackpad touched on other subjects. Here are the highlights of what they said.
Ars Technica thought the Magic Trackpad matched perfectly with Apple’s Wireless Keyboard:
There’s not much in the box besides the trackpad and a manual. The enclosure is made of aluminum with a thin layer of glass on the tracking surface, though you wouldn’t know it from the touch. The Magic Trackpad is designed to mirror the functionality and feel of the trackpads built into Apple’s [...]
Apple desktops have touchpads now too. The new Magic Trackpad gives Mac Pro and iMac owners multitouch powers, gestures, and bluetooth connectivity.
The Magic Trackpad is basically a larger version of the MacBook Pro touchpad, with 80% more surface area for all your swiping and pinching. The entire surface acts as a button, so it’s also a possible mouse replacement. And all of the expected gestures are here: two-finger scrolling, pinch to zoom, fingertip rotation, and three- and four-finger swipes. You can enable and disable gestures at your discretion from System Preferences: