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Apple's CEO Steve Jobs has a history of showcasing new Apple hardware on stage, generally during one of their highly watched press conferences at WWDC or elsewhere. This gives Steve the chance to demonstrate a new product in front of millions watching around the Web, so that everyone "gets" what a new device is for. In fact, we cannot recall the last time Apple introduced a completely new piece of hardware without showcasing it first. But that is exactly what has occurred with the Magic Trackpad... Apple Magic Trackpad Review... Read more...
Apple has been in the line of fire lately. It's an unusual place for the company, which has found itself on the positive end of things for quite a while. In fact, for a string of years, it seemed as if Apple could do no wrong. The iPhone 3G and 3GS were huge hits, as was the new "unibody" MacBook design. And then there was the iPad, which shocked many by selling over 3 million units in a matter of months and proving once and for all that there was an untapped tablet PC market in the world just waiting to be served. But with the iPhone 4 came all sorts of criticism. Apple even held its own... Read more...
Apple may have taken the time to officially reveal a new iMac, Mac Pro and 27" Cinema Display this morning, but two accessories that slipped under the radar are equally as interesting, if not more so. Scattered about the press releases for the new iMac and Mac Pro were mentions of a new Multi-Touch "Magic Trackpad," which is an all new input peripheral from Apple that's designed to bring some of the company's expertise in Multi-Touch to the desktop. Up until now, Multi-Touch has been reserved largely for touch panels and notebooks, but the new trackpad enables those same gestures to be translated... Read more...
In general, notebooks have remained the same for well over a decade. They've grown thinner, they've become more powerful, and more ports have emerged, but the general premise hasn't changed much. Apple took a nice step in the right direction with the button-free, multi-touch trackpad, but Acer may have just taken things to the next level.The Acer Aspire Ethos range makes itself special with a touch-screen trackpad; yes, a trackpad you can actually see on. The display isn't 1080p or anything, but it does have enough pixels to show some basic functions and allow for certain tweaks right from the... Read more...
If you haven't updated the driver for your laptop's touchpad lately, you may want to think about doing so, particularly if your laptop has a Synaptics touchpad. As a user on Hardware Zone forums discovered, there's a new driver from Synaptics that enables multitouch gestures as well as two-finger scrolling and three-finger click. What's really cool is that this driver enables this functionality for older laptops that didn't previously support these functions. Although it was thought that older touchpads were not capable of multi-touch, this driver update appears to prove otherwise. Another pleasant... Read more...
By and large, any 'ole keyboard will do for working in a traditional desktop environment. If it's got the right QWERTY layout and a numeric keypad, you're set. But what about those awkward situations where having a full size keyboard and mouse tandem just don't make sense--say, when using a living room PC/HTPC? Enter Adesso, an accessories company that has been clearing the way for living room PC use for years now.The WKB-4000BB, or the "SlimTouch Bluetooth Keyboard" as it is less formally known, is a perfect device for those in search of something to control their HTPC. It's thin, it's compact... Read more...
Adesso may not be a household name when it comes to keyboards in general, but they're pretty well known in the realm of atypical, niche boards. The company has a keyboard for almost any need, from field work to HTPC users who'd like a board with an integrated trackpad. Speaking of which, there's the new AKB-440, which touts a built-in touchpad with GlidePoint technology that prevents users from having to use a separate mouse in tandem with the QWERTY keyboard. The device is fully compatible with Windows Vista, XP and 2000, as well as Mac OS X, and it's encased in a metallic lining and a piano finish.... Read more...