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Apple Gets More Patents Covering iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Features

By James A.

Apple continues its huge run of receiving patents for multiple products, with today’s patent covering new features for the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard, as well as augmented reality and solar powered gadgets. We have the scoop below.

The US Patent and Trademark Office officially published a series of no less than 55 newly granted patents for Apple Inc, which cover the Apple Smart keyboard and the new features that it may receive one day. We also saw a new patent for the Mac Pro, one for AR and one for solar power energy management, in order to charge mobile devices. But what we’re most interested in is certainly the Smart Keyboard accessory.

The patent is titled “Flexible Keyboard accessory for a portable electronic device”. The document states that the accessory device may include a foldable cover, which in turn includes an attachment feature, that’s configured to couple with an electronic device. A hinge is also mentioned with the foldable cover in the mix and a rotating form factor. So, while Apple isn’t bringing out foldable phones or tablets anytime soon, at least their tablet accessories fold.

 

The keyboard assembly is also listed with a vent system, that includes an opening which provides the device with air, plus a channel coupled with the opening and to a key of the keyboard assembly. Letting a tablet and a keyboard get a vent system means that more horse power is coming to the iPad in the near future, that’s my prediction.

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Tonight’s Video Worth Sharing: Archeer Bluetooth Headphones/Speakers, 2 in 1 For A Great Price!

By Tim

We all know there are some fantastic Bluetooth headphones out there, but these offer a bonus and that is, they can also be used as speakers!

This one comes to us from Anthony over at myprojet13 on YouTube. He normally sticks to phones, but these are an accessory you can use with a phone, PC, tablet, hell, anything that does Bluetooth.

The company claims 45 hrs on a charge and they can also be plugged into a headset jack.  I could actually use these and would probably throw away my old plug-in stereo speakers in order to have the convenience of these little gizmos! Their website is right here if you want more information!

Below you will find the video!

That is all I have at this moment,

Tim

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The Galaxy S9’s Dex Pad launches May 13 for $99.99

By Ron Amadeo

Hot off the launch of the Galaxy S9 last month, Samsung is about to release one of the device’s main accessories, the Samsung Dex Pad. Plug your flagship Samsung smartphone into this little dock, then plug in a monitor, mouse, and keyboard, and you’ll have a full-blown desktop OS interface powered just by your phone. Preorders are open today on Samsung.com, and the device ships May 13. Starting today, Samsung is also offering a free Dex Pad to anyone who buys a Galaxy S9 or S9+ from Samsung.com.

Samsung Dex runs the Android OS you know and love but reworked into a desktop form factor with a windowed multitasking interface. The Dex Pad requires a USB-C equipped Samsung device (so a Galaxy S8, Note 8, or S9) with Android 8.0. The dock has two USB A ports (typically for a mouse and keyboard), HDMI for the monitor, and USB-C for power. Running a desktop interface can be tough on a phone’s processor, so the Dex Pad also has a fan to help everything run a bit cooler and faster.

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Logitech Announces Rugged Combo 2 Case, Logitech Crayon Stylus for iPad

By Radu Iorga

Logitech took advantage of the new iPad unveiling to showcase a few products of its own, obviously focused on the iPad. They debuted a new stylus, dubbed Crayon and a Rugged Combo 2 Case, also designed for the Apple slate.

These accessories are designed with the iPad 2018 in mind and they’re meant for students who use the new tablet. The Logitech Crayon is similar to the Apple Pencil, but it’s cheaper, at $49, which is about half the price of the Apple Pencil, that sells to schools for $89. Logitech promises a similar experience though, thanks to the sub pixel precision, low latency and also there’s tilt support.

Compatibility with apps is expanded and the the accessory has improved grip, preventing accidental drops and rolling. Battery life is rated at 8 hours and we also have a pry resilient tip, plus a rubbed cap, that seems to hide the charging port. The Crayon connect via a special frequency and doesn’t rely on Bluetooth.

 

Then we’ve got the Rugged Combo 2 Case, a $99.99 accessory, which was made using input from educators. It’s supposed to survive the daily class activities, the “wear and tear” typical for schools. It’s got a protective screen cover, which also works as a keyboard and up top there’s a special slot for the Logitech Crayon. The good news is that the keyboard is detachable and the key caps aren’t easy to pry by mistake.

It’s also a silent keyboard and the case provides spill and drop resilience (up to 4 feet).

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Apple Patents New Counterbalanced iPad Pro Stand for Work and Presentations

By Radu Iorga

We’ve seen iPads used in the strangest of environments, from a plane’s cockpit to an operating room and it’s no surprise that people choose to take their work on the go and often times opt for an iPad. Thus, an accessory like a stand is welcome and recommended at times. Apple seems to have also cracked that segment, by coming up with a counterbalanced iPad Pro stand.

The company has patented a special stand, which is supposed to offer the maximum flexibility available to the user. The patent application relates to a future iPad or iPad Pro accessory, which uses a special arm to prop up the device. The illustrations show a specific shape and a display stand connector placed at the back of the iPad, which can be disc shaped.

Apple mentions that the disc can be attached to the back side of the iPad or simply held in place with a new magnets system, so it can attach and detach from the stand easily. It’s all meant for presentations, but it can also be used to make video watching comfier, TV watching or even playing games on the quite heavy big iPads. Many people suffer from the fact that they hold tablets at less than ideal angles from their eyes and this may well help them.

 

A stand assembly configured for iPads includes a base, a mechanical assembly and a mechanical arm and linkages. The connector is configured so it will “detachably connect” the portable electronic device to the mechanical assembly. The weighted component will counterbalance the weight of the portable electronic device. A variety of stand formats are being considered.

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