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Apple Paintbrush Could Follow the Apple Pencil, Does What the Name Says

By Radu Iorga

If you thought that the Surface Dial was a quirky accessory, well Apple says “hold my beer” and it’s prepping another gizmo that feels strange. It’s the Apple Paintbrush and it follows in the footsteps of the Apple Pencil. A new patent has info on that.

Apple has just patented a product that’s dubbed a “stylus with multiple inputs”. It’s a portable electronic device, according to the paper, with flexible contact members. Each of them is able to independently flex relative to the other members and generate a special touch sensitivity-based feedback response, based on a change of flexure in the contact members.

Of course people have been using the Apple Pencil for drawing for a bit now, so an extra, separate brush sounds like overkill. The accessory first came in 2015 and evolved over the past year with a new version. However, the Cupertino giant feels there’s a need for a more advanced system, that provides extra accuracy and more input variety.

A patent doesn’t always mean the device will get realized, by it sounds quirky enough to become real. Rather than making a separate brush, Apple should let us replace the nibs of the Apple Pencil with various tips, brushes, of various thicknesses and textures. The firm has always been close with Pixar (Steve Jobs was a main man there), so they may get feedback from some of the most talented artists around.

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Need a Great Bluetooth Keyboard? Logitech K380 Has a Great Price on Amazon Right Now!

By Tim

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Originally posted 2016-10-15 21:21:40.

Logitech K380 keyboard.

Now of course we all know here at HiBook Labs, that I am perfectly happy with my K480 Logitech Bluetooth keyboard, primarily because the K380 wasn’t available when I bought the K480, but in retrospect, I got the deal of a lifetime, because of the slot on the K480.

However, the K380 is still a killer Bluetooth keyboard, so if you are still in the market for a top of the line/portable BT keyboard for your tablet(s) and phone(s), then look no further!

Currently this BT Keyboard is on sale for about $24 on Amazon.com.

Tim

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ComFast Dual Band USB WiFi Adapter Review

I have had the ComFast Dual Band, (2.4/5Ghz), adapter since late May and although I have written a few articles on it I thought it was time for a full review.

This little adapter solves a myriad of issues for those who happen to only have a slower built in adapter on their tablets or notebooks that are only running wireless “n” speeds.

It will plug into any standard USB full size port and the bonus is that it is reversible. There is no “wrong way” to plug it in, so that makes it quite handy, especially f you don’t want the extremely bright led blinking at you. I have also used it on my HiBook with a full USB to USB C adapter and it works fine.

For less than $10.00 this is a very good deal. It should be capable, according to the specs, of 600 mb/s but with my home router I get about 433 mb/s which is still much faster than wireless “n” speeds. Speeds will obviously be dependent upon the router you use it with.

It does have a few downsides, which are quite minor. The first being the incredibly bright blue police cruiser intensity led, which if you plug it it with it facing away, then it is not an issue. The second one is that on a tablet with a small battery you will notice the extra battery consumption. On my Hi12 it makes no real dent in the battery life, but we are talking an 11000 mAh battery, while on the HiBook with a battery half the size, I do notice it.  So that is all of the downsides and as I stated not major at all.

So all of the above being said I am giving this one 5 out of 5 stars on my review scale! You can find the product right here currently at $9.99.

Tim

The author of this post is not connected in any way with the creators of the product reviewed and all opinions are strictly his. No guarantees of performance or reliability are either given nor inferred.


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Review: COMFAST CF – 913AC USB Adapter,Dual Band Adapter, Low Price, Works Great!

I have been testing out the  COMFAST CF – 913AC USB adapter for a few days now and I think it is worth every penny I paid for it. It solves the issue of less expensive devices not having dual-band wireless ac capabilities for a fraction of the cost of deciding to purchase some high-end device instead.

This little adapter which works with a standard USB port can provide you wireless speeds up to 600 mb/s. Keep in mind however that in many cases you do not need those speeds since your Internet provider may not offer those speeds on their end.

Just because you have a router that has WiFi ac band (5GHz) does not mean, as in my case, that your Internet provider allows those connection speeds on their network. The bottom line is as always, that the slowest link in the chain between you and the world controls all. If your ISP provides for example, 75 mb/s downloads and 6 mb/s uploads, no matter how fast you connect to the router you have it will NEVER be faster than the bottleneck provided by your ISP.

On the other hand, if you have a lot of devices in your home hitting your router, using the 5GHz channel in addition to the 2.4 GHz channel, can certainly provided a little  more speed out of the router itself.

Now all that being said, here is my review of the ComFast CF-913AC  USB adapter. First of all it works great, it is reversible, meaning you can put it into a standard USB slot either way., (I know, I thought that USB-C was the only thing that did that, but not true).

I have tried it on both my Chuwi tablets, the HiBook and the Hi12 and used every possible port, USB 2, USB 3, USB-C, micro-USB, whether directly or via a dongle and I always get 433.5 mb/s no matter what, which appears to be a limitation of my router because my Asus Z580CA tablet, a year or so back, did the same performance-wise, and my Zotac ZBox Ci323 connects at the same 433.5 mb/s.

Don’t waste your money in search of dual band wireless unless you can really use it, but if your device might be used in multiple locations, then consider one of these rather than blowing money on an Apple/Samsung/Microsoft or other expensive device just for the wireless speed.


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Last year I told You All About The Logitech K480 That I Bought…Yep, You Could Get One for Less Than I Paid

So for anyone who has read any of my posts about the K480, or why I choose it over the K380 then you are probably aware that I bought one last year from the very same place that has them dirt cheap again.

Now almost a year later, Newegg still has these keyboards in there refurbished items section. Don’t panic, mine was a “refurbished” model, meaning it was repackaged and brand new.

So if you really want a great keyboard for the incredibly low price of $16.99 then click this link!

If you are looking at a Bluetooth keyboard for a 10 inch or smaller tablet, or perhaps just to use with your PC or smartphone, then you might just be an idiot if you don’t go visit the site I linked above, (okay, this one works also).

Tim


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