Hands-on: Logitech’s iPad trackpad keyboards create $500 Apple laptops

Ever since last December’s Snapdragon Tech Summit — an event focused on breakthrough mobile chipsets — I’ve been thinking about how critical “old” input peripherals remain in modern devices. Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragons are powerful enough to let tiny smartphones play Xbox One-class games or enable tablets to run Windows PC apps, but without traditional controllers such as […]


Logitech and Herman Miller dare to create gamer furniture

Gaming-accessory manufacturer Logitech and design company Herman Miller have successfully performed the dark ritual. Together, the companies ventured into the unknown, squeezed blood from a mechanical keyboard, and returned unharmed. Only, something came with them. Something unnatural. And this morning, that something opened its maw and sang this dreaded incantation: “high-performance furniture solutions for gamers.” […]

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Apple, Google, and Amazon create “CHIP,” a new smart home standard [Updated]

Enlarge Zigbee Update, 12/19: There have been a few new developments since yesterday’s announcement that Apple, Google, Amazon, and Zigbee have come together to create an initial smart home standard. First, Apple has open sourced “portions” of the HomeKit Accessory Development Kit (ADK), allowing developers to prototype non-commercial smart home accessories (commercial devices still needing a license). In […]

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Apple’s rivals took 7 years to create their own version of one of the company’s simplest, best features – but it still has a ways to go

Antonio Villas-Boas/Business Insider One of the greatest features in the Apple iPhone and Mac ecosystem is the ability to send and receive text messages from your Mac computer. I forgot how great that feature was when I first departed the Apple ecosystem. Microsoft has a Windows 10 app called “Your Phone” that lets Android users […]