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Griffin Introduces Wired iPad Keyboard

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Griffin Wired iOS Keyboard

While I absolutely love my iPad, the touch-screen keyboard isn’t very useful if you’re trying to do “real” work. So when I heard about Griffin’s new Wired Keyboard for iOS Devices, I jumped at the chance to try one out.

Now it might seem odd to be reviewing a wired keyboard in an age where pretty much everything is wireless. But having had less than stellar experiences with Bluetooth keyboards in the past, I was all about a reliable wired keyboard that was truly plug-in-and-play and that’s exactly what I got.

The Griffin Wired Keyboard is exactly as it sounds, a wired keyboard that plugs into your iPad (or iPhone or iPod Touch) through it’s Lightning or Dock Connector. There’s no batteries to contend with, no syncing issues, it’s honestly so simple that my 85-year old grandfather could use it!

This video shows you the Griffin Wired Keyboard in action:

While Griffin is marketing the Wired Keyboard for schools, it’s actually really useful for business travelers like me. You know when they tell you to put your devices in Airplane Mode? Yeah, that disables your Bluetooth. But with a wired keyboard, you can continue typing away to your heart’s content.

I found the layout of the keyboard to be perfect, and the tactile feedback of the keyboard is second to none. It’s 1-meter cord gives you more than enough room to work with, and since there are no batteries to replace, you’ll never get stuck in a lurch.

Overall, I was beyond impressed with the Griffin Wired iOS Keyboard, and I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a quality keyboard for their iPad. While it’s not exactly cheap at $59.99, I’m telling you, it’s well worth the investment!

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Amazon’s All-New Fire HD 10 Tablet Is A Ridiculous Bargain At $150

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The all-new Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet was just unveiled today, and there’s good reason to get excited about it. The new Fire HD 10 sports a 10.1-inch, full HD 1080p display, 30% faster performance, 2 GB RAM, 32GB of storage space, and up to 10 hours of battery life – all at a greatly reduced price of just $149.99.

In addition, the Amazon Fire HD 10 introduces Alexa hands-free for the first time on a Fire tablet. This allows you to ask Alexa to play / pause a video, find music, dim the lights, set a timer, show sports scores and more without the press of a button, simply by using your voice.

For those people keeping score, the Fire HD 10 is about half the price of an Apple iPad, and it offers a larger display, 32GB of storage (upgradable to 64GB internally and 256GB externally), along with a 1.8 GHZ quad-core processor. And naturally, if you’re an Amazon Prime member, you get access to millions of movies, TV shows, songs, books, magazines, apps, and games.

On the flip side, it doesn’t have the finesse of an iPad, running a modified version of Android (Lollipop) that locks you in to the Amazon App Store. Those wanting access to the Google Play Store will have to resort to sideloading it, something that’s best left to the tech-savvy.

Amazon Fire HD 10

“For less than $150, the all-new Fire HD 10 offers a beautiful 1080p Full HD display, faster performance, more storage, and up to 10 hours of battery life,” said Kevin Keith, General Manager, Amazon Devices. “We’re also excited to introduce Alexa hands-free for the first time on a Fire tablet. Now, you can ask Alexa to play a video, show you your calendar, dim the lights, and much more–using just your voice.”

With my trusty iPad 2 dying a slow death, I’m seriously considering picking up the Amazon Fire HD 10 tablet to replace it. It seems well equipped to handle watching movies, browsing Facebook, surfing the web, and sending out the occasional e-mail. And the Alexa functionality is a nice bonus for those of us without an Amazon Echo or Dot. For $150, the Fire HD 10 seems like a no-brainer!

Amazon is taking pre-orders for the upgraded Fire HD 10 now and expects deliveries to start October 11th.

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How To Remove Malware From Your Devices

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Mobile malware has become an increasingly troubling problem, especially for people who rely on their smartphones and tablets for things like shopping and banking. With the right type of malware, hackers can steal personal information that makes it easier for them to commit fraud and identity theft.

What many people don’t know is that there are other types of mobile malware that can also cause serious problems. Ransomware, for instance, locks your phone and forces you to pay the hacker to unlock it. Power off hijacks can place calls, take pictures, and run apps even while your phone appears to be turned off.

Unfortunately, the amount of mobile malware keeps growing. During 2014, more than 700,000 pieces of mobile malware were released every four months. With that many threats, you will likely encounter at least one of them in the near future, and that’s assuming that you don’t already have malware on your device.

Keeping your operating system and software updated is one of the most effective ways for people to protect themselves. The Google Nexus 6 and other Android phones from T-Mobile tell you when updates are available. Don’t ignore those notifications. Software updates often include changes that protect your device from the latest types of malware. If you don’t update, then you are making yourself a target for hackers.

Even if you do not think that your phone has malware installed on it, you should know the warning signs. This infographic will teach you how you can protect yourself, recognize the signs of malware, and remove malware when you find it.

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LG Rolly Keyboard – Unroll The Comfort Of Full-Size Typing

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Over the years, we’ve tested out a variety of portable keyboards for tablets.. Why? If you’ve ever tried typing out a story on an iPad using the touchscreen, you know how long that takes. And we found some pretty good portable keyboards, both of the wired and wireless variety.

But today, those keyboards sit on a shelf collecting dust. Why? Because who’s got the room to travel with a full-size keyboard when you’re already weighed down with gear? Thankfully, the folks at LG have appeared to solve this dilemma with their new LG Rolly Keyboard, a Bluetooth keyboard that “rolls up” along the four rows of keys to create a stick-like device that can be tossed in a purse or pocket.

Unlike ultra-flexible foldable keyboards, the Rolly is made of solid plastic, which gives it a more tactile feel, LG claims; it’s also supposedly more comfortable because it’s just shy of the 18mm key pitch found on most desktop keyboards. And as you can see in the video above, two tiny plastic arms fold out from the end of the keyboard to support a tablet or smartphone. It can even toggle between two different Bluetooth-connected devices at a time.

The Rolly Keyboard will be making its debut in September in the United States, with pricing and availability details to be announced at the time of launch.

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