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Hook Yourself Up With the Best Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Under $100

A reader writes: I've taken to plugging my laptop into my HDTV when watching Hulu, streaming Netflix, or when I'm tired of squinting at my tiny screen. Unfortunately, I've discovered my arms are not long enough to reach the keyboard and touchpad when I'm laying on the couch. I need a wireless keyboard and mouse that will let me not only take charge of the Netflix queue, but also bang out an e-m...

Recyclable Bloom Laptop Comes Apart in 2 Minutes, Without Tools

Taking your laptop in for repair typically involves long lines, condescending tech support workers and hefty bills. With a new prototype laptop called Bloom, however, conducting open hard-drive surgery is so easy, a 10-year-old could do it. Created by a group of students from Stanford and Finland's Aalto University, Bloom can be completely disassembled within just two minutes, and with relativ...

Logitech K750 Keyboard Charges on Solar Power, Calculators Not Impressed

Solar power continues to gain traction as a viable energy source. Although the expensive technology still seems out of reach for most consumers, Logitech is installing the increasingly popular panels on a mainstream product. The company's new Wireless Solar Keyboard K750 sports a thin, one-third-inch profile, a series of ambient light solar panels (which can reportedly charge even indoors) and ch...

Japan Introduces Gadget Dryer For Soggy Phones, Clumsy Bloggers Rejoice

We've all lost a high-tech gadget or two to that most low-tech of the natural elements: water. (Or, in the recent case of this writer's laptop, coffee.) Always miles ahead of us stateside folk, who have alternately used hair dryers and bowls of quick rice to dry out our devices, the Japanese have implemented the Dryer Box, a sort of clothes dryer for drowned gadgets. The copy-machine-sized b...

ChambersJudd's 'Floppy Legs' Drive Leaps to Avoid Desktop Disasters

It seems like Choire Sicha over at The Awl may have had a feline-facilitated, coffee-on-the-keyboard calamity this morning when he decided to declare July 20th Be Conscientious With Beverages Around Your Laptop Day. He writes, "How many laptops have we seen destroyed by a forgotten cup of coffee or a dripping bottle of Vitamin Water?" Well, Choire, this writer can personally vouch for a $250 bill...

Art Lebedev Readies $1,000 'Bargain' Keyboard With Screens for Keys

You may or may not remember all the hoopla that surrounded the Optimus Maximus, the first keyboard to consist entirely of tiny OLED screens, which allowed users to alter the layout of the keyboard while displaying a variety of small, animated widgets. But, at $2,400, not many people were snatching up the bulky, while undeniably cool, typing tool. Now the Russian design firm Art Lebedev is back wi...

Bacterial Fingerprints on Your Keyboard Tell More Than What You Ate

Share It's a universal truth that the more time you spend in front of your computer, the grosser your keyboard gets. While we may be able to wipe away the grease stains and breadcrumb trails that late night snacking leaves in its wake, there's another, more microscopic residue that we can't wipe away -- and it may say a lot more about us than just our eating habits. A new study conducted ...

Huck Finn: The Video Game, Google Builds a Gingerbread OS

There's a load of great tech news happening out there every day, and, unfortunately, we just can't cover it all. Here are a few of the other noteworthy things we saw today on our never-ending journey through the wild, wild Web. In celebration of 'Dante's Inferno,' Wired reimagines other literary classics as 'Grand Theft Auto,' 'Modern Warfare,' and 'Sims'-style games as video games. [From: WI...

Smartfish Keyboard Splits as You Type, Fights Repetitive Strain Injury

There's no end to wacky devices that, so claim the manufacturers and doctors, combat stress on your hands and wrists, a consequence inherent to working on a computer all day. There are split keyboards and ones with obscure letter layouts, but Smartfish has the first keyboard we've seen that automatically moves in order to keep the blood flowing and reduce the strain. The ErgoMotion Keyboard mo...

Why We Won't Be Switching to Touchscreen PCs Anytime Soon

Touchscreens are all the rage when it comes to hand-held devices. People are getting excited about touchscreens on netbooks, and they're quickly becoming a must-have feature of cell phones, too. Yet, when it comes to desktop PCs, touchscreens have failed to make much of an impact. TechCrunch's Michael Arrington found himself wondering why even he ends up reverting to the mouse and keyboard whe...

Dvorak Typists Complain About the State of Smartphone Keyboards

Geeks will endlessly argue about a number of things (e.g., Captain Kirk vs. Captain Picard, 'Lord of the Rings' vs. 'Harry Potter,' 'Star Wars' vs. 'Star Trek,' and QWERTY vs. Dvorak). Dvorak is an alternative keyboard layout (as opposed to QWERTY) that was designed in the '30s by August Dvorak (no relation to Ol' Cranky Pants) in order to allow faster typing. While Dvorak is not as widely known...

Inventor 'Improves' Touchscreen Keyboards With Triangular Keys

British inventor David Baker thinks outside the box. In this case, the box, or boxes, are the shapes on a keyboard. Baker envisioned a completely different look for those buttons -- one that he told Register Hardware will change the way we type. Baker's patent-pending Crocodile Keyboard is a touchscreen keyboard that features triangle-shaped keys and, as a result, more space between them. The a...

New Keyboard Aims to Cut Down on Germs

A new keyboard design from Esterline has medical professionals and run-of-the-mill hypochondriacs jumping for joy. The Medigenic Infection-Control Keyboard is the same size as a traditional keyboard, but differs from its germier predecessors in a few ways. Most importantly, the Medigenic features a flat, touch-type keyboard that is easily wiped down, thus aiding in the prevention of cross-contam...

Keyboard Key Stools Ideal for Resting Geek Derrieres

If you are reading this, then you probably already have some geeky paraphernalia stashed somewhere in your home. Want more? Then be sure to check out this cute, utilitarian offering from GreatBigStuff.com. The Great Big Computer Key Seat is exactly what its name implies. The heavy duty plastic seats are 22-inches across and 15-inches wide and come in your choice of black or beige. The seats come...

'Keyboard for Blondes' Designed for the OMG Crowd

Simply put, we laughed our backsides off when we came across this new, blonde-tastic splash of bubblegum fun. We are, of course, talking about the Keyboard For Blondes, a bright pink keyboard designed specifically for OMG enthusiasts. Though the color alone is enough to drive a 'Hills'-obsessed-daughter and her enabling mother wild, it is the fun details that won us over. Though completely fun...