Why the MacBook Pro needs an OLED touch pad

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What the MacBook Pro might look like with a fancy touch pad.
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Apple is expected to deliver one of its biggest ever MacBook Pro refreshes later this year, ushering in a thinner and lighter design and amazing new features. One of them, according to a reliable analyst, will be an OLED touch pad.

Here’s why that would be a stellar addition to Apple’s best notebook.

10 things you should know about Google’s Gboard keyboard

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Gboard is probably the best third-party keyboard on iOS.
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Google now offers its very own keyboard for iOS, and it’s awesome. It’s packed full of useful features like glide typing and built-in search, and it has a clean and simple design that’s a pleasure to type on. It’s probably the best third-party keyboard on iPhone.

But there are 10 things you should know about Gboard before you get set up.

Google’s first iOS keyboard has built-in search, GIFs, and more

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You can get your hands on Gboard today if you live in the U.S.
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Google just launched its very first keyboard for iPhone and iPad — and it’s awesome.

Called Gboard, and designed to look a lot like the default iOS keyboard at first glance, it’s jam-packed with useful features, including the ability to type with glide gestures, send GIFs, and search Google from almost anywhere.

Microsoft’s one-handed iOS keyboard is here

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Microsoft's keyboard comes with a one-handed mode.
Microsoft's keyboard comes with a one-handed mode.
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Typing with one hand on the gigantic iPhone 6s Plus just got a whole lot easier thanks to one of Apple’s biggest rivals.

Microsoft revealed today that its new one-handed keyboard app “Word Flow” for iOS is finally ready for primetime after a week in public beta, and it does a lot more than just one-handed typing.

Microsoft wants to transform your typing with Hub Keyboard for iPhone

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Microsoft's Hub Keyboard makes it easy to send documents and more.
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If you’re a fan of custom iOS keyboards and want to add a bit more functionality to your text messaging, check out the newly-released iOS Hub Keyboard from Microsoft.

This nifty keyboard lets you copy and paste recent items, grab and share URLs of Office 365 documents in OneDrive and SharePoint, and easily send contact details.

How to use a Bluetooth keyboard with Apple TV

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With tvOS, your newer Apple TV can work with Bluetooth keyboards.
With tvOS, your newer Apple TV can work with Bluetooth keyboards.
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With this week’s release of tvOS 9.2 for Apple TV, the fourth-generation set-top box now works with Bluetooth keyboards. While the splash screen specifically calls out Apple wireless keyboards, the truth is that you might be able pair pretty much any Bluetooth external keyboard with your new Apple TV.

Here’s how. (And here’s how to upgrade to tvOS 9.2 if you haven’t already.)

5 Netflix keyboard shortcuts that put you in charge

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Master Netflix with these hidden keyboard shortcuts.
Master Netflix with these hidden keyboard shortcuts.
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When you’re binge-watching a show like Walking Dead or Person of Interest on Netflix, you may at times need to get up for a snack or bathroom break (or both).

Fumbling around for the mouse to bring up the playback overlay is fine, but using the keyboard to pause your streaming media is much faster. Here are five hidden keyboard shortcuts that will put you in charge of your Netflix experience.