WATCHING TV SPORTS ANYWHERE

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FINDING A PEN PAL ONLINE

A reader described himself as “an over-the-hill guy” who remembers having a pen pal in his youth and he liked it. It was great fun, he said, but how would he find pen pals these days? Well … PenPalParty.com has international pen friends. You can specify adults who speak English, are over a certain age, or use any criteria you like, by going to penpalparty.com/lookforpals.html. You could also go to favorite websites, such as your favorite newspaper or magazine. If there’s a topic you’re interested in, comment on it and include your email address so people can write you back. When Joy was in her 20s, she loved the pen pals she met through “Single Booklovers,” which still exists at […]

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GOING LIGHT WITH A SMARTPHONE KEYBOARD

We did ourselves a favor last week and bought an external keyboard for our smartphone. Wow, what a pleasure to type on an actual keyboard instead of thumbing our way through the tiny keys on a phone screen answering email or anything. We bought a Logitech K380 on sale for $40 at our local Office Depot. This is a standard brand, been around since the last ice age, and it was wireless; we did not have to connect it to our phone with a cable. Typing on a screen was for the birds. Just because they hunt and peck, why should we?  Typing on a roomy keyboard is fun. So what else does it work with? Besides a phone, we […]

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A DECENT KEYBOARD FOR YOUR PHONE

If you’re like us, you make lots of mistakes typing on your phone. The new “Jorno” may be the best Bluetooth keyboard yet. It connects wirelessly to your phone and comes in a handy carrying case with a microfiber lining to grab onto any dust. The case folds up to become a stand. Rest your phone on it, unfold the keyboard and you’re ready to type.

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A BETTER KEYBOARD

We gave away our $180 Cherry Corp keyboard, the one that automatically encrypts everything you type, for one simple reason: it didn’t have a mute button!

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THE ULTIMATE KEYBOARD

How’s this for perking up your paranoia: 45 percent of employers monitor every keystroke typed by their employees — email, web browsing, chat, sports results, you name it, according to a survey from the American Management Association. That’s nearly half! If only the workers could use an encrypted keyboard.

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AN IPAD KEYBOARD

For reading books and articles, or watching videos, Joy loves to hold her iPad. But if the urge to write a long letter strikes, there’s nothing like a physical keyboard. Our favorite is the new “Wired Keyboard for iOS devices,” $60 from Griffin Technology. It’s about three-fourths the size of a regular computer keyboard, but still easy to type on and small enough to carry in a tote bag. We found we had to press a little harder than usual to make capital letters, but otherwise it felt as good as other keyboards. Having a wired keyboard can be better than going wireless. You don’t have to pair it with your Bluetooth connection, or worry about batteries. It’s especially handy […]

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TAPPING THE KEYS

Bob uses what is called a mechanical keyboard. That is, there is an actual switch under each key. Press the key and you close a circuit that sends a digital code to the computer, perhaps a letter or a punctuation mark.

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SOLAR KEYBOARD

Happiness is a new keyboard that lets your fingers fly. Joy is a speed typist and has complained endlessly about her Hewlett Packard keyboard. Bob is a slow typist, but complains endlessly about his keyboard anyway.

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TURNING YOUR IPAD INTO A LAPTOP

The first time Joy took an iPad on a trip, she was floored by how much she missed a regular keyboard. But most iPad keyboards are bulky: You might as well bring a laptop. An alternative is the new folding keyboard from Logitech.

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