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What is the New GBoard Keyboard for IOS From Google?

Google's GBoard Keyboard for iOS

Google‘s new keyboard helps bring the Google search right to your keyboard

In a slightly strange move, Google released a special keyboard, called “Gboard” for IOS users on May 12, 2016.

The strange part about this move, is Google usually releases these kind of products for Android first. This new keyboard by Google, features a small button in the lower left hand corner of the keyboard, that allows users to instantly search Google without leaving your keyboard. This is pretty cool because normally you would have to copy and paste text into a search box, which means you have to leave the current program you’re in.

With this new keyboard, the search box is simply built right into the keyboard so you never have to leave the program. The instant Google results show up a small cards that you can simply drag and drop right into any text field that you happen to be working with such as a texting application. If you happen to be texting a friend about going out for dinner, you can simply bring up this new keyboard, do a search for the restaurant, and instantly paste the results right into the chat. This can literally save you about four five different steps. This is definitely an interesting product from Google and appears to be closely related to their Google Now-On-Tap product that appears on android-based devices. Google now on tap still requires an extra step or two unlike this special keyboard.

When will GBoard appear on Android and other platforms?

This is a product that will certainly show up in other third-party keyboards such as SwiftKey and Google’s keyboard for Android. Google has not said when it will be released to the Android platform, however, it is available now on the iOS app store for free. This new keyboard should work on any iOS device you happen on such as an iPhone or iPad.

You can download the special new keyboard from Google for your IOS devices here.

An easy $13 bucks now can save you $755 on Macbook liquid damage later

Macbook Keyboard CoverA very common occurrence I used to hear more than a few times at the Apple Store when I was working as a Mac Genius, was “Someone at the coffee shop spilled some coffee on my keyboard.” Now, clearly someone was at fault here, and, it may not have been the owner. However, the end result is the same–a trip to the Apple Store with $755 in hand for your computer to be rebuilt, no questions asked.

Here’s a quick alternative that may help save the day next time, or, at very least buy you some time to get the liquid under control. For a cool $13 plus shipping, you can get yourself a simple silicone cover (click here for purchase details) that can close up the entryway from the keyboard into your logic board and components underneath. At the very least, it will probably save your top case (the part where the keyboard is) from shorting out and needing replacement.

The new Capital Mac Service Macbook Retina will certainly have one of these simple tools to help ward off potential disaster!

Tired of replacing batteries in your Apple wireless keyboard? It’s time to go solar!

solar keyboard for macWhen I first got my iMac, it came with a sweet Apple wireless keyboard. I couldn’t believe the freedom that a wireless keyboard could bring. However, I noticed something very interesting after a few weeks with the keyboard–it sucked down batteries like nobody’s business! I’m obviously a heavy Macintosh user and I’m on my computer most of the day and night–and this was not going to cut it for me!

What I found was probably one of the best inventions of all time in my Macintosh lifetime–the Logitech Solar Keyboard for the Mac! This amazing keyboard looks like the original Macintosh keyboard (and it comes in other colors as well!) and it completely runs on solar power–no joke. You simply plug in a small USB dongle into your computer and away you go–the keyboard simply uses any light–not just the sun–to recharge itself while you work. There are no batteries and no hassles! I’ve used this keyboard for a few years and it’s been one of the best sub-100 dollar inventions I have ever used. I’m sure Apple will eventually move to this solar technology on future keyboards!

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Did your iTunes Keyboard Media Keys Stop Working?

iTunes Media Keys Not Working

iTunes Media Keys Not Working? Try this trick.

I had an inquiry at Capital Mac Service the other day that was rather intriguing while I was sitting on the couch working on my Macbook Pro:

“Hi, I just bought a new mac and have owned many macs before. On the top row the forward and backward and play/pause buttons (itunes media keys) that used to correspond to changing songs in itunes, don’t do that.”

Why did the itunes media keys stop working?!

Our first thought was the F-keys were not set correctly in the system preferences. Strangely enough, they were set perfectly fine–the media keys should be working. I even thought maybe a data transfer may be causing it by pulling over something weird from another Mac–he said he did not data transfer. After mulling it over for a few minutes, and a few back and forth emails about the rest of the environment, I started to think of what else could use those media keys besides iTunes, and, low and behold I had a thought. On my Mac, I only use Google Music, which is handled through the Chrome browser and I use those very same media keys to forward and rewind music. So, based on this thought, I immediately asked him if he was a Safari or Chrome user. Just like clockwork, he said he uses Chrome. I wrote him back to ask if the media keys worked when Chrome wasn’t running and a few minutes later, we had our culprit. He had installed the Google Music extension in Chrome, which was hijacking the media keys for the entire system, including iTunes. I had him remove the extension and just like magic, the keys returned to normal.

Did this fix your keyboard media key issues?

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