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Businessman hands typing on computer keyboard similar to the Modern Keyboard.

What You Need to Know About Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard

Businessman hands typing on computer keyboard similar to the Modern Keyboard.

Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard makes a new addition to the Windows collection.

Technology never stops moving and it’ll be amazing to see what new advancements we will have in the world of tomorrow. As one the leading computer companies in America, Microsoft is constantly pushing the envelope of what it can do with its technology. Even the smallest advancements hold value. Take the “Modern Keyboard” for example. Microsoft’s latest accessory wants to reinvent how we use the age-old device. Find out everything you need to know about the Modern Keyboard. Their inventive twist to these classic computer accessories might make it your next purchase.

Fingerprint Sensor Integration

Biometrics are the latest security measure being implemented in various devices. You see them often in smartphones and tablets. Even using your fingerprints for online purchases and as sign-in credentials are becoming more and more commonplace. Microsoft’s Modern Keyboard brings that natural evolution to their home computer.

Built for the next generation of Windows 10 devices, the Modern Keyboard features a fingerprint sensor. Seamlessly integrated into the keyboard as another button, users simply have to press and hold their finger on it to activate the sensor.

Built for Durability

When you buy any device or accessory, you want to know that it will last. Microsoft made sure to craft this new device with an aluminum frame for durability. While heavy, the company also describes the keyboard as “thin & strong,” as well as “virtually indestructible.” This premium keyboard is sure to last users a long time. It’s also the perfect option for those who need it on the move.

Bluetooth Pairing

Another great feature that is built into the Modern Keyboards is it’s wired and wireless interface. The keyboard has Bluetooth pairing capabilities, allowing it to connect to devices that support Bluetooth 4.0 or higher. This applies to non-Windows devices as well.

According to Microsoft, they “optimized the Bluetooth pairing experience, enabling automatic pairing when you connect the cable at first OOBE.” This makes pairing simple and intuitive. It also has a 2.4 GHz frequency range, which allows it to work up to 33 feet away from a device or 17 feet if you are in an office setting.

When Will the Modern Keyboard Release?

Microsoft has yet to give a release date for the Modern Keyboard. We know that the accessory will cost $129.99 at retail, with a 1-year warranty. It also includes a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 4 hours on a full charge.

Along with the Modern Keyboard, Microsoft unveiled the Modern Mouse. This device sports a sleek look and a metal scroll wheel. It also has wireless Bluetooth, working with Bluetooth 4.0 supported devices. No release date has been announced for this device as well but it will retail for $49.99.

Design wise, both devices are silver and gray. The Modern Keyboard has flat, square shaped keys that match the look and feel of their latest Surface models. These two devices should make a wonderful addition to the Microsoft’s collection of electronics. We look forward to seeing more technological advancement from Microsoft in the future.

Increasing the Range of Bluetooth Technology

Bluetooth has become a universal means of doing everything, from speaking on a hands-free headset to transferring images from one device to another. The only thing that severely limits Bluetooth technology is range. Bluetooth is fixed to a 30-foot range for devices that want to connect to one another. If your home is large enough, you may not have been able to stream music from your phone to a Bluetooth speaker unless you had one in every room—until now.

Cassia Produces a Bluetooth “Booster”

One of the most exciting devices showcased at CES was a Bluetooth hub developed by Cassia. The specs on this device make the prospect of a Bluetooth-enabled home seem like an easy task. With a range of 1,000 feet, this device can Bluetooth-enable an entire building full of devices. Okay, so it maxes out at 22 devices, but that’s a lot for any Bluetooth tech on the market today.

How Does It Work?

From an Android or iOS device, you download an app that manages the hub. This allows one user to control which 22 devices are allowed to connect to the hub. Not only is the range of the hub 1,000 feet, but it can also make its way through up to three standard walls inside a home.

And if the user who controls the hub isn’t home, he or she can still manage it if the hub is on the home’s Wi-Fi. That’s right, this Bluetooth hub can be controlled via the Internet.

Aesthetically Pleasing and Technologically Advanced

You won’t mind having the hub on your shelf either. Whether you like modern minimalist style or have more of a classic décor, the hub has a timeless design. It is small and lightweight (less than 5 inches tall and about a pound and a half).  Other than the barely noticeable white-on-white Cassia logo, it resembles an LED pillar candle. Place it on a desk, bookshelf, or right on the floor.

At $99, this tech device is a steal. That should leave you with enough money to shop the hub’s accessories, which include a Bluetooth speaker and LED lighting.

Your Android™ Device and Maximizing Its Battery Life

Maximizing Your Android Device’s Battery Life

Do you leave your Android™ phone or tablet on at all times? You probably find yourself having to charge it every day. Sure, we’re making better batteries all the time, but we’re also designing new apps and more powerful devices. The result is that battery life still remains relatively similar to previous devices. Short of buying a spare, how does one eke out a little extra battery life from your phone or tablet?

Some apps waste battery life. To find out which ones take up most juice, check your settings and look at battery usage. From this menu option you can select various features and apps and choose to shut them off or at least change their specs. Stopping apps from running can be rough on your device, so it may mean more resets if you resort to closing them. The better option is to simply uninstall apps that you don’t need or use.

You’ll probably notice that your display is consuming more power than anything else. That makes your brightness setting the number one determining factor in how long your battery lasts. Turning down the brightness too far can result in eyestrain, though, so try to find a happy medium.

Another thing to consider is your device’s wallpaper. Using animated wallpapers drains the battery because they’re constantly running. A static wallpaper is much less intensive for the system. Also, the amount of time that the system waits to sleep can be tweaked. Don’t set it too short lest it hibernates while you’re still using your phone or tablet, but don’t leave it active too long, either, as this wastes battery life as well.

Bluetooth™ or WiFi™ should both be switched off when not in use, as both drain the battery even when you don’t use them. The same is true about location-based services. Anything that continually tries to connect to a satellite or other device is going to use up energy.

As a last resort, you may want to download an app that helps conserve battery life. Look for one with good reviews.

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