How to unlock iPhone secret emoticons

Send your friends these adorable text-based emoticons.

Emoji has sort of taken over my iMessage conversations on the iPhone lately, and I’m willing to bet you use a lot of the cute little pictures too.

What if I told you there was a hidden treasure trove of text-based emoticons that you can access in addition to your favorite emoji?

Even better — it’s easy to enable these iPhone secret emoticons. Here’s how.

Add the Japanese keyboard here.

First, tap on the Settings app on your iPhone, then tap General. Swipe down and then tap on Keyboard, then tap on Keyboards. Once there, you’ll tap on Add New Keyboard… and swipe down to Japanese. Choose the “Romaji” option and then back out of Settings.

Now you’ll want to find an app to type into, like Notes. Tap into the writing field and then tap and hold the little Globe icon in the lower left. You’ll get a popup menu to choose your keyboard. Choose the Japanese keyboard and then tap on the little 123 button.

Such a happy button.

Next, tap on the little happy face button just to the right of the exclamation mark and you’ll see a row of unicode text emoticons to choose from just above the keyboard itself, in the same place as the auto-suggestions bar.

So many emoticons, so little time.

If you tap on the little caret to the far right of that row, you’ll see the entire set of unicode characters you can use. Swipe down to see them all.

Now you can add that little special touch in the form of your iPhone’s secret emoticon powers to any conversation or written communication you want.

 

 

 

 

iOS 8 Roundup: The best third-party keyboards to try out right now.

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In iOS 8, Apple is adding support for third-party keyboards. This means that iOS users can finally replace the default stock Apple keyboard with a myriad of choices already available on the App Store.

Keyboards are tied with an app. There is not a separate ‘keyboard store’. To find a keyboard, you search in the iOS App Store like any other app. Once you have downloaded an app that contains a custom keyboard, you must then enable it in Settings. Go to Settings -> General -> Keyboards -> Add New Keyboard and select the new app. This is kind of annoying, since it forces every app to instruct you how to install their keyboard in case you are new to the concept

The New Das Keyboard Looks So Cool Your Desk Will Feel Ashamed Of Itself.

The New Das Keyboard Looks So Cool Your Desk Will Feel Ashamed Of Itself

Here’s the Das Keyboard 4, possibly the most bad-ass clacky keyboard in existence. No keycap markings, USB 3.0, Cherry MX switches and a huge knob. All that plus Das’s trademark feature: it’s as big as a boat. A “Das Boat” if you will.

The New Das Keyboard Looks So Cool Your Desk Will Feel Ashamed Of Itself
You know how when you leave a pack of cookies open instead of sealing them in an airtight jar? They still taste the same, but they get all mushy: the satisfying snap has gone out of them. That’s how I feel now when I use even Apple’s excellent keyboards. They’re mushy compared to my clackety Filco keyboard.

The New Das Keyboard Looks So Cool Your Desk Will Feel Ashamed Of Itself

The new Das sports the same Cherry MX key switches (choose from blue or the quieter brown), along with laser-etched keycaps (for the professional version – the ultimate has nothing written on there), a 2-port USB 3.0 hub, an anodized aluminum top panel and a set of media control keys grouped together over on the right.

And then there’s that cool volume knob. Who knows if it’s even practical, but it certainly looks amazing.

I tried a Das some years back, and found the keys to be excellent, but the unit to be way too big. The Filco looks like a miniature iPad keyboard in comparison, with smaller bezel and the keypad lopped off. Bu man the new Das is neat looking. Maybe I need to get one in for review…?

Source: Cult of Mac.

ClamCase Pro Turns Your iPad Mini Into An Unwieldy Netbook.

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If you thought that turning the iPad into a laptop by putting it in a case with a hinged keyboard on the bottom was ridiculous, then you’re going to love/hate the ClamCase Pro mini, which turns Apple’s littlest iPad into a tiny MacBook Air. Because why not right?

First, I’ll say I’ve avoided all iPad mini keyboard cases since I tried the originals from Logitech and other respected manufacturers at last year’s CES. The problem? Too damn small. What’s the point of typing on a teeny-tiny little physical keyboard when it offers exactly the same size problems as the tiny on-screen keyboard it replaces.

Better to carry a full-sized Bluetooth keyboard, and keep it in your bag for when you need it. My Logitech K811 weighs just 338 grams (11.9 ounces), which is less than many keyboard cases, and works perfectly with the iPad mini.

If you do opt for something like the ClamCase Pro for the iPad mini, then also consider that, even though it lets you use the iPad at any angle in landscape, and that it flips and folds around the back so you can use the iPad as God intended, doing so means that you are adding the size and weight of a keyboard to your iPad at all times. Which is silly for a full-sized iPad but crazy for the ultra-portable, lightweight mini.

Still not convinced? Fair enough. You can now order a ClamCase for your mini, and it’ll only cost you $130.

Source: Cult of Mac.

Solar Powered Bluetooth Keyboard Case For iPad.

Solar Powered Bluetooth Keyboard Case For iPad

You might – as I did – laugh at the idea of a solar-powered keyboard for the iPad. And then you will remember that independence from power supplies is one of the iPad’s main features. And then you will take a closer look at this aluminum and plastic slab and see that it looks a lot like my favorite iPad keyboard from Zagg.

In fact, in some ways this is better than many other iPad keyboards, in that it actually has keys forSolar Powered Bluetooth Keyboard Case For iPadadjusting brightness. If you’re moving from place to place as you work, brightness control is something you’ll be doing a lot. Most modern keyboards give you useless cut/copy/paste keys instead, which can be duplicated by the regular ⌘-X, ⌘-C, ⌘-V shortcuts.

It’s also cheap, at just $45, and can be juiced via USB should you find yourself underground or imprisoned for any length of time.

Sadly, though, it only comes with a U.S layout, which means the tilde key is up by the top row and – worse – the return key is a tiny sliver compared to the majestic, elegant and huge L-shaped key on an ISO keyboard.

Available now.