Ever wonder why keys are in the order they’re in on the keyboard?

The keyboard we most commonly use today is called the “qwerty” keyboard for obvious reasons, but did you ever wonder why the letters are in that order? It’s actually because the original keyboards would jam if letters that were next to each other were pressed in too rapid succession.

In 1874 Christopher Sholes, who developed the layout, was aiming to slow typists down by putting the most common letters in the most hard to reach places, and thus reduce jamming. Although modern technology has no issue with jamming, the keyboard stuck and is still the one we use today!

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Clear for iPhone takes full advantage of the Gesture System.

Realmac Software released Clear, a new iPhone to-do list manager to much anticipation. The app not only requires iOS 5, but takes full advantage of the gesture system with its buttonless design. While it looks very appealing and is as simple as it gets, its complete independence from other core iOS features like push notifications or iCloud syncing, hold it back. Clear is, however, a solid option for those who really want to keep it simple.

Clear makes entering, deleting, reorganizing and creating tasks and lists effortless and, as mentioned, everything is accomplished with gestures. You pull down or pinch to add a new entry, tap and drag to reorder, swipe to delete and so on.

The app is three-tiered. The topmost layer shows all lists, the second specific lists and the third individual items. Again navigating between views is straightforward, intuitive and, you guessed it, gesture controlled. Clear is is brightly colored, highlighting the most urgent items in red. It’s a painless process to create something uncomplicated like a simple shopping list.

Right now it’s a form or function choice. There is no denying the retro-themed color scheme and boxy look are appealing, as is the idea of simplified task management. But, aside from the genuinely innovative gesture incorporation, Clear offers less than equally-simple apps especially Apple’s native Reminders. That said, it should be interesting to see where Realmac runs with this. With a little more iOS integration, and priced at just $0.99 the app has the potential to be a serious competitor in this ever-popular app category.

Apple Mac OS X Mountain Lion

Seemingly out of nowhere, Mountain Lion, the next version of the Apple’s OS X operating system, is formally in the works and will be on our computers later this year. Most intriguing is that it will further blur the lines between iOS and OS X, bringing apps like Messages, Notes, and Reminders along with utilities such as Notification Center and—finally—AirPlay mirroring from your Mac.

Based on what Apple is revealing for now, many of the new features revolve bringing iOS functionality to the desktop. Not only do these new apps and features behave the same as their iOS analogs, but they seamlessly sync with those apps as well. Oh, and one other significant change: OS X updates are going to happen yearly now.

Nokia Lumia 800

Nokia has launched a Smartphone, which is making sure that the mobile phone giant is hanging by a thread in the Smartphone market.

The Lumia 800 carries the legacy of Nokia N9 in terms of built quality, design and is a beautiful piece of gadget when it comes to design. It has a 3.7 inch 16-bit AMOLED Clear Black display with a resolution of 800×480. It is not the thinnest phone around with 12.1mm in thickness, but it weighs 142 grams and feels nice in the hand thanks to the unibody design and polycarbonate finish.

Unlike the N9, which ran on a dead Meego OS, Lumia 800 runs on Microsoft Windows phone 7.5 commonly known as Mango. It boasts a 1.4GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor coupled with a 512 MB RAM. The performance on Lumia 800 is just fine, as on any other windows phone thanks to the specified guidelines by Microsoft.

Like any standard Windows 7.5 phones, Lumia 800 boass the live tile interface that is stunning and refreshing. You can add or remove tiles to make your life easier with the phone. Also, you can change the color of the tiles to suit your style. Not a lot of customization like Android but that’s the way Windows phones are. Read more

Polaroid ‘Smart Camera’ Runs Android

The inevitability of this camera doesn’t make it any less surprising: Polaroid is set to launch a “smart” camera running Android, and with Wi-Fi inside. The camera–which looks a lot like a cellphone with a big lens attached–will pack a 16MP sensor, a 3x optical zoom lens and a touch-screen display.

It’s a very smart move from Polaroid, a company which has been flailing around for a purpose since film died. The cellphone camera is in many ways the spiritual successor to the iconic instant photos, so why not get in on the action? Phones might not have the image quality of the best compacts, but you can share and edit your photos right there, something cameras have been unable to do. Until now.

You can of course load on any camera app you like (apart from the iPhone-only Instagram), but Polaroid seems to have put some effort into its own camera app. 18 scene modes are joined by smile and face detection, geo-tagging, editing and automatically organized photo albums.

And because the SC1630 Smart Camera runs Wi-Fi and not 3G, you won’t be forced to sign up for yet another data plan. It’s a lot like an iPod Touch with a good camera.

The Smart Camera will launch later in 2012, price yet to be decided.

QuickPix Lets You Snap Photos While Recording Video on iPhone and iPad

A clever new app called QuickPix has hit the App Store, allowing users to take photos while simultaneously recording video on an iOS device – something I’ve often wished I could do when capturing a moment.

The app features two main buttons to control video recording and snapshots, and both pictures and video are automatically added to your device’s camera roll to view on your device or sync to your Mac or PC.

Even better – the photos snapped through QuickPix while recording videos are captured in full resolution – not just the resolution of the video you’re recording. Amazing.

QuickPix is available now from the App Store as a universal app for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch ($1.99, App Store link).

Ferrari 458 Italia-Inspired Smartphone by Vertu

Vertu, a manufacturer of luxury cellular phones, has recently announced its newest product, the Ferrari 458 Italia-inspired smartphone. The said phone is called the Constellation Quest Ferrari.

Previously, this company has also released similar luxury car-inspired models such as the Ascent Ferrari GT and the Ascent Ferrari 60.

To give an authentic feel to the smartphone, the Vertu Constellation Quest Ferrari has a titanium battery cover on which appears the popular symbol of Cavallino Rempante in stainless steel. The Ferrari logo likewise appears on the front.

The phone also has handmade Ferrari Calf leather integrated with the design. The phone has been crafted in the very workshop where the interior parts of the inspiration car, the Ferrari GT, are made. Likewise, the phone is encased in a special leather slip covering which not only serves as a protection for the device, but also echoes the design of the iconic vehicle.

Beyond the design, the Constellation Quest Ferrari also carries an analog clock that is inspired by Rev Counter. True Ferrari enthusiasts will also appreciate the stream of updates from Ferrari, including information on events as well as other significant announcements.

RIM Launches BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365

Research In Motion (RIM) today announced general availability of BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365.  BlackBerry service had been available for some time in an open and public beta for Office 365.  However, this move means that BlackBerry devices are now fully and officially supported for business and government organizations using or considering Microsoft Exchange Online.  The service is available at no additional charge to current medium-sized or enterprise subscribers of the Office 365 suite or standalone Exchange Online and works with BlackBerry smartphones on business or consumer data plans.

“RIM is pleased to launch BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365. This new cloud-based option allows customers to cost-effectively support mobility across their organizations and easily manage and secure their BlackBerry deployments,” said Alan Panezic, Vice President, Enterprise Product Management and Marketing at Research In Motion. “We continue to build upon the end-to-end BlackBerry solution for our business and government customers with both on-premise and cloud-based solutions, a range of technical support options to suit any size organization, and a growing ecosystem of apps and services for users.” Read more