LG Unveils Foldable, Wireless ‘Rolly Keyboard’

LG on Thursday showcased its new foldable full-sized keyboard named Rolly Keyboard, which it plans to launch during the IFA 2015 trade show next month in Berlin, Germany. The accessory, which LG is calling a ‘full-size keyboard for pockets’ will debut in the US in September, followed by Europe, Latin America, and Asia in the fourth quarter. The price would be announced locally.

The wireless keyboard, carrying the model number KBB-700, folds up along the four rows making itself an easy-to-carry roll (seen below). The keyboard features high-contrast keys and a fold-out mobile device stand. LG said that typing on the new Rolly Keyboard is “extremely simple” because of its 17-mm key pitch, which is nearly the same as the 18-mm key pitch found on regular desktop keyboards.

lg_rolly_keyboard_table_folded.jpgThe LG Rolly Keyboard is said to sport an impact-resistant durable polycarbonate and ABS plastic build. It features two foldable arms to hold smartphones as well as tablets. Users can pair the keyboard with the device using Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity, which is activated by simply unfolding it. The keyboard can pair with two different devices together and gives users the ability to toggle between the devices with single key press. LG has stated that in case of tablets, the keyboard will only pair with those which sport displays up to 10-inch. It is backed by a single AAA battery, which is rated to deliver up to three months of average use.

“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,” said Seo Young-jae, Vice President in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, adding, “The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.”

LG Rolly Is A Rollable Keyboard For Your Tablet

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LG has announced the launch of a new portable keyboard for tablet, the LG Rolly and as the name suggests, the keyboard can be rolled away to make it easy to carry.

The video below shows how the LG Rolly works, as well as been a wireless keyboard it can also be used to dock your tablet when you are typing with the device.

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“LG Rolly Keyboard is just one of the many premium input devices we’ll be unveiling in the coming months as we expand our accessories offerings,” said Seo Young-jae, vice president in charge of Innovative Personal Devices at LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.  “The goal was to create a product that could add more value to LG smartphones and tablets at the same time offering a unique design proposition that hadn’t been explored before.”

How to find out if your PC is compatible with Linux

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Linux’s hardware support is better than ever, but you still can’t take it for granted. Not every laptop and desktop you see at your local computer store (or, more realistically, on Amazon) will work perfectly with Linux. Whether you’re buying a PC for Linux or just want to ensure you can dual-boot at some point in the future, thinking about this ahead of time will pay off.

Give Linux a spin if you already have the hardware

If you already have the PC available to you, you probably shouldn’t spend much time researching how compatible it is with Linux. Instead, just give Linux a test run on that PCand see for yourself.

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Live CDs or flash drives are a great way to quickly determine whether or not a Linux distro will run on your PC.

This is quick, easy, and safe. You can download a Linux ISO in a few minutes, flash it to a USB drive, reboot your computer, and boot into a live Linux environment running off the USB drive. If it doesn’t work well enough, you can just reboot your computer, go straight back into Windows, and forget about Linux on that hardware.

Closed-source graphics and Wi-Fi drivers may sometimes be necessary, and may not be running out of the box. If you don’t have 3D graphics support, that’s normal. If Wi-Fi doesn’t work automatically, it may do so after you install Linux on your PC and install the appropriate Wi-Fi support.

Check hardware compatibility databases

There’s a lot of information out there about whether specific computers are compatible with Linux. Much of this is in dedicated hardware compatibility databases. Canonical provides a Ubuntu desktop certified hardware database that lists hardware guaranteed to work with Ubuntu, for example. If you’re looking for a list of individual components instead of full laptop and desktop PCs, try the Ubuntu component catalog. These aren’t exhaustive lists—in fact, they’re very minimal lists of only hardware manufacturers have gone out of their way to certify.

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A simple Google search like “GeForce GTX 980 Ti Linux support” can often let you know if specific PC components work with Linux.

Linux-Drivers lists a wider variety of individual databases. For example, many Linux distributions provide their own hardware compatibility database websites, including openSUSE, Debian, and Linux Mint.

You could also just perform a web search for a model number of laptop—or a specific hardware component, if you’re building your own PC—and “Linux support” to see how well it works on Linux. A simple web search can often pull up a wealth of information.

Want to stay up to date on Linux, BSD, Chrome OS, and the rest of the World Beyond Windows? Bookmark the World Beyond Windows column page or follow our RSS feed.

Just buy a PC designed for Linux

But let’s back up. You don’t need to dig through hardware compatibility databases to buy a PC you know will be compatible with Linux anymore. Many PC manufacturers offer laptops and desktops with Linux preinstalled. This means that those PCs are guaranteed to work properly with Linux. You can often even save some money when buying these—a Windows license isn’t included, so you’re avoiding the “Microsoft tax” you usually have to pay when buying a PC for Linux.

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Dell’s slick, powerful XPS 13 is one of the best laptops available today, and you can get it with Linux preinstalled.

Dell offers a line of Linux PCs, from affordable sub-$300 Inspiron laptops all the way up to the XPS 13 ultrabook and Precision M3800 MacBook Pro-competitor. Dell’s Linux laptops are nothing to sneeze at, either; the XPS 13 is one of the best lightweight laptops you can buy.

System76 is well-known in the Ubuntu community and sells a variety of laptops and desktop PCs with Ubuntu pre-installed. (The laptop at the top of this page comes from System76.) ZaReason offers a similar line of Linux PCs with a choice of Linux distribution—or none at all. Linux Mint is partnering with a hardware manufacturer to sell a “MintBox Mini” PC. You can install your favorite Linux distribution afterwards, of course.

LinuxPreloaded.com provides a more comprehensive list of other manufacturers offering Linux PCs and where they ship to around the world. In the past, Linux geeks could only dream of having so many options.

How to stop Windows 10’s annoying Microsoft Office ads

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Windows 10 is awesome. Its Action Center notifications are awesome, too. But shortly after you upgrade to Microsoft’s new operating system, you’ll find it doing something that’s not very awesome at all: spitting out notifications—ads, really—cajoling you to buy or upgrade Office. That’s one of them above.

Yuck.

Fortunately, disabling the ads is incredibly simple. The only tricky part is identifying where they’re coming from, but we’ve got you covered. The culprit is the new Get Office app that comes preinstalled on Windows 10.

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Sayonara, Get Office.

There are a few different ways you can disable the Get Office notifications. If you never plan to take advantage of the Office discounts available in the app, the scorched-earth approach gets the job done quickly. Simply open the Start menu’s All Apps list, right-click on the Get Office app, and select Uninstall. You’ll be asked to confirm the deletion; do so. Boom! Done.

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But there’s another way to silence those annoying ads without wiping Get Office from your operating system. Open the Start menu and head to Settings > System > Notifications & actions. Scroll down to the “Show notifications from these apps” section and slide the Get Office app’s slider to off. Again: done!

While you’re busy basking in all the sweet, sweet silence, considering checking out PCWorld’s guides to Windows 10 best tips and tricks and 12 obscure new Windows 10 features that eliminate everyday hassles. Things only get better once you’ve muffled Get Office.

How to create a local account in Windows 10

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By default, the account you create when you first install or upgrade to Windows 10 uses your Microsoft account. Microsoft wants you to do this so you can easily hook into all of Microsoft’s online services, such as the Windows Store and OneDrive. But if you’d rather keep your stuff on the desktop—at least as much as possible—or don’t want another member of your family interacting with Microsoft’s cloud then creating a local account would be the better choice.

To get started, open the Settings app and select Accounts. If you want to create a local account for yourself, click Your account > Sign in with a local account instead and follow the wizard.

In this tutorial, however, we’re creating a local account independent of your primary one. You can use this to add a local account for a child, another adult, or even yourself if you want to operate Unix-style with no automatic administrator privileges.

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Go to Settings > Family & other users > Add someone else to this PC. You can’t create a local account using Windows 10’s “Your family” account settings.

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On the next screen, click “The person I want to add doesn’t have an email address.”

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Now, Microsoft will take you to a screen where you can create a Microsoft account with Windows 10. We don’t want to use that, of course so we’ll choose the option at the very bottom of the screen that says “Add a user without a Microsoft account.”

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Now we’re getting somewhere. All you have to do on this screen is enter a user name, a password (twice), password hint, and then click Next.

That’s it! You now have a local account to use as you wish.

While some of Microsoft’s cloud features are turned off by default with a local account, others are still active, including OneDrive, Wi-Fi Sense, and Cortana. Many of these are opt-in features, but to make sure they aren’t constantly bugging you or sending data to the cloud check out our primer on reclaiming your privacy in Windows 10.

Fitbit Windows 10 App Brings Cortana Support And More, Xbox App In Development

Fitbit Windows 10 App Brings Cortana Support And More, Xbox App In Development

Fitbit fitness tracking company has this week announced the launch of a new Fitbit Windows 10 application that brings with it support for the Cortana personal assistant and more.

Fitbit also unveiled this week that they are currently in the process of developing a new Fitbit Xbox One application that will be available for users to access before the end of the year.

The latest Fitbit Windows 10 application includes a number of features including enhanced synchronisation with Bluetooth, a notification centre, quick actions and updated live tiles. Fitbit explains more :

• Updated live tiles that have been redesigned with more information and new notification types to let users quickly access their most critical data to better enable them to reach their personalized health and fitness goals.
• Quick actions to help users log and track their health and fitness activities, such as food, water intake and exercise, as well as set alarms more efficiently with the simple click of a button, encouraging more frequent logging.
• Cortana support allows users to speak commands on Windows 10 tablets, PCs and mobile phones — such as “Fitbit, I ate chicken for dinner” or “Fitbit, I went for a three-mile run” —  for automatic and easier food and activity logging.
• Notification center now consolidates all users’ important notifications and messages in a dedicated tab making it effortless to review progress, or stay motivated with cheers, taunts and encouragements from friends and family.
• Enhanced syncing with Bluetooth on all Windows 10 devices with supported hardware provides users with quicker access to their health and fitness stats, so they can make timely decisions to reach their objectives.
• Universal design and continuum support allows users to customize and effortlessly view their most important personalized data in real-time with an enhanced visual experience adjusted for whatever Windows 10 device they are using.

Jump over to the Microsoft Store to download the latest Windows 10 Fitbit application.