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Swype available at Google Play
Swype, one of our favorite Android keyboards, has finally shed its long-held beta tag and made its way over to Google Play, where it’s available for $1. The official version comes bundled with Dragon Dictation for enhanced voice-to-text and adds a few features for the typo-prone.
If you use voice-to-text with Swype, there’s a lot to like about the update. It adds support for national and regional dialects in various languages, and comes bundled with Dragon Dictation’s own speech-to-text engine so it can quickly recognize words as you say them (and bypasses Google’s speech-to-text feature entirely). The new “smart touch” feature aims to learn from your most commonly corrected typos so it can predict and correct them.
Swype is no longer free as it was in beta, but it is more affordable than the community favorite, SwiftKey. The $1 price is a “limited time offer,” and Swype isn’t saying when that limited time expires or what the full price will be, so if you want it, grab it now.
Portable iPad desk offers flexibility
Having a desk, which folds up to 1 inch thick and weighs less than a pound, is what you get with the Ergotech Versa Case for iPad ($125, www.ergofreedomline.com).
Once your iPad is mounted with the included hard rubberized back case, it mounts to the arm and gives you 180 degrees of versatility by having it sit on a flat surface or even mounting it under a cabinet. A ring is built into the back of the case, which securely attaches to a spring-loaded mount on the end of the arm. The stand is built with a silver-colored brushed aluminum finish and has rubber pads on the bottom to prevent it from scratching your desktop.
Two feet separate on the bottom for balance and its arm folds out to attach the case for angling in most any direction. When you’re done, it folds up into a portable (31/4 by 9 by 1 1/4 inches) accessory.
McClatchy News Service