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Adonit Pixel Stylus Review: A Sketchy Pencil for the iPad Pro-less

If you were a company that does business primarily (if not solely) in its tablet stylus range, you would probably have been ripping your hair out when Apple revealed its iPad Pro and Pencil combo. How do you compete when the device your third-party accessory is most often partnered with gets its own first-party solution? Read More >>

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Future Samsung Galaxy Phones Could All Come With an Optional Stylus

A newly-published Samsung patent suggests that the South Korean company plans to eventually make all of its Galaxy-branded smartphones stylus-compatible. While everyone laughed at Apple for the Pencil it brought out alongside the iPad Pro, digital sticks can be genuinely rather useful -- the Surface Pen and S Pen are cases in point. Samsung may be about to step things up. Read More >>

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A Supercapacitor Stylus is The Best Thing About Lenovo’s New Laptops

Lenovo has announced a couple of new Thinkpad Yoga convertible laptops at IFA. Mostly, they’ve got the kind of upgrades you’d expect: thinner, faster, lighter. But as it happens, the most exciting thing is the decades-old tech powering the Yoga’s new Wacom stylus. Read More >>

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Apple Patents Galaxy Note-Troubling Wireless Stylus

Apple's legal people have been patenting more new things for use in possible future gadgetry, with this "Communicating stylus" able to transcribe handwritten notes and send them to several devices. Read More >>

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Microsoft Made a Better Stylus That Knows How You’re Holding It

Intelligent processing and more sensitive capacitive displays have allowed our fingers to replace the stylus that was once required for using a touchscreen — but not completely. Drawing and other artistic apps still benefit from the precision of a stylus, and Microsoft Research has come up with a way to make a digital pen far more useful by making it aware of how you're holding it. Read More >>

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LG Leaks Mammoth G3 Stylus Phablet in Official Video

It looks like LG wants to take on Samsung and the Galaxy Note with the newly leaked LG G3 Stylus. The pseudo-confirmation of this device's existence comes from a video posted by LG Mobile Global. Read More >>

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Chunky iPad FiftyThree Stylus Hits UK, From £50

53 Design's glorious Pencil Bluetooth iPad stylus is now available in the UK, should your fingers usually be too greasy or wet to make your presses register. It's also aimed at arty people. The pens are already on Amazon UK, where £50 gets you the graphite one and £65 gets the posh walnut executive option. [FiftyThree via The Verge] Read More >>

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In Defence of Insanely Expensive Pencils

Writing instruments contain a weird, almost alchemical power. To anyone who hasn't experienced it, this will sound like a crazy idea—but for some of us, pencils are almost like magic wands, containing powers that can either help or hinder your process. Read More >>

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Apple Patents iPad Stylus With Fancy Retractable Nib

A new Apple patent has been uncovered, one that was originally filed in September of 2012, that sees the tech giant filing details of an interactive stylus with multiple nib settings to cater for different uses. A pen and a paintbrush, for example, popping out of the same hole. Read More >>

gadgets
The Classic Bic Pen Now Works on Your Smartphone Display Too

Writing implements aren't going to be supplanted by touchscreen devices anytime soon. But that isn't stopping Bic from hedging its bets and ensuring its classic see-through plastic pens remain relevant. Read More >>

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Wacom Cintiq Companion Review: A Dream for Drawing, Otherwise Awkward

If you're a tablet user who likes to draw, you know that the experience offered by an iPad or other consumer-oriented tablet is pretty limited. Wacom, maker of drawing-specific digital interfaces, now has a portable and powerful solution in the Cintiq Companion. It's great at one thing, but sometimes that's just not enough. Read More >>

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Adobe’s Experimental Stylus Just Got Real, And Is Coming Within a Year

When Adobe unveiled its first attempt at building hardware tools—a stylus called Project Mighty and a digital ruler called Project Napoleon—last April, the company was careful to describe the devices as experimental projects, dancing around whether we’d ever be able to, you know, buy them. But today, Mighty and Napoleon are real: Adobe has announced that both devices will likely ship in early 2014. Read More >>

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Wacom Bamboo Pad: A Touchpad Enhanced for Sketching and Writing

Wacom is covering all grounds lately with new products. Their latest is the Bamboo Pad, a touch surface with the gesture control the likes of an Apple Magic Trackpad, with some added functionality for drawing and jotting down notes. Read More >>

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Redesigned Wacom Intuos Tablets: A New Look for Budding Artists

On the heels of its Windows 8 and Android tablets, Wacom just announced a new sleeker and brighter Intuos. The new models are geared less toward professionals, and more toward everyday folk looking to draw and sketch on their computer. Read More >>

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Wacom Cintiq Companion: Windows 8 and Android Tablets For Artists Only

Artists, illustrators, and designers of all kinds rely on Wacom's line of drawing tablets. Up until now, the devices only worked as peripherals. But Wacom's new line of fully self-contained tablets are the only devices you need to make art just about anywhere. Read More >>