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Synaptics SecurePad is a laptop touchpad with a fingerprint reader

Synaptics makes the touchpads that are used on millions of laptops and in recent years the company has added new features such as support for multitouch gestures and pressure-sensitive “force” detection. Now Synaptics is introducing a new touchpad that could bring enhanced security to your next laptop. The Synaptics SecurePad puts a fingerprint reader right […]

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Lilbits (5-22-2013): Crowd-funding the AGENT smartwatch, Earl tablet

It’s an interesting time to be a watchmaker. Big companies like Motorola have been bringing smartwatches to market, and smaller companies like Pebble have raised a lot of buzz for wristwatches with ePaper displays, customizable software, and more. Heck, one of the main characters on a prime time TV show is a clockmaker. Anyway, there’s […]

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Synaptics Sensa tablet prototype could enable thinner tablet bezels with thumb-rejection

Today screen bezels are kind of necessary for tablets. While some folks like the idea of an edge-to-edge touch-sensitive screen, the truth is that if the touch surface stretched all the way across a tablet, there’d be no way to hold a device without accidentally tapping or swiping when you just wanted to grip the […]

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Synaptics shows off ThinTouch capacitive keyboard for ultrabooks

Synaptics is best known for making touchpad hardware and software for that big touch-friendly area below the keyboard on your notebooks. But the company is also showing off new tech called ThinTouch which is all about the keyboard. The company’s ThinTouch concept features keys that are thinner than those found on a typical laptop, but they […]

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Synaptics ForcePad is a pressure-sensitive, click-free touchpad for laptops

For nearly 20 years, most laptop computers have shipped with touchpads for controlling an on-screen cursor, scrolling through text, and performing other gesture-based controls on Windows, Mac, and Linux-based computers. The touchpad has changed a few times over the past few years. Most laptops used to include distinct left and right buttons below the touch […]

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Synaptics develops technology to make Windows ClickPads usable

Over the past year or so we’ve seen a growing trend of laptop makers eliminating touchpad buttons and instead using touchpads with integrated clicking, also known as ClickPads. While Apple has demonstrated that these ClickPads can actually be pretty useful tools, most of the Windows notebooks I’ve tried with ClickPads are plagued with problems: the […]

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Synaptics introduces 10.1 inch and smaller touchscreen panels

Synaptics is probably best known for making laptop touchpads. But the company also makes touchscreen displays, and Synaptics is bringing its touchy feely expertise to the display market, with the introduction of the new ClearPad 7200 capacitive touchscreen display line. These touch panels are designed for devices with screens up to 10.1 inches, and they’re […]

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Synaptics adds 4-finger support to PC touchpads

Remember two years ago when 2-finger touchpad scrolling was all the rage? You ain’t seen nothing yet, because touchpad makers Synaptics have introduced support for four-finger gestures. The company’s new TouchPad-IS platform also features SmartSense technology to prevent accidental cursor activation when your palm hits the touchpad. Synaptics is also starting to demonstrate a new […]

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Linux notebooks get multitouch gesture support for Synaptics touchpads

Synaptics has introduced technology to support multitouch touchpads on systems running Linux. Up until now, Synaptics drivers were available primarily for Windows systems with supported touchpads. But the Synaptics Gesture Suite Linux (SGS-L) is available for a variety of Linux distributions including Fedora, Millos Linpus, Red Flag, SUSE, Ubuntu, and Xandros. Synaptics says Google Chrome […]