AllThingsD Week in Review: BlackBerry’s Future and Predictions for Tech in 2014

The Top 10 stories that powered AllThingsD this week, in one convenient post.

Ryan Seacrest Wanted a Keyboard for His iPhone, So He Invested $1 Million in One

Two people! Four phones! How will this cliffhanger end?

Speed and Power Packed Into a Thin iPad Air

This new iPad isn’t a radical rethinking of what a tablet can be, but it’s a major improvement on a successful product, says Walt. And it’s the best tablet he’s ever reviewed.

In Search of a Virtual Keyboard App

Walt Mossberg offers a suggestion to a former BlackBerry user struggling with a virtual keyboard.

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Android Keyboard App SwiftKey Raises $17.5 Million Series B

SwiftKey, the company behind a popular Android keyboard app of the same name, has raised $17.5 million in a Series B investment round led by Index Ventures. In addition to offering its app on Google Play and Amazon’s Android app store, SwiftKey licenses its keyboard technology to several OEMs, including Samsung. AllThingsD’s Bonnie Cha reviewed an older version of SwiftKey in July 2012.

Microsoft’s Sculpt Keyboard Makes Ergonomic Desktops Cool

Microsoft’s newest keyboard adds a dash of style to ergonomics.
The Sculpt's project code name was "manta ray," due to its likeness to the flattened fish

The Iconia W3: A Windows Tablet Aimed for a Mini Market

With the Iconia W3, an 8-inch tablet that can be easily held with one hand, Acer is making a new attempt to dent the tablet market dominated by Apple’s iPad.

With iPad Mini Keyboards, It’s (Literally) the Little Things

Tablet users are finally starting to accept the iPad as a productivity device. Can the iPad mini be one, too?

Microsoft’s Gates: iPad Users Really Just Want a Surface

Apple got it totally wrong.

From QWERTY to Quirky: New Ways to Type

Typing on glass keyboards — like those found on iPhones, Android phones and Windows Phones — should be much easier by now. Some new technologies are aimed at solving the problem.

The Dirt on Washable Keyboards

Touchscreen vs. Keyboard, the Sequel