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Keyboard Software Responds Differently to Each Finger to Improve Shortcuts

Keyboard shortcuts provide a quick and easy way to change settings in different computer programs without scrolling through menu windows or searching cryptic toolbar icons. Usually, shortcuts involve combinations of different keys pressed in unison, and often the more shortcuts you program, the tougher those combinations can be to remember. Researchers Jingjie Zheng and Daniel Vogel of the University of Waterloo are trying to make keyboard shortcuts simpler—with new software that can detect which hand and finger you use to press each key.

Gizmodo reports that Zheng and Vogel created a program called Finger-Aware Shortcuts which uses your computer’s built-in camera and a simple 3D printed mirror to track finger positioning on the keyboard. Depending on which finger you use, each key responds differently. For example, pressing the “G” key with your left pointer finger might produce the letter “G” as it normally does. But pressing the same key with your right pointer finger might take you to a new page, or open a search window.

In the short demo video above, the researchers show how Finger-Aware Shortcuts could revolutionize workflow on word processing programs and visual design software. For instance, Finger-Aware Shortcuts could let Photoshop users toggle between different settings fluidly without searching through settings, augmenting existing keyboard shortcuts with a much wider range of possibilities. Check it out above.

[h/t Gizmodo]

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Nearly six months after current Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi announced that he'd be hanging up his Crombie coat at the end of this year, fans have been speculating about who would be taking over the TARDIS. On Sunday morning, BBC announced that Jodie Whittaker will become the Thirteenth Doctor—the first female lead in the show's history.

That's not the only major change the series will see when its Christmas Special premieres at the end of this year; longtime showrunner Steven Moffat is handing off creative duties to Chris Chibnall, who has written several episodes of the series over the past decade. The teaming of Chibnall and Whittaker will be a familiar one, as the two have spent the past several years working on Broadchurch, which Chibnall created and in which Whittaker stars (its stellar final season is airing on BBC America now).

“I’m beyond excited to begin this epic journey—with Chris and with every Whovian on this planet," Whittaker said in a statement. "It’s more than an honor to play the Doctor. It means remembering everyone I used to be, while stepping forward to embrace everything the Doctor stands for: hope. I can’t wait.”

“After months of lists, conversations, auditions, recalls, and a lot of secret-keeping, we’re excited to welcome Jodie Whittaker as the Thirteenth Doctor," Chibnall added. "I always knew I wanted the Thirteenth Doctor to be a woman and we're thrilled to have secured our number one choice. Her audition for The Doctor simply blew us all away. Jodie is an in-demand, funny, inspiring, super-smart force of nature and will bring loads of wit, strength and warmth to the role. The Thirteenth Doctor is on her way.”

Though Whittaker will make history as the first female Doctor, the idea has been floated in the past. When David Tennant parted ways with his role as the Tenth Doctor in 2008, showrunner Russell Davies said that Catherine Zeta-Jones was his first choice to replace him.

When asked what it feels like to be the first woman Doctor, Whittaker said, "It feels completely overwhelming, as a feminist, as a woman, as an actor, as a human, as someone who wants to continually push themselves and challenge themselves, and not be boxed in by what you’re told you can and can’t be. It feels incredible."

Fortunately, Whittaker already has a few friends in the Doctor Who family who she's expecting to hear from at any minute. "I’m certainly expecting a couple of calls," she admitted. "I’ve got a couple of mates in there. I’m mates with a companion [Arthur Darvill], I’m mates with a trio of Doctors. I know Matt Smith, Chris Eccleston, and obviously David Tennant. Oh! And let’s throw in David Bradley! Four Doctors! So I’m hoping I get some calls of advice."

Whittaker will make her debut in the 2017 Christmas Special, which will mark Capaldi's final episode as the Twelfth Doctor—and he couldn't be more thrilled with his choice of successor.

“Anyone who has seen Jodie Whittaker’s work will know that she is a wonderful actress of great individuality and charm," Capaldi said. "She has above all the huge heart to play this most special part. She’s going to be a fantastic Doctor.”

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