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Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Hardware hack lets you play Snake on an LED-lit keyboard

Before there were birds, plants, or candies, there were snakes. The semi-addictive game debuted on Nokia's mobile phones and become *the* mobile game, until colored screens and higher end hardware pushed it into obscurity. But what if you had fond memories of the game, a penchant for modding any hardware you can get your hands on, and lots of time in those hands? Why not recreate the game in the most unimaginable computer possible, as shown in this mod by Jeroen Domburg, software developer by day, hardware modder by night, and creator of possibly the world's first Snake game on a keyboard.

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HashKey: a USB hashtag key to expedite your tweets

HashKey: a USB hashtag key to expedite your tweets

The world is full of devices that seem less than practical for every day use, and the HashKey can probably be counted among them, as it seems like little more than a novelty. HashKey is exactly what it sounds like: a key dedicated solely to typing a hashtag without all of that multi-button combination nonsense. It's aimed at the social media lovers among us, those who can't stand straining their hands to repeatedly hit multiples keys, and for those who, perhaps, take offense to the hashtag being denied its own dedicated spot on the keyboard.

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Nexus 9 keyboard folio now available — for $129

Nexus 9 keyboard folio now available — for $129

Now that we’re well heeled in Nexus 9-ness, Google has gone ahead and released the keyboard folio for their flagship tablet. As expected, the keyboard folio does all we were told it would: attaches magnetically, doubles as a hardcover case — all the good stuff. We do find it interesting that Google has made the folio with a mechanical keyboard, though. It’s also interesting that it comes in one color, “black leather”. Even more interesting is the price Google thinks you’ll pay.

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Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

Two desktop keyboards that offer more, cost less

You don’t want to spend a ton of money on a keyboard, and nobody can blame you for that. Apple’s offerings may be some of the best around, but are pricey, and lack key features. Are there keyboards that can take their place? Is anything good enough to really make you forget about all the research and development Jony Ive and company put into their home-grown devices? Maybe! We’ve found two keyboards that have the same functionality (or more), and won’t break the bank.

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Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards and Mouse Review

Corsair Gaming RGB Keyboards and Mouse Review

Up until now, Corsair has been a bit of a silent attendant when it comes to gaming accessories. Now, here in 2014, there's a brand new label: Corsair Gaming - and they've got some fine competitors for the finest gaming peripherals on the market. This season they've released an RGB collection of mice and keyboards, the lot of which we're having a peek at today. Metal undercarriages, fully customizable button sets, and so many color combinations you wont know what to do with em all.

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MSI’s new GT80 gaming laptop has mechanical keyboard

MSI’s new GT80 gaming laptop has mechanical keyboard

MSI makes some pretty amazing gaming laptops, and even some peripherals that make laptops pretty awesome for gaming. Their new GT80 Titan might just take the cake, though. Not only is it the world’s thinnest and lightest gaming laptop, but it has a mechanical keyboard built right in. For those gamers who want the feel of a mechanical keyboard — and the durability that comes with it — the GT80 is going to be one to look for. It’s also MSI, so you know it’s going to be a beast.

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iPad Air 2 keyboard cases debut from Logitech

iPad Air 2 keyboard cases debut from Logitech

With the launch of the new Apple iPad Air 2 tablet, huge amounts of accessories were launched as well. Those accessories will keep coming until the tablet is no more. Logitech has announced that it has some new accessories for the iPad Air 2 that are available for owners of the tablet to purchase starting next month. One of the accessories is the Logitech Keys-to-Go portable keyboard optimized for typing with the latest Apple tablet.

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iPad Air keyboards revealed by Belkin, a tad early

iPad Air keyboards revealed by Belkin, a tad early

While we’re expecting more than one update to the mobile Apple universe on Thursday of this week, Belkin appears to be preparing for the incoming wave. They’ve released information on two new iPad Air keyboards - "QODE Keyboards for iPad Air," they say - before the Apple event where it’s expected that an iPad Air 2 (or just second-generation iPad Air) will be revealed. We’ll just have to wait and see for Apple - but for now, these keyboards will work with the iPad Air model that's already on the market.

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Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Microsoft Research has an analog Android Wear keyboard

Perhaps Microsoft has really turned over a new leaf. It has lately been quite supportive of other platforms by bringing their software to iOS and Android, sometimes even on par with their native OS versions as well. Quite surprisingly, Microsoft recently updated OneNote to have support for Android Wear, probably not a technological miracle but a well-intentioned gesture nonetheless. Now it has an even bigger surprise, one that has literal gestures in it: an "analog" keyboard for Android Wear that doesn't have keys.

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