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Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

Gboard Go for low-power Android 8.1 phones out now [APK Download]

It was less than two months ago that Google rolled out Android 8.1 and, with it, Android Go, the super lightweight configuration-not-version of Android for extremely constrained phones. Along with Android Go came a set of “Go” apps designed specifically to consume less data and less RAM. One app, however, was late to the party and is sneaking in quietly. Gboard Go is now available for compatible smartphones, bringing the same keyboard goodness Android users love but without the whimsical cruft.

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ASUS ROG CES 2018 gaming range borders on the ridiculous

ASUS ROG CES 2018 gaming range borders on the ridiculous

While ASUS proper had plenty of reveals of its own throughout the day, its Republic of Gamers line is getting some love itself. First we told you about the Strix GL 12, a new desktop gaming PC that has the potential to boast some serious hardware depending on your configuration. ROG also had some PC gaming accessories on hand today, and though they all have a different function, most of them have one thing in common: RGB lighting.

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Lofree mechanical keyboard comes with seasonal colors, improved keys

Lofree mechanical keyboard comes with seasonal colors, improved keys

Coders and word smiths just love their mechanical keyboards. But just because the mechanisms might be considered “old school” doesn’t mean the design has to be. Then again, there’s no stopping keyboard makers from giving a nod to an even older typing favorite. Lofree, who already successfully crowdfunded a mechanical keyboard in April 2017, is now back with a new and improved model, with colors inspired by the four seasons, a design inspired by typewriters, and functionality inspired by modern Mac keyboards.

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Xbox One keyboard, mouse support is really coming

Xbox One keyboard, mouse support is really coming

This is one of those things that you’re almost 200% sure is going to happen but is only a question of “when”. Microsoft itself has more or less confirmed that there is a huge amount of interest if not demand for keyboard and mouse support for the Xbox One consoles but it hasn’t exactly put that down in quotable writing. That was until the company’s Polish office accidentally revealed Microsoft’s plans to create a new “Xbox Master Race”.

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Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly Keyboard now fixes grammar mistakes on Android

Grammarly, the online grammar-checking website, has just launched a keyboard app for Android that brings the same technology to mobile. Simply called Grammarly Keyboard, the app first launched for iOS, but was promised to follow for Android in the future. That future is here and Grammarly Keyboard with it; Android users can grab it from the Play Store now and rest easy knowing their comma mistakes will be caught ahead of time.

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Ai.Type keyboard’s lax security leaks millions of user data

Ai.Type keyboard’s lax security leaks millions of user data

Virtual keyboards are perhaps one of the strangest and often underestimated kind of software on mobile devices today. On the one hand, it’s easy to take them for granted because they’re just on-screen keyboards. On the other hand, anything that you type, including sensitive information like passwords and credit card details, passes through them. With that much power, keyboard developers need to exercise great responsibility as well. Unfortunately, a “popular” keyboard by the name of Ai.Type didn’t think so, leaking more than 31 million users’ data simply because it didn’t protect its own database with a password.

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Razer’s next trick: dust and water-resistant gaming keyboards

Razer’s next trick: dust and water-resistant gaming keyboards

The Razer BlackWidow Ultimate gaming keyboard is officially water resistant and dust resistant in its newest iteration. This keyboard is certified IP54, which means two things. The 5 represents Ingress of solid objects, a 5 rating meaning "Limited protection against dust ingress. (no harmful deposit.)" The second number, 4, means this keyboard is "Protected against splash water from any direction."

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HORI TAC Pro One brings Xbox One’s first keyboard, mouse

HORI TAC Pro One brings Xbox One’s first keyboard, mouse

Microsoft wants to blur the boundaries of console and PC gaming. It started when it shifted the Xbox hardware to one that’s closer to a PC. Then it made Windows 10, Cortana, and Universal Windows Platform (UWP) apps to the console. And, now, it has officially approved the console’s first key officially licensed keyboard and mouse peripherals. Well, somewhat. While the HORI TAC Pro One does register as a keyboard and mouse, don’t plan on writing your NaNoWriMo masterpiece on the Xbox One. This pair is unabashedly design for gaming only, PC and console.

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Google teams with Emogi (with a G)

Google teams with Emogi (with a G)

The folks at Emogi have struck the right chord with Google this week as the two companies collaborate for a simple release. While releasing a simple sticker pack would otherwise be a relative non-event, Google's involvement means Emogi's "Emogi for Gboard" (the standard for Android keyboards), is about to take off like a rocket. Google Associate Product Manager Alan Ni said, "We look forward to providing users with more compelling, shareable visual content that ultimately improves their experience on Gboard."

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GO Keyboard reportedly violates Google Play privacy policies

GO Keyboard reportedly violates Google Play privacy policies

Privacy has unfortunately become almost a commodity these days. It is something that users mostly take for granted, especially in exchange for convenience, and something companies use to barter with each other. Despite that somewhat lax attitude, however, there are times when too much is really too much. As seems to be the case with GO Keyboard, a popular third-party Android keyboard that is reportedly going way above acceptable behavior and even outright violates Google Play rules.

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Gboard keyboard for Android gets Bitmoji and downloadable stickers

Gboard keyboard for Android gets Bitmoji and downloadable stickers

Google has just announced an update to its mobile keyboard for Android, Gboard, that makes it easy to express whatever your emotions are. Google is rolling out the update over the next few days, so you may not be seeing it right now. If you are, though, you now have the ability to download stickers and insert them directly into your conversations from the Google keyboard. The same goes for Bitmoji.

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Logitech CRAFT keyboard offers its take on the Surface Dial

Logitech CRAFT keyboard offers its take on the Surface Dial

Generally speaking, there isn't a lot of variation in the functionality of keyboards. Maybe some of them are mechanical and have more responsive keys, while others may have programmable macro keys, but at their core, most keyboards function the same. Logitech is looking to change that by introducing its new CRAFT advanced keyboard, which offers an additional built-in tool for content creators.

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