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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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Logitech Lightspeed G603 gaming mouse and G613 keyboard revealed

Logitech Lightspeed G603 gaming mouse and G613 keyboard revealed

Logitech has arrived at IFA 2017 with a trio of new gaming peripherals in its G-series of accessories. The mouse and keyboard being introduced today both carry Lightspeed branding, which means that they're both wireless. Generally, that would be a no-go for a gamer concerned about cutting down on latency as much as possible, but Logitech promises that the Lightspeed technology built into these accessories will be up to snuff.

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SteelSeries Apex M750 mechanical keyboard has Discord integration

SteelSeries Apex M750 mechanical keyboard has Discord integration

SteelSeries has launched the Apex M750, a mechanical keyboard designed for gamers who want something colorful, capable, and with Discord integration. The M750 features QX2 mechanical switches, plus RGB lighting with every key and the company's own Engine Apps, the latter of which works with the Discord messaging platform. Thanks to the integration, Discord users will get notifications for chats and more in the form of lights.

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Microsoft iPad Touch Cover could out-Ive Apple

Microsoft iPad Touch Cover could out-Ive Apple

Microsoft may have made an iPad accessory, and if they have - it's a very strange situation. Documents were dug up this week which include official mentions of Microsoft's Hololens, an Asha 210, Band 2, Lumia 1020, and a whole lot more. What's odd about this listing is the timing - all the way back in April of this year. If this device was ever meant to see the light of day, it probably would have done so by now, wouldn't you think?

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Remove HTC Keyboard ads: here’s how [UPDATE]

Remove HTC Keyboard ads: here’s how [UPDATE]

Yes, you read that right. As if it weren't bad enough to be faced with ads no matter what corner of the Interwebs you go, HTC has decided that you should also see them in almost all screens of your smartphone. HTC has just pushed out an update to the Touchpal keyboard that it uses by default on some of its smartphones, like last year's HTC 10, that puts very visible and obnoxious ads at the very top of the keyboard, which means you get to see them all the time.

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Nintendo Switch keyboard accessory docks with Joy-Con controllers

Nintendo Switch keyboard accessory docks with Joy-Con controllers

The idea of using a keyboard with your Nintendo Switch may seem like a silly one, but as the new console gets more titles with in-game chat features, such as the upcoming release of Dragon Quest X, such an accessory can become very useful indeed. Japanese accessory makers are well aware of this and seem to be getting a jump on the situation; third-party peripheral maker Hori recently announced their own Switch-compatible keyboard, and now Cyber Gadget has one too.

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