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Logitech Intros G Pro Gaming Mouse

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Logitech Intros G Pro Gaming Mouse

The Logitech G Pro Gaming Mouse features what is supposedly the most accurate optical sensor from the company yet, together wtih a metal spring button tensioning system and a design promising to be both durable and lightweight.

Designed for eSports athletes, the G Pro follows on the company's previous G100s and G303 rodents with a sensor covering the entire DPI range (200-12000) with zero smoothing, filtering or acceleration for "exceptional" tracking accuracy and responsiveness. The buttons are also improved, as a metal spring tensioning system reduces the force required to click while ehancing consistency.

As is obligatory for gaming equipment lighting is included and customisable with a choice of 16.8 million colours. Onboard memory saves user DPI, butter assignments and lighting configurations, as set up using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS).

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To Destroy this Battery, Just Add Water

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To Destroy this Battery, Just Add Water

Here's a means of powering gadgets that sounds ideal for Ethan Hunt and the Impossible Mission Force-- a battery one can destroy through the simple application of water.

Developed by Iowa State University, the battery is designed to power so-called "transient electronics," devices able to perform a variety of functions until exposure to light, heat or liquid. An obvious application for such devices is the military and espionage, but these also find use in medicine (specifically implants able to melt away when no longer needed) and temporary environmental sensors.

However, until now, transient electronics had a power issue-- they either relied on external, non-transient, power sources or early attempts at transient batteries with limited power, stability and self life. The Iowa State researchers claim to fix such issues, since their attempt at the technology powers a desktop calculator for around 15 minutes and self-destructs after being submerged in water for 30 minutes.

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Logitech Adds Backlight to iPad Pro Keyboard

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Logitech Adds Backlight to iPad Pro Keyboard

Logitech announces the Create Backlit Keyboard Case-- an update on the first iPad Pro keyboard case from the company featuring the addition of backlighting as well as connectivity via Smart Connector.

Compatible with the 9.7-inch iPad Pro, the Keyboard Case combines both protective case with a keyboard and integrated Apple Pencil holder. Use of the 3-pronged Smart Connector means the keyboard automatically powers and pairs with the iPad Pro when put in typing position, with no additional pairing required.

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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Goes International

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iPad Pro Smart Keyboard Goes International

Customers working in languages other than US English should be happy to learn Apple now offers the iPad Pro Smart Keyboard in a number of international layouts, all featuring the same dark gray design of the original.

The languages on offer are British English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Korean and Thai. The localised layouts come complete with differences related to the language in question, such as full support for right-to-left language in the case of the Arabic version. Such adjustments make sense, since iOS 9 already has comprehensive right-to-left language support.

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Portable Watch Charger Hits Kickstarter

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Portable Watch Charger Hits Kickstarter

ThanoTech suggests the charger supplied with the Watch is not an as ideal as Apple believes it is-- necessitating the need for the Diskus, the first portable MFi-approved Watch charger.

The first notable feature of the Diskus is it replaces Lightning connectivity with a regular micro USB port. This allowed the makers to replace the 6-foot cable included with the Watch with a much shorter 1 foot alternative, and means users can borrow a micro USB cable from any other device they might have around.

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Lian li Presents KB-01, KM-01 Keyboards

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Lian li Presents KB-01, KM-01 Keyboards

PC case maker Lian Li launches the set of peripherals first shown back at CES 2016-- the KB-01 Bluetooth keyboard, the KM-01 wireless keyboard and mouse combo, and the PT-M5 oversized mouse pad.

Both keyboards feature chiclet-style keys backed with scissor switches arranged in a standard 104 key layout complete with combo media keys and LEDs for num lock, caps lock and battery level. The underside of the keyboards houses power and pairing buttons together with rubber non-slip feet and flip-out rear stands.

As the name suggests the KB-01 connects to just about any device, including PCs, Macs, smartphones and tablets, via Bluetooth. Wired connectivity is also available via mini USB port. Power comes through x2 standard AAA batteries, and colour options include blue, gold or silver.

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Edward Snowden Designs Surveillance-Proof iPhone Case

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Edward Snowden Designs Surveillance-Proof iPhone Case

NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden is continuing his anti-government surveillance work from his current exile in Russia, with a design for an iPhone case able to prevent snooping by outside parties.

Designed in collaboration with Andrew "Bunnie" Huang-- the founder of Bunnie Studios and the first person to hack the Xbox-- the iPhone case concept is described in a paper titled "Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance." Primarily aimed at journalists, activists and rights workers, the case accesses the phone antennae through the SIM slot, and warns users through alarms and a small mono-colour display on the outside of the case.

Dubbed the "introspection engine," the add-on requires the SIM card to be installed in the case itself. It monitors all the radios inside the phone, including GPS, Bluetooth, wifi and cellular modem.

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Razer Presents iPad Pro Keyboard Case

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Razer Presents iPad Pro Keyboard Case

Razer announces the Mechanical Keyboard Case-- a self-explanatory accessory for the 12.9-inch iPad Pro offering what the company claims are superior buttons.

The "mechanical" part of the name comes from what is described as "the world's first low-profile mechanical switch." The result, according to Razer, provides the same feel and performance as a mechanical keyboard from slim chiclet keycaps.

Most other iPad keyboards use a membrane or other similar technologies to detect key presses.

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Kickstarting the "Most Advanced Gaming Mouse"

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New Zealand-based Swiftpoint presents what it claims is "the most advanced gaming mouse ever made"-- the Z, a rodent complete with accelerometer, gyroscope, OLED display, force sensor, tactile feedback and 17 physical buttons.

The above mentioned sensor array allows users to pivot, tilt and roll the mouse for an extra level of game control. For instance, the company suggests it as a means for flight simulator control by lifting and moving the mouse in the air, or tilting for crouch or lean controls in a shooter without need to press a keyboard button.

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