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Review: Logitech G915 Lightspeed Is a Must-Own Gaming Keyboard

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I’m a big fan of Logitech’s G-series gaming keyboards. The Logitech G512 is among my personal favorites. For the past week, I’ve had the chance to test out the new Logitech G915 Lightspeed wireless keyboard. Set to release alongside the G815 LightSync RGB mechanical keyboard, the G915 provides users with a high-end gaming keyboard which is light, thin, and durable. After putting it through its paces, I can confidently say the Logitech G915 Lightspeed is one of the best gaming keyboards on the market.

The G915 and G815 have aluminum-magnesium alloy for their respective top cases. They also have a steel bar running through their center. Both of these materials make the keyboards highly durable and very light. What makes the keyboards so thin (aside from the low profile switches) is the carved out design of the bottom case, which has custom spaces for resistors and capacitors on the PCB inside. The G915 is so thin and light you can effortlessly carry it in one hand. If you frequently travel with your gaming peripherals, you’ll appreciate how light the keyboard is.

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Both the G915 and G815 are available with three different switch variants. These include GL Linear, GL Tactile, and GL Clicky. The linear keys provide the smoothest keystrokes while tactile features the highest actuation speed. As its name suggests, the clicky variant provides users with an audible “click” and tactile feedback.

The G915 is a hybrid, of sorts. It has the design and comfort of low profile keyboards but the durability and function of mechanical switches. This is thanks to the custom low-profile GL mechanical key switches. They have very short housing, which compliments the low profile design of the keyboard’s body. Each keycap has a triple paint process and laser etching. This ensures the keys last long and work well with RGB lighting. Thanks to their anti-oil coating and their UV light curing, they’ll retain their luster for many years.

What all of that amounts to is a fantastic typing experience. I’m a mechanical keyboard aficionado, so I love the resistance the G915 provides. The satisfying clicking sounds it produces is also great. Being half the height of standard mechanical switches, the GL switches provide a 25% faster actuation time. The low profile makes it easy to type for long hours without tiring your fingers. Typing on the G915 is one of those experiences I can’t properly convey with words. You’d need to experience it yourself.

The G915’s wireless functionality is another big draw. You can use the keyboard wirelessly via the included USB dongle or via the keyboard’s built-in Bluetooth. Because of these options, users can connect to PC, mobile devices, and more. Switching buttons on the keyboard lets users swap between connection types at will. You also have the option to use the included micro USB cable. The G815 is a wired keyboard, though it has all the same functionality of the G915.

One major concern with wireless devices is battery life. Logitech designed the G915 to minimize the amount of power it consumes. With full RGB lighting enabled, you’ll get approximately 30+ hours of battery life. That translates to around two weeks when using the keyboard normally. If you disable the RGB lighting, you’ll get around 1,200 hours of uninterrupted battery life. Static color lightning drains the battery the most. Color cycle mode adds three times the battery life. If you’ve completely drained the battery, it only takes four hours to recharge the keyboard with the micro USB cable. At the time of this writing, I have yet to completely use up the G915’s battery.

Thanks to the Lightsync RGB lighting technology, users can design their own custom lighting effects, which are available across 16.8 million colors. Tools such as screen sampler, audio visualizer, and custom animations are available through the G HUB macro editor program. Located on the left-hand side of the keyboard are five G Keys, which one can program through the aforementioned application. Users can create multi-function macros and API-controlled interactions with programs like OBS and Discord.

Three different memory modes enable three different sets of G Keys. This allows users to set up controls for a variety of purposes, even outside of gaming. There are three onboard memory slots for game profiles. You can save up to five macros to each of the slots and choose lighting effects for them. The built-in effects include four different color waves, color cycle, ripple, and breathing. You can also save custom animations to two lighting effects slots.

The ability to customize lighting effects is a great feature for those who want a truly personalized experience. Enabling custom profiles at the touch of a button is also great. While I personally find the number of lighting options overwhelming (in a good way), I appreciate how in-depth users who desire this feature can go.

For the purposes of testing, I played Monster Hunter World, Doom (2016), and Blazing Chrome. I also wrote this review using the G915. I loved the way the keys felt whenever I pressed them, along with the satisfying clicking they produced. As I said, I’m a die-hard mechanical keyboard user but I found the G915 as good or better than any mechanical keyboard I’ve tried. Though I’m not a mouse and keyboard player, I did find gaming with the G915 an excellent experience. It is just a great keyboard for typing and for playing video games.

Though coming in at a hefty $249.99, the Logitech G915 Lightspeed is one of the finest, if not the finest, gaming keyboard released by Logitech to date. It is light, durable, has a long battery life, and comes with a slew of customizable lighting options. The $199.99 G815 is $50 cheaper but comes with all of the same features (minus wireless functionality). If you’re in the market for a new gaming keyboard, I cannot recommend either the G915 or the G815 enough. They are fantastic keyboards.

Expect the Logitech G915 Lightspeed Wireless Mechanical Gaming Keyboard and the G815 Lightsync RBG Mechanical Gaming Keyboard sometime later this month. You’ll find them on Logitech’s website and at global retailers for $249.99 and $199.99, respectively.

For more gaming and RGB keyboards, check out our sister site PCMag.com’s Best Gaming Keyboards of 2019 and Best RGB Keyboards of 2019.

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Apple Card Launches for All U.S. iPhone Users

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Apple Card is now available to all U.S. iPhone owners.

Following an invite-only launch earlier this month, Cupertino on Tuesday announced expanded applications for its Goldman Sachs-backed MasterCard.

Compatible with most iPhones running iOS 12.4, the bank card is managed entirely via Apple Wallet; sign up by tapping the plus icon in the upper right corner of the app.

Users can also request a physical (titanium!) card—free of charge.

“We’re thrilled with the overwhelming interest in Apple Card and its positive reception,” Jennifer Bailey, vice president of Apple Pay, said in a statement. “Customers have told us they love Apple Card’s simplicity and how it gives them a better view of their spending.”

That includes 24/7 support, weekly and monthly spending summaries, and a transaction history featuring full names of vendors and splash images matching the spending category.

Plus, you don’t have to worry about annual, late, international, or over-the-limit fees.

With no card number, CVV security code, expiration date, or signature on the card, Apple Card is more secure than any other physical credit card (via Apple)

The credit card also boasts a Daily Cash rewards program, which gives back a percentage of every purchase as cash:

  • 1 percent for purchases made with the titanium Apple Card
  • 2 percent for purchases made with Apple Card through Apple Pay
  • 3 percent for purchases made directly with Apple (in-store or online)

As an added bonus, Cupertino partnered with Uber to offer 3 percent cash back on all ridesharing and meal deliveries when using Apple Pay.

The firm will “continue to add more popular merchants and apps in the coming months,” according to a company announcement.

Despite ties with high-falutin bank Goldman Sachs—not exactly known as a friend of the lower classes—a majority of early-access users were accepted for the card.

Credit limits, however, range from a couple hundred dollars to many thousands, depending on the applicant’s income, among other factors, Ars Technica reported.

Apple Card does not track where customers shop, what they buy, or how much they spend.

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Android Q is Android 10 In Brand Update

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Google has lost its sweet tooth: After 10 years of confections, Android OS is being rebranded.

This year’s Android Q—admittedly one of the alphabet’s hardest letters to associate with a snack food—is officially known as Android 10.

And that’s it.

No quince, quavers, or quarter-pounder. Just Android 10.

Which is a bit of a letdown, following a decade of candied updates—from Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and Ice Cream Sandwich to Jelly Bean, KitKat, Lollipop, Marshmallow, Nougat, Oreo, and Pie.

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Part of the Android experience, these nicknames—internal codes used by Google’s engineering team—were “a fun part of the release each year,” Sameer Samat, vice president of product management, wrote in a blog announcement.

“But we’ve heard feedback over the years that the names weren’t always understood by everyone in the global community,” he said.

The letters “L” and “R,” for instance, are indistinguishable in some languages, making it difficult to know that Lollipop referred to the version after KitKat.

And while sweet pies and fluffy marshmallows do make for a delicious treat, they are not particularly popular in many parts of the world.

Numbers, however, are globally recognized.

A refreshed look for the brand (via Google)

“This next release of Android will simply use the version number and be called Android 10,” Samat explained. “We think this change helps make release names simpler and more intuitive for our global community.

“And while there were many tempting ‘Q’ desserts out there,” he teased, “we think that at version 10 and 2.5 billion active devices, it was time to make this change.”

That’s not Android’s only transition, though: The platform has introduced a “more modern, accessible” brand aesthetic.

The design, rolling out soon with the final release of Android 10, draws inspiration from the company’s robot mascot, which “has long been a symbol of the fun and curiosity at the heart of Android,” Samat said.

New black font also makes the logo easier to read—especially for those with visual impairments.

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Try These Four Policies to Dismantle Online Hate Groups

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A first-of-its-kind mapping model tracks how hate spread and adapts online—providing what researchers hope is a blueprint for stopping it.

Analysts from the University of Miami and George Washington University developed a chart showing how “global hate highways” can bridge social networks, geographic borders, languages, and ideologies.

“Hate destroys lives,” GW physics professor Neil Johnson said in a statement. “Not only as we’ve seen in El Paso, Orlando, and New Zealand, but psychologically through online bullying and rhetoric.”

The team focused on global platform Facebook, as well as its European counterpart VKontakte—the most popular site in Russia.

Over a period of a few months, they mapped how clusters (groups or pages that build a community based on shared views, interests, or purposes) interconnect to spread narratives and attract recruits.

The results, published this week in the journal Nature, suggest a sort of Catch-22 for social media companies and their users.

While administrators are expected to aggressively eradicate hate content, banning trolls from one platform often compels them to move to another—simply shifting the resentment instead of eliminating it.

“It is essentially a whack-the-mole game,” senior study author Stefan Wuchty, an associate professor at UM, explained. “Once you whack one mole it will show up somewhere else.

“It is counter-intuitive, but pushing hate groups from social media platforms actually has the opposite effect,” he continued. “It creates a more concentrated assembly of those groups on a different platform.”

A researcher team mapped how clusters of hate interconnect to spread narratives and attract new recruits (via University of Miami/George Washington University)

At the core of the problem, Wuchty pointed out, is social media platforms’ reluctance to work together and unite their policies for change. Until then, hate groups will only continue to grow across the world wide web.

“The analogy is no matter how much weed killer you place in a yard, the problem will come back, potentially more aggressively,” according to Johnson.

“In the online world, all yards in the neighborhood are interconnected in a highly complex way—almost like wormholes,” he said. “This is why individual social media platforms like Facebook need new analysis such as ours to figure out new approaches to push them ahead of the curve.”

The team proposed four distinct policies that, if executed properly, could cut hate groups off at the knees:

Ban numerous small hate clusters rather than a few large ones. The idea is that abundant small groups are easier to locate, and eliminating them prevents the emergence of other large clusters.

Ban small numbers of users selected at random from online hate clusters. This random-targeting approach avoids potential violations of privacy regulations.

Promote the organization of anti-hate clusters. These groups could serve as a “human immune system” to fight and counteract haters.

Introduce an artificial group of users to encourage interactions between hate clusters with opposing views. Researchers hope the members will battle out their differences among themselves, instead of taking their anger out on the public.

The latter two would require little direct intervention by platform administrators.

Study authors are aware, however, that setting opposing clusters against each other “would require meticulous engineering.”

“We set out to get to the bottom of online hate by looking at why it is so resilient and how it can be better tackled,” Johnson said. “Instead of love being in the air, we found hate is in the ether.”

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