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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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Facebook ‘Exempts’ Politicians From Fact Checking

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Facebook relies on third-party fact checkers to curb the spread of fake news and viral misinformation.

But not all users are subject to the social network’s reviews.

Speaking at the Atlantic Festival in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, Facebook’s Vice President of Global Affairs and Communications Nick Clegg revealed that politicians are “exempt” from inspection.

“We do not submit speech by politicians to our independent fact checkers, and we generally allow it on the platform even when it would otherwise break our normal content rules,” according to Clegg.

“We don’t believe,” he wrote in an accompanying blog post, “that it’s an appropriate role for us to referee political debates and prevent a politician’s speech from reaching its audience and being subject to public debate and scrutiny.”

The policy—”on the books for over a year now”—means Facebook does not send organic content or ads from politicians to partners for review.

If a lawmaker shares previously debunked material (links, photos, videos), however, that content is demoted, replaced with related information from fact checkers, and rejected from adverts.

This is in keeping with Facebook’s newsworthiness exemption, introduced in 2016, which allows posts that break community standards “if we believe the public interest in seeing it outweighs the risk of harm,” Clegg said.

Moving forward, the popular platform will treat speech from politicians as “newsworthy content that should, as a general rule, be seen and heard.”

There are two exceptions: when speech endangers people, and when Facebook takes money (in which case posted ads must comply with community standards and advertising policies).

Clegg’s speech also covered:

  • Calls for the break-up of big tech: “Pulling apart globally successful American businesses won’t actually do anything to solve the big issues we are all grappling with—privacy, the use of data, [and] harmful content”
  • Election integrity: “It is no secret that Facebook made mistakes in 2016”
  • Deepfake videos: “We must and we will get better at identifying lightly manipulated content before it goes viral”

Twitter recently took its own stance on political speech, introducing a new notice meant to provide clarity about certain tweets that violate company rules but remain on the platform.

The feature—a sort of warning screen users must click through before seeing a tweet—applies only to verified government officials with more than 100,000 followers.

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Hacker Takes Over Smart Home Devices, Plays ‘Vulgar’ Music in Couple’s House

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A Wisconsin couple is warning smart-home owners about security issues after their in-house video system was recently disrupted by an unidentified hacker.

Lamont and Samantha Westmoreland noticed something wasn’t right when a random voice took over their Google Nest system on September 17, Newsweek reported. The pair started hearing noisy music echoing throughout their home and they realized that the thermostat was cranked all the way up to 90 degrees Fahrenheit.

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“My heart was racing,” Samantha told Fox 6 News in an interview. “I felt so violated at that point.”

The couple installed a Nest camera, thermostat, and doorbell in their home last year and didn’t have any problems until last week’s incident. Samantha initially thought the wonky thermostat reading was a glitch and switched it back to room temperature. The next 24 hours were about to get more interesting for the pair, who had no idea what they were about to experience.

The thermostat continued to rise in temperature and then a strange voice started speaking from a camera in their kitchen. The device then started playing “vulgar” songs, prompting Samantha and her husband to immediately change their passwords.

However, the hacker’s activity continued and eventually, the pair asked their internet carrier for assistance and changed their network ID. The Westmorelands believe that an individual hacked into their internet and then their Nest devices.

Fox 6 News received a statement from a Google spokesperson on the incident, which indicated that “Nest was not breached.”

“These reports are based on customers using compromised passwords (exposed through breaches on other websites),” the Google spokesperson said. “In nearly all cases, two-factor verification eliminates this type of security risk.”

They continued, “Nest users have the option to migrate to a Google Account, giving them access to additional tools and automatic security protections such as Suspicious activity detection, 2-Step Verification, and Security Checkup. Millions of users have signed up for two-factor verification.”

Lamont and Samantha wanted to share their story with other homeowners, so they can prevent hackers from taking over their smart home setups.

“People need to be educated and know that this is real, and this is happening, and it is super scary, and you don’t realize it until it’s actually happening to you,” Samantha added.

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Celebrate World Rhino Day By Playing With This 3D Model

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Happy (belated) World Rhino Day!

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Perth Zoo in Australia teamed up to produce the world’s first accurate, publicly available 3D model of the rare southern white rhino.

Few rhinos survive outside national parks and reserves due to poaching and habitat loss; not yet extinct, the animals are vulnerable to climate change and illegal hunting.

So, while they still have a chance*, the Digital Life team at UMass traveled Down Under to photo-capture southern white rhino Bakari in his full three-dimensional glory.

They released the image on Sunday, September 22: World Rhino Day.

“Perth Zoo shares our vision about how public outreach and the scientific data gained from this model can benefit society,” UMass evolutionary biologist Duncan Irschick said in a statement.

Though fun to look at, a 3D picture of a rhinoceros doesn’t seem like the best use of researchers’ time and money.

But for some conservationists, this type of model is useful for reconstructing body composition and assessing an animal’s physical condition.

“You can’t just walk up to a rhino in the field, but using a variation of these methods … one could recreate the body shapes of such animals,” Irschick explained. “We believe it is a powerful tool with many applications beneficial to wildlife.”

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The project follows other work by Irschick & Co., who have created several “Beastcam” rigs to quickly and conveniently capture 3D animals—including live sharks underwater.

“We’ve done a fair number of frogs, lizards, and sea turtles,” Irschick said. “This rhino represents our first foray into megafauna.”

The team set up 20 cameras to take photos of Bakari in 360 degrees—from a safe, non-invasive distance, allowing the animal to remain comfortable and follow its daily routine.

CGI artist Jer Bot was then brought in to recreate and animate the rhino (“like putting Humpty Dumpty back together again,” according to Irschick). Once finished, the researchers placed the 3D image on the Sketchfab website for free, non-profit dissemination.

“It is exciting for Perth Zoo to participating in creating 3D models that can be used for wildlife conservation and education,” interpretation officer Alan Gill said.

“Our animals are ambassadors for their species,” he continued, “and we’re thrilled that Bakari can continue to advocate for southern white rhinoceros conservation programs right around the world.”

* Much like I am anxious to visit Venice before the entire city is under water.

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