Archive for the ‘Keyboard’ Category

iOS 13 Bug Lets 3rd-Party Keyboards Gain ‘Full Access’ — Even When You Deny

September 26th, 2019
Following the release of iOS 13 and iPadOS earlier this week, Apple has issued an advisory warning iPhone and iPad users of an unpatched security bug impacting third-party keyboard apps. On iOS, third-party keyboard extensions can run entirely standalone without access to external services and thus, are forbidden from storing what you type unless you grant "full access" permissions to enable

Posted in apple, Apple iOS, hacking news, iOS 13, iPadOS, Keyboard, keyboard app, keylogger, Vulnerability | Comments (0)

Razer leaks seeming Xbox One keyboard/mouse expansion ahead of schedule

January 9th, 2019
Pardon us, Razer, but how many games did you say will work with this Xbox One keyboard/mouse combo, exactly?

Enlarge / Pardon us, Razer, but how many games did you say will work with this Xbox One keyboard/mouse combo, exactly? (credit: Razer)

Last November's announcement of support for keyboard and mouse controls in 15 Xbox One titles was the culmination of literally years of Microsoft promises on the matter. Now, peripheral maker Razer seems to have accidentally revealed the feature is expanding to a handful of additional titles, including some big-name franchises.

As part of a CES stealth launch of the $250 Razer Turret—the first officially licensed wireless keyboard/mouse combo for the Xbox One—Razer provided press materials that listed 22 compatible Xbox One games. That includes the 15 games Microsoft already announced in November, plus:

  • Gears of War 5
  • Gears Tactics*
  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds*
  • Roblox
  • Sea of Thieves*
  • The Sims 4*
  • Surviving Mars*

About 25 hours later, Razer issued a "corrected" press release that condensed that list considerably. While Gears of War 5 and Roblox are still confirmed for Xbox One keyboard/mouse support, the other (asterisked) games listed above were no longer included in the corrected release.

Read 7 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in Gaming & Culture, Keyboard, keyboard-mouse, Mouse, Razer, Xbox One | Comments (0)

Keyboard and mouse controls finally hit Xbox One this week

November 12th, 2018
Lap-based keyboard-and-mouse solutions like the Razer Turret will soon be fully compatible with the Xbox One.

Enlarge / Lap-based keyboard-and-mouse solutions like the Razer Turret will soon be fully compatible with the Xbox One. (credit: Razer)

It has now been two years and four months since Microsoft's Phil Spencer first told PCGames that keyboard-and-mouse support for the Xbox One was "not years away, it’s more like months away." In any case, the feature is now just two days away, as Microsoft announced this weekend that support for the traditionally PC-based control scheme would be rolling out to Xbox One players on Wednesday, November 14.

In addition to Fortnite and Warframe, which should receive the new control options this week, Microsoft said the following Xbox One games would receive mouse-and-keyboard support in November:

  • Bomber Crew
  • Deep Rock Galactic
  • Strange Brigade
  • Vermintide 2
  • War Thunder
  • X-Morph Defense

Seven more titles will add mouse-and-keyboard support "in the future," according to Microsoft:

Read 2 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in Gaming & Culture, Keyboard, microsoft, Mouse, Xbox One | Comments (0)

Why I use a 20-year-old IBM Model M keyboard

November 8th, 2018
Why I use a 20-year-old IBM Model M keyboard

(credit: Iljitsch van Beijnum)

Update: This week, Ars staffers from across the country gather together in real life for our annual meeting, Technicon. We're supposed to be talking more than typing, so we're resurfacing a few classic Ars stories just in case the front page gets lonely. This one, which originally ran on November 17, 2013, centers on a particular type of typing that would not go over well at Technicon (but does sound oh-so-satisfying within the confines of the home office).

The other day, I posted this image to show off my new MacBook Pro's multiscreen prowess. Nobody cared. But I did get a few comments on my keyboard. Which got me thinking: why do I use a keyboard that's old enough to be of legal drinking age?

It must have been about 10 years ago that a trip to the computer expo could still result in some cool hardware you'd never heard of or a killer deal on something more conventional. In this case, I found someone selling these enormous, old, second-hand keyboards. I thought it would be cool to have some IBM hardware, so I got one.

Read 13 remaining paragraphs | Comments

Posted in buckling spring, buckling springs, IBM, IBM Model M, Keyboard, Model M, Tech, Uniicomp | Comments (0)

Samsung Flaw Lets Hacker Easily Take Control of Your Galaxy Mobile Remotely

June 19th, 2015

More than 600 Million users of Samsung Galaxy smartphones, including the newly released Galaxy S6, are potentially vulnerable to a software bug that allows hackers to secretly monitor the phone’s camera and microphone, read text messages and install malicious apps.

The vulnerability is due to a problem with the Samsung built-in keyboard app that enables easier predictive text.

One of

Posted in hacking samsung mobile, hacking smartphone, Keyboard, mobile hacking, Mobile Security, samsung galaxy, samsung mobile, SwiftKey, Vulnerability | Comments (0)