Corsair K68 is built to resist Mountain Dew spills and Doritos dust

Imagine fighting your hardest to win a team battle in Overwatch and just when you think you can take that victory swig, a Mercy flies in with a last ditch revive. Your hand jumps back to attention on WASD, but in your haste you’ve inadvertently knocked over the bottle onto your keyboard and suddenly much more than the game is ruined.

The Corsair K68 was designed exactly to survive this type of scenario with a new water and dust resistance rating of IP32 rating. This comes thanks to a silicone rubber shield right underneath the keys.

The impermeable material should prevent any liquid from dripping into the keyboards mechanical switches or underlying circuity and make cleaning up easy.

Aside from its rugged features, the Corsair K68 features Cherry MX Red switches with a full red LED backlighting setup. Along the top-right corner of the keyboard you’ll also find a full set of media shortcut keys for changing volume and playback controls. Although there aren’t any dedicated macro keys, the Corsair K68 is fully programmable through Corsair Utility Engine software. 

The Corsair K68 is available now – though pricing has yet to be announced – in North America, China and South Korea (the latter of which gets a special blue LED backlit version). We predict the keyboard will likely make its way to more territories soon enough.

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Uber board reportedly receiving Eric Holder’s report this week

 Uber’s board of directors will reportedly hear the results of former Attorney General Eric Holder’s investigation into its workplace culture on Wednesday, according to Axios. The investigation by Holder was announced after former Uber employee Susan Fowler published a blog post detailing her own experience at the company, including accounts of sexual harassment and workplace… Read More

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NYU’s Sarah Kaufman talks about the shape of cities to come

 On this week’s episode of Technotopia we talk to Sarah Kaufman, the Assistant Director at the Rudin Center for Transportation Policy & Management. Kaufman is working to create new transit opportunities for New Yorkers – and the world – and expects the future to be quite interesting. Her prediction? As we move towards self-driving cars we will see more options for… Read More

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Judah Vs. The Machines: Kairos face recognition AI can tell how you feel, but does it know what you dream?

 Sometimes the lips don’t say what the heart feels, but instead of humanity working together on our own collective sense of caring and empathy, we have made the brave decision to build computers that can interpret emotions for us.
In this installment of Judah Vs. the Machines, actor Judah Friedlander touches down in Miami to discover the wits of Kairos, a computer… Read More

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New iPhone 8 images show fingerprint scanner will be built into the screen

Some years Apple does a decent job of keeping its upcoming handsets secret, but this year isn’t one of them. We’ve had a steady stream of leaks and today there’s both a CAD image and shots of the iPhone 8 in a case, revealing that – as has been rumored – the fingerprint scanner will seemingly be built into the screen.

That’s worth emphasising, as some earlier leaks suggested the scanner might find its home on the back of the phone, and while leaked dummy units of the iPhone 8 show an absence of visible scanners, they were made based on diagrams which may not have had every marking in place, so left the possibility of a rear-mounted scanner open.

These leaks though leave less in doubt. The CAD image was shared by Benjamin Geskin, who’s been leaking a lot of iPhone 8 stuff. The design here shows an all-screen front, albeit with a cut-out at the top for the front-facing camera, while on the back there’s that vertically aligned dual-lens camera that we’ve seen so much of.

Circles aren't scanners

There’s also a circle, which you might reasonably think is the fingerprint scanner, but according to Geskin it’s simply the location of the Apple logo.

And backing that up, Slashleaks has posted images of a dummy iPhone 8 unit in a case – with no fingerprint scanner cut-out on the back.

Of course, there’s no guarantee any of this is accurate, but case manufacturers may have got an early look at the phone and are likely to be at least reasonably confident in the design before building cases for it.

For now, we still can’t totally rule out the possibility of a rear-mounted scanner, or a return of the home button below the screen. But, while an under-screen scanner once seemed unlikely, it’s now looking like the most probable outcome.

  • A more affordable iPhone 7S might also be on the way

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