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Black Friday Deals: get $100 off a Razer gaming bundle at Walmart

Calling all hardcore gamers: Black Friday is here for you, too. Walmart is offering the 5-star Razer gaming bundle for $99—that’s $100 off the original price of $199.

If you haven’t yet joined the cult of Razer, you don’t know what you’re missing. In the words of Mashable‘s Ray Wong, the scrappy PC gaming company “conquered PC accessories and even sells some of the sleekest and best gaming laptops ever created.” 

This bundle includes the Cynosa Pro Keyboard with membrane keys, the ergonomic DeathAdder mouse with Hyperresponse buttons, Kraken Essential headset designed for extended wear, and fray-resistant Goliathus mouse pad. 

Razer gaming gear is some of the best in the biz, which means it tends to be expensive. Take advantage of this deal while you can. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or the PC gamer in your life, this bundle is sure to up your game (no pun intended.)

As more Black Friday sales drop, the Mashable Deals team will be scouring the internet to find you the best prices on our favorite products. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook to stay updated.

Turn almost anything into a gamepad or keyboard with MagicKey

You're the inventor now.
You’re the inventor now.

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If you grew up in the ’80s or ’90s, the gifts at the top of your annual Christmas and Hanukkah lists likely included the OG Nintendo Gameboy, Mighty Morphin Power Rangers action figures, a Furby, and — of course — Beanie Babies. Well, meet the gadget that’s about to nab the highest spot on your adult self’s holiday wishlist: SunFounder’s MagicKey 3-in-1 DIY MIDI Gamepad Keyboard.

Based on the Atmel ATmega32U4, a low-power microcontroller, this multifunction, expertly crafted board is able to turn anything conductive into the keys that operate your functional plaything. Got an orange or a couple empty soda cans lying around your house? You can use the MagicKey’s MIDI function to build a compact system that does things like play music or control your favorite video game. With the board’s buttons, the 15 included alligator clips, or the pin headers all available for use as your inputs, you’ve got so many options with which to toy around.

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Best of all, you don’t need to be some kind of tech whiz to play with the MagicKey. Simply use the visual programming language software to change your keys’ value and apply it to your inventions.

Be sure to let your Secret Santa know that the MagicKey Keyboard is on sale for a limited time in the Mashable Shop for only $32.99 — a savings of 17%. 

iOS glitch makes using the iPhone’s keyboard a nightmare

The iPhone's keyboard is making life hard on some users.
The iPhone’s keyboard is making life hard on some users.

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Apple Messages is one of the iPhone’s killer apps, streamlining text messages and making the iPhone almost impossible to abandon — but texting is infuriating if all the letters don’t actually work. 

We became privy to a new iPhone keyboard glitch after a few Mashable staffers recently started having issues with their iPhone keyboards, specifically with vowels. The issue started when iOS 11’s predictive text feature began to display an odd character in the place of the letter “I,” offering up “A[?] instead and autocorrecting within the message field. The people were running iOS 11.0.3 and 11.1, using iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus devices. 

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The bug was also covered by MacRumors, but it appears that my colleagues have even more issues than just the letter “I.” 

One reported that they were also seeing the glitch with the letters “U” and “O” as well, making the problem strictly restricted to vowels. They also said the letters showed up oddly in iMessage on Mac devices, and shared some more screenshots of what the glitch looks like when they went through with sending a message. 

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The glitch wasn’t just limited to iMessage, however. My colleagues shared screenshots of their increasingly futile attempts to type out messages on Facebook Messenger… 

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… and Twitter. 

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MacRumors reported that the glitch can be bypassed by using third-party keyboards or turning off the predictive text feature in the iPhone’s keyboard settings, but we didn’t get the same result when we tested the solutions here at Mashable HQ. The glitch persists. 

We reached out to Apple to get to the bottom of the keyboard issues, but haven’t heard back. Until the bug is patched, my colleagues and all of their friends will have to communicate without vowels. 

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This rollable, waterproof keyboard fits in your beach bag

Make the beach your office.
Make the beach your office.

Image: Sungwoo

Summer can be the best time of year to take your work on the road—or at least to the nearest pool.

But, getting a little work done out of office can be tricky, since most laptops we know of aren’t sand-and-margarita proof. And doing any serious typing on a portable touchscreen device is a total pain. 

That’s the beauty of the Sungwoo Foldable Silicone Keyboard. It’s perfect for your tablet, phone, or sub-notebook — and when you’re done with it, it rolls up like a towel and fits neatly in your beach bag (or wherever else you want to stow it.)

It connects with a USB cord (so you might need an adapter for some newer-model Apple products) and it’s pretty rugged: if it gets sandy, all you need to do is wipe it down.

It’s usually $20, but you can get it here for only $12.78—or 30 percent off.  Buy it here.

This bamboo keyboard combo adds a touch of tranquility to your workspace

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Looking to add a touch of tranquility to your workspace? Your boss might not support the purchase of a full-sized bamboo water fountain for the office, but she ought to be OK with this natural bamboo keyboard-and-mouse combo. 

The duo, from Smart Tech, are handcrafted from natural bamboo — a soothing earth-tone alternative to the glaring white or matte black of most computer gear.

Panda not included

Panda not included

Image: smart tech

This one works with just about any Windows operating system, and works wirelessly from up to ten meters. All you need to do is plug the USB nano-receiver into your device and get some AAA batteries (which are not included).

A desk-sized Zen rock garden is not required… but it couldn’t hurt!

The mouse and keyboard set are usually $59.99 but are currently on sale for just $45.99—a discount of 30 percent. Buy now, and they’ll throw in a free Smart Tech touch pen.

Buy them here.