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Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

Game Boy Classic turned into a drone controller

The Internet is filled with Game Boy hacks, from boards turned into GameBoy clones to GameBoys themselves modded to do things that couldn’t even be imagined decades ago. And yet there is no shortage of new cool things people do with the venerable gaming handheld. Take for example, this project undertaken by Gautier Hattenberger, who turned the classic version of the Game Boy into a controller for a Parrot AR Drone 2. Perhaps best of all, it doesn’t actually require gutting the now rare and expensive gaming device to do so.

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Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

Volkswagen hack renders millions of car locks useless

The keyless entry security system in nearly a hundred million Volkswagen group cars is vulnerable to a simple hack that could grant entry in under a minute, researchers have warned. Security experts at the University of Birmingham in the UK have identified a tiny handful of common codes which the automaker apparently used across cars with VW, Audi, Seat, and Skoda badges from 1995 onward, with only the very latest models switching to a more secure system.

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Airport lounges can be duped easily by fake QR codes

Airport lounges can be duped easily by fake QR codes

QR codes, like barcodes, are becoming more ubiquitous thanks to their convenience and how much data they can compress in such a small space. However, they are not exactly the most secure, not even the most accurate, method of identification. That was part of the point that security expert Przemek Jaroszewski made in his Defcon presentation, demonstrating how a fake generated QR code was able to easily fool an automated security reader in one of the places where you'd expect things to be exclusive and secure: an airport lounge.

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Oracle hack could impact payments for hundreds of thousands of businesses

Oracle hack could impact payments for hundreds of thousands of businesses

There's some potentially bad news for a lot of Oracle customers surfacing today, as it seems the company has fallen victim to a data breach. According to KrebsOnSecurity, the breach affected Oracle's MICROS division, which provides point-of-sale systems and support for many businesses around the world. In fact, the number of locations using MICROS around the world comes in at more than 330,000, spread across 180 different countries.

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Yahoo investigating hacker’s claims of massive data breach

Yahoo investigating hacker’s claims of massive data breach

Those of you with a Yahoo account may want to reset your password, as the hacker behind the recent MySpace and LinkedIn data dumps is claiming that he has the details of 200 million Yahoo accounts. He's ready to sell too, posting the lot on the dark web with an asking price of three bitcoins, which amounts to around $1,800.

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PS Vita fully hacked to support homebrew and emulators

PS Vita fully hacked to support homebrew and emulators

With the prevalence of mobile gaming and then the focus on VR, both PC and console based, it seems that the biggest casualty in the gaming world are the handhelds. To add insult to injury, the PlayStation Vita, and especially the PS Vita TV, a.k.a. PlayStation TV, hasn't really been given that much love by Sony of late. It still has, however, its share of loyal owners who are more than happy to extend the use of their handhelds. Luckily for them, at least for the most adventurous ones, there now exists an easy to use hack that opens the door to more content, legit or otherwise.

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Pokemon Go GPS spoofing cheat is the ultimate trickery

Pokemon Go GPS spoofing cheat is the ultimate trickery

I think for most people who play Pokemon Go, the real fun in the game is getting out and enjoying the world as you catch virtual creatures. Some folks just don’t want to put that much effort into the game and look for other ways to catch them all. One person took their need to catch all the Pokemon to the next level with an intricate cheat that spoofs GPS to their smartphone and allows them to walk around the Pokemon virtual world using a joystick, never leaving the house.

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Sega Saturn cracked to load games from USB, after 20 years

Sega Saturn cracked to load games from USB, after 20 years

As of last week, the Sega Saturn turned 21 years old, at least if you start counting from its EU release. Although it enjoyed an initial surge of popularity, the Saturn was quickly left by the wayside in the console wars that left only three companies standing. Like any old, obsolete console, the Sega Saturn has its own share of loyal fans. Now those fans can take their consoles out of storage. At long last, the Sega Saturn's DRM has finally been cracked and the console can finally load and play games off a USB stick instead of a CD.

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Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

Splatoon hack lets you play with a real water gun

The PlayStation and Xbox platforms are clearly moving towards a future where virtual reality is an option for playing console games. But what about the Wii U? What could the aging system offer players in terms of realism and freedom of movement? Well, if Nintendo adopted this mod from the researchers at Japan's Kougaku Navi, you could play the shooter Splatoon on a head-mounted display while using a real water gun.

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Acer hack may have exposed 34,500 customers

Acer hack may have exposed 34,500 customers

Late last week, a letter surfaced detailing a data breach with Acer’s website which left customers’ credit and debit card details vulnerable, among other things. Though the time frame for the breach was stated — May 12 of last year through April 28 of this year — how many people may have been affected wasn’t detailed. Acer has revealed the number this week, though, and it’s substantial: as many as 34,500 customers may have had their banking details stolen.

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Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

Smoke and mirrors: running Android on an iPhone via DIY case

"The holy war is over!" Or so proclaims Nick Lee, the probably insane modder who just last April demonstrated how to get Windows 95 to run on an Apple Watch. But as if that weren't heresy enough, Lee did one even better: running Android on an iPhone. OK, it's not exactly like what it sounds, and there weren't any iPhones or Androids sacrificed to the cause. Like any good magic trick, the key is misdirection. In this case, the key is a rather conspicuous case that hides a board running Android, which is then mirrored to the iPhone's screen.

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Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Nintendo Power Glove gutted, repurposed as a drone controller

Despite almost being atrocious in its actual implementation, Nintendo's Power Glove accessory back in the NES days sparked many a hackers and tinkerer's imagination because of the possibilities it opened. Back then, however, such ideas were not easily possible to pull off. Fast forward to today's accessible and advanced electronics, the Power Glove has been put under the knife and the soldering iron in the name of science and boredom. Like this Hackaday project that shows a drone who's boss by controlling it with nothing but Jedi hand gestures.

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