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Now you can play Portal on an Apple II

Now you can play Portal on an Apple II

If for some reason you still haven't played Valve's hit game Portal, I implore you to go to Steam or your favorite console's digital marketplace and download it right away. It really is as good as everyone says. However, if you have played it (and the acclaimed sequel) before, but wish you re-experience it on your aging but beloved Apple II computer, now you finally can, thanks to computer engineering professor Vince Weaver.

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Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

Famicom Pocket puts the Famicom Mini inside a Game Boy

There has never been a lack of hacks and DIY projects surrounding Nintendo’s most beloved classic gaming systems, but Nintendo itself kicked off renewed interest when it launched the Famicom Mini in Japan and the NES Classic to the rest of the world. There have been some interesting work trying to replicate those mini consoles using a Raspberry Pi or, more recently, hacking into the box to make it support more than the fixed 30 games inside. This latest one to come straight from Japan is, perhaps, the craziest and best one yet, which practically puts a NES inside a GameBoy. Behold, the “Famicom Pocket”!

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ESEA e-sports league hack yields 1.5m user profiles

ESEA e-sports league hack yields 1.5m user profiles

When you usually hear about hacked user databases, they usually involve adult sites, social networks, political groups, or e-mail service providers. Once in a while, you’ll also hear about hacks to digital game stores. Rare, however, are cases of hacks of independent gaming communities. But when you’re the world’s largest e-sports communities, not to mention makers of anti-cheating software, you definitely have a larger than usual target on your back. That was apparently the case with the E-Sports Entertainment Association or ESEA, whose database got broken into late last year, with the hacker getting away with potentially sensitive information of over 1.5 million ESEA accounts.

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NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

NES Classic hack adds 30 games with USB cable

Despite launching in the last few months of the year, Nintendo's NES Classic Edition turned out to be one of the hottest devices of 2016. But other than being incredibly hard to find over the holiday season, the only real drawback of the tiny retro game console is that it's limited to the 30 titles that come pre-installed. Fortunately modders and hackers have been hard at work at rectifying that problem, and the latest successful trick manages to add another 30 games over a USB cable.

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Topps, maker of sports cards, discloses data breach

Topps, maker of sports cards, discloses data breach

The company behind many sports and other trading cards, Topps, has disclosed a data breach. According to a notice sent to Topps customers, the company became aware of the breach in mid-October 2016, something that triggered an investigation revealing that ‘one or more intruders’ possibly stole some customer data. That data could include credit and debit card numbers, names, email addresses, and more.

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Wolfenstein 3D on unmodified GameBoy Color uses cartridge hack

Wolfenstein 3D on unmodified GameBoy Color uses cartridge hack

Move over DOOM! Wolfenstein 3D is now the new standard of “is it a computer?” Well, considering both games were made by the same company the same company, it’s not really a competition. But DOOM has had its time in the spotlight and has been ported to almost every thing imaginable and unimaginable, and now it’s Wolfenstein’s time to shine. And while it might sound too simple to have Wolfenstein running on a GameBoy Color, this one is particularly intriguing because the GBC itself is unmodified. The trick is in the cartridge.

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Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

Visa card info can be guessed, stolen in six seconds

It has never been easier to buy stuff online, be they digital goods or ordering for physical ones. But, like many conveniences, that may have come at a price that no one will be willing to pay. According to security researchers from Newcastle University in the UK, that price is security. They have demonstrated that it only takes six seconds to get a Visa credit or debit card’s number, expiry date, and security code, all thanks to a lax security implementation in its online payment system.

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Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

Security researchers bypass Apple Activation Lock screen using unknown bug

The Apple Activation Lock screen is there to prevent someone from stealing your Apple device and then being able to activate it to sell or use for themselves. Security researchers have now found a bug that allows them to bypass that Activation Lock screen and activate stolen or lost tablets and iPhones. The bug was first documented by security researcher Hemanth Joseph in November.

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Tiniest Game Boy Color fits on a keychain

Tiniest Game Boy Color fits on a keychain

We’ve seen a lot hacks and mods that aimed to relive the glory days of Nintendo’s most beloved handheld, the Game Boy. Specifically the Game Boy Color. Those ranged from near exact replicas to larger than life cabinets to palm-sized miniatures. Given off the shelf components, the smallest one could possibly get would be somewhere along the size of a Raspberry Pi board. Well, not anymore. Thanks to some dedication and persistence, Sprite_TM was able to craft what is perhaps the world’s smallest GBC clone, small enough to clandestinely stand beside your keys.

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Three Madison Square Garden hack lessons to shop safe on Black Friday

Three Madison Square Garden hack lessons to shop safe on Black Friday

Madison Square Garden has announced that it was the victim of a security breach that lasted nearly a year. As if that weren't bad enough, the breach affected five Madison Square Garden venues - four in New York City and one in Chicago. Considering how many people live in those cities and visit them each year, this has the potential to be a rather serious attack.

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Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

Doom runs on everything, including MacBook Pro Touch Bar

It is both a running joke as well as a tradition within the programming and gaming communities that a computer is really only a computer if it can run Doom. The first one, mind you. Well, now you can probably consider the fancy new Touch Bar introduced in the late 2016 MacBook Pros to be computers in their own right. Because, yes, someone has gotten Doom to run on that Touch Bar. No, not use the Touch Bar for controls but actually run on the Touch Bar, display and all.

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NES Classic can run “your own” Linux but not yet worth it

NES Classic can run “your own” Linux but not yet worth it

Despite its rarity, more because of shortage of supplies than being a limited edition, the NES Classic is just begging to be torn down, hacked, and even repurposed. The first has already happened, though not yet on iFixit. The third depends on the second, which is already on its way, albeit rather slowly. A couple of Japanese hackers have revealed how they were able to compile their own version of Linux on the Japanese Famicom Mini, though with little practical application.

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