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Pokemon Yellow runs on Apple Watch thanks to GBC emulator

Pokemon Yellow runs on Apple Watch thanks to GBC emulator

The Pokemon fever has hit the Apple Watch. Well, sort of. We’ve seen all sorts of crazy, and admittedly useless, antics done on Android Wear smartwatches but not so much on the Apple Watch. Well, the Apple Watch does have some “hacks”, and sometimes for things that matter the most. Like, for example, being able to play Pokemon Yellow on the Apple Watch 2, thanks to an Game Boy Color emulator “appropriately” named “Giovanni”.

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The Nintendo Switch has already been hacked somewhat

The Nintendo Switch has already been hacked somewhat

That took long enough. When you have a super high-profile device that is also super closed, like the Nintendo Switch, you are practically giving hackers an open invitation to test just how strong your defenses are. Unfortunately, if you have a high-profile device, chances are, those defenses easily crumble under expert hacker hands. A little over a week since it launched, famed iOS jailbreaker qwertyoruiop has revealed he found a way inside the Switch, and hackers have to thank Apple for that.

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This SNES mod is the latest Nintendo console-portable hybrid

This SNES mod is the latest Nintendo console-portable hybrid

If you've been paying to the launch of the new Nintendo Switch at all, you know that its greatest feature is its ability to seamlessly transition from home console to hand-held portable. Unfortunately, at this point its biggest drawback is the lack of a wide selection of games — you know, besides the new Zelda. But you know what system has a huge library of great games? The Super Nintendo (SNES). That's why one Japanese modder has the right idea by turning his old console into the perfect portable machine.

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Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Windows 98 “wrist watch” runs on a Raspberry Pi

Watches are a personal thing and no one size fits all. Maybe that’s why smartwatches have had a hard time becoming as mainstream as smartphones. Not everyone might be satisfied with just having Android or watchOS on their wrists. Some might want an honest to goodness desktop OS they can wear. So 314rcreator, a.k.a. Lord_of_Bone on Reddit, whipped up a quick hack that put a Raspberry Pi A+ that ran Windows 98. Because, well, why not?

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Arby’s hit with security breach: hundreds of restaurants affected

Arby’s hit with security breach: hundreds of restaurants affected

The fast food franchise Arby’s has confirmed that it was hit with a data security breach, one involving ‘malicious software’ on its payment card systems. The company went on to state that it notified law enforcement after discovering the breach, as well as ‘leading security experts,’ one of which was Mandiant. The investigation into the matter is said to still be ongoing, though the malware itself has been removed from the affected systems.

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Get the Mega Man 2.5D fangame before it’s gone

Get the Mega Man 2.5D fangame before it’s gone

As beloved as certain games might be, even the biggest fan has, at one point in time or another, wondered what would have happened of the game had this or that feature or was made with this kind of technology. Such thinking has led to not a few fan-made "remakes" of popular titles. Like this "Mega Man 2.5D", which gives the popularly difficult platformer a half new dimensions. Considering the lukewarm, even negative, reception that the Mega Man Mobile launch received, fans of the blue bomber might be hungry for some thing new, refreshing, and daring.

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MindFlix hack lets you control Netflix with your thoughts

MindFlix hack lets you control Netflix with your thoughts

Imagine lounging back on your comfy chair watching Netflix when you suddenly feel the urge to pause, skip, rewind, or switch videos only to realize that your smartphone has fallen out of reach. Maybe the remote has disappeared into the abyss that is your couch. Maybe you really just feel too tired or apathetic to tap on the right buttons. Wouldn’t it be great if you could just think of what you want to do and make it so? With MindFlix, you can! Provided you have a mind-reading Muse head band. Or if Netflix ever makes this hack available to the public.

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Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Apple Activation Lock status may have been used for hacking

Over the weekend, Apple silently pulled out what was previously an effective anti-theft measure, the Activation Lock status checker webpage. Despite increased media coverage, Apple has remained silent on exactly why. Although it still hasn’t confirmed it, some speculation by MacRumors may point to the reason both for the removal of the tool as well as Apple’s silence. The anti-theft tool might have ironically been abused as a tool to bypass locked devices and gain access to those.

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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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