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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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2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

2012 Linkedin hack is back to haunt 117 million users

Remember way back in 2012, when Linkedin was hacked? It's been a few years, so if you don't remember, that's understandable. Back then, roughly 6.5 million users had their passwords shared online, thanks to a hacker that was able to obtain them. Thankfully, the released passwords didn't have the account email addresses listed with them, which meant that there were likely no unauthorized logins to the site.

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Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

Here’s an Apple Watch running Windows 95

In the long, long list of ancient operating systems and software that's been installed on smartwatches, the combination of Windows 95 and the Apple Watch has been missing. Thankfully, developer Nick Lee has put things right. It may take an hour to boot up, but the OS is almost fully functional on the wearable, despite being completely impractical. Lee shared his achievement in a video, so there's no need to go through the nightmare of trying to open the Start menu yourself.

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Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

Blizzard’s US servers go offline, hacker group takes credit

If you were hoping to play World of Warcraft, Hearthstone, or any other Blizzard title last night, you probably had issues connecting. In fact, all of Blizzard's US servers were down for an extended period last night. There was no scheduled maintenance causing the downtime, instead the culprits were a group of Lizards.

The hacker group known as Lizard Squad decided that they needed to target Blizzard's US servers last night, and they appear to have made quick work of them. All Battle.net games were offline for an indeterminate amount of time last night and this morning. The hacker group took credit for the attack, and were sure to tweet about it just before they began their assault.

Blizzard responded to the attack by confirming that they were in fact hit with a "potential DDoS" at one of their datacenters. They then stated that they had taken actions to bring their services back up, and would continue working to mitigate the impact. A bit later they confirmed that a second attack had happened, but their "supercool internet-shield" stopped it.

Many people are wondering why Lizard Squad picked this time to focus an attack on Blizzard's service. There are a few theories floating around, though the group hasn't confirmed their motive. Personally, I think that it might have something to do with the legal action against private vanilla WoW server, Nostalrius. Perhaps some members of the Squad enjoyed playing on the server, and decided to see how Blizzard enjoyed having their servers shut down.

Regardless of the motive, Blizzard appears to be unharmed after the attack, and a large number of players were inconvenienced for a few hours. There are also reports of the team hacking one or more Blizzard staff email accounts, though Blizzard hasn't confirmed these.

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Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Jigsaw ransomware delete files hourly, but free decryptor is available now

Ransomware is nothing new; it has been around for a while now. Ransomware is software that is installed on your computer via various means that will encrypt files and offer to decrypt them only if you pay a ransom to the people who have encrypted the content. One of the newest ransomware to hit the web is called the Jigsaw Ransomware and a way to decrypt your files without paying the ransom has been discovered.

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Trump Hotels possibly hit with (another) credit card system breach

Trump Hotels possibly hit with (another) credit card system breach

Trumps Hotels may have been hit by a second credit card system breach, according to a new report. If proven true, this would be the second instance within a year of hackers compromising the hotels' payment systems, leaving customers at risk. An increasing number of hotels have fallen victim to such security breaches, including Hilton which disclosed a similar breach this past November.

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