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USB-C iPhone hack made real

USB-C iPhone hack made real

So you're disappointed with the fact that Apple continues to use their own Lightning port on the iPhone here in 2021. You're looking for a way to continue using your iPhone, but also have the... luxury(?) of using USB-C cords whenever you like. A man by the name of Ken Pillonel wanted to use USB-C with his iPhone too - so he went wild with the hacking and the modding.

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Super Mario World gets a long-overdue widescreen mod

Super Mario World gets a long-overdue widescreen mod

There is no shortage of attempts to makes games from decades past playable on today's hardware, but there is at least one aspect that has failed to get adapted so far. These games were made specifically for the display technology of their period, which mostly meant CRTs with 4:3 aspect ratios. Some purists might prefer playing classic retro games that way, but others would prefer not to see black borders all around. Fortunately, a new mod gives the SNES version of Super Mario World a wider viewport, provided you're willing to go through hoops to get it working.

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Bitcoin mining Game Boy mod goes for the money

Bitcoin mining Game Boy mod goes for the money

The Nintendo Game Boy was one of the more popular early portable game consoles on the market. Typically, the Game Boy was used to play black-and-white games on the go. One Game Boy owner has performed an interesting mod to his portable console allowing it to mine Bitcoin.

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Nintendo Game & Watch hack runs DOOM but don’t get your hopes up

Nintendo Game & Watch hack runs DOOM but don’t get your hopes up

After the highly successful NES and SNES Classics, Nintendo tried its luck again with another revival of an old-school gaming system. The Game & Watch, which prefigured Nintendo's Game Boy handheld, has been given new life and, unsurprisingly, became quite a hot item, despite its price, because of its limited run. Also unsurprisingly, it has piqued the interest of hardware hackers and modders who, after a lot of work, have been able to run a custom Super Mario Bros. game and, more impressive, the original DOOM.

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Black Mesa Half-Life remake launch is just around the corner

Black Mesa Half-Life remake launch is just around the corner

Video game development is often portrayed both as some fantastic journey as well as a prolonged nightmare, the latter due to cramming to meet hard target dates, long development periods, and even delays. And that's when there's a company funding the development. For fan-made, mostly voluntary game development, things can take far, far longer than initially envisioned. Fortunately for hardcore Half-Life fans, the wait is finally over and one of the most popular remakes of the game will be hitting Steam next week.

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Nintendo Switch GameCube Controller Mod is awesome but grueling work

Nintendo Switch GameCube Controller Mod is awesome but grueling work

Unlike towering desktops, gaming consoles are often less conducive to the crazy mods that PC gamers often put their rig through. That only means that mods for consoles and controllers tend to be even crazier, just like this one that recreates an iconic GameCube controller as a Switch Joy-Con. Forget a simple paint job or even 3D printing, this mod is months' work that also represents the collaborative nature of the modding community.

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You can now play the original Diablo game on web browsers

You can now play the original Diablo game on web browsers

The gaming industry is pretty terrible at preserving its rich history. The hard and thankless work of making sure classic games are still available to future generations is done by third-parties, some of whom even risk lawsuits from companies that are not at all interested in doing that but continue to close off these games to protect their IPs decades after their day in the market. Fortunately, through odd twists in history, the code for the original Diablo has more or less become available to the public, leading to one of the oddest ports of the game: Diablo on the Web.

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bsnes HD Mode 7 mod brings pixelated classics to the hi-def world

bsnes HD Mode 7 mod brings pixelated classics to the hi-def world

Putting aside legal considerations, gaming console emulators do a wonderful job of making old games accessible and playable on modern computers. Unfortunately, the game themselves weren't designed with the future in mind and there's only so much emulators can do to make their pixelated graphics work well with hi-res screens. That's why this new mod for the bsnes SNES emulator is almost magical in its ability to almost make these games almost HD-compatible.

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Google Pixel 3 Totally Clear mod is totally cool

Google Pixel 3 Totally Clear mod is totally cool

JerryRigEverything’s Zack Nelson doesn’t always bends and scratches and burns phones. Sometimes, he also tears them down to see what’s inside. And while he isn’t always a big fan of the rear glass trend in smartphones, that design does offer one advantage that polycarbonate or all-metal unibody phones can’t: the chance to have a transparent back. Fortunately, Google is on top of the latest smartphone design trends and even more fortunately, the latest Google Pixel 3 turns out to be one of the easiest to make transparent. Well, almost the easiest.

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Exynos Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 can do 4K 60fps recording

Exynos Galaxy S8, Galaxy Note 8 can do 4K 60fps recording

Just because you have a fancy, advanced image sensor capable of 4K 60 fps video recording doesn't mean you'll be able to do that on your smartphone. Your phone's processor needs to be able support that rather heavy load and, even if it could, your OEM has to allow that feature to be made available to users. When one of those requirements aren't met, users are sadly deprived of what they should have. Fortunately for owners of the Galaxy S8/S8+ and Galaxy Note 8 using Samsung's Exynos processors, that's possible now.

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Galaxy S9 Zero Camera Mod removes limits to improve quality

Galaxy S9 Zero Camera Mod removes limits to improve quality

Samsung boasts of how it has reimagined the smartphone camera in the Galaxy S9 and S9+ but it might still fall short for some more professional mobile photographers. There are certain restrictions placed that may not make sense for some of these advanced users. Those might need more than just a simple third-party camera app. The Zero Camera Mod is definitely more than just that and can greatly improve the Galaxy S9 camera experience, provided you're willing to go for a bit of an adventure.

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Nintendo Labo’s piano turns into a mini grand with this 3D printed mod

Nintendo Labo’s piano turns into a mini grand with this 3D printed mod

From the second Nintendo Labo was announced, it was clear that people were going to do cool things with it. While most of those cool things will revolve around the capabilities of Labo's cardboard constructions and the accompanying software, today we're seeing a mod that makes Labo's piano look a bit more familiar. In short: This 3D printed mod turns your Nintendo Labo piano into a miniature grand, or at least gets it most of the way there.

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