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Nintendo Switch running Linux will get homebrewers excited

Nintendo Switch running Linux will get homebrewers excited

Even though the Switch is still a relatively new console (it isn't even a full year old yet), modders and hackers have been hard at work trying to bend it to their will. Modding communities always pop up around new consoles, but it's particularly exciting with the Switch because of its portable nature. Those modders have made some progress with the Switch in the time since launch, but today we're seeing the most impressive development yet.

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Mod puts modern PC internals inside ancient 386 case

Mod puts modern PC internals inside ancient 386 case

You can only take retro so far, especially when it comes to computers. Older hardware won’t get you far if you need something actually usable. The most you can do is to make, usually 3D print, an old-school shell around new hardware. The more hardcore, however, will force those new parts into an original shell. That’s exactly what Reddit user Tylinol did with SErEndIPITy, a more or less recent PC gaming rig shoehorned into a 386 case, with some modern amenities like a CPU temperature display.

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Apple Disk II floppy drive is a Blu-ray/DVD drive in disguise

Apple Disk II floppy drive is a Blu-ray/DVD drive in disguise

While retro has always been a thing, nostalgia can only take you so far down memory lane before you have to backtrack to present day reality. Not unless you’re able to take something old and something new and put them in one glorious and totally working nod to the past. That’s exactly RetroConnector on Etsy is doing for used and pre-loved Apple Disk II boxes. But don’t bother trying to push in one of those flexible 5 1/4-inch floppies. This one only accepts CDs and DVDs.

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Google Camera HDR+ mod can now use LG wide-angle cameras

Google Camera HDR+ mod can now use LG wide-angle cameras

Camera app mods are the new fad in Android after launchers and ROMs. With Google making near-exclusive features available only for its own phones, the desire and demand for ports for other phones have only become greater. Google Camera HDR+ has been one of the more popular ones that has even been branched off for other devices. Now another "spin" has made it out of the woodwork, with a new Google Camera HDR+ that supports LG's type of dual cameras, particular the wide-angle ones.

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Huawei Mate 10 call recording is easy but needs root

Huawei Mate 10 call recording is easy but needs root

For one reason or another, there may be a time when you will need to record phone calls on your phone. Never mind the legal considerations, the technical hurdles might be harder to overcome. Not all phones expose that functionality even if, in theory, the device is more than capable of handling it. Fortunately on Android, you do have a choice and a way to enable call recording, like for the Huawei Mate 10 and Mate 10 Pro. The catch is that getting there is actually the hard part.

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OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

OnePlus Camera M mod improves OnePlus 5/5T photography

There seems to be a new pattern among some of the newer and smaller players in the smartphone market. Launch a phone with “decent”, sometimes even dismal camera performance and then promise a firmware update that fixes it later. That fix does come, eventually, but sometimes the results are less than satisfying. Fortunately there are some rather devoted app developers, like XDA Senior Member txx1219, who develop some mods, like this OnePlus Camera M, that takes the disappointing stock OEM camera app and magically transforms it into something good.

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Raspberry Pi Zero WH adds pre-soldered 40-pin GPIO header

Raspberry Pi Zero WH adds pre-soldered 40-pin GPIO header

How much can you cram into a 2.6 in x 1.2 in circuit board? You’d presume not much, but the Raspberry Foundation is trying to prove you wrong. First, it added built-in Wi-Fi to its teeny Raspberry Pi Zero and called it the Raspberry Pi Zero W. Now it’s adding a 40-pin GPIO header on top of that and calling it, what else, the Raspberry Pi Zero WH. Now tinkerers and makers don’t need to get their fingers burned immediately when just getting started.

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Newer Super Mario Bros. DS adds 80 new levels you can play on PCs

Newer Super Mario Bros. DS adds 80 new levels you can play on PCs

One of the problems with the older generation of games, especially those less powerful handhelds, is that most of them are a one-time thing. Few have any replay value beyond looking for items or areas you may have previously missed. And even rarer are expansions and DLCs. Fortunately, the gaming community is not lacking in hackers and modders who are more than happy to extend the fun. Like this new Newer Super Mario Bros. DS that adds content to an older portable title.

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XBOOK ONE X laptop mod offers keyboard option, bigger screen

XBOOK ONE X laptop mod offers keyboard option, bigger screen

EdsJunk has been making and offering mods of nearly every Xbox and PlayStation generation, turning them into portable versions of themselves. Depending on your definition of "portable". But while the modder calls them "laptops", they're really only laptops in their clamshell form. With the new XBOOK ONE X, however, the mod comes close to actually being a laptop. Now the hulking briefcase turned semi-portable Xbox One X includes a laptop-sized keyboard, but only if you ask for it.

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iPhone X clear back mod will make you think twice

iPhone X clear back mod will make you think twice

The switch, or return, to having glass rather than metal or plastic on the back of phones has a few advantages. Those include wireless charging, some rather fascinating designs, and the ability to have a clear back cover. The latter seems to have become a niche fad among enthusiasts, one that has inspired many to risk breaking their phones in the process. Naturally, the $1,000 iPhone X is no exception, and EverythingApplePro embarked on the journey so that you won’t have to. And after seeing this, you really might not want to.

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Cary42 turns an arcade cabinet into a wooden briefcase

Cary42 turns an arcade cabinet into a wooden briefcase

In an ideal world, gamers would love to have their non-handheld games with them anywhere and everywhere. That is why consoles like the Nintendo Switch and mods like the XBOOK and XSTATION are such a hit. But what if you’re more of the old school, button-smashing, stick flicking type of gamer? Surely you can’t cram an arcade cabinet for two into a portable form, right? Wrong! At least not if you ask craft shop Love Hulten, who has just made the Cary42 for that exact purpose.

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XDA One Handed Mode makes large Android phones more usable

XDA One Handed Mode makes large Android phones more usable

Gone are the days when you can comfortably fit and use your smartphone in one hand. While the disappearance of bezels promise bigger screens inside the same phone size, most smartphones 5.5-inches (traditional size) and higher often require another hand to reach the top. Some OEMs like Samsung and LG implement a one-handed mode, but not all Android smartphone have that. XDA has just released its own One Handed Mode app that mimics iOS’ Reachability for any Android phone, no root required.

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