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Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

Samsung turns 40 Galaxy S5s into a bitcoin mining cluster

The fast-paced innovation in the mobile industry undoubtedly has negative consequences, not just for ourselves but for the environment at large. E-waste is no longer a rarity, and even if old smartphones don’t fill up landfills, they might be filling up your closets instead. As the company with perhaps the most smartphones in markets, closets, and garbage alike, Samsung does have a responsibility in becoming part of the solution. It has introduced a new initiative it calls “Upcycling”, that can repurpose these devices for completely different things. Like, for example, using dozens of them into a bitcoin mining farm.

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GTA 5 mod OpenIV returns after Rockstar softens stance

GTA 5 mod OpenIV returns after Rockstar softens stance

The last week has been a frustrating one for Grand Theft Auto V players, specifically those among the game's PC modding community. Things came to a head earlier this month when Take-Two, GTA 5's publisher, sent a cease and desist letter to the creators of OpenIV, a popular modding tool that enables players to create new items for the single-player mode, as well as access to an enhanced video editor. Following a strong backlash from the community, developer Rockstar has stepped in to get Take-Two to soften their harsh stance against mods.

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GTA 5 publisher shuts down popular fan-made modding tool

GTA 5 publisher shuts down popular fan-made modding tool

Grand Theft Auto V players on PC who enjoy the game's numerous mods were dealt a blow this week when publisher Take-Two Interactive forced one of the most popular fan-made modding tools to shut down. Dubbed OpenIV and in use for almost ten years, its creators say they received a cease and desist order from Take-Two earlier this month, and the tool has now been taken offline.

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These Moto Mods could make the Moto Z more interesting

These Moto Mods could make the Moto Z more interesting

Lenovo and Motorola (formerly Moto formerly Motorola) haven’t given up on the modular phone idea, even when its peers have and even when the market doesn’t seem to be that enthusiastic about it. In a few months’ time, however, we might be thankful it didn’t either. While the initial set of Moto Mods for the Moto Z family have been less than inspiring, save for a one or two exceptions, others outside of Motorola’s offices may have better ideas, some of which have found their way to Indiegogo to make those ideas real.

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Moto Mod with slider QWERTY keyboard coming to Indiegogo

Moto Mod with slider QWERTY keyboard coming to Indiegogo

Smartphones with physical QWERTY keyboards aren't unheard of but aren't exactly many. Even fewer are those with keyboards that slide out. And even rarer are those that slide out horizontally in a landscape orientation. That kind of form factor hasn't been seen since perhaps the Motorola DROID 4, but soon that might appear again, coincidentally in another Motorola smartphone. No, Motorola isn't making a new QWERTY slider. But thanks to its Moto Mods, someone else can make that happen. If, however, the price, or rather the funding, is right.

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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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Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

Why did CyanogenMod die? What is LineageOS? All the important details

The Cyanogen company did not shut down, nor did the operating system CyanogenMod - it'll just change names. CyanogenMod OS will rebrand as LineageOS and will be separate from Cyanogen Inc., the company, which will operate separate from the open source OS. Those with CyanogenMod installed on phones or tablets right now should consider installing a more basic version of Android now, as no new support for the operating system will be offered.

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Lenovo opens the Moto Mod floodgates, commits to 12 per year

Lenovo opens the Moto Mod floodgates, commits to 12 per year

If you're a fan of the modular Moto Z, then you're apparently in for a treat, as Lenovo has committed to releasing 12 Moto Mods per year. The Moto Z family has already received seven different mods since it launched back in July, so Lenovo is already throwing a lot of weight behind its modular phone. From here it seems like things will only get better for Moto Z owners, which is definitely an exciting proposition.

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Motorola, Indiegogo team up to push Moto Mods forward

Motorola, Indiegogo team up to push Moto Mods forward

Both LG and Motorola have revealed their own version of modular attachments to smartphones, but, unlike LG, Motorola seems to be really serious about it. For one, it has announced more such Moto Mods for purchase. For another, it is providing a Moto Mod Dev Kit to help developers and tinkerers make their own mods. And now, to further help those mod dreams come true, Motorola is partnering with crowdfunding platform Indiegogo to help such dreamers find funding for their bright, wild, and hopefully useful ideas.

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PlayStation 4 getting mod support for Skyrim and Fallout 4 after all

PlayStation 4 getting mod support for Skyrim and Fallout 4 after all

Last month, Bethesda announced that mod support for Fallout 4 and Skyrim wouldn't be coming to PS4. The company didn't delve into too many specifics about why this was, though it did say that Sony wouldn't "approve user mods the way they should work: where users can do anything they want for either Fallout 4 or Skyrim Special Edition." It would appear that Sony has changed its mind on the matter, with Bethesda announcing that mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim Special Edition with come to PS4 after all.

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No Fallout 4 or Skyrim mods on PS4, Bethesda confirms

No Fallout 4 or Skyrim mods on PS4, Bethesda confirms

After players have been waiting for months now, developer Bethesda has revealed that its games on PlayStation 4 — specifically Fallout 4 and the upcoming Skyrim remaster — will not support the anticipated mods feature. Now, this isn't a case of Bethesda being jerks and having lied to us all this time, or even one of them not being able to get the feature to work on PS4. Instead, it seems that Sony has ruled that it will not approve user mods in a way that Bethesda feels they "should work."

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NVIDIA reveals ‘Vault 1080’ mod for Fallout 4

NVIDIA reveals ‘Vault 1080’ mod for Fallout 4

NVIDIA recently unleashed a slew of new graphics cards, but judging from a new announcement on the NVIDIA blog, that isn't all the company has been working hard on. NVIDIA announced today that it will soon be releasing a mod all its own for Bethesda's Fallout 4, and just as you'd expect from a company that primarily deals in GPUs, this one is meant to push graphics cards a bit harder than the base game.

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