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Motorola Won’t Give Up on Modular Smartphones No Matter How Silly They Are

It feels like the window of opportunity for modular smartphones has come and gone. Google’s Project Ara is dead, and LG gave up almost immediately after the release of the G5. But then, off in its own little corner and now three generations deep, Motorola and the new Moto Z3 Play haven’t given up yet. Read More >>

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This Paper Shredder Upgraded With a Scary-Powerful Motor Looks Like It Could Rip Off an Arm

Destroying sensitive documents using a paper shredder is a long and boring process because most of the machines are woefully underpowered. Destruction is supposed to be fun, so a gifted Danish hardware hacker upgraded a run-of-the-mill shredder with a 44,400-RPM brushless motor, letting the machine tear through a page in less than a second. Read More >>

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Clever Cosplayer Hacks Nerf Blaster to Cast Floating Holographic Spells

Benedict Cumberbatch aside, the best part of Marvel’s Doctor Strange movie was the animated spells the magical characters could generate out of thin air. Given our world lacks real magic, a Japanese cosplayer has found a way to simulate the same effect using a modded Nerf blaster and a spinning LED wand. Read More >>

toys
This Custom-Made, 1,200-Round Triple Nerf Gun Is So Big It Needs a Tripod

There’s no better example of bigger being better than this devastating 1,200-round Nerf blaster made by combining three Rival Nemesis MXVII-10K blasters and a plastic storage container that serves as a massive ammo hopper. The result is a foam-firing Frankenstein that’s so massive and heavy you need a camera tripod to support it. Read More >>

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These Cute, Pixelated Puppers Will Devour You in This Wolfenstein 3D Mod

You might love Wolfenstein, but I’m not one who can stomach much violence, even when it’s in service of destroying Nazis in all their forms. As a result, I’ve never played more than a few minutes of any Wolfenstein game. That’s why Return to Castle Woofenstein (aka Woof3d), a mod that turns every enemy Nazi into a lovable doggo, is right up my alley. Read More >>

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Spotify Is Blocking Subscribers Who Used Hacked Apps to Get Premium Features

First reported by TorrentFreak, Spotify is sending users the following email about “abnormal activity.” Read More >>

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A Talented Modder Turned Nerf’s 70 MPH Rival Blaster Into a 2,000-Round Spinning Minigun

Nerf’s Rival blasters, which can fire small foam balls at speeds of up to 70 miles per hour, already make you a formidable opponent when office battles erupt. But it wasn’t enough for YouTube’s Captain Xavier, who hacked his Nerf Rival into a spinning minigun fed by a 2,000-shot backpack. Read More >>

cars
Driver Accidentally Gassed Himself and a Passenger With DIY Car Mods

A driver from Chelmsford accidentally killed himself and a passenger in his Ford Fiesta, after DIY modifications led to a massive increase in the amount of engine fumes entering the compartment. Read More >>

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How to Turn Nerf’s Newest Blaster Into a Foam Bullet Fire Hose

It was only announced last week, and it’s not supposed to be available until later in the year, but somehow YouTube’s LordDraconical managed to get his hands on Nerf’s new Rival Nemesis MXVII-1oK. He promptly gutted it and then upgraded it to turn it into a wacky foam bullet-shooting monster. Read More >>

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Samsung’s Attempted Takedown of the Note 7 GTA Video Has Been Denied

It's no secret that the DMCA takedown system gets abused, especially on YouTube. The latest high profile example of this came from Samsung, who filed a copyright notice against a video showcasing a GTA V mod that changes grenades into exploding Galaxy Note 7s. Fortunately, the request has been blocked by YouTube. Read More >>

vaping
Gizmodo’s Ultimate Guide to Vaping

The world of vaping doesn’t make immediate sense. Whether you want to vape plant matter, wax, or e-liquids, you probably want to do some research before you start dropping cash on mods. Don’t worry, though. We did the research for you. Read More >>

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Hero Hacks Game Boy to Run Almost Any Retro Game

Meet the Gameboy Zero. It’s a classic Gameboy shell with a Raspberry Pi’s heart. But the mod isn’t purely cosmetic. Read More >>

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An Atari Cartridge Game Boy Lets You Play Retro Games Without a Console

The electronics powering the Atari 2600 were even simpler than those found in the original Game Boy. So why are recreations like the Atari Flashback 2.0 so big? There’s no reason they have to be, as lovablechevy proved by squeezing them into a old Atari video game cartridge. Read More >>

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Fallout 4 Official Mod Support Coming in April to PC (But Consoles Have to Wait)

Bethesda games are good enough out of the box, but any true Fallout or Elder Scrolls fan knows that it's the community-made mods that really count. Huge games as they are, fan mods open up new ways of playing that even the developers couldn't think of, making these giant titles almost infinitely replayable. And now we know when Fallout 4 will be getting official mod support: April. Read More >>

toys
Hackers Found a Way to Make Furbies Even Creepier

When Furby hit store shelves in November 1998, it was an instant hit. Kids loved it. Parents loved it. People paid three times the Furby’s retail value just to get one for Christmas, and within three years, Furby had sold 40 million units. Now, nearly two decades later, it’s the seedy world of Furby hackers and circuit-benders that are keeping the legendary toy alive. Read More >>