You can now use two-factor authentication to secure your Nintendo account

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Nintendo is adding a new layer of security to its online accounts: users can now enable two-factor authentication to prevent unauthorized access.

To enable the authentication method, users are prompted to download Google Authenticator, which will provide them with a code when logging in.

The move is long overdue. Sony implemented two-factor authentication last year after a number of hacks that compromised user details, while other companies such as Steam and Microsoft have utilized the system for years.

Two-factor authentication is an extra layer of security for online accounts, which verifies a login attempt with a phone or an e-mail. It’s not foolproof, but it does help add some additional protection. Here’s how to add it to your…

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Hackaday Prize Entry: Infrared Vein Illumination

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Phlebotomy is a fun word, and the fine art of finding veins. While the skill of putting needles in arms is honed by nurses and physicians over the course of decades, there are, of course, technological solutions to finding veins. One of the more impressive medical devices that does this uses near-infrared imaging — basically looking under the skin with almost visible light. These devices cost a fortune.

One project in the Hackaday Prize is looking to change that. It’s a near-infrared vein finder. Instead of the thousands of dollars professional unit costs, this one can be built for under …read more

The Tiny, $25 PocketBone

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It was announced a day or two ago, but now the PocketBone has made its first real-world appearance at the World Maker Faire in New York this weekend. This is a tiny, tiny Linux computer that’s small enough to fit on a keychain, or in an Altoids mini tin. It’s only $25 USD, and from the stock lists on Mouser and Digikey, there are plenty to go around.

The specs for the PocketBeagle are more or less exactly what you would expect from any BeagleBone. There’s an ARM Cortex-A8 running at 1GHz, 512 MB of RAM, and SD card storage. …read more

Instagram still hasn’t finished rolling out its archive feature

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I feel like I’m going to be the last person on Earth to get Instagram’s archive feature. All my friends have been able to hide their old photos for months. Most got the tool way back in June when Instagram announced that the feature would accompany its 10.21 release for iOS and Android. But not me.

Instagram’s first tests of the features go back even further; some Verge staffers saw it on their accounts in late May. Archiving lets users choose posts to take off their grid. Instead of deleting them, though, those posts go into a separate, private section of the app that serves as an archive folder. It works similarly to the bookmarking feature: no one can see what you’ve archived, but you can navigate to the posts through your profile…

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Trumpsters seek out Rocket Man, only to be confused or enraged by a pro-refugee video

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Trump supporters are flocking to the official video for Elton John’s “Rocket Man” song, to applaud Trump’s use of the nickname for Kim Jong-un in tweets and on the floor of the United Nations General Assembly.

However, the video itself is either confusing them, enraging them, or being completely misunderstood by them.

Turns out the video, the winner of a competition judged by songwriters Elton John and Bernie Taupin, is by Stephen McNally and Iranian filmmaker Majid Adin, who traveled through Europe during the 2015 refugee crisis. It’s a stunning and heartbreaking animation that reimagines the song as a metaphor for the plight of immigrants and refugees, a group for which Trump and his supporters have shown only antipathy.

Most YouTube comments (but don’t read them — never read YouTube comments; I did so you wouldn’t have to) from Trump supporters seem either oblivious to the fact that they’re cheering a pro-refugee video, or furious that they were tricked into watching something that actually has sympathy and heart.

Anyway, if you have sympathy and heart, this is a really great video.

h/t Arthur Chu

New trailers: Marvel’s The Punisher, Wes Anderson’s stop-motion dogs, and more

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Every time I think of Michel Gondry, I have this picture in my mind of the absolute weirdest stuff from The Science of Sleep and just get immediately turned off. It all seems so ridiculous out of context that I forget how well it can all add up in the actual moment.

Mood Indigo, which came out in the US in 2014, was one I had kind of written off. But I rented it last weekend and remembered just how great Gondry’s strange styles and animations and turns of plot can be.

The movie is worth watching just for the stop-motion creatures and wonderful practical effects all throughout the film. But the movie is also surprisingly dark and emotional for something that outwardly looks so romantic and quirky, and that contrast makes the whole thing…

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Exclusive discount on 1More headphones, Apple Watch deals, and more tech sales

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This week, we rounded up some exciting deals on everything from gadgets to laptops to cameras — including the super cute Elago Apple Watch stand. It’s now $9 on Amazon, and my colleague Nick Statt mentions that it’s the only smartwatch stand you’ll ever need.

Our favorite deal of the week is the 1More headphones. The brand (via Amazon) is giving The Verge readers an exclusive 20 percent discount on two of our favorite models, the Triple Driver and Quad Driver in-ear headphones. As mentioned in our review back in May, the 1More Triple Drivers are the best headphones $99 can buy (which you can now get for $72), and the Quad Drivers are pretty spectacular, too.

The week’s best deals: ending soon

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iFixit’s iPhone 8 teardown shows that you really don’t want to crack that glass back

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The iPhone 8 has finally arrived, and iFixit got a jump on its teardown of the updated device by traveling to Sydney, Australia to pick it up a bit early. Its examination of the phone shows that while it’s similar in some respect to the iPhone 7, you really want to make sure that you don’t break that glass back.

Apple claimed that the glass in the phone’s back is really strong, but now that it’s out in the hands of users, we’ll get a good idea of how durable it really is when people start dropping it. It’ll be worth making sure that it doesn’t break: the company confirmed yesterday that repairing the phone’s glass back will be more expensive than the screen under AppleCare+.

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Quick and Dirty Blimp Mount for a Shotgun Mike

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Sometimes you don’t have the hardware you need, and you can either do without or let the project’s needs inspire you to create an alternative. That’s pretty sweet, and it’s even sweeter when you find a solution that’s dirt cheap.

[Chu_st] created a sub-$10 blimp mount for his shotgun mike. It consists of a PVC pipe which attaches to the microphone’s shock mount. Plastic gardening grid is used for the shell, shaped by hand into the desired blimp shape and secured with zip ties and gaffer tape. [Chu_st] suggests using nylon stocking as a wind screen. The microphone itself attaches …read more

Nintendo is updating Super Mario Run with a new character, mode, and world

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Nintendo will issue a new update to its iOS and Android game Super Mario Run on September 29th, which will include a new world, mode, and playable character.

The update will introduce a new mode called Remix 10, which randomly splices together 10 sections from the game’s various levels in quick succession and rewards players with rainbow medals. Completing the various stages will allow players to rescue Princess Daisy and subsequently play as her throughout the rest of the game. Players will also be able to unlock a new world called World Star, which includes nine new levels, enemies and some additional gameplay mechanics.

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Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October

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Halloween season is finally upon us, so you might expect your streaming service of choice to be filled with dozens of new slasher flicks, gothic thrillers, and serial killer movies. (The whole creepy killer clown thing is currently being handled in both movie theaters and on cable TV, so you’re already covered there.)

What’s fascinating, though, is that there’s actually not a huge influx of traditional horror titles coming in October — but what is on its way shouldn’t be missed. We’ll start with Netflix, because the service is getting director Julia Ducournau’s cannibal movie (and festival favorite) Raw, the first season of its new David Fincher thriller Mindhunter, and Richard Kelley’s Donnie Darko. There’s also this really tiny show…

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Building This TARDIS Is Anything But A Snap

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As an avid fan of the show Dr Who, [Adam Sifounakis] saw a model for a laser-cut TARDIS that piqued his curiosity that eventually grew into a multi-week project involving multiple setbacks, missteps, revamps and — finally — gratification. Behold, his sound activated TARDIS.

First and foremost, assembling and painting the model was a fun puzzle — despite a few trips to the store — with a little backtracking on the painting due to impatience. Next, the creation of a pulsing soft white LED circuit timed with an audio clip to really sell the image of a mini-TARDIS proved to …read more

Scooter Wheels Keep DIY Barn Doors on Track

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[MotoGeeking] built a giant spray booth and is in the process of making customized, air-filtering barn doors for it. When it came to buy hardware to move the doors, though, he found all the ready-made options to be prohibitively expensive. You know what comes next: he designed barn door hardware from the ground up, and did it as cheaply as possible.

After intensely studying many images of barn doors and hardware, [MotoGeeking] decided on the right wheels and went from there. Kick scooter wheels fit the bill nicely, since they are designed to support a lot of weight and come …read more

Cheap, Full-Duplex Software Defined Radio With The LimeSDR

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A few years ago, we saw the rise of software-defined radios with the HackRF One and the extraordinarily popular RTL-SDR USB TV tuner dongle. It’s been a few years, and technology is on a never-ending upwards crawl to smaller, cheaper, and more powerful widgets. Now, some of that innovation is making it to the world of software-defined radio. The LimeSDR Mini is out, and it’s the cheapest and most capable software defined radio yet. It’s available through a Crowd Supply campaign, with units shipping around the beginning of next year.

The specs for the LimeSDR mini are quite good, even …read more

8-Channel ADC For the Raspberry Pi

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The Raspberry Pi is a powerful embedded computing platform. However, for all its Linux-based muscle, it lacks one thing that even the simplest 8-bit microcontrollers usually have – analog-to-digital conversion. There are a great many ways to rectify this shortcoming, and [Chris Burgess] has brought us another – with an 8-channel ADC for the Raspberry Pi.

For the ADC, [Chris] chose the MCP3008, for its low cost and availability. In this configuration it offers 10-bit resolution and a maximum sampling rate of 200 kilosamples per second. Adafruit has a great guide on working with the MCP3008, too. With such a …read more

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