Samsung says it changed the Note 5’s hardware to fix the S Pen problem

Last year, Samsung got into a bit of trouble over the design of its Galaxy Note 5, with customers reporting that when they inserted the device’s S Pen the wrong way round it permanently disabled certain functions. The company’s response was not entirely sympathetic. Customers were essentially told to “read the manual, stupid” before Samsung added extra instructions to the device’s packaging. Now, though, the company says it has physically changed the Note 5’s internal mechanism in order to “avoid the issue” altogether.

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Author: James Vincent

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Renault to recall 15,000 vehicles for emissions tests in wake of VW scandal

French carmaker Renault will recall more than 15,000 vehicles to make sure their engines are in line with emissions standards. The cars will be recalled before they go on sale, Ségolène Royal, France’s minister of ecology, told RTL radio Tuesday morning. Royal said the company committed to the recall in order to test the car engines and filtration systems to make sure they adhere to emissions standards in all temperatures.

The announcement comes after French fraud investigators raided Renault’s headquarters and two other sites near Paris earlier this month, as part of a probe into its emissions technology. French authorities launched an investigation into Volkswagen in September, following revelations that the German carmaker had…

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Author: Amar Toor

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Academy president promises 'big changes' after criticism of overwhelmingly white Oscars

This year’s list of Oscar nominees — almost uniformly white and overwhelmingly male — has drawn heavy criticism from a number of sources for a lack of diversity. Now among their number is Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs. Isaacs released a statement tonight in which she said she was “heartbroken and frustrated by the lack of inclusion” in the list of this year’s Academy Award nominees, and that “dramatic steps” would be taken to change the makeup of the Academy’s membership. “It’s time for big changes,” she said

In her statement, Isaacs — elected Academy president in 2013 — promised to conduct a review of membership recruitment “in order to bring about much-needed diversity in our 2016 class and beyond.” She noted that the Academy…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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The Carolina Panthers banned hoverboards after players were found racing in hallways

It’s not just major retailerstech shows, and airlines banning hoverboards — now NFL teams have also started restricting the use of Swagways and the like for fear of injury. Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera today confirmed that he’d banned the use of the devices inside the NFL team’s headquarters after he found a group of players “drag-racing down the hallways” at the Bank of America stadium in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Lots of PC Games Discounted in Humble Store Winter Sale

The Humble Store’s Winter Sale continues with even more deals on PC digital games–and there are some good ones to be had.

Some of the deals available now include Rocket League ($14), Call of Duty: Black Ops III ($45), Ark: Survival Evolved ($18), Cities: Skylines ($12), Fallout: New Vegas ($6.79), and The Elder Scrolls Online ($24).

Head to the Humble Store to see all the deals–there are many, many more.

You can allocate 10 percent of your purchase to a charity of your choosing. There are more than 30,000 charities available to choose from.

These offers are good through Friday, January 29, at 10 AM PST.

Looking for more gaming deals? Check out this post for a roundup of some of the day’s best offers across all major platforms.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Google is letting Android users install apps directly from search results

Google is testing a new feature on Android that lets users install apps from its search engine results without being routed through the Play Store, according to Android Police. The feature, which brings up a small permissions window and install button just as the Play Store does, appears only to work when searching through the Google app for some users and not through the Chrome browser. Google has for some time now displayed links to the Play Store on Android and to the iOS App Store on mobile Safari for iPhone users. However, this would mark the first time users can download and install an app without going through a mobile storefront.

It’s unclear if the feature will become widespread and useable through mobile browsers like Chrome…

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Author: Nick Statt

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Listen to the Run the Jewels and Wii Shop Channel mashup

Welcome to Four Degrees of Nintendo Soundtracks:

Last month, Stephen Mlinarcik uploaded the above mashup of Run the Jewels and the Nintendo Wii Shop Channel theme. At the time of this story’s publish, the video has about a 1,000 views, but I predict that number’s about to skyrocket.

Anyway, the song appears to be a play on this popular mash-up of the Wii Shop Channel theme with Drake’s “Hotline Bling.” Drake’s “Hotline Bling” was, depending on who you ask, either a ripoff or evolution of D.R.A.M’s “Cha Cha.” The central sample in “Cha Cha” is Koji Kondo’s “Star Road” for the Super Nintendo classic, Super Mario World.

This is what it’s like inside my brain.

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Author: Chris Plante

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Watch Fan-Made Metal Gear Solid Remake Trailer

The first trailer for “Shadow Moses,” a fan-made remake of the 1998 original Metal Gear Solid using the Unreal Engine 4, has been released, while its developer has admitted Konami may close it down. The video looks nice, but note that it’s a work-in-progress. Take a look at the video below (via Eurogamer).

The game’s creator, Airam Hernandez, explains in the video’s description that this is a completely unofficial remake of Metal Gear Solid. Rights-owner Konami has no involvement, and as such, this project may not be long for this world. Airam acknowledged this.

“We just need to clarify something: Konami owns the MGS copyright and therefore sooner or later we will need their full permission. We have therefore chosen to openly share this project from the beginning so that we can deal with any issues that may arise as they come,” Hernandez wrote (via Eurogamer). “We believe this is better than putting years of work into a project only to get it shut down.”

Comments on the YouTube video have been shut off “because the 80% of the comments were C&D related,” Hernandez said.

Shadow Moses is the name of an island featured in the original Metal Gear Solid. You can learn more about the development of Shadow Moses, which has apparently been in development since October 2015, on the game’s Facebook page (via Hardcore Gamer).

We’ll have more details on the status of Shadow Moses’ development as they become available.

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Author: Eddie Makuch

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Ghostface Killah wants to get vapers high with new Wu Goo synthetic weed

The vape boom is only growing. Ghostface Killah and fellow Wu-Tang member Killah Priest are currently working on a line of THC vape cartridges they’ve dubbed Wu Goo, shit so good “one hit is enough.” And to promote the product, the pair have released a new video that’s also the craziest infomercial you’ll see all day.

Ghostface (who’ll henceforth be known as Ghostvape) and Killah Priest teamed up with California-based vape company Dynamite Stix to produce the Wu Goo hash oil. I reached out to Dynamite Stix this afternoon, and a representative confirmed that the duo have been collaborating with the company for a few months and that sales have been great in the weeks since Wu Goo’s debut. If anything, Ghost is jumping in at the right…

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Author: Kwame Opam

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The sad, troubled history of Kanye West's MacBook Air

Early this morning, Kanye West released a new song with Kendrick Lamar called “No More Parties in L.A.” It’s a smooth, bass-heavy funk track that recalls a College Dropout-era Kanye. But toward the end of the track, Kanye makes an unusual reference: “And as far as real friends, tell my cousins I love ’em / Even the one that stole the laptop, you dirty motherfucker.”

A casual listener might discard this nod to a devious cousin as a strange non sequitur or a throwaway line that Kanye just liked the sound of, because it seems like it couldn’t possibly be real: One of Kanye’s cousins stole his laptop? And now he’s rapping about it? But this isn’t the first time we’ve heard tell of Kanye’s laptop. In fact, it hasn’t even been a week since…

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Author: Lizzie Plaugic

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