Fully Charged: Another Samsung tablet, Bitcoin loves basketball and The Last of Us DLC dated

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Samsung’s new year diet results in lean, mean Galaxy Tab 3 Lite

Samsung just can’t stop announcing new tablets and phones. It’s like a weird compulsion on the part of the Korean company, which this week pulled the wraps off the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite, a 7in Android 4.2 slate that’s sort of like the Galaxy Tab 3 but, well, lighter. And thinner.

The device boasts a 1024 x 600 resolution, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of expandable storage and 2MP rear-facing camera. It’s 9.7mm thick and 310g in weight. The battery and camera are slight downgrades from the original model, presumably to help keep things slim.

There’s no price and UK release info just yet, but it’s likely to cost something similar to the chubbier current model (£130 on Amazon UK).

[Source: Electronista]
 

US basketball team becomes first sports franchise to accept Bitcoin

NBA team the Sacramento Kings have become the first professional sports franchise to accept Bitcoin payments: from 1st March, fans of the California-based basketball team will be able to purchase tickets and merchandise online using the controversial crypto-currency.

Other things you can currently buy with Bitcoin are pizzas, computers and trips into space. Is the Kings’ decision merely a publicity stunt, or is it a sign that Bitcoin is heading for the mainstream?

Image credit: Antana

[Source: Wired]
 

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New iOS app lets Freesat viewers record and control their boxes from anywhere

Freesat has launched an app that turns iPhones and iPads into smart remote controls for Freetime-enabled set-top boxes.

The app (simply called “Freesat App”) lets you browse a programme guide, set recordings and launch on-demand content from the likes of BBC iPlayer on your TV (in fact, it’s currently the only remote app able to launch all four UK catch-up services). You can set recordings even when you aren’t at home. It also acts like a remote control while you’re watching, allowing you to pause/resume and rewind/fast forward through programmes.

You can download the app here. It’s free, appropriately enough.

The Last of Us single-player DLC out 14th February

Naughty Dog has revealed that its first piece of single-player DLC for The Last of Us, entitled “Left Behind”, will be available to download on 14th February. And we can’t think of a better way to spend Valentine’s Day than avoiding fungus-infected mentalists in a bleak post-apocalyptic world where life is cheap and loving someone only results in agonising heartbreak.

The DLC is set before the main events of The Last of Us, and tells the story of Ellie and her best friend Riley when they decide to sneak out of their military boarding school.

The Last of Us was probably the best game of the late PS3 era (read our review to find out why) so we’re genuinely stoked to be able to spend more time in the game’s world – horrific as it is.