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Samsung giving away $50 Play Store credit to Galaxy Note 3 users

Samsung is offering a $50 Play Store credit for all the current and new owners of Galaxy Note 3 in the US. The promotion should help maintain the strong performance of the company’s phablet flagship during the holiday season.

All the Galaxy Note 3 owners, who purchase their device on or before January 6, will be eligible to claim the offer. You have to register your phone number, IMEI and a few other details with Samsung, before you redeem your $50 credit. With the Play Store credit you can download apps, movies, music, games, books, magazines and TV shows without having to pay anything.

If you are one of the existing Galaxy Note 3 users, then head on to the source link below to claim your voucher.


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Samsung Galaxy Gear with discounted price tag up for grabs on eBay

Samsung has already sold 800,000 units of its Galaxy Gear smartwatch in just about two months. The gadget is one of the most expensive smartwatches in the market with the device retailing at $299 or €299.

Now, however, the Galaxy Gear is up for grabs with discounted price tag on eBay in Germany for €229 with worldwide shipping.

Head over here for the deal. There are additional colors available as well (Yellow, White/Silver, White/Gold). The shipping might cost you a few bucks depending on where you live, so make sure you go through the fine print before purchasing.

Meanwhile, if you want to learn more about the Samsung Galaxy Gear, then check out our detailed review.


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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 pricey but noteworthy

A woman tests a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone at the IFA, one of the world's largest trade fairs for consumer electronics and electrical home appliances in Berlin, Germany. Photo: AP/Michael Sohn

Product: Samsung Galaxy Note 3
Quick specs: 2.3 GHz Quad-Core Processor, Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean), S Pen, 3 GB RAM, 13 MP camera
USP: A does-it-all phablet
official price: `49,900
Best price: `45,185


If you’re not used to handling tablets, the first thing you notice about the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is that it’s big, very big. This makes it a great phablet but it’s definitely not a pocket-friendly phone, in more ways than one. The device is jam-packed with specs and features and you’d have to be among the savviest of smartphone users to be able to capitalise on all of them.

Pros: The positives are many. From a massive 3 GB RAM and 3,200 mAh battery, to a crystal clear 13 MP camera and 5.7 inch full-HD Super Amoled screen, this phone packs quite a punch. The phone is fast and lets you run two apps simultaneously with its Multi Window feature quite efficiently. The S Pen is improved from the Note 2 and you could do fun things with it — doodle, convert hand-writing to text and even dial a phone number with just one click. Perhaps the best new feature is the back cover — with its faux leather finish it looks elegant and provides a firmer grip on the device. The phone can also be linked to the Galaxy Gear smart watch, though we didn’t have the opportunity to test that. The Note 3 retains the Note 2’s handy customisable multi-colour LED light to segregate all your notifications.

Cons: For a phone with such great memory and processor, it freezes quite often. Sometimes an app will hang causing the entire phone to freeze and this can get very annoying after the third occurrence. The battery doesn’t last for even a day and this can be remedied by rationed use of the apps, but why would you do that? Surprisingly, the handset also heats up after prolonged use for 2-3 hours, so be careful if you’re watching a movie or binge-viewing your favourite TV show on it. The touch can get a bit fitful and we had to tap app icons more than once to get them started.

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Apple updates Find My Friends app with iOS 7 UI guidelines

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Asphalt 8: Airborne comes to Windows Phone and Windows 8

Gameloft's popular racing game, Asphalt 8: Airborne, the successor to Asphalt 7: Heat, has finally arrived on Windows Phone and Windows 8 devices, three months after its release on Android and iOS. While it might seem a little late, it's one of the few titles to make it to Windows Phone this quickly.
Asphalt 8: Airborne is available for download on the Windows Phone Store for Rs.55 and on the Windows Store for Rs. 100.
The latest Asphalt features a brand-new physics engine that lets players race through tunnels, off bridges, down embankments, through towns, and along the superhighway at high speeds, and allows them to perform dynamic, high-speed aerial stunts. Stunts range from barrel rolls and wild 360 degree jumps to hitting the ramps and taking the race above the track.
One can race in single-player Career mode in one of the 47 luxury dream cars, 80 percent of which are new as per Gameloft. These include cars licensed from manufacturers like Lamborghini and Ferrari.
Gamers can race in nine different locations including Venice, Guiana and the Nevada Desert.
Asphalt 8: Airborne's Career mode features eight seasons and 180 events. The game's simultaneous multiplayer action mode allows gamers to dare up to eight real opponents to race in multiplayer challenges. One can also dare friends to asynchronous races.
The game offers a number of hidden shortcuts, a detailed damage system and new Infected and Drift Gate game modes. It also features new leaderboards. As per Gameloft, Asphalt 8: Airborne features recorded high-fidelity car motor sounds for realistic audio.
To drive the car, one can use the Windows device as the steering wheel. Tapping with the right thumb lets gamers get a "speed boost", while using the left thumb they can stop and slide around corners.
The Asphalt 8 game is an 819MB download and also works with Windows Phone devices that have 512MB of RAM. It doesn't feature Xbox Live integration so you won't be able to unlock achievements through your Xbox Live account or record progress.
It's worth pointing out that Asphalt 8: Airborne is a free download on Android and iOS.
Gameloft had also announced other titles including Despicable Me: Minion Rush, Total Conquest, Six Guns, Kingdoms & Lords, UNO & Friends for Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 devices.
Check out our detailed review of Asphalt 8: Airborne.
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Neanderthal viruses found in modern humans

Nov. 19, 2013 — Ancient viruses from Neanderthals have been found in modern human DNA by researchers at Oxford University and Plymouth University.

The researchers compared genetic data from fossils of Neanderthals and another group of ancient human ancestors called Denisovans to data from modern-day cancer patients. They found evidence of Neanderthal and Denisovan viruses in the modern human DNA, suggesting that the viruses originated in our common ancestors more than half a million years ago.

This latest finding, reported in Current Biology, will enable scientists to further investigate possible links between ancient viruses and modern diseases including HIV and cancer, and was supported by the Wellcome Trust and Medical Research Council (MRC).

Around 8% of human DNA is made up of 'endogenous retroviruses' (ERVs), DNA sequences from viruses which pass from generation to generation. This is part of the 90% of our DNA with no known function, sometimes called 'junk' DNA.

'I wouldn't write it off as "junk" just because we don't know what it does yet,' said Dr Gkikas Magiorkinis, an MRC Fellow at Oxford University's Department of Zoology. 'Under certain circumstances, two "junk" viruses can combine to cause disease -- we've seen this many times in animals already. ERVs have been shown to cause cancer when activated by bacteria in mice with weakened immune systems.'

Dr Gkikas and colleagues are now looking to further investigate these ancient viruses, belonging to the HML2 family of viruses, for possible links with cancer and HIV.

'How HIV patients respond to HML2 is related to how fast a patient will progress to AIDS, so there is clearly a connection there,' said Dr Magiorkinis, co-author of the latest study. 'HIV patients are also at much higher risk of developing cancer, for reasons that are poorly-understood. It is possible that some of the risk factors are genetic, and may be shared with HML2. They also become reactivated in cancer and HIV infection, so might prove useful as a therapy target in the future.'

The team are now investigating whether these ancient viruses affect a person's risk of developing diseases such as cancer. Combining evolutionary theory and population genetics with cutting-edge genetic sequencing technology, they will test if these viruses are still active or cause disease in modern humans.

'Using modern DNA sequencing of 300 patients, we should be able to see how widespread these viruses are in the modern population. We would expect viruses with no negative effects to have spread throughout most of the modern population, as there would be no evolutionary pressure against it. If we find that these viruses are less common than expected, this may indicate that the viruses have been inactivated by chance or that they increase mortality, for example through increased cancer risk,' said Dr Robert Belshaw, formerly of Oxford University and now a lecturer at Plymouth University, who led the research.

'Last year, this research wouldn't have been possible. There were some huge technological breakthroughs made this summer, and I expect we'll see even greater advances in 2014. Within the next 5 years, we should be able to say for sure whether these ancient viruses play a role in modern human diseases.'

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