Archive for June, 2013

Key Lime Pie console and smartwatch showcase could demo Android’s UI expansion

Key Lime Pie console and smartwatch showcase could demo Android’s UI expansion

We heard yesterday of rumors that Google is preparing a host of new devices, including their own Android-powered game console, smartwatch, and a refreshed media streaming device, similar to the Nexus Q. One of the more interesting tidbits, however, is that these devices could be running the next version of Android: Key Lime Pie, which could tell us a lot about Google's plans to expand the Google's own Android UI past smartphones and tablets.

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Huawei Ascend P6 Google Edition reportedly on the way

Huawei Ascend P6 Google Edition reportedly on the way

Google has just recently begun rolling out Google Editions of a couple of new handsets, like the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S 4. However, could there be more devices on the way? We've been hearing a few ramblings about a possible Nexus-ified Huawei device recently, but nothing has been confirmed just yet. Most recently, it's said that Huawei and Google are partnering up to make an Ascend P6 Google Edition.

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Six BlackBerry phones at a time says Heins, with one more BB7 to come

Six BlackBerry phones at a time says Heins, with one more BB7 to come

BlackBerry aims to have no more than six different products on the market at any one time, CEO Thorsten Heins has said, potentially limiting BlackBerry 10's roll-out as it tries to keep enterprise users of the older OS content. Speaking on BlackBerry's financial results call, after announcing an $84m loss in the most recent quarter, Heins described the new platform as being "still in the early stages of transition"; BlackBerry sold 6.8m devices overall in financial year Q1 2014, though did not break that figure down into BlackBerry 7 versus BlackBerry 10 models. The company has at least one more BlackBerry 7 device in the pipeline for this year.

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Mitochondrial Replacement “three-parent IVF” set for UK go-ahead

Mitochondrial Replacement “three-parent IVF” set for UK go-ahead

Artificially inseminated babies created from the genes of three people could be a reality as early as 2014, with the UK the first to approve so-called mitochondria replacement to prevent inheritable diseases. The controversial procedure involves transferring the genetic material from two parents into an egg from another woman; by removing the donor egg's nucleus, and replacing it with the parents' nucleus, the risk of inherited defects that could have otherwise been passed down to the baby is removed. However, the fact that the child will have DNA from three parents, not two - albeit only around 0.1-percent from the woman who donated the egg - has some genetic modification opponents angry, given IVF embryos are destroyed in the process.

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BlackBerry posts $84m loss in Q1 2014; predicts more losses to come

BlackBerry posts $84m loss in Q1 2014; predicts more losses to come

BlackBerry saw smartphone sales rise in the most recent quarter, financial year Q1 2014, but failed to make a profit, with losses of $84m ramping up the pressure on CEO Thorsten Heins to turn around the firm. The Canadian company's latest results show revenues rose - year-on-year - for the three month period, now up to $3.1bn compared to $2.8bn in 2012 - with sales overall of 6.8m Blackberry handsets, though it has not yet detailed what proportion of those ran BlackBerry 10.

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Terminator movie reboot in 2015 (but is Arnie in it?)

Terminator movie reboot in 2015 (but is Arnie in it?)

Terminator is the next sci-fi classic to get a reboot, with news that the 1984 movie will return as part one of a new trilogy in 2015, with rumors that Arnold Schwarzenegger will star. The new three-parter is the handiwork of Paramount Pictures, Skydance, and Annapurna Pictures, and though there's no indication of who might direct the first movie, there's already a pair of high-profile writers attached to take on the screenplay.

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