London's Tech City has topped the chart for new business generation in the UK, launching over 15,000 startups in the last year alone. Accountancy firm UHY Hacker Young largely attributes the growth to the area's reputation as the UK's technology hub, as well as regeneration and investment in new infrastructure. The results show that between March 2012 and March 2013, 15,720 new businesses were set up in the EC1V Silicon Roundabout area. 5,190 startup businesses were launched in the same period across the SE1 postcode - Borough and Bermondsey - the next most prolific area in the UK for new business generation. Other popular areas in the capital were Bishopsgate (E1) and Canary Wharf (E14) which between them attracted 4,900 new businesses and St. James's (SW1Y), which attracted 1,830 startups. Just three of the 20 areas listed by the firm are outside of London: Warrington (WA1) came fourteenth with 1,510; Brighton (BN1) sixteenth with 1,450; and Cheshire (SK9) nineteenth with 1,360. ITProPortal in June launched a new hub dedicated entirely to Startups, with London's Tech City featuring right at the heart of the action.
With BlackBerry's comeback phone, the Z10, apparently suffering an early demise, the Canadian manufacturer looks set to usher in a new touchscreen flagship to boost its fortunes. CEO Thorstein Heins has pleaded for patience as the company continues its rebuilding process, but the Z10 disappointment makes BlackBerry's next move in the smartphone market vital. Evidence suggests the 'BlackBerry A10' will be the handset bearing the burden, with a series of leaks now detailing the phone's specifications and potential release period. In the past week, BGR.com has posted a photograph alleging to show the A10, complete with a large touchscreen and curved corners. The mobile rumour specialist says the phone will launch in autumn, and reveals a range of specs that have been supported and expanded upon by a leak circulated on the CrackBerry forum. This specifies that the BlackBerry A10 will sport a 5in OLED display with a 1,280 x 720 resolution, a 1.7GHz Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, 2GB RAM, a large 2800mAh battery, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and will run an updated BlackBerry 10.2 OS. Like the Z10, the A10 appears to take on the market leading iPhone 5 and Samsung Galaxy S4 with similarities in form and function. For all the pictures, follow the link above.
According to an Israeli news site, Apple is currently engaged in talks with semiconductor firm PrimeSense over a possible takeover. The Israeli company develops chips that enable digital devices to observe a scene in 3D, and worked on the technology behind Microsoft's original Kinect sensor for the Xbox 360. According to reports, negotiations between the two parties are still in their early stages, but Apple looks set to offer $280 million (£185 million) for the company. An acquisition could mean that the Cupertino-based company is finally starting work on the much-heralded Apple TV. Apple and PrimeSense reportedly held discussions over the technology back in 2010, but Apple's complex system of legal agreements prevented any sort of deal from materialising. Back in January 2011, ITProPortal discussed the future of Apple TV, with our own Desire Athow predicting that the product would benefit from motion sensors.
Finally, Amar Bose, former MIT faculty member and founder of the Bose Corporation, has died at the age of 83. The inventor and billionaire entrepreneur's name is now synonymous with the high-quality audio equipment his company has been manufacturing for almost 50 years. His death was confirmed by his son, Vanu Bose. As a young engineer in the early 1960s, Bose built a new type of stereo speaker based on psychoacoustics (the study of sound perception), which aimed a set of small speakers at the surrounding walls, instead of directly toward the listener — a visionary concept at the time. Though his early attempts fell short, Bose eventually built an empire of first-rate speaker systems, radio technology, and noise-cancelling headphones so effective that military troops and commercial pilots picked up pairs of their own. "Dr. Bose was an incredible mentor and inspiration to Bose employees around the world," current Bose president Bob Maresca said. "Today, and every day going forward, our hearts are with him, and our work will honor him."