Bina Technologies is launching its Bina Box for on-premise genome processing, enabling researchers to quickly and cheaply analyze genomes and give doctors data-driven suggestions for custom treatments.

Use a genome sequencer to see one person’s DNA profile, and you’ll get 6 billion unique characters, or half a terabyte of data, said Bina co-founder and CEO Narges Bani Asadi. Start processing it to find mutations and variations, and you’ll find yourself with more than one terabyte. It’s not small data. As the price of sequencing a genome keeps dropping, scientists will want to do this more and more. It’s a big data problem, Bani Asadi said. The company wants to solve the problem on premises, with hardware and software.

The Bina Box will run on “high-end Intel processors and very high-bandwidth memory,” Bani Asadi said, and can scale out with additional Bina Boxes as customers processing needs change. Price depends on…

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Being first to 4G may not be quite the advantage EE may have hoped. The U.K.’s first 4G network was up and running at the end of October last year but EE, the joint venture combining the Orange and T-Mobile carriers which owns and operates the 4GEE network has consistently declined to break out customer sign ups to 4G — saying only that thousands of customers had signed up for 4G and for a new fiber fixed line broadband product launched at the same time. We now have a little more clarity on how many few new mobile customers EE gained in Q4, thanks to its quarterly results.

EE still hasn’t specifically broken out 4G vs 3G sign ups (it declined to do so again when we asked, saying this is commercially sensitive information) but reporting its total postpaid net adds, it said it picked up 201,000 in Q4 —…

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Fujitsu is known for many things outside its native Japan, but not for its smartphones. To a small degree, this is now about to change – in June, the company will launch an Android device for senior citizens, the Stylistic S01, on the Orange network in France. The device fits into a longstanding range that, in Japan, is named Raku-Raku.

The S01 runs Android(s goog) “Ice Cream Sandwich” 4.0 in a near-unrecognizable form, featuring a simplified layout with very large onscreen buttons. But it also has other features tailored to its target audience, such as what Orange describes as “a unique screen technology” that essentially forces users to press icons harder in order to make them work – the idea here is to help those who aren’t used to touchscreens to avoid accidentally launching things they don’t intend to launch.

The handset also adjusts the frequency range of its audio…

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