British Couple Pay £67,000 For Two Clones of Their Dead Dog

A couple from the UK have paid a South Korean lab to clone their dog, ending up with two duplicates of the deceased canine. Richard Remde and Laura Jacques of West Yorkshire paid South Korean firm Sooam Biotech Research Foundation  £67,000 to clone their boxer Dylan, who died of a brain tumour at the age of eight, according to The Guardian.

After the couple provided DNA samples of Dylan to Sooam back in July, two clones of the dog were born to surrogate mothers just after Christmas, subsequently named Shadow and Chance by Remde and Jacques. The puppies have made history, being cloned two weeks after Dylan had died; previously, the record for cloning a dog was five days following death.

“The whole thing just feels surreal,” Jacques said. “I lost all sense of time. I have no idea how long everything took, the whole thing made me feel very disoriented. I was just clinging on to Richard for about an hour and a half after Chance was born.”

“After they got him out I still couldn’t quite believe it had happened. But once he started making noises I knew it was real. Even as a puppy of just a few minutes old I can’t believe how much he looks like Dylan. All the colourings and patterns on his body are in exactly the same places as Dylan had them,” she added. “I had had Dylan since he was a puppy. I mothered him so much, he was my baby, my child, my entire world.”

Sooam are considered experts at canine DNA cloning, having used its duplication methods – implanting DNA into dog ova from which the nucleus of the cell has been removed – to create over 700 dogs. While animal cloning is banned in Europe, the practice is permitted in South Korea.

iPhone 6s Clone Costs a Mere $37 And Works Surprisingly Well!

The launch of Apple’s iPhone 6s and iPhone 6s Plus resulted in record operating sales figures despite implementing only a few iterative changes from the previous generation. However, Apple products incur a hefty price premium in countries with fairly decent wages, which makes people in poorer nations unable to purchase expensive handsets. As always, there’s a huge array of clones on the market to suit customers on a budget which fairly reflects their wage. Although, many of these have suffered from an atrocious battery life, poor user-interface and suspect call quality.

Only a few years ago, I decided to test a Sciphone which resembled an iPhone 3GS. Thankfully, it only cost £25 because its performance was nothing short of unbearable. In the last few years, copies have improved at an exponential rate due to the affordability of budget hardware and the Android operating system.

One particular example which caught my attention is based on the iPhone 6s and comes in a variety of luxurious colours. In terms of its specification, the handset features a Spreadtrum SC7731 Quad-core ARM Cortex-A7, 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM, expandable flash storage, and 5-inch QHD display. Unlike many smartphones these days, you can remove the back cover and swap out the internal battery. While it’s not the most impressive specification, it seems to run the operating system smoothly and costs an astonishingly low, $37. As the video rightly proclaims:

“Who wants to buy a $1000 iPhone in China? Nobody! People just buy copies.”

Furthermore, once you’ve purchased the handset, it’s incredibly easy to have the Apple credentials engraved. I’m not advocating this, but Apple really needs to rethink its pricing model in poorer countries. In the wider scheme of things, I have to commend the ultra cheap handsets which provide a usable phone for the less fortunate.

Is Killing Room a Shameless Rip-Off of Killing Floor?

There has always been a certain grey area in the video games industry when it comes to the difference between a fan-inspired reproduction and basic clone. Bloodbath Kavkaz is a recent example which ripped off Hotline Miami in a clunky and poorly executed manner. The latest entry vying for Greenlight votes is Killing Room and described as a “Rogue-like FPS with permadeath, RPG elements and tons of humour”.

The theme is relatively similar to Killing Floor but doesn’t tread too close to the popular title’s source material. However, the basic gun-play is reminiscent of Killing Floor. Most noticeably, the Killing Room font is identical to Killing Floor and it’s pretty embarrassing. Of course, this could a bizarre coincidence but I think that would be a naive conclusion. Here is a few select quotes from the developer addressing people’s concerns:

“Too late for this – but our graphic artist never heard about Killing Floor, he is just not that type to play such games or even know about their existence so it is pure coincidence and we really cannot check all the time if “this” is similar to “that”, we wouldn’t do anything else, we are small studio. :-)”.

“We decided for name Killing Room because it was best fit for the first game concept we had and we decided to keep it like that. We won’t change our project just because there already is game that everyone knows and has half (oh, isn’t using word “half” also sin? 🙂 ) of the name identical. :-)”.

“In the beginning, we were thinking about “escape game” that is really killing, like Saw or something like that so Killing+Room was the best fit.”

Perhaps, he is struggling to accentuate his thoughts due to the language barrier but some of the responses are fairly weak. Honestly, Killing Room looks like a PlayStation 2 game, and the original Red Faction was more aesthetically pleasing. It will be interesting to see how this Greenlight campaign pans out and if the game will becomes a permanent fixture on Steam.

Do you think Killing Room is a rip-off and should be removed from Steam Greenlight?

Sharkoon Released QuickPort XT Units With Cloning and Card Reader

Sharkoon announced two new docking station for storage and they each have their little extra function. The two new Sharkoon docking stations are the QuickPort XT Duo Clone and the QuickPort XT HC. Both will add a hot-swappable hard disk dock ability and connect through USB 3.0.

The Sharkoon QuickPort XT Duo Clone allows you to dock two drives at the same time, both can be 3.5-inch or 2.5-inch models, and it also comes with a built-in clone feature. The cloning feature doesn’t require the unit to be connected to a PC or other device at all and works simply by pressing a button on the rear of the unit. Just remember to place the full and empty drives in the correct port, so you don’t copy the full over with the empty one.

The QuickPort XT HC drive dock only supports one drive, but it comes with a card reader instead. Connect one SATA storage drive as well as SD or MMC cards via the built-in USB 3.0 connection and expand the connectivity options of your system. The integrated card reader won’t get the fast USB 3.0 5Gbps speeds as it only connects through the USB 2.0 protocol.

Both units should be available now where the Sharkoon QuickPort XT Duo Clone and QuickPort XT HC will cost you €38.99 and €37.99 respectively.

Enermax Displays Internal and External Storage Solutions at Computex 2015

Computex 2015 – When you mention Enermax, most people think of cooling as the first thing. But the company produces a lot more than just fans and we’ve swung by their booth at Computex to check out their storage expansion units, card readers, and multi-purpose units.

Enermax brought along two of everything so they both could show off the units in built-in as seen in the shots above, but also let us check out the units first hand and from all sides.

We have the default hot-swap units such as the EMK5102 and EMK5102 as well as more advanced docks such as the EMK5201U3 that features both USB 3.0 front bays and hot-swappable 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch drives.

3.5-inch enclosures are just as well covered as the 5.25-inch ones and you’ll even find PCI expansion slot covers for 2.5-inch SSDs such as the EMK3106.

The Mobile Rack EMK3203 is a unique and pretty cool enclosure. It doesn’t just put two 2.5-inch drives into a single 3.5-inch drive bay, it allows for easy switching of drives as well as hardware-based RAID. The aluminum cover helps to keep everything cool, even when running mechanical drives inside.

It has rarely been so easy to take your RAID setup on the road and at the same time have the insurance that it will work in any system with a default 3.5-inch drive bay.

Every one of these enclosures is built great and with first class components, and should last you a long time.

Card readers are also part of the display and thanks to the USB 3.0 connection you’ll get all the speed that your memory cards can perform. No bottleneck as there used to be with USB 2.0 connected readers.

All new are the USB 3.1 enclosures Brick EB308U31 and Ultrabox EB310U31. The two new devices are capable of utilizing the new 10Gbps USB connections that are twice as fast as USB 3.0.

Featuring the new USB type-C reversible connector makes it easier than ever to connect them and you’ll never again have to do the well known 3-times-turn move to connect your USB devices.

The Ultrabox docking stations are available as single-bay and two-bay units where the 2-bay even features built-in cloning abilities with process indicators.

Uncharted 4 Clone is Pure Gaming Comedy Gold

Many game developers are concerned about their products being copied or their original ideas being stolen, but today is probably not causing the team at Naughty Dog to lose any sleep. Unearthed: Trail of Ibn Buttuta is definitely not an Uncharted game, but it’s done everything it can to try and imitate it; much in the same way a child could imitate real life using a pack of crayons.

It shouldn’t be funny, the game looks terrible, but much in the same way Goat Simulator is “broken”, I really can’t wait to play Unearthed. Check out the video below and let us know your thoughts.

First iPhone 6 Clone Is Out Before The iPhone 6 Itself: Runs Android

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” is how the well known saying goes and that is always the case for Apple’s iPhone products. Whether you like them or not people love to copy or produce rip-off designs of Apple iPhone products and accessories. Apple’s iPhone 6 is yet to even be released but a copy has snuck its way out into the Chinese market already. The imitation iPhone 6, pictured above, is built based on design information and parts smuggled out of Apple’s Chinese manufacturing plants that are currently producing the iPhone 6. The imitation model runs a modified version of Android designed to imitate iOS. This clone even has a Touch ID ring around the home button, but it isn’t known if it actually works as a fingerprint reader. The clone also equips all the apps the iPhone 6 is expected to have including: Messages, Calendar, Photos, Camera, Weather, Clock, Maps, Videos, Notes, Reminders, Stocks, Newsstand, App Store, Passbook, Compass, Settings, Phone, Mail, Safari and Music.

Imitation models are certainly nothing that are normally newsworthy but given Apple’s iPhone 6 isn’t expected until early fall of this year I think the fact imitation models are already available is just incredible. Apple are expected to announce 4.7 and 5.5 inch variants of the iPhone 6. The iPhone 6 is to be made by Pegatron and Foxconn.

Source: Softpedia

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