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Google have officially unveiled the latest version of their Android operating system at an event in San Francisco.

The search giant confirmed Android 4.3 Jelly Bean will make its debut on Google’s new version of its Nexus 7 tablet, which was also unveiled at the press conference.

In June 2012, Google’s email service Gmail topped 425 million active monthly accounts, beating off competition from the likes of Yahoo! Mail and Hotmail to become the largest email service provider.

The Bank of England has announced plans for the author Jane Austen to feature on the next £10 note.

The Pride and Prejudice author will replace Charles Darwin as the next face of the note, with the new design set to be introduced in 2017.

Austen remains a popular literary figure in the UK and around the world, with a festival dedicated to her work taking place annually in Bath each year.

The festival was the venue for a successful record attempt in 2009 for largest gathering of people dressed in Regency costumes, after 409 participants gathered in 19th century dress for the event.

The event managed to raise £374 for the Breakthrough Breast Cancer charity.

One of the most recognisable voices in British broadcasting is to retire from his role reading the classified football results on BBC radio.

James Alexander Gordon’s distinctive Scottish accent has been the sound of football scores for the corporation each Saturday since 1973, but with his voice no longer strong enough to broadcast following a recent operation on his larynx to treat cancer, he has been forced to retire.

The record holder for longest career as a sports commentator is held by György Szepesi (Hungary, b. 5 February 1922) who has been working for Hungarian Radio (Magyar Radio) since first covering a football match between Hungary and Austria on 20 August 1945. He has since to gone on to commentate on an incredible 15 Olympic Games.

It’s been confirmed that Look Who's Talking stars John Travolta and Kirstie Alley are to reunite on a new TV show in the US.

Pulp Fiction star Travolta is to take a guest role in Alley's new sitcom Kirstie, playing a stagehand working on her character Maddie's Broadway show.

The three-piece white suit worn by Travolta in Saturday Night Fever (1977) was sold at Christie's New York, USA for $145,500 (£91,871) to an annonymous bidder on 27 June 1995 – making it the most expensive costume from a film. The record was eventually broken 11 years later when the black cocktail dress designed by Hubert de Givenchy and worn by Audrey Hepburn in 1961’s  Breakfast at Tiffany's was sold at a charity auction at Christies in London for £467,200 (then $924,347).

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