Tesco tablet expected on 23 September
Tesco has announced that it will unveil a new device - expected to be a low-priced own-brand entry into the tablet market - on 23 September. It has sent out invitations using the phrase "We've got something to show you" and using Tesco's new "Hudl" trademark.
Ben Wood, mobile analyst with research firm CCS Insight, suggested that Tesco might try to price the device, expected to have a 7in screen, at £99.
"Obviously it'll be [running Google's mobile operating system] Android, probably [a storage capacity of] 16GB and attempting to hit the £99 price point - in my mind that will have to be the price," Wood told the Guardian.
Microsoft seeks to increase value in stock by buying back $40bn of shares
Microsoft is to spend $40bn (£25bn) buying back its own shares and raise its quarterly dividend 22%, it has been revealed, as the software giant moves to appease investors concerned that it is failing to capitalise on the smartphone boom.
The share repurchase is intended to increase the value of Microsoft stock by reducing the number of shares in issue. It replaces an existing $40bn repurchase programme which began five years ago, in September 2008, and is due to lapse this month. No deadline has been given for completion of the new buyback.
"We view this as a further indication that things are changing at Microsoft with respect to corporate governance that we believe could benefit shareholders over the next six to 12 months," Nomura Securities analyst Rick Sherlund said in a note.
'Body on a chip' uses 3D printed organs to test vaccines
Miniature human organs developed with a modified 3D printer have been used to test new vaccines in a lab in the US.
The "body on a chip" project replicates human cells to print structures which mimic the functions of the heart, liver, lung and blood vessels.
The organs are then placed on a microchip and connected with a blood substitute, allowing scientists to closely monitor specific treatments.
The US Department of Defense has backed the new technology with $24m (£15m).
Bioprinting, a form of 3D printing which, in effect, creates human tissue, is not new. Nor is the idea of culturing 3D human tissue on a microchip.
Man stabbed for GTA V
A 23-year-old was attacked as he made his way home from a supermarket.
He had been to the Asda superstore in Colindale, North West London, which had opened late for the worldwide release of the fifth version of the notoriously violent game at midnight.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "We were called at 1.20am to Princes Avenue, Colindale. A 23-year-old man was shopping, then on his way back home he was hit with a brick and stabbed.
"He was robbed of items he had bought from a nearby Asda supermarket, including a copy of Grand Theft Auto."
Police believe the attack was carried out by multiple suspects but said it remained unclear how many were responsible.