Nokia’s new Lumia1020 handset to be available from AT&T on July 26

Finnish handset maker Nokia is set to launch its new Lumia handset - the Lumia 1020 - on Friday, July 26. Priced at a range of between $299 and $659, depending on the model, the Lumia 1020 will be available from AT&T in the US.

The new Nokia Lumia 1020 is a notable sidestep from the mainstream handsets. It boasts a whopping 41-megapixel camera which is capable optical image stabilization and has a number of other features like Zeiss optics with six physical lenses.

AT&T misses Wall Street analysts’ expectations for June quarter

Reporting its April-June quarter earnings on Tuesday, bigwig US carrier AT&T posted profit figures which fell short of the expectations of Wall Street analysts; thanks largely to the increase in costs for smartphone discounts used for encouraging more customers to sign long-term contracts.

Health Secretary not satisfied over NHS

The health secretary does not seem to be satisfied with the kind of care being provided by the NHS in Scotland.

It was stated by Alex Neil after there were announcements of an independent health service watchdog, Care Improvement Scotland, in order to conduct unannounced probes by merging regulatory bodies.

The step is being initiated to help health boards that are failing, departments and hospitals falling in similar league.

Hospitals and health service is under tremendous pressure from a population that is ageing and resources that are limited.

Google introduces new ads to Gmail in ‘Promotions’ category

With Google having introduced a tabbed layout - featuring categories like `Primary,' `Social' and `Promotions' - in its May-announced redesign of the Gmail service, the company has now introduced new ads to Gmail which can be best described as "sponsored emails."

The expansion of the roll-out of the redesign over the last week has resulted in some Gmail users seeing fewer ads in their inbox, while others seeing newer ads styled as emails in the new `Promotions' tab added to house marketing messages such as brand newsletters and deals emails.

Leap Motion starts shipping pre-orders of its gesture-based controller

On Monday, Leap Motion started shipping its much-talked about Leap Motion Controller, for PCs and Macs, to customers who had preordered the gesture-based controller for $80. The controller - which was originally scheduled to be shipped in May - will be available at Best Buy stores on July 28.

The small, rectangular Leap Motion Controller - which measures 0.5 x 1.2 x 3 inches - allows users to control their computers using gestures with only their hands. The controller plugs into the USB ports on a PC or Mac; with both long and short proprietary USB cables supplied with the device.

Curing blindness in stem cell study termed as ‘big leap’

UK scientists have stated that a significant leap has been made by the prospect of reversing blindness.

Stem cells can actually be used to repair the part of an eye used for detecting light, this has been seen in an animal study.

Human trials now seem to be a realistic prospect, according to the team at Moorfields Eye Hospital and University College London.

This step has been termed as a `significant breakthrough' and `huge leap' forward by experts.

Nvidia to launch and start shipping its Shield console in July 31

After having delayed the earlier-scheduled June-end launch of its next-generation Tegra 4 powered Android gaming console - the Nvidia Shield - for more than a month, to make the device perfect, Nvidia has now announced that the console will finally be officially launched on July 31 and will start shipping the same day.

The Android-themed Shield handheld console was initially supposed to be released by Nvidia on June 27. However, the company postponed the launch at the eleventh hour, citing an unspecified mechanical issue with a third-part component of the device.

NY Times to offer news app for debut of Leap Motion Controllers

With the Leap Motion Controllers scheduled to hit the markets on July 22, the New York Times (NY Times) has recently announced that it will be launching a news app for the debut of the controllers which will give users a `touch-free' control of desktops and laptops, requiring them to just move their hands and fingers in front of their devices' screen.

Motorola set to launch ‘Moto X’ handset at New York City event on August 1

The much-hyped, US-manufactured `Moto X' smartphone will be unveiled by Google's Motorola Mobility subsidiary on August 1, at a launch event scheduled to be held in New York City.

Motorola has already sent out digital invitations to the media for the forthcoming `Moto X' launch event. The invites show a woman gripping the new handset, which will be manufactured at Motorola's new 500,000-foot factory in Texas.

Facebook acquiring certain assets of London-based startup Monoidics

In an acquisition move which will bolster Facebook's exceedingly crucial array of mobile applications and software, the popular social network said in an announcement on Thursday that it has acquired some assets of London-based startup Monoidics, which offers code verification software and quality assurance tools that checks coding errors in other software.

With the tools offered by Monoidics chiefly analyzing and enhancing the code of other companies, partly by eliminating bugs or other defects, Facebook said it will apply the Monoidics software to its mobile development process.

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