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From rumor to official press release in record time - Nokia is officially combining with Alcatel-Lucent. "Combine" is what the press release calls it, it's really an acquisition - Nokia will acquire Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share transaction valued at 15.6 billion. Nokia is offering its shares in exchange for Alcatel-Lucent shares at 0.55 to 1 ratio. Current Alcatel-Lucent shareholders will end up with 33.5% of the combined company, Nokia shareholders will have the other 66.5%. The deal has been approved by the Board of Directors of each company and is expected to close in the first half of 2016, pending approval by Nokia's shareholders, regulatory bodies and other considerations. It's important to note that Alcatel-Lucent is not connected to the Alcatel phones other than by name, AL manufactures networking equipment similar to Nokia Networks. With their forces combined, the two will tackle the development of 5G tech, the Internet of Things and the increased reliance on cloud services. In 2014 there were 40,000 R&D employees (20,000 of which from AL) working on a budget of 4.7 billion combined. Both have strong presence in the US, Europe, China and the Asia pacific and work on anything from core networks to cell networks. For last year, the combined sales of the two companies comes out to 25.9 billion with a non-IFRS profit of 2.3 billion. The company will be called Nokia Corporation and keep the headquarters in Finland (but with a strong presence in France). Current Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri will keep his postion in the new company, Chairman Risto Siilasmaa will keep his post too. There have been some rumors that Nokia is looking to sell its HERE Maps business and the press release says the company is reviewing its strategic options, which "may or may not lead to a...
Guitar Hero looks totally different. The bright, caricatured rockstars of yesteryear have morphed into real-life musicians playing in front of live audiences. The assault of colour-coded inputs racing towards you is still there, of course, but it’s evolved into a more elegant system. It immediately looks like a more contemporary incarnation of the familiar Guitar Hero experience, but there's more to its new appearance than a desire to look modern.
“We thought of it as a clean slate," Jamie Jackson, the creative director tells me. "One of the briefs I gave the team early on was to think of it just as a name. Think of it as a music game with a guitar peripheral, but pretend that nothing else has ever been done. We want to come back with some big innovation and to do that we almost felt like we needed to start from scratch.
Activision has announced Guitar Hero Live, the latest installment in the popular franchise, will be released in autumn 2015.
Developed by FreeStyleGames, whose previous credits include DJ Hero and DJ Hero 2, Guitar Hero Live costs $99.99 and is currently planned for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 and Wii U. Additionally, select mobile devices will support the game.
A new controller has been revealed with two rows of three buttons, while artists confirmed to join the tracklist include The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, My Chemical Romance, Gary Clark, Jr., Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, The Lumineers, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids.
Arnold Schwarzenegger is reprising his role as T-800 in the upcoming Terminator Genisys and the film's official Twitter account has offered a new peek at the character.
UNLOCKED: New look at Arnold @Schwarzenegger as the #Terminator. Tweet #TerminatorUnlock to reveal the new trailer. pic.twitter.com/BlXvE3MsPT
— Terminator Genisys (@Terminator) April 13, 2015
Furious 7's outrageous double-skyscraper jump could be doable, according to a physics professor.
Speaking with Vulture, Pierce College professor Lee Loveridge says the stunt involving the $3.4 million Lykan Hypersport - of which there are only seven in existence - jumping from one skyscraper to another could feasibly happen.
“To be honest, that is probably the most plausible stunt in the whole movie,” Loveridge said.
The scene takes place in the Etihad Towers in Abu Dhabi, a complex that includes five skyscraper towers with the tallest measuring 1,002 feet in height and the shortest at 714 feet. Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker) jump the supercar from what appears to be Etihad Tower 2 and land the car in Etihad Tower 3. They then proceed to jump it from Tower 3 into Etihad Tower 4 or 5 at a distance of about 150 feet between each tower, according to the Vulture breakdown.
Syfy's return to harder science fiction continues this summer with Dark Matter, a new 13-episode series debuting June 12th. The series comes from two veterans of the network, Joseph Mallozzi and Paul Mullie, who served as executive producers and writers for the multi-series Stargate franchise and is based on Mallozzi and Mullie's comic book, Dark Matter, from Dark Horse Comics.
IGN has the exclusive debut of the trailer for the series, which you can see above!
In addition, check out an exclusive cast image from the series.
(L-R) Alex Mallari Jr. as “Four”, Roger Cross as “Six”, Anthony Lemke as “Three”, Melissa O’Neil as “Two”, Marc Bendavid as “One”, Jodelle Ferland as “Five” and Zoie Palmer as “The Android” in Dark Matter. Photo credit: Dennys Illic.
A Russian man with a terminal illness is ready to undergo the world's first human-head transplant as early as next year.
Valery Spiridinov, a 30-year-old computer scientist from Vladimir, Russia, told the Daily Mail that he has full faith in the controversial Dr. Sergio Canavero, the Italian physician many medical professionals are criticizing for his radical views. Canavero recently said he thinks modern science can support a head-transplant procedure, and has been working to gather funds and resources.
'Am I afraid?" Spridinov said. "Yes, of course I am. But it is not just very scary, but also very interesting." Spiridinov was born with the rare Werdnig-Hoffmann muscle-wasting disease, a severe category of spinal muscular atrophy. He said he wants to take his chance at having a healthy body before he dies. "My decision is final and I do not plan to change my mind."
Ryan Reynolds continues to be the go-to source for Deadpool reveals. Today, the actor tweeted a new on-set photo debuting the first photo of the character Negasonic Teenage Warhead, played by Brianna Hildebrand.
Said Reynolds' Tweet, "Negasonic Teenage Wat-The-S**t?!"
The oddly-named Negasonic Teenage Warhead was created by Grant Morrison and Frank Quitely in 2001 during their run on New X-Men. In the comics, she was a student of Emma Frost with precognitive abilities.