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Nokia buys Alcatel

Nokia is making a $16.6 Billion dollar move to try and become more competitive with their new purchase of Alcatel-Lucent. This move is aimed to help Nokia be able to compete with new pressure from low-cost competitors like Huawei and ZTE in a very crowded market. Alcatel has a full lineup of phones, tablets, and even smartwatches and should be an interesting addition to the Nokia lineup. Reuters has the details.

 Nokia is to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal that values its smaller French rival at 15.6 billion euros ($16.6 billion), building up its telecom equipment business to compete with market leader Ericsson.

The deal will redefine a sector suffering weak growth prospects and pressure from low-cost Chinese players Huawei and ZTE.

Humble Origin Bundle 2

If you need to get some EA Origin Gaming love, then you should really check out the Humble Origin Bundle 2. Currently, the average is $4.72 and that will get you Dragon Age: Origins, Peggle, Dead Space 2, Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Warchest & Command & Conquer Generals + Zero Hour. If you donate more that $5, you'll also get Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare, Dragon Age II, Bejeweled 3, Mass Effect 2 and more. It sounds like a great deal for any one of these games, and you can get them all!

 

Source: HumbleBundle

Apple Watch Lease

If you can't bring yourself to spend $2,000 on an Apple Watch, there is hope. A company is planning on leasing out Apple watches starting at a mere $50 a month. Of course, for that price all you are getting is their low-end version, but if you don't want to drop $450 on a watch that you'll upgrade in a year, it might make sense.

Why would you rent an Apple Watch instead of buy one? With reviews saying version 1 is only so-so, some people might not want to spend $350 or more for a device they'll want to upgrade a year later, after Apple releases the Apple Watch 2 in 2016. But the current Apple Watch might be just good enough to borrow for a while.

Source: CNN

Best Sega Games Come to Nintendo 3DS

There are a few Sega titles that have been remastered in 3D for the 3DS. This is pretty cool stuff as I remember playing some of these back in the day. We should see "Streets of Rage II", "Gunstar Heroes" and "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" later this summer in the Nintendo E-Shop for $6. That brings a lot of awesome re-playability the only handheld gaming platform worth buying.

Next, and I'm going to say most importantly, is Gunstar Heroes. This is one of the greatest action games ever made, and it comes from Treasure, the studio behind arcade-twitch masterpieces like Ikaruga, Bangai-O, Sin and Punishment, and so many more. Gunstar Heroes was an astonishing game on the Genesis even in 2D, using various technical tricks to make it look on another level to almost anything else on the system; M2 will have its work cut out translating this all to 3D. 

Source: TheVerge

SpaceX Rocket Launch Win - Landing Fail

SpaceX has just launched another rocket and while the launch was successful, the landing was not. Mind you, they tried to land the rocket on a barge. They did hit the barge but with some lateral movement just before touch-down, the rocket ended up tipping over. They are not too worried about it though as there was a slight mechanical malfunction that caused this and it can be easily resolved.

Elon Musk reveals that the rocket landed on the ship, but "excess lateral velocity" caused it to tip over. That's a bad thing for a rocket booster measuring 224 feet high and capable of weighing as much as 1,115,200 lbs. "Normal video" of the crash-landing should be available when the barge gets back to port in a few days.

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Source: Engadget via Twitter

Machines vs. Primates

I'm a little confused. According to some people, machines will be taking over the world in the not-to-distant future and yet other futurists have indicated something more like "Planet of the Apes". In the middle of that, we'll all have to deal with a zombie apocalypse. Still, my money is on primates putting up the biggest fight and saving us from machines - probably to enslave us later.

 

Vizio Joins with Low-Price 4K Revolution

4K TVs really haven't been around that long and it is impressive at how fast they have dropped in price. Of course, all the big names were talking minimum $2,000 TVs until Seiki went ahead and started selling 39-inch 4K TVs for a mere $500. Their big 55-inch unit sells for around $600-$700 here in Canada, and now Vizio has seen the light and wants to snatch up all the fence sitters on a budget. If you've got $600 to spend on a new TV, you should consider a low-end 4K unit over a mid-range 1080p unit. It's something to consider at least - and Vizio wants you to consider them.

Vizio has already developed a reputation for offering decent 4K TVs on the cheap, and it's cementing that image now that it's rolling out its 2015 line of Ultra HD screens. The company's new M-Series sets (above) tout full LED backlighting, speedy 802.11ac WiFi and a six-core processor starting at $600 for a 43-inch model -- not bad considering that even stripped-down TVs cost more just a couple of years ago.

Source: Engadget

Move Over 2K Phone Displays, Sharp Has 4K

While a retina screen is pretty impressive, there are several companies that have higher pixel density that Apple's retina display. To take you into the next technology revolution, Sharp shows off their new 4K 5.5-inch display that packs in an incredible 806 pixels per inch. Of course with that said, it appears that 8K mobile displays are being worked on, but they could be years away. The 4K screen is coming in 2016 however.

Still, it's only 2015, and we're "only" enjoying 1440p resolution displays on our high-end Android devices. You'd be forgiven if you can't quite figure out the practical purpose of 4K smartphone screens, seeing that those 2K displays we mentioned are already considered "overkill" by many consumers and manufacturers alike.

Source: Phonearena

HDD & Floppy Music: Smells Like Teen Spirit

If you like the 90's as much as I do - and like tech from the 90's even more, you'll love the "Smells Like Teen Spirit" cover done by Arganalth.

 

Install Windows 10: Achievement Unlocked!

In an effor to make your Windows 10 experience more 'fun', Microsoft looks like they've added achievements to build 10056 of their Technical Preview. While I'm not 100% sure this will stay in the final product, the idea is that achievements are fun. If you have nothing better to do that explore content on your Operating System, you will probably be pretty excited. For the rest of us that try and be productive with our PCs, it probably won't matter.

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Image courtesy Neowin

 

Achievements are used to help entice users to explore content in a way they typically would not without the superfluous acknowledgement by these motivators. Still, the mechanism has shown to be quite popular with Xbox gamers and now it looks like they are coming to the desktop as well.

Source: Neowin

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