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May

The UAE wants an artificial mountain to increase rainfall


Desert countries are frequently victims of their elevation. They tend to be mostly flat, making it tough for air to climb upwards and form rain clouds. The United Arab Emirates thinks there’s a direct solution to this, however: make your own mountain. It’s in the early stages of developing an artificial mountain that would force air upwards and create clouds that (with seeding) could produce additional rainfall. In theory, an arid landscape could become verdant over time.

Not surprisingly, there’s a lot of work to be done before cartographers have to redraw their maps. While the UAE is no stranger to small-scale terraforming (see Dubai’s artificial islands) or otherwise changing the environment, a mountain is much more ambitious. The team is still determining the size and location of the mountain, and whether or not it’s completed could hinge on both the necessary engineering and the price. While the UAE has plenty of private wealth floating around, the government might not be so keen on funding the project if the costs get out of control. Should this go forward, however, it’ll likely represent the biggest-ever attempt at permanently altering a regional climate.

Source: Abu Dhabi 2

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May

Oculus Rift comes to 48 Best Buy stores May 7th


On May 7th, Oculus will launch their brand new retail experience in 48 Best Buy stores across the country, with more locations expected to follow later this summer.

As you might expect from an in-store experience, Oculus plans to include a range of VR demos to show off the hardware, starting with the Oculus Dreamdeck we played around with in our official review. For something even more immersive, users will also be able to take on the heights of Crytek’s The Climb and explore the alien worlds of Farlands, all without ever leaving the safety of their local Best Buy.

If in-person purchases aren’t your thing, a small number of Rifts will also be available for purchase online through Amazon and Microsoft starting this Friday, May 6th at 9 AM PST. Expect supplies to be scarce while the company catches up on pre-orders, which have already been experiencing some shipping delays.

Speaking of which, anyone who already ponied up for their Oculus Rift hardware will be able to purchase the Rift in-store and keep their pre-order benefits like the EVE: Valkyrie Founder’s Pack and front-of-the-line status for Oculus Touch controllers. All you need to do is go to your order status on Oculus’ site, add a note that you’ve already bought the hardware at a retail location and the company will cancel the pre-order.

Finally, if you do plan to get your eyeballs into a Rift headset before shelling out for one, you can find the nearest store and schedule a demo ahead of time by heading to live.oculus.com.

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May

Long-delayed ‘Mighty No. 9’ arrives June 21st


No, your eyes aren’t deceiving you — after more than a few delays, Comcept has announced that Mighty No. 9 is finished. Keiji Inafune’s spiritual sequel to Mega Man will arrive in Asia and North America on June 21st, and the rest of the world on June 24th. The initial release is limited to console and computer players (albeit on virtually every platform), but versions for both the Nintendo 3DS and PlayStation Vita are due “at a later point.” Just be sure to think carefully about your choice of media format: while downloads are more convenient, a retail copy includes the Ray add-on.

The launch closes one of the bigger chapters in crowdfunding history. Mighty No. 9 was a darling of Kickstarter back in 2013, when it raised over $3.8 million from fans eager to relive Mega Man’s glory days. It was proof positive that game studios (especially those founded by industry pioneers) didn’t need big publishers or investors to make their dreams come true. However, the delays past the original April 2015 release window were reminders of the pitfalls of crowdfunding games — fans are understandably more upset about setbacks when they’re directly funding development. Inafune and crew have learned a hard, hard lesson about managing expectations, and other companies are hopefully taking note.

Source: Mighty No. 9

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May

‘Uncharted 4’ multiplayer maps and modes will be free forever


For big studio games, downloadable content is often announced before the title even launches to keep the hype going. Naughty Dog’s long-awaited Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End launches on May 10th, but instead of charging fees for each content expansion, the studio will release all maps and gameplay modes for free.
Putting content and gameplay upgrades behind pay gates could make for an uneven playing field, Naughty Dog said in a blog post. All maps and modes will be released simultaneously, while the in-game currency, called Relics, can’t be bought with real money. The studio has scheduled new content in seasonal expansions through spring 2017, with most maps and co-op dropping by fall 2016.

Meanwhile, so-called microtransactions will still be around in the form of “Uncharted Points,” and while gamers can purchase vanity items and weapons with real money ahead of when they’d normally be unlocked, there are no exclusive items reserved for those dropping more cash on the game. Plug away long enough and every weapon and costume can be yours.

Via: Polygon

Source: PlayStation Blog

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May

Kentucky Derby jewelry powered by tweets and hats


Former Olympic figure skater and currently fabulous human Johnny Weir has become something of a fashion fixture at the Kentucky Derby over the past few years. For the event’s 142nd running, the noted hat-wearer is adding a piece of tech-infused jewelry to his getup: a “tweet-powered,” horse-shaped brooch.

The brooch, which will adorn Weir’s lapel during the festivities this Saturday, is something more than just a statement piece. It also happens to be a device built for measuring social engagement on Twitter. As more people tweet about Weir’s undoubtedly fascinating headwear using the punny hashtag #WatchMeNeighNeigh, the little horse will gallop faster and light up little brighter.

The fashion stunt is part of a larger plan by NBC Sports to make “the most exciting two minutes in sports” even more exciting. Viewers tuning in online will be able to stream live camera angles from the grandstands and the infield through a GoPro/Periscope integration. Beginning this Wednesday, May 4th, NBC Sports will also be trotting out their Derby coverage on every available platform including Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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May

The CIA thought live-tweeting the bin Laden raid was a good idea


Tweeting a historical event as it happened can be enlightening, such as when the History Channel reenacted the sinking of the Titanic. It provides the context and time scale that you might miss reading a news story. However, the CIA just showed why this isn’t always a good idea. The agency decided to recreate the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden through ‘live’ tweets this weekend, starting with the operation’s approval and ending with confirmation of the terrorist leader’s death. It was supposed to be informative, but it ended up rubbing a lot of people the wrong way… and it’s not hard to see what triggered that outrage.

Aside from the lack of detail (bin Laden’s death boils down to one vague tweet), the very existence of the Twitter campaign makes light of a serious event that’s still fresh in the minds of many people. Bin Laden was ultimately responsible for both killing thousands of innocents and fostering hatred that continues to this day. Is it really a good idea to mark the anniversary of his death in a string of social network posts? Much like some companies’ ill-advised attempts to commemorate the 9/11 attacks, it comes across as capitalizing on a tragedy rather than a sincere, solemn reflection.

To mark the 5th anniversary of the Usama Bin Ladin operation in Abbottabad we will tweet the raid as if it were happening today.#UBLRaid

— CIA (@CIA) May 1, 2016

Source: CIA (Twitter)

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May

Judge Grants Search Warrant Forcing Woman to Unlock iPhone With Touch ID


For the first time in a federal case, authorities in a Los Angeles courtroom have issued a search warrant forcing a woman to bypass her iPhone’s biometric security using Apple’s Touch ID system (via LA Times). The woman in question — Paytsar Bkhchadzhyan — was arrested due to charges of identity theft and had previous strings of various criminal convictions.

According to jail records, U.S. Magistrate Judge Alicia Rosenberg signed the Touch ID-related search warrant about 45 minutes after Bkhchadzhyan was taken into custody on February 25. By the afternoon of her arrest, the suspect pleaded no contest to the charges of identity theft and gave the court her fingerprint to unlock the iPhone.

Police recovered Bkhchadzhyan’s smartphone at the residence of her boyfriend, Sevak Mesrobian, known to be the member of a local gang, so it’s unclear whether the contents of the device were sought after due to Bkhchadzhyan’s crimes or her proximity to Mesrobian’s gang.

The court’s decision in the case follows the thin rules regarding a person’s Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination, which relates that numeric passcodes are protected individual privacies, but fingerprints are not. For this reason, some believe new modern laws need to be enacted specifically detailing fingerprint-related security features.

“It isn’t about fingerprints and the biometric readers,” said Susan Brenner, a law professor at the University of Dayton who studies the nexus of digital technology and criminal law, but rather, “the contents of that phone, much of which will be about her, and a lot of that could be incriminating.”

Even with the limited outlines of the inquiry, Brenner said the act of compelling a person in custody to press her finger against a phone breached the Fifth Amendment’s protection against self-incrimination. It forced Bkchadzhyan to testify — without uttering a word — because by moving her finger and unlocking the phone, she authenticated its contents.

Still, others believe the biometric nature of Touch ID might largely follow in line with the 5th Amendment’s prohibition of self-incrimination. “Unlike disclosing passcodes, you are not compelled to speak or say what’s ‘in your mind’ to law enforcement,” Albert Gidari, the director of privacy at Stanford Law School’s Center for Internet and Society, said. “‘Put your finger here’ is not testimonial or self-incriminating.”

This line of thinking flows directly from a 2014 case in Virginia, wherein a judge ruled that a man could not be ordered to present his passcode to the court, because that “entailed revealing knowledge and therefore testifying.” Using Touch ID on his iPhone was ruled legal, however, and compared to providing the court with a key, instead of divulging information known only to him.

Although unrelated, the Los Angeles case follows a couple of months of heated debate between Apple and the FBI, as the government agency attempted to compel Apple into helping it hack into the iPhone of San Bernardino shooter Syed Farook. Eventually the FBI withdrew its lawsuit after finding its own way into the iPhone 5c, which reportedly cost the agency less than $1 million.

Note: Due to the political nature of the discussion regarding this topic, the discussion thread is located in our Politics, Religion, Social Issues forum. All forum members and site visitors are welcome to read and follow the thread, but posting is limited to forum members with at least 100 posts.

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May

Samsung Galaxy S7 Vs Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge


The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge have been out on the market for quite some time now. They are both great handsets (currently among the best), and you may be having a hard time trying to decide which one is worth your hard-earned cash. We are here to put these phones head-to-head and help you decide.

  • Samsung Galaxy S7 review
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge review

First things first: I want to let you know I will be approaching this comparison a little bit differently. Obviously, these smartphones share a lot of similarities, with only a few differences standing in between. For this reason, I will be discussing the similarities first, then I will move on to what sets them apart.

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Similarities

A lot of the similarities within these phones will lie within the actual hardware and internal specs. They are both powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 CPU, Adreno 530 GPU and 4 GB of RAM. Both handsets also come with alternative variants that are powered by Samsung’s own Exynos 8890 processor, which has an arguably inferior Mali GPU, and also comes with 4GB RAM.

They both have microSD card support, which just so happens to be a returning feature Samsung had dropped in the Galaxy S6 and Note 5 families last year. Samsung was made out to be a pariah for its decision to remove this feature so we know many of you will be happy about its return in the Galaxy S7 family.

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Both handsets are also resistant against water and dust (IP68), so you can totally dunk these phones into a toilet or use them during a storm. They should be safe during most wet situations you may encounter and while we don’t recommend testing it to the extreme, you can rest easy in the knowledge that getting caught in a sudden downpour or dropping your phone in the toilet won’t be the end for your shiny friend.

Fingerprint sensors continue to be embedded into the home button. As expected, they work almost flawlessly and are super fast to recognize your digits: you really should have no issue with this fingerprint sensor.

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Another feature the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge share is on the back – the camera. These phones sport a 12 MP sensor, which happens to be new and improved. Despite dropping down from 16 MP on the Samsung Galaxy S6, the new 12 MP camera sports 1.4-micron pixel size, an f/1.7 aperture and optical image stabilization (OIS).

Throw in the fact that they have dual-pixel auto-focusing technology and this makes for an amazing camera. This is seriously the fastest auto-focusing I have ever seen on a smartphone, hands down.

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As far as actual photo quality goes, you should already know the Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge take amazing photos under any lighting conditions. It doesn’t matter what kind of mobile photographer you are, you will be able to take some amazing shots with both of these phones.

Is it the best smartphone camera on the market? That remains to be seen (you can check out our 7 phone camera shootout for a direct comparison) but it’s definitely one of the most reliable, in any lighting condition.

Differences

Some of these differences will have some similarities as well, but there is a reason why I put them in this section of the article (and video).

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Let’s first talk about design. Both smartphones offer premium quality, made of glass and metal. But as it goes with anything made of glass, this also means they can be slippery and prone to keeping fingerprints around. With a few colors to choose from, some are more prone to displaying fingerprints than others but whichever color you go for, we recommend keeping a cloth handy to help wipe those fingerprints away.

The biggest difference is obviously the size of these gadgets. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge is a slightly bigger phone, due to the bigger 5.5-inch display. Despite the larger size, it doesn’t feel overly that much bigger, mainly because the display wrapping around the two edges decreases the bezel size and improves the ergonomic feel of the S7 Edge.

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If you want a phone that is easier to grab with one hand, you will probably want to go with the regular Samsung Galaxy S7, which sports a smaller 5.1-inch screen. Those who want a phone with a large screen and that curved edge glass will likely gravitate towards the S7 Edge. Both feel very comfortable in the hand, but again, the Galaxy S7 is much simpler to handle.

That brings me to the next topic, which is the actual screen. Both handsets have a Quad HD (2560×1440) resolution and a Super AMOLED panel. The latter means you will be getting those awesome, vibrant colors, inky deep blacks and high contrast. The main difference in the displays is the actual size. The Galaxy S7 Edge’s larger size will offer a much better viewing experience when viewing movies, videos, images and games.

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Another significant difference between these handsets is battery life. The Samsung Galaxy S7 has a 3,000 mAh battery, whereas the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has a 3,600 mAh battery. Those who want a road warrior will want to go with the larger handset. It easily lasts a full day, and can go for a day and a half, on a single charge.

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In our Galaxy S7 vs S7 Edge Battery Life showdown, we discovered that while the Galaxy S7 battery is certainly more than capable, the S7 Edge is streaks ahead of the competition. Compared to other flagships (such as the HTC 10, LG G5 and Nexus 6P), the Galaxy S7 is on par but the S7 Edge lasts 20 to 30 percent longer.

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Now, the regular S7 gets pretty good battery life too, but keep in mind it won’t be anywhere near Galaxy S7 Edge territory. Both do have wireless charging, as well as fast charging, though, so you can take advantage of these features when your battery is running low.

Alright, let’s talk a little bit about the software. I won’t be going to much into detail about the software here, as you can read our Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge reviews to learn more. Both devices run on Android 6.0 Marshmallow with TouchWiz on top and, for the most part, the overall experience between these two phones will be pretty much identical.

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Both have features like Multi-Window, palm swipe to capture and all the other gestures. A lot of the same applications are also present on both units, such as S Voice and S Planner. The icons look extremely cartoonish and bright, but you can change that with the theme store, which now has hundreds (if not thousands) of themes to choose from.

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Where are the software differences? Pretty much only in the Edge features the larger phone offers. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge has things like the Apps Edge, People Edge, Tasks Edge and more. These come off the side of the phone with a simple swipe and can be quite useful, even though they do require some getting used to. They can show you information such as sports scores, stocks, the weather and more.

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Price and conclusion

The final (and probably biggest) difference between the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is the price. The Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge costs an extra $100 over the Galaxy S7. You will pretty much have to ask yourself if the extra features, like the bigger display, longer battery life and edge functionality, are worth those extra 100 bucks to you.

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For some people, these improvements may totally be worth the extra cash; for others, it might not. Also, some of you may just prefer the smaller size and better one-handed usability the Samsung galaxy S7 offers. It all comes down to what you really need or want out of a smartphone, but whichever you choose, there’s no denying that the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 Edge are worthy of your money.

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So, tell us, which phone do you prefer? Is it the smaller, more manageable Galaxy S7? Or does the powerhouse Galaxy S7 Edge tickle your fancy? Vote in the poll and let us know your views in the comments below!

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May

Bell purchases MTS in $3.9 billion deal


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There is more consolidation in the Canadian telecom space today.

BCE Inc., parent company to Canada’s third-largest wireless carrier Bell Mobility, has announced a deal to purchase Manitoba Telecom Services, known to most Manitobans as MTS, for $3.9 billion CAD.

The deal comes after MTS struggled to find a buyer for its Allstream fiber business, after the government initially blocked the sale to a holding company owned by Egyptian telecom mogul, Naguib Sawiris back in 2013. MTS eventually sold Allstream to a U.S.-based firm, Zayo, for $465 million, in January.

Now, MTS, the so-called regional wireless incumbent in Manitoba with some one million customers, is set to divest itself of its remaining telecom assets. Its wireless, home internet, and television divisions will merge with Bell’s, and BCE will form its new Western Canada headquarters in Winnipeg, keeping 6,900 employees in the province.

Moreover, the company says it will invest $1 billion over the next five years to bring LTE-Advanced wireless speeds to the province, as well as expand LTE access and fiber to the home.

The deal is subject to court approval in Manitoba and regulatory approval by the CRTC and Competition Bureau before going through. MTS has a non-solicitation clause valued at $120 million should the company decide to break the deal to purchase an offer with another company.

As part of the deal, Bell also plans to divest one-third of MTS’ wireless subscribers to Telus, along with a third of MTS’ dealer locations in the province.

Press release:

BCE announces agreement to acquire Manitoba Telecom Services (MTS)

MONTRÉAL and WINNIPEG, May 2, 2016 /CNW Telbec/ – BCE Inc. (Bell) (TSX: BCE) (NYSE: BCE) today announced that it will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (MTS) (TSX: MBT) in a transaction valued at approximately $3.9 billion.

“Welcoming MTS to the Bell group of companies opens new opportunities for unprecedented broadband communications investment, innovation and growth for urban and rural Manitoba locations alike. Bell is excited to be part of the clear growth opportunities in Manitoba, and we plan to contribute new communications infrastructure and technologies that deliver the latest wireless, Internet, TV and media services to residents and businesses throughout the province,” said George Cope, President and CEO of BCE and Bell Canada. “Bell and MTS have a shared legacy of service and innovation that spans more than a century. We are honoured to join with the MTS team in this all-Canadian transaction to deliver the benefits of new infrastructure investment, technology development and the best of broadband communications to Manitobans.”

Bell plans to invest $1 billion in capital over 5 years after the transaction closes to expand its broadband networks and services throughout Manitoba, including:

  • Gigabit Fibe Internet availability, delivering Internet speeds on average up to 20 times faster than those currently offered to MTS customers, within 12 months after the transaction closes.
  • the rollout of Fibe TV, Bell’s innovative broadband television service.
  • accelerated expansion of the company’s award-winning LTE wireless network throughout the province, with average data speeds twice as fast as those now available to MTS customers.
  • integration of MTS’s Winnipeg data centre with Bell’s existing national network of 27 data and cloud computing centres, Canada’s largest, and the country’s most extensive broadband fibre network footprint.

“This transaction recognizes the intrinsic value of MTS and will deliver immediate and meaningful value to MTS shareholders, while offering strong benefits to MTS customers and employees, and to the province of Manitoba,” said Jay Forbes, President and CEO of MTS. “We are very proud of what the MTS team has accomplished. Now, enabled by Bell’s national scale and commitment to broadband investment, Bell MTS will be very well-positioned to accelerate service innovation, customer support and community investment to the benefit of Manitobans like never before.”

The combined company’s Manitoba operations will be known as Bell MTS in recognition of the powerful brand presence the MTS team has built across in the province. Winnipeg becomes Western Canada headquarters for Bell and, with the addition of MTS’s 2,700 employees, Bell’s Western team grows to 6,900 people.

Bell Media’s TV, radio and digital platforms will continue to offer opportunities for local artists and entertainers along with ongoing support for the Winnipeg Jets and Winnipeg Blue Bombers on the national TSN sports network and TSN Radio 1290 Winnipeg. Bell Media assets in Manitoba also include CTV Winnipeg, Virgin 103.1 and BOB FM 99.9 in the capital city and BOB FM 96.1 and The Farm 101.1 in Brandon.

Bell MTS will continue the company’s sponsorships and community investments in Manitoba, including a shared commitment to United Way and programs for students and new grads, and launch a new Bell Let’s Talk initiative supporting aboriginal communities in Manitoba, to be chaired by Clara Hughes, Bell Let’s Talk national spokesperson and legendary Canadian Olympian who was born and raised in Winnipeg.

Details of the transaction

“With its immediate free cash flow accretion and significant operational synergies and tax savings, the transaction fully supports Bell’s broadband leadership strategy and our dividend growth objective. The balanced transaction financing structure maintains our strong investment-grade balance sheet with substantial financial flexibility,” said Glen LeBlanc, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of BCE and Bell Canada. “Bell has proven experience in completing similar transactions and successfully integrating them into our national operations, as with Bell Aliant in Atlantic Canada.”

The transaction will be completed through a plan of arrangement under which BCE will acquire all of the issued and outstanding common shares of MTS for $40 per share, which will be paid with a combination of BCE shares and cash.

MTS shareholders will be able to elect to receive $40 in cash or 0.6756 of a BCE common share for each MTS common share, subject to pro-ration such that the aggregate consideration will be paid 45% in cash and 55% in BCE common shares. The share consideration is based on BCE’s 20-day volume weighted average price of $59.21.

Creating significant immediate and long-term value for MTS shareholders, the transaction values MTS at approximately 10.1 x 2016E EBITDA, based on the latest analyst consensus estimates, and 8.2x including tax savings and operational synergies. This represents a 23.2% premium to the weighted-average closing share price on the TSX for the 20-day period ending April 29, 2016. The offer price represents a 40% premium to MTS’s closing price of $28.59 on November 20, 2015, the business day prior to the announcement of the sale of its Allstream business communications division.

As part of the agreement, MTS will not declare any further dividends on its common shares after its upcoming second-quarter 2016 dividend, expected to be declared in May and paid in July. Taxable Canadian shareholders who receive BCE shares as consideration under the transaction will generally be entitled to a roll-over to defer Canadian taxation on capital gains.

BCE will fund the cash component of the transaction from available sources of liquidity and will issue approximately 28 million common shares for the equity portion of the transaction, which offers MTS shareholders access to BCE’s dividend growth potential. The BCE dividend has been increased 12 times, representing an aggregate increase of 87%, since Q4 2008 and currently delivers an attractive 4.6% yield. When the transaction is completed, MTS shareholders will own approximately 3% of pro forma BCE common equity.

The Board of Directors of MTS has approved the transaction and recommends that MTS shareholders vote in favour of it. TD Securities, Barclays and CIBC World Markets, financial advisors to the Board of Directors of MTS, provided an opinion that, as of the date of the opinion and subject to the assumptions and limitations stated therein, the consideration proposed to be received by MTS shareholders is fair from a financial point of view.

The agreement between BCE and MTS provides for a non-solicitation covenant on the part of MTS and a right in favour of BCE to match any superior proposal. If BCE does not exercise its right to match, BCE would receive a termination fee of $120 million in the event the agreement is terminated as a result of a superior proposal.

Expected to close at the end of 2016 or early 2017, the transaction will be effected through a plan of arrangement and is subject to customary closing conditions, including court, shareholder, regulatory approvals and other conditions set forth in the transaction agreement, a copy of which is available under MTS’s SEDAR profile at Sedar.com. A reverse break fee of $120 million would be payable by BCE to MTS if the transaction does not close in certain circumstances.

A proxy circular will be prepared and mailed to MTS shareholders in the coming weeks providing important information about the transaction. MTS shareholders are expected to vote on the transaction in late June.

Call with financial analysts
A conference call for financial analysts will be held Monday, May 2 at 8:30 am eastern time. To participate, please dial 416-340-2216 or toll-free 1-866-223-7781 before the start of the call. A replay will be available for one week by dialing 905-694-9451 or 1-800-408-3053, passcode 5493892.

A live audio webcast of the conference call will be available on the BCE.ca and MTS websites. The mp3 file will be available for download later today.

Caution concerning forward-looking statements
Certain statements made in this news release are forward-looking statements, including, but not limited to, statements relating to the proposed acquisition by BCE Inc. (“BCE”) of all of the issued and outstanding common shares of Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (“MTS”), the expected timing, impact and sources of funding of the proposed transaction, certain strategic, operational and financial benefits expected to result from the proposed transaction, our network deployment and capital investment plans, BCE’s dividend growth objective, our business outlook, objectives, plans and strategic priorities, and other statements that are not historical facts. Forward-looking statements are typically identified by the words assumption, goal, guidance, objective, outlook, project, strategy, target and other similar expressions or future or conditional verbs such as aim, anticipate, believe, could, expect, intend, may, plan, seek, should, strive and will. All such forward-looking statements are made pursuant to the “safe harbour” provisions of applicable Canadian securities laws and of the United States Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.

Forward-looking statements, by their very nature, are subject to inherent risks and uncertainties and are based on several assumptions, both general and specific, which give rise to the possibility that actual results or events could differ materially from our expectations expressed in or implied by such forward-looking statements. As a result, we cannot guarantee that any forward-looking statement will materialize and we caution you against relying on any of these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained in this news release describe our expectations at the date of this news release and, accordingly, are subject to change after such date. Except as may be required by Canadian securities laws, we do not undertake any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements contained in this news release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. Forward-looking statements are provided herein for the purpose of giving information about the proposed transaction referred to above and its expected impact. Readers are cautioned that such information may not be appropriate for other purposes.

The completion and timing of the proposed transaction are subject to customary closing conditions, termination rights and other risks and uncertainties including, without limitation, court, shareholder and regulatory approvals, including approval by the Competition Bureau, the CRTC, Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada, as well as the TSX and NYSE. Accordingly, there can be no assurance that the proposed transaction will occur, or that it will occur on the terms and conditions, or at the time, contemplated in this news release. The proposed transaction could be modified, restructured or terminated. There can also be no assurance that the strategic, operational or financial benefits expected to result from the proposed transaction will be realized.

For additional information on assumptions and risks underlying certain forward-looking statements made in this news release relating, in particular, to our network deployment and investment plans, please consult BCE’s 2015 Annual MD&A dated March 3, 2016 (included in the BCE 2015 Annual Report) and BCE’s 2016 First Quarter MD&A dated April 27, 2016, filed by BCE with the Canadian provincial securities regulatory authorities (available at Sedar.com) and with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (available at SEC.gov). These documents are also available at BCE.ca.

Notice to U.S. shareholders of MTS Inc.
The transaction contemplated by this news release involves the securities of Canadian companies and will be subject to Canadian disclosure requirements that are different from those of the United States. The BCE common shares to be issued pursuant to the plan of arrangement described herein will not be registered under the U.S. Securities Act of 1933 pursuant to an exemption from the registration requirements of such Act. Financial statements included or incorporated by reference in the Circular relating to the transaction will have been prepared in accordance with Canadian accounting standards and may not be comparable to the financial statements of U.S. companies.

About MTS

At MTS, we’re proud to be Manitoba’s leading information and communications technology provider. We’re dedicated to delivering a full suite of services for Manitobans – Internet, Wireless, TV, Phone Service and Security Systems plus a full suite of Information Solutions, including Unified Cloud and Managed Services. You can count on MTS to make connecting your world easy. We’re with you.

We live where we work and actively give back to organizations that strengthen our communities. Through MTS Future First, we provide sponsorships, grants and scholarships, value-in-kind support and volunteer commitment in Manitoba.

MTS Inc. is wholly owned by Manitoba Telecom Services Inc. (TSX: MBT). For more on MTS’ products and services, visit mts.ca. For investor information, visit mts.ca/aboutus.

About BCE

Canada’s largest communications company, BCE provides a comprehensive and innovative suite of broadband wireless, TV, Internet and business communication services from Bell Canada and Bell Aliant. Bell Media is Canada’s premier multimedia company with leading assets in television, radio, out of home and digital media. To learn more, please visit BCE.ca.

The Bell Let’s Talk initiative promotes Canadian mental health with national awareness and anti-stigma campaigns like Bell Let’s Talk Day and significant Bell funding of community care and access, research, and workplace initiatives. To learn more, please visit Bell.ca/LetsTalk.

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May

Buy an LG G5 for your mom this Mother’s Day and T-Mobile will give you another half off


To show your mother appreciation this Mother’s Day why not buy her an LG G5? If you purchase one (or the G4, V10) through T-Mobile the U.S. carrier will give you a second half off when you add another line. But that’s not all, you’ll also receive the LG Gpad F 8.0 tablet as well. So that’s two LG phones and an LG tablet for good measure. This promotion will kick off on May 4.

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From T-Mobile’s announcement:

“Starting on Wednesday, May 4 you can buy any of the latest LG smartphones (LG G5, LG G4 or LG V10) at T-Mobile and get the LG Gpad F 8.0 tablet for free via prepaid card! And while we’re at it, we’re going to give you a rebate for half off another LG phone when you add a line!”

Should your mother already be rocking a high-end smartphone, there are a collection of deals available through T-Mobile for accessories and other peripherals. The network will be posting more offers through this Mother’s Day promotion, so be sure to follow social media for updates. See the T-Mobile website for more deals!

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