Saturday, 7 September 2013

Saturday 7th September 2013: In the News this Week

It's the week of Saturday 7th September 2013 and...

Waterloo Road Season 9
BBC 1’s popular school drama, Waterloo Road, returned to viewers screens on Thursday 5th September 2013. As always, the new series started with the introduction of new characters. This term it was the start of a pair of twins from a troubled past. Mrs McFall immediately took the responsibility of over caring for the teenagers as they tackled problems both in and out of school whilst the rest of the school were morning the loss of Mr Clarkson whom fell of the school roof at the end of season 8. Miss Mulgrew spent the episode adapting to her new role as head teacher whilst two new teachers; Miss Spark and her secret fiancee Mr Lowsley settled into their jobs at the Scottish school.

It is clear that viewers are in for another good season and I can’t wait to see what twists and turns will happen over the next term.

Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo
Virgin is going to be the first company to launch a commercial space flight business. It is called Virgin Galactic and yesterday they passed another technical milestone as their rocket (the SpaceShipTwo) flew over 70 miles above the earth. This is where customers, 6 at a time, will be able to experience zero gravity for 5 minutes. Richard Branson is hoping that Virgin Galactic will be ready for blastoff in 2014 and by the looks of it that's a deadline they are going to meet. It will cost £160,000 for this unique experience however that is arguably a reasonable price, Virgin says the first airliners will have costed around that much.

Microsoft buys Nokia
Earlier this week Microsoft unexpectedly announced that they had purchased Nokia's devices and services divisions for $7.2 billion. Stephen Elop who is currently the CEO of Nokia will soon become the new head of devices as Microsoft despite not being involved with the decision to join Microsoft. Weirdly though, Microsoft has also bought Nokia's Asha brand which has nothing to do with Microsoft whatsoever. The simple yet tough mobile phones don't even have Bing!
There has been much controversy since this announcement and rumors suggest that Microsoft only bought Nokia in fear that they were going to stop making Windows Phones and start making Android (which would have been a terrible thing for Microsoft yet amazing for Nokia). The next Windows Phone is likely to be called the Microsoft Lumia, or something along those lines, whilst Nokia starts its transition from an independent company to another part of Microsoft.