China has reportedly announced an intensified campaign against Christian churches ahead of a national summit on religion.
The Chinese Communist Party is gearing up for a more rigorous crackdown on Christian churches in the country. The announcement from Zhongguo Mingzu Bao, the Party's official paper dealing with religious matters, comes in the wake of the series of arrests of Christian ministers and closing down of churches, according to Breitbart.
In the past two years, China has been tightening regulations on Christian groups in the country. In the eastern province of Zhejiang, the government has taken down crosses from buildings and demolished around 1,700 churches, Christian Today (CT) reports. more >>
Apple has caved in to China's web censorship and voluntarily blocked its News App in the Asian country.
The Cupertino, U.S.-based tech giant appears to have automatically deactivated its News App in China, in accordance with the policy of the PRC government. Because of this move, iPhone owners who travel to China cannot access content from the newly released news reading app even if their smartphone is registered in the U.S., according to Quartz.
Contrary to popular belief, it is not China's Great Firewall that is censoring the Apple News App, but it is Apple itself that has blocked the app. iPhone users in China who try to open the app are met with the message "Can't refresh right now. News isn't supported in your current region," The Market Business reports. more >>
New leaked images of the HTC One A9 "Aero" have appeared online, just a week before the new smartphone is rumored to be launched.
Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC Corporation is reportedly gearing up to launch a new handset next Wednesday, taking a page from OnePlus' book with a virtual reality event where it will be showcasing its latest smartphone, the HTC One A9, codenamed "Aero."
Just a week before the unveiling, clear images showing the HTC One A9 "Aero" appeared online on serial tech leaker @OnLeaks' Twitter account, showing a dummy version of the phone from a variety of angles. more >>
A Pakistani Christian man and his family were forced to flee from their home to escape the wrath of an enraged Muslim mob after he was accused of blasphemy during an altercation over water with a group of Muslim men.
According to the British Pakistani Christian Association, the accused Christian man, 40-year-old Aftab Gill and his family from the Wazirabad area of Punjab province, regularly collected their home's water supply from the local mosque's tap — just like many others in the community.
As the mosque's water tap is the only real clean supply available to the community, Gill, who cares for his five children, was drawing water on Aug. 14 when he was told by a Muslim man that Christians were not allowed to draw from the tap unless they accepted Islam. more >>
Christians in Japan have managed to maintain their faith, despite 300 years of persecution from the 16th to the 19th century.
The story of Japan's so-called "Hidden Christians" (kakure kirishitans) has only surfaced recently and the Western world has barely heard of it. They are now being exemplified by the Vatican as the Christians who have kept their faith even without the guidance of priests and the solid walls of churches, according to Christian Today.
The moving stories of the underground Christians of Japan are kept in the Vatican Library and Secret Archives. When missionary Fr. Mario Marega visited Japan in the beginning of the 20th century, he researched and gathered letters penned down on rice paper. These documents have been restored by the Vatican Library, the report details. more >>
Sharp is set to release a robot doubling as a smartphone called the RoBoHon next year.
Japanese electronics manufacturer Sharp recently featured a prototype of a smartphone at the Ceatec Electronics Show in Tokyo last Tuesday, presenting audiences with a handset with the physical dimensions of a robot.
Measuring 7.5 inches tall and weighing 13.5 ounces, the RoBoHon, a mixture of the words "robot" and "phone," features an LCD screen on the body of a black and white robot. more >>