A study on Twitter accounts of world leaders has determined that Pope Francis is the most influential user by the rate of his average retweets and favorites, which is eight times higher than U.S. President Barack Obama.
"Pope Francis @Pontifex is by far the most influential tweep with 9,929 retweets for every tweet he sends on his Spanish account and 7,527 retweets on average on his English account," the Twiplomacy study revealed.
Obama was found to have the most Twitter followers, with close to 57 million people following his account, while Francis' combined Twitter accounts in various languages have a little over 19.5 million in total. more >>
For Microsoft and Windows Phone fans in the U.K., the latest midranger from the Redmond giant has recently been made available.
In a report by GSM Arena, the Microsoft Lumia 640 XL is now available to purchase from the manufacturer's online store.
Announced several weeks ago, the Windows Phone 8.1-powered device has been in pre-order status since March, and finally it can be purchased online. more >>
U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Tuesday and declared in a speech that tackling climate change is the one world issue that should unite all religious leaders, scientists and scholars. The leaders also agreed that man-made climate change is a "scientific reality."
"If ever there were an issue that requires unity of purpose it is climate change," the U.N. head said at a workshop titled "Protect the Earth, Dignify Humanity: The Moral Dimensions of Climate Change and Sustainable Development" organized by the Roman Catholic Church.
The Vatican and the U.N. issued a joint declaration at the end of meeting, which read: "Human-induced climate change is a scientific reality, and its decisive mitigation is a moral and religious imperative for humanity." more >>
As the whole world eagerly awaits the birth of Kate Middleton's second child, her husband Prince William joined the Queen and political leaders to mark 100 years since the start of the Galipoli campaign at the Cenotaph on Saturday, April 25.
Despite the anticipation for the next royal baby heating up, the 32-year-old royal looked composed as he arrived in military uniform. The Prince is on six weeks' unpaid leave from his job learning to fly helicopters for the East Anglian Air Ambulance after finishing the first of his training early.
Prince William's official appearance suggested that things were the same at the private Lindo Wing in Paddington, London, where the Duchess of Cambridge is waiting to go on labor. more >>
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has said that Islamic extremism is a "poison" that "must be eradicated," and warned that the world has not yet fully understood just how big of a problem it is. Blair argued, however, that such radicalism does not properly represent the religion.
Blair, a Roman Catholic, also referenced the slaughter of Christians across the territory captured by ISIS, including the latest beheading video where 28 Ethiopian Christians were killed by the terror group in Libya.
The British Broadcasting Company confirmed last Wednesday that it is developing a 90-minute documentary drama on the controversy behind the development of the "Grand Theft Auto" series. BBC also announced that "Harry Potter" star Daniel Radcliffe has signed on with the project, together with actor Bill Paxton, according to reports.
The one-off "factual" drama, which has the working title "Game Changer," will look into how the game came to be and who were the people behind its development and eventual success. Daniel Radcliffe will play Sam Houser, the creative genius behind the game and one of Rockstar's co-founders. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Houser, the British co-founder of Rockstar, is primarily responsible not only for popularizing the game series but also for "amping up the violence quotient."
Being the success that it is, the franchise has also received a lot of criticism from parents, politicians and moral campaigners because of its violence and the values it supposedly promotes. The project description says: more >>