Thursday, Dec. 18, Apple seeded the third beta of iOS 8.2 for developers testing the new platform, according to reports.
The third OS beta release came out just over a week after the Cupertino-based tech giant seeded the second beta and one month following the roll out of the first iOS 8.2 beta for testers, MacRumors reported.
According to the website, the beta, called Build 12D5452a, arrived to registered developers as an over-the-air (OTA) update. Beta testers could also get their hands into the software by downloading it from the iOS Developer Center. more >>
There's no question that the Internet has brought Christianity many wonderful things. Today we have online education available to virtually everyone, social media that encourages people to support great causes, and online communication tools that allow us to connect from the four corners of the earth. But it's also created something I believe is tearing at the very fabric of our faith. It's created a culture of attack.
Rarely does a day go by that Christian news sites, social media streams, and other web platforms feature some Christian "correcting" another Christian – and calling them out by name. It can range from arguments over worship music, to theological squabbles, to disagreements over ministry styles, to charges of outright heresy, and the barrage of criticism has grown exponentially. While there are qualified theologians, pastors, and other leaders we should respect and listen to, there's also a tsunami of armchair theologians, angry ex-church members, and wannabes who are convinced their criticism du jour needs to be shared.
Aside from feeling comfortable "correcting" a brother or sister publicly when we've never met the person, or know little about the background of what we're criticizing, a significant culprit is the technology itself. With 24/7 news, and a constant barrage of blogs and social media, the Internet is bombarding us with information overload, and what may be worse – the ease of responding. As soon as we read something we don't like, all it takes is a click to send an angry reply, post a heated comment, or write an op-ed piece. more >>
It's the battle of the ultimate phones as we pit Apple's flagship phone, the iPhone 6, against HTC's ultimate selfie phone, the HTC Desire Eye. With Apple currently leading in the smartphone market, HTC hopes to pull in customers that use their phone primarily for taking pictures. But will a superb camera be enough to sway finicky customers?
Here' a comparison of the design and features of the iPhone 6 and the Desire Eye.
Design: The HTC phone sports a fun design with its two-toned plastic slab, rounded sides, and matte finish. It measures 5.97 x 2.91 x 0.33 inches and weighs 5.43 ounces. It has an IPX7 water resistance rating, which means that it can survive being submerged into one meter of water for up to 30 minutes. more >>
At a time when smartphones are all about touch screens, BlackBerry offers a very welcome and refreshing change of pace with the BlackBerry Classic, a phone that features a traditional keyboard. Though at first glance it looks like most of its predecessors such as the BlackBerry Bold, it offers so much more.
Fans of the brand often say that nobody does a keyboard like BlackBerry, making it the go-to phone for people who prefer physical buttons on their phones, such as Kim Kardashian, who recently admitted her love for the BlackBerry at the Re/code tech talk.
The phone, which was launched on Dec. 17, measures 5.15 x 2.85 x 0.4 inches and weighs 6.24 ounces, and it has the four-row QWERTY keyboard with physical pick-up, hang-up, menu, and back buttons as well as a track pad above it, which is a throwback to the BlackBerry phone from 2008. The buttons emit a clicking sound when pressed. more >>
Rockstar has confirmed that the "GTA 5 Online" will be released sometime next year and has also unleashed the trailer for the heists that will be available in the game.
Initial rumors stated that "GTA 5 Online" will be available on Dec. 23 to the PlayStation 4 at around 10 a.m. and around 3:30 p.m. for the Xbox.
However, the new statement from Rockstar confirmed the new release date for early 2015 and the trailer that will come for the four-player co-op mode that will allow gamers to "plan, prepare and execute multi-tiered Heists" across the game's Blaine County and Los Santos. more >>
Rumors have it that an OTA or over the air version of the Android 5.0 Lollipop slipped through security and appeared in several phones ahead of time.
The Android 5.0 Lollipop update for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to come next year, so some users were most likely surprised to see the update already available for download. That was the case for a Vietnamese user who relayed the story to the Samsung-Viet forums.
The user reportedly saw the Android Lollipop listed among the updates available on the Samsung site and was able to download the early update for his Galaxy Note 3. While the update has been reportedly taken down, the user and a number of other people were still able to get it for their phones. more >>