Google's ambitious project to create the first-ever modular smartphone has been delayed. According to a report on The Verge, the team behind the project recently acknowledged the delay, saying that the phone was not "staying together" as expected. The report specifically mentioned that the smartphone that Project Ara has so far put together is not passing the drop test – i.e. it's components are not staying together as expected.
The Project Ara team recently tweeted this: "No more electropermanent magnets. #ProjectAra #FailedTheDropTest." In a follow-up tweet, they said that they were working on "a signature experience to attach/detach modules." According to the report, this does not indicate how the team was going to do it, but it's an acknowledgement that they need to get back to the drawing board and "rethink" how they would join the modules of the smartphone together and make sure that the phone passes the test of durability.
In another report in Tech Times, it was mentioned that this slight delay meant that the project's scheduled trials which were supposed to happen in Puerto Rico would also be delayed. However, Google has recently announced that it would add a few more test cities to the project next year. The estimated release of the modular smartphone will be sometime in 2016 and not 2015 as Google had earlier predicted. more >>
As the primary season for the 2016 presidential election heats up, we hear all sorts of rhetoric surrounding the meaning of good leadership. Men and women from all over the country try to convince us that they are full of integrity, compassion, decisiveness and all sorts of other abstract qualities that seem impossible to measure or quantify. But what is God's plan for leadership, not just for our elected officials, but for everyday people?
Every Christian exercises leadership in some capacity. Whether we are at home, at church, at school, at work, in our peer groups or in our communities, we all influence others with our words and actions. God's plan for leadership in all these venues has not changed: we are to lead by serving and loving those around us. Yet the challenges we face as leaders today are different than in generations past.
In my own experience, one of the most daunting obstacles we face to exercising godly leadership is distraction. The ubiquitous presence of electronic devices and internet access presents unprecedented interruptions for everyone. To be effective leaders, we must learn to tune out these diversions and focus on what is most important. more >>
An Illinois pastor has created an App that places a user's name into Bible verses, thus adding a personal touch to the scriptural message.
Gregory Ijiwola, lead pastor along with his wife of The CityLight Church in Chicago, created and launched the ToYouBible App.
In an interview with The Christian Post, Ijiwola explained that he wanted Bible readers to "enjoy a more personalized experience in their Scripture readings and meditations." more >>
Have you ever been in an online community where you're trying to discuss information that you are deeply invested in and then someone, seemingly out of nowhere, begins to deliberately sow discord among the group?
The intentional introduction of inflammatory, extraneous, or off-topic posts with the deliberate intent of disrupting regular on-topic group discussion — commonly known as Internet trolling — has become a favorite pastime of many Christians in the world today. Unfortunately, many folks haven't yet learned that one cannot serve both God and Internet trolling.
Ironically, the concept of the mythic troll, as developed in Scandinavian folklore, is one that understands such creatures as not being Christianized. Or, not to put too fine a point on it, they were beings that did not attempt to follow the ways of Christ. As such, one shouldn't be surprised at Internet trolls' general rejection of Christianity or their specific dismissal of Jesus' teaching to "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." more >>
Tesla Motors Inc. is set to release the Model X within the next six weeks, and more reports about the new electric car's specs have surfaced.
Tesla said the Model X will be released before September 2016 ends. Elon Musk, the company's chief, assured shareholders that Tesla will be able to hit its target release date for the Model X, according to Learn Bonds.
As of now, a test run for the Model X is being cooked up, and engineers will soon be checking the vehicle for flaws. In a letter to Tesla shareholders, Musk said he does not expect the vehicle to be mass produced until the last quarter of 2016. But by then, production for the Model X will be on full blast, BGR reports. more >>
Mobile users who put security as their top priority can now start preordering the Blackphone 2.
The all-new Blackphone 2, which was first unveiled at the Mobile World Congress in March, can now be preordered, with shipping set to begin next month. The firm, however, prioritizes bulk sales over individual sales to consumers, according to 9to5 Google.
The price of the Blackphone 2, however, has not yet been revealed. But it will most likely depend on the volume of the order. The previous Blackphone was priced at $629, the report details. more >>