The PlayStation Network will be running standard maintenance on Monday December 9, giving users an update to improve the functionality of the PSP and PS Vita.
"We wanted to take a moment to let everyone know that there is a planned network maintenance for PlayStation platforms scheduled for Monday, December 9th from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM Pacific Time (12 noon to 5:00 PM Eastern). To clarify, this is currently scheduled to be a 5 hour maintenance," PlayStation posted on their community forum.
PSN will work as normal as far as games and apps, but the Store, Home, and Account Management will be down during that time. more >>
Sonic All-Stars Racing Transformed is free-to-play this weekend on Steam until 1 p.m. PT on December 8.
The game will also be discounted 75 percent, making the game $4.99, until December 9. According to Polygon, Steam is also offering the game in a four-pack for the price of three. The deal nets the four games for the price of $14.99, which is a mark down from $59.99, just in time to purchase gifts for the holidays.
All-Stars Racing will be available for free download on Steam, but will not be accessible after this weekend unless purchased. more >>
YouVersion's newest creation, The Bible App for Kids, has already been downloaded more than a million times since it was made available less than a week after its release on Thanksgiving Day. The app was developed in collaboration with the international ministry OneHope.
"Just like we've seen the Bible App transform how our generation is engaging with Scripture, we believe the Bible App for Kids will change how the next generation discovers the grand narrative of the Bible," said Bobby Gruenewald, innovation pastor of LifeChurch.tv in Oklahoma, which created YouVersion.
The primary catalyst for the project was the YouVersion community itself, "the world's largest digital Bible-sharing community," the Bible App creators say. Though some kids are already using the original Bible App, it wasn't really made with them in mind. YouVersion moved forward with the project when its survey indicated that more than 95 percent of its community of parents surveyed would be interested in the Bible App for Kids and that it would help their children engage with the Bible more in their everyday lives. more >>
An elementary school counselor is teaching her students to be careful in what they post on the Internet by sending her own picture viral.
"I want my students to understand that there is a responsibility factor that comes with being on the Internet, both in what they post and how they choose to react to what others post," Julie Anne Culp, guidance counselor at Indian Lake Elementary School in Hendersonville, Tenn., told The Christian Post in an email statement. Her picture has found over 4 million likes and 103,000 shares on Facebook.
In the picture, Culp smiles, holding up a message: "I'm talking to my 5th grade students about internet safety and how quickly a photo can be seen by lots of people. If you are reading this, please click 'like.' Thanks!" The sign is dated Nov. 18, 2013. It was posted last Tuesday. more >>
A Christ-centered network of microfinance institutions is helping to provide life-changing mobile banking services in greatly impoverished communities in Rwanda so that people could find more security in life.
"I think mHose helps me not sin as much. As president of the trust group, it's very difficult to get everyone in the group to pay on time. It's possible to find me cursing on phone or even yelling at them in person. Basically, it lowers my stress level when people are accountable and pay on time," Queen Nyirinkwaya, a married Rwanda woman with two daughters and a growing timber business, said in an interview shared with The Christian Post.
"mHose has made it easier for everyone to pay on time. Most people say they pay late because they don't want to leave their business, travel a long way, and stand in long lines. They hesitate because they don't know how long that will take." more >>
The Vatican Library and Bodleian Libraries at Oxford University have collaborated on a major digitization project to bring some of the world's oldest and rarest biblical texts online for people around the world to see.
"It's too dangerous to have unique exemplars of anything in one place," explained Dr. Leonard Polonsky of the Polonsky Foundation, who funded the $3.3 million project. "Digitizing enables us to secure all of this material and of course make it broadly available. It's an opportunity you can't resist."
The aim is to bring 1.5 million pages of ancient texts, including Greek and Hebrew manuscripts, to the online platform within the next three years. For now, a select few works are available for online viewers, including a copy of the Gutenberg Bible, the first major book printed with moveable metal type in the Western world, CNN reported. more >>