Twenty-five years ago most people didn't imagine that the Internet would reshape the way that they existed on a day-to-day basis. Twenty-five years from now people will think about Virtual Reality the same way we think about the Internet today - we won't even be able to imagine our global existence without it. One of the largest beneficiaries of this technological development could be the global church because VR is going to change the way that Christians participate in worship.
The main impact that VR is going to have on the global church is that it is going to, one-day, enable Christians to easily gather from a variety of places without being in the same physical location. This will enable persons who are homebound, sick, caregivers, without transportation, on vacation, or severely disabled to participate in worship with the larger community of faith without needing to leave the place where they are physically residing.
Eventually, VR technology will allow these participants to feel fully immersed as if they are actually physically present. It will also allow them to participate virtually in ways that they may not be able to in their present reality. No longer will one's lack of physical ableness be a deterrent that keeps people from ushering or serving communion. Folks will be able to perform these tasks from afar. Congregants who participate via VR will tithe and partake in the sacraments digitally. Of course this means that, particularly with regard to the sacraments, many ecclesiastical traditions will need to do the theological work of reimagining how modern developments in science and technology inform our understanding of sacramentality with regard to particulate matter. more >>
Samsung's very own Tizen OS has been under development for years already, and yet the operating system has not seen the light of day so much with the scarcity of phones that actually run it.
However, it seems like the Korean manufacturer will finally bring a Tizen smartphone that will boast respectable specs.
According to a report by Phone Arena, the Samsung Z3 will succeed the Z1, which is the company's first phone to run the Tizen platform. However, unlike the Z1 that was ultimately a budget device, the Z3 could be a midranger. more >>
"The Expendables" movie franchise is joining the mobile gaming bandwagon as well. The film's rights owner Lionsgate is working with Millennium Films and Hong Kong-based game developer and publisher Fifth Journey to develop a mobile game for smartphones and tablets based on the action movie franchise, which they announced recently.
The mobile game will released by the studio before the end of 2016, according to a report in Variety. Its release is likely to coincide with the release of the fourth installment of the film franchise. The game will be based on the movie and its characters, which are played by famous action stars such as Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Dolph Lundgren, Jet Li, among others.
"The Expendables" franchise first started in 2010, and has had two sequels in 2012 and in 2014. The franchise has earned a total of over $800 million worldwide. more >>
Street Fighter 5 is entering into a beta phase on July 23, and is currently accepting applications for beta testers until July 14. The beta test will only be available for PlayStation 4 owners and will kick off on July 23: for North America, at 6 p.m. Pacific Time or 11 p.m. Eastern Time and for Europe, July 24 at 2 a.m. GMT.
The beta will run for five days. The roster of fighters who will available for the beta were likewise announced in the report. The first set of fighters will include Ryu, Chun Li, Nash and M. Bison. Cammy and Birdie will join the fray on July 25.
According to the report, the main purpose of the beta test is "to test online functionality, there will be no local versus options." Among the stages that will be included are the Grid, the Bustling Side Street in China, the Terminal Station in London and the Forgotten Waterfall in New Zealand. more >>
After the success of its first flagship smartphone, the OnePlus One in April 2014, the technology startup company behind the device is bringing its second-generation flagship phone, the OnePlus Two on July 27. The new phone will have several improvements compared to the first flagship and will cost less than $450.
The OnePlus One was the pride of the company and was called "the flagship killer" because of its powerful specifications and low price points. The 16GB variant was only selling for $299 while the 64 GB one was priced at $349. The OnePlus Two was originally rumored to be priced at more than $500 because of its high-end specs but the company recently revealed that it will not be priced more than $450.
The company allayed fears about the high price by posting on Google Plus. more >>
Just a week after the launching of the Apple Music, Apple has released the third beta version of iOS 9 to its registered developers.
A report from 9to5Mac said that the latest firmware is available for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch users. The build number 13A4293g update was made available both via the Cupertino-based tech giant's developer portal online and over-the-air.
The full build will be launched in fall, although, users should expect a public beta later this month. more >>