The upcoming Pokemon X and Y Battle Tournament 2014 schedule has been announced this week.
The competition for qualifiers to enter the final round will begin in the U.K. starting on March 1. During the preliminary, Pokemon players will battle against one another in hopes of winning a crown. Nintendo plans to pick four winners at this stage that will fall into different categories such as Ultimate Pokemon Expert, Junior Expert, Ultimate Team and Pokemon Apprentice.
The winner of the Ultimate Pokemon Expert Title will have to be 13 years or older and will earn a week-long trip for two to Japan where they can visit the Pokemon center and other sites in Tokyo. The first and second place winners of this category will receive fast track entry to the second round of the official Play! Pokemon U.K. VGC event in the Spring. more >>
Thousands of Christian media and ministry professionals are expected to attend the National Religious Broadcasters' International Christian Media Convention held at the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center in Nashville, Tenn., beginning Saturday.
Considered the world's largest annual gathering of Christian communicators, NRB convention organizers say the four-day event includes participants gaining new media insights, connections, resources and opportunities. Up to about 4,000 people related to the communications industry are expected to attend, Communications Director Kenneth Chan told The Christian Post recently.
"The NRB Convention is a 'must attend' on the calendar of many Christian media and ministry professionals," explained NRB President & CEO Jerry A. Johnson. "In the course of just a few days, you can make more strategic connections and gain more knowledge and resources than you might in the course of a year. It's a one-stop venue for what many need to more effectively reach people for Christ." more >>
The Southern Evangelical Seminary unveiled its new humanoid robot Friday, making the Christian apologetics school the first seminary in the country to use a robot to study the ethics of emerging technology in artificial intelligence.
The NAO, pronounced "now," robot is a 23-inch, programmable machine that will allow students and faculty to conduct research pertinent to bionics, human enhancement, transhumanism and nanotechnology.
"It is our desire to be on the leading edge of what is before our culture in all areas," said Dr. Richard Land, SES president, in a statement. "It is in this way that we can influence church leadership and thereby impact what messages are being delivered to equip Christians to defend their faith at all costs." more >>
The wildly popular and successful Flappy Bird mobile game will no longer be available for iOS and Android devices by the end of the day.
The game's developer Dong Nguyen took to Twitter yesterday afternoon to announce his decision to stop offering it in online stores for unspecified reasons.
"I am sorry 'Flappy Bird' users, 22 hours from now, I will take 'Flappy Bird' down. I cannot take this anymore," tweeted Nguyen. "It is not anything related to legal issues. I just cannot keep it anymore. I also don't sell 'Flappy Bird' please don't ask." more >>
The wildly popular smartphone game Flappy Bird generates $50,000 per day in ad revenue.
The game's creator Dong Nguyen reported to The Verge that the money generated from from in-app ads equates to that impressive number. Flappy Bird has been downloaded 50 million times since it launched for iOS last September and Android last month.
The game consists of navigating a bird through a maze of pipes by tapping on the screen. The levels resemble Super Mario Bros. as the pipes seem very similar to those found in Nintendo's game. The objective is to get a high score by getting the bird through as many pipes as possible. Once the bird touches something the game is over, and it will restart. more >>
I have conversations almost daily with church leaders about the subject of social media. I continue to be amazed at the number of leaders who see it as a bonus or an add-on at best and at worst, a time-wasting nuisance. One of the common questions I hear is "Do we really need to be doing this? Do I really need to be making time for this?"
The assumption is that real ministry in real relationships happen in the real world, not the online realm. And herein lies the fallacy of our dated thinking. Some of us are still in the mode of thinking in which there is a barrier between the online world and the "real" world. But that barrier is gone. It only exists in the minds who haven't bothered to notice its absence yet.
I grew up in the age of the "information superhighway." Most of us thought the Internet was all about information and data. We would connect to it to do our research or surf the web for fun, then disconnect and end our online session. Now we know that information is only part of what the web is all about. It's not just about what we can know anymore. It's now about who we can know, and how what we know gets passed around among the people with whom we interact online. more >>