Microsoft announced that the Xbox One sold over one million consoles globally in its first 24 hours following its launch, matching the PlayStation 4's first day totals.
"We are humbled and grateful for the excitement of Xbox fans around the world," said Yusuf Mehdi, corporate vice president of marketing and strategy at Xbox, in a released statement. "Seeing thousands of excited fans lined up to get their Xbox One and their love for gaming was truly a special moment for everyone on the Xbox team. We are working hard to create more Xbox One consoles and look forward to fulfilling holiday gift wishes this season."
Xbox One was released in North America, Australia, and parts of South America and Europe. The console is sold out in most places Microsoft said as they work to refill stocks. more >>
EA Games has clarified the loading up problems with its game, FIFA 14, following numerous complaints by gamers recently of frequent crashes.
The company announced the booting up crash may be due in part because two controllers are connected.
"Using two separate controllers, both assigned to user profiles, and then using controller two to navigate the bootflow when FIFA 14 is loading can result in a crash. The FIFA dev team will be fixing this issue as soon as possible (shortly after launch) but, in the meantime and as a workaround: please only use controller one to navigate the bootflow of FIFA 14. You can turn on and use the controller two once in the main menu," EA posted on its support site. more >>
Popular search engines Google, Yahoo and Bing use what's called predictive search, and when queried "why do Christian women…" the search engines reveal that online users appear to be most curious about Christian women's relationship and clothing habits.
As most Web users know, once a person starts typing into the search box of Google, Bing or Yahoo, an auto-complete feature predicts what a user's search query will be, deploying a dropdown list of suggestions as he or she types. The algorithm is based on popular or common online searches.
Testing the predictive feature with the phrase "why do Christian women…" showed that Internet users have lots of questions about Christian women, particularly about why they cover their hair or heads; wear skirts; and...cheat. more >>
The Vatican and Google are working together to bring to light early-century paintings found in ancient Christian catacombs in northeast Rome, depicting notable biblical events such as Jesus raising Lazarus from the dead, and also some paintings that raises questions on whether there were women priests in the early Church.
"This is perhaps the sign of the joining of two extremes, remote antiquity and modernity," Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi said at a news conference earlier this week at the Catacombs of Priscilla, Catholic News Service reported.
The restoration work inside the tomb used advanced laser techniques to uncover fourth-century paintings of famous scenes, such as Jesus and Lazarus, and St. Peter and Paul escorting Christians into the afterlife. It also contains one of the oldest known frescoes of the Madonna and the Child, dating back to 230 AD. more >>
They pastor in different parts of the country and have vastly different teaching styles, but according to the iTunes store's latest "Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality" chart, Joel Osteen, Mark Driscoll, Timothy Keller and Charles Stanley are some of the most-listened to Christian ministers — both in the U.S. and abroad.Top 10 Podcasts - Religion and Spirituality (U.S.) on iTunes:Joel Osteen Audio Podcast Mars Hill Church: Mark Driscoll Audio Timothy Keller Podcast Daily Radio Program with Charles Stanley Your Move with Andy Stanley Podcast The Village Church (Matt Chandler) The Potter's Touch (T.D. Jakes) Joyce Meyer TV Audio Podcast Andy Stanley Leadership Podcast Bethel Church Sermon of the Week (Bill Johnson)
An obvious stand-out on the list of top 10 religion and spirituality podcasts is Pastor Andy Stanley's "Your Move…" and "Leadership" podcasts both ranking in the lineup.
Also noteworthy is that podcast programs from Mars Hill Church, Joyce Meyer, Mars Hill Bible Church (founded by Rob Bell) and Bethel Church also appear on the "top 10" lists for religion and spirituality on the U.K., Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Norway charts. more >>
Samsung is running a special promotion for those who own or are planning to purchase a Galaxy Note 3.
The special will allow Note 3 owners to redeem their purchase for a $50 Google Play store credit. Customers will be able to use it to buy games, movies, music and apps.
The deal is only available to those who purchase their device on or before January 6. In order to receive the credit Note 3 owners must register their phone number, IMEI and a few other details with Samsung. more >>