The second public beta version of Apple's newest mobile OS, iOS 9, is ready for release to those who are part of the company's public beta which started on July 10. Public beta testers can now get a hold of the second version via the over-the-air updating via the Settings app of their devices.
According to a Tech Times report, this new version already addresses certain bug fixes and adds some minor new features including Picture in Picture on Podcasts, Home Sharing for iTunes and using volume buttons as camera buttons.
This version of the software, according to the report, is already in sync with the fourth developer version. In the last version of the iOS which is the iOS 8.4, the Home Sharing function was disabled. This function however was added back to the developer version of iOS 9, and thus it finds it way back to this beta version. Beta testers can now share their iTunes library with other users in their home WiFi network. more >>
Sony is currently working on a new concept OS under the project name Concept for Android and the new concept OS is entering its beta phase in Sweden. The company is testing the new OS with a small group of Sony Xperia Z3 owners in the said country. Sony described the new concept OS as a "stripped-down and vanilla version" of the Android 5.1 Lollipop, with a few added features.
Being a "vanilla" version, the new OS is said to have "significant differences" with what the company has released commercially and will include new apps and additional features being developed by Sony.
This is not the first time that Sony has conducted special beta testing for Android on its smartphones. However, this time around, it is a more targeted testing as it is in support of the development of new concept OS. This new Concept for Android will likely lead to the development of specialized versions of the Android OS, which in turn can serve specific segments of the smartphone market. more >>
Rockstar Games is on its second week of special offers for team heists. This week, from July 20 to 26, they are offering twice the RP and twice the GTA$ or in-game cash – all players have to do is to take on a team heist on "Humane Labs." This is the second week that Rockstar has made the same offer. Last week, it offered the same set of bonuses for a team heist for "Prison Break."
The offer is part of the game's "Online Heists." For players to be able to get the rewards, they need to assemble a four-person team and organize a heist that is essentially a raid on "Humane Labs." Rockstar in their website described it further:
"This week GTA Online Heists continue to be more lucrative than ever with 2X RP and GTA$ payouts for the second four-person Heist: the raid on Humane Labs. This Heist will see you and three associates get to pilot some powerful vehicles: the VTOL Hydra, the Insurgent and the Valkyrie." Take note that Rockstar mentions the three vehicles that will be available for players during the heist. more >>
Patrice Desilets, creator of "Assassin's Creed," recently shared that his upcoming game under development will be "largely non-violent." Desilets revealed additional tidbits about the game "Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey."
The new game is an AAA game being developed by Desilets under his newly created company based in Canada. He first revealed the game during E3 2015. It is initially known to be a third-person adventure survival game, which goes through some of the important events in human history.
During the interview, he said that the underlying theme of the game is "non-violence." As the human race went through different periods in history and civilization, much of what happened and the actions taken were non-violent. Some of the examples he cited included inventing tools, harnessing technology, discovering new things that would help improve life, among other things. more >>
ZTE has unveiled a different version of its flagship phone, the Axon, specifically for its home market. At a recent event in Beijing, the company revealed its global flagship phone, the Axon, together with two other technology products. Aside from the Axon phone, ZTE also unveiled an upgraded version of the handset, called the Axon Lux.
According to a Tech Times report, the announcement comes days after ZTE unveiled its high-end flagship phone, the Axon Pro for the U.S. market. Like its U.S. counterpart, the Axon is also a high-end phone, which ZTE hopes will compete with other high-end smartphones in the Chinese market. The phone sports the same technical specifications as the one released in the U.S.
The Axon Lux on the other hand also has the same technical specifications as the Axon, including Corning's Antimicrobial Gorilla Glass, 128 GB of internal storage which is expandable to 250 GB and 3 GB of RAM. The main difference is in the display, the RAM and added biometric security features. The Axon Lux is said to have a 5.5-inch display with 2,560 x 1,440 resolution, has 4 GB of RAM and will have a fingerprint scanner, an eye scanner and software for voice recognition. These additional features are what ZTE hopes will set them apart from the rest of the high-end phones in the market. more >>
The Rev. Franklin Graham has told the 37 million members of Ashley Madison, the dating website set up for married people to cheat on their spouses, that regardless of whether their info is exposed in a major hacking attack, God already knows what they have been up to.
"I have news for all those worried cheaters out there wringing their hands — God already knew! His holy Word says, 'Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account' (Hebrews 4:13). Times may have changed, but God's laws and standards never change — all sin has a price," Graham said in a message on Facebook on Wednesday.
Forbes reported over the weekend that the 37 million customers of Ashley Madison are greatly concerned over a major hacking attack, in which anonymous hackers are threatening to leak their data and expose them online. more >>