A top Saudi Arabia official has suggested that using Twitter, which reportedly is growing in popularity in the western Asian country, is leading people to "lose their afterlife."
BBC News reported that Sheikh Abdul Latif Abdul Aziz al-Sheikh, head of Saudi Arabia's religious police, warned that anyone using Twitter and other social media sites "has lost this world and his afterlife."
Saudi Arabia, a Muslim-dominated country, has been designated by persecution watchdog Open Doors USA as one of the most oppressive countries in the world where personal and religious freedoms are limited. BBC noted that platforms like Twitter have provided citizens with a mode of expression that was previously unavailable, and the conservative kingdom has seen a very fast increase of social media users in recent years. more >>
The Japanese electronics company Nintendo has reportedly fixed a glitch in one of its life simulation games that allowed one male character to marry another male character and raise children together.
The highly popular 3DS game, "Tomodachi Collection: New Life," has reportedly been at the top of Japan's software charts for the past several weeks, and involves players having control over their characters, including the ability to design a character, feed it, dress it, and make it perform tasks.
Although the game's apparent glitch allows male characters to date and marry other men, it does not allow the same for women. more >>
The Android 4.1.2, JellyBean update is now available for the Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 NFC edition.
The regular version of the device started receiving JellyBean early last month, however, this is the first time that the software update will be available on the NFC Edition. The model number for this version is GT-I8160P and it can be bumped up to Android 4.1.2 OTA (over-the-air) or through Samsung KIES.
The first country to get the update was Germany. It should roll out to several more countries by the end of this week. more >>
Sony introduced the new Xperia ZR smartphone today that features an extremely high level of water-resistance and can capture photos and full HD videos while submerged.
"The Xperia ZR pushes the boundaries on where and how consumers can use the full potential of their smartphone. By combining Sony's leading camera technology with the highest level of water-resistance, you will never miss another moment," said Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications.
"[Bringing] together the best of Sony's leading technology, media applications and easy one-touch connectivity with the largest ever range of NFC-enabled accessories, the Xperia ZR delivers the unique smartphone experience that people can expect from Sony," he continued in a statement. more >>
A new white version of the LG Nexus 4 was recently spotted on the internet.
A Google+ user named Ervin Sue posted pictures of this new model that features a white glossy backing. Sue claims he purchased the smartphone from "a local buy and sell site." The white Nexus 4 has made appearances in earlier leaks, but this one differs as its backing has a white Crystal Reflective Process back and white sides with a black trim around the display.
A white Nexus 4 popped up on a Vietnamese site Tinh te back in January, but this version had a duller back plate. It did not resemble the stock back plate found on the current version of the LG Nexus 4. It is not clear if LG will officially launch the device in the color, however, it could end up debuting at Google I/O later this month. more >>
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 could be launching in more colors soon.
The tablet is only available in white at this time, however, there have been listings in Germany that point to Samsung releasing it in red and gray. Other reports pointed to a brown-black model launching sometime in mid-June.
Samsung has not confirmed the release of any new colors, but a picture of the device in charcoal black was spotted back in March. This could be another potential color for the tablet. more >>