Almost two months after Square Enix revealed the release date of the much-awaited action role-playing game "Deus Ex: Mankind Divided" and the different type of pre-order program that went with the game which it called "Augment Your Pre-Order" program, the publisher has announced that it is cancelling the pre-order program.
An IGN report called the program "highly controversial" because it employed a different approach in getting people to pre-order. Those who pre-order get to choose the incentives they will get and these incentives get better if higher pre-orders were received. The biggest bonus they listed was that they would release the game four days earlier if a target number of pre-orders was reached. Essentially, the more people who pre-order will bring more incentives.
This program, however, became heavily criticized by gamers and fans of the game. Another report in Tech Times cited that the backlash that the plan received was "immense and brutal," and with this recent announcement, Square Enix took this criticism seriously. In a blog post, Square Enix had this to say: "When it was first conceived, we wanted the program to give you more choice about what you received in terms of pre-order incentives... We quickly noticed that this approach created even more frustration than before, resulting in a resounding amount of negative feedback." more >>
Meet the LG V10, the first phone in the "V" line of phones recently announced by the Korean phone manufacturer. What is unique about this new smartphone is that it rocks two screens and two front-facing cameras, according to a Tech Times report, a first for smartphones. The device was unveiled in September.
Spec-wise, the phone has the same specifications as LG's recently released flagship, the LG G4. Under the hood, it has a 1.8 GHz hexa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor, but the V10 has an extra 1 GB of RAM compared to the G4. It comes with 64 GB of internal storage, with expandable memory up to 200 GB through a microSD card.
When it comes to the phone's display however, it comes with not just one but two screens. The phone's primary display is a 5.7-inch screen with a 2,560 x 1,440-pixel resolution. Its second display is a 2-inch screen with 1,040 by 160-pixel resolution which is "always on" and displays information such as time, weather and power level. It may also contain shortcuts to frequently used apps and easy access to information such as contacts. It is likened to the edge display of the Samsung S6 and Note Edge and it remains on even if the main screen is turned off. more >>
Can churches engage transhumanism, which may very well be the next big science vs. religion battle, positively or should they absolutely resist this movement, an academic institution in Alabama asked during a multi-day event focused on whether Christianity and Transhumanism could co-exist.
Samford University's Center for Science and Religion held the event, titled "Transhumanism and the Church," which took place from Sept. 24-26 and featured 27 presentations with approximately 120 attendees for the opening lecture alone.
Transhumanism is the theory that science and technology can be used to advance the evolution of human beings beyond current physical and mental limitations. more >>
Jesuit Brother Guy Consolmagno, director of the Vatican Observatory, has commented on the recent NASA discovery that suggests there might be flowing water on Mars, by stating that finding alien life could paint a different picture to who God is for Christians.
"The important thing is to recognize that the universe is created by God, and however God did it tells us something about God's personality," Consolmagno said, according to Vatican Radio.
"If God chose to make a universe where we are the only creatures, that is interesting, that tells us something about God and us," he added. more >>
Since Apple released the latest iOS update, iDevice owners have been excited to know if the iOS 9.0 untethered jailbreak will come out or not.
Apple's update to iOS 9 included a lot of improvements, new features, and patches for the jailbreaks in iOS 8.4 to iOS 8.4.1. There are several developers working on an iOS 9 jailbreak and there are rumors that it may come out in October, Latino Post reports.
Jailbreak team Pangu and iOS hacker iH8sn0w previously came up with successful jailbreaks for iOS 8.4.1 and iOS 9, as evidenced by their YouTube videos. Although there are no confirmations if the hacker will share the jailbreaking tool with the public, there are reports that that iH9Sn0w is busy tinkering with a fully functional iOS 9 jailbreak, the report details. more >>
The action-adventure stealth video game, "Hitman 6" finally has a new release date. The game was originally scheduled for release in December 2015, but its developer, IO Interactive, opted to delay release in order for them to add more content to the game. According to a report in IGN, the game's publisher Square Enix and developer IO Interactive have announced that the game will be available on March 11, 2016 on all platforms.
The report also cited the "release plan" that Square Enix and IO Interactive had set up for the game, which they described as "a live game experience that delivers content over time, supported by live events." It is also important to note that any additional content for the game need not be purchased and the game will also not make use of micro-transactions.
When the game is launched on March 11, it will include what is called the base content of the game. This includes six campaign missions in three locations, namely Paris, Sapienza and Marrakesh. There will be 800 targets for the player to choose from in the Contract mode. Upon launch, live content will be made available which includes "time-limited targets, weekly Contracts and promoted created content." more >>