Thursday, December 11, 2014

LDSTech Newsletter, December 2014

The following is from LDSTech.


LDSTech Newsletter

2015 LDSTech App & Game Contest

The LDSTech App & Game Contest will happen in 2015. If you are a developer with a good idea, or have a submission that missed this year's deadline, or plan to revamp your 2014 submission with significant updates, it is not too early to perfect your entry in time for the 2015 contest deadline. 
We do not have a deadline for submissions yet, but that will be announced soon. 

January Broadcast: Mormon Channel

LDSTech broadcasts return in 2015.  January's broadcast will be on the second Friday, January 9th.  Rob Boshard will be presenting on what the Mormon Channel is and does on the Mormon Channel Android App.   

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Gospel Library 2.0 App for Windows in now available!

Gospel Library 2.0 for Windows 8.1 is a major upgrade from the legacy LDS Gospel Library.  If you have been putting off upgrading to the latest version of Windows, this new release provides ample justification to do so.  Jim Byer, Sr Engineer for the Gospel Library project says, "Because the Gospel Library has many different users on different platforms, we wanted to make it as easy and simple to find things as we could so anyone using iPad or Android would be able to find the same functionality and features he or she is accustomed to."

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Contest Highlights

Nick Pasto and Jonathan Chan authored the Scripture Mastery SUPERSTAR! game for the first-ever LDSTech Gospel App and Game Contest.  This game won top honors in the youth division of the contest as well as one of the three People's Choice awards, which were voted on by the attendees at the LDSTech Conference in October 2014

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LDSTech joins a growing number of LDS information sources encouraging readers to share messages of faith about Jesus Christ throughout the month of December.  To help you share a personal message, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints introduced the "He is the Gift" initiative with a short video in late November on and created a new hashtag (#SharetheGift) for social media channels.
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Thank You, Elder Duerden

If "G C Duerden" looks familiar, it's probably because that's the byline of the Church Service Missionary (CSM) who has been writing most of the articles for our LDSTech blog for the past year or so.

An experienced newpaper journalist, Elder Greg Duerden is a writer by trade, and a talented one at that. He wrote for newspapers all over Utah (Monticello to Ogden), in Colorado, Wyoming, and California before retiring and putting his skills to work for LDSTech.

"Being a CSM is as easy as falling off a log, but a lot more fun," Elder Duerden said.

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Watch LDSTech Broadcasts 

DateStreamPresenter & Topic
2014—JUL –11
2014 – JUN – 06
Jesh Barlow – FamilySearch Mobile Apps
Mike Madsen – Youth Activity Pages on
2014 – MAY – 02Michael Colemere – Four Elements of Successful Communication Strategies
2014 – MAR – 14Mel Broberg – Church Directory of Organizations and Leaders (CDOL)
2014 – FEB – 07Jim Byer – Windows 8 Gospel Library
2014 – JAN – 10Hal Rushton – Gospel Content on the Feature Phone

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