CNN puts the kibosh on Beme as Casey Neistat leaves the company

CNN puts the kibosh on Beme as Casey Neistat leaves the company

CNN puts the kibosh on Beme as Casey Neistat leaves the company

  • Casey Neistat has left CNN after the news organization bought his Beme video-sharing app for $25 million in late 2016.
  • Neistat and the Beme team were supposed to be working on a video-based news project, but it never came together.
  • Most of Beme’s team will be rehired by CNN to work at other jobs in the company.

In late 2016, CNN took a chance on popular YouTube video creator Casey Neistat and purchased Beme, a video-sharing app Neistat co-created with Matt Hackett. It was released to Android in May 2016, but very few people actually used it. That didn’t stop CNN from acquiring Beme for a whopping $25 million in November 2016. Following the purchase, the Beme app itself was removed from the Google Play Store at the end of January 2017.

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Chrome OS’ split-screen snapping might eventually work with Android apps

Chrome OS’ split-screen snapping might eventually work with Android apps

Chrome OS’ split-screen snapping might eventually work with Android apps

  • A new commit revealed the ability to eventually use Android apps in split-screen mode.
  • There is no word on when the feature will be included in a future Chrome OS update.
  • The feature would work well with a recent update that allows Android apps to run in the background.

With Google‘s intentions to integrate Chrome OS with Android clear, it makes sense that the folks at Mountain View look to eventually let you use Android applications in split-screen mode.

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Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

Let’s build a custom keyboard for Android

When thinking of building an Android app, we often think of something with a screen and a contained function. It could be a game, or a tool to perform a common task.

But apps can come in a variety of shapes and sizes. You could build a service that runs in the background and quietly makes life easier for the user. You could create a widget, or a launcher. How about a keyboard?

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Ants craft tiny sponges to dip into honey and carry it home

Ants craft tiny sponges to dip into honey and carry it home

Ants craft tiny sponges to dip into honey and carry it home

Ants may be smarter than we give them credit for. Tool use is seen as something brainy primates and birds do, but even the humble ant can choose the right tool for the job.

István Maák at the University of Szeged in Hungary and his team offered two species of funnel ants liquids containing water and honey along with a range of tools that might help them carry this food to their nests.

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HTC Ocean Note to be announced on January 12

HTC Ocean Note to be announced on January 12

HTC Ocean Note to be announced on January 12

Update, December 30: According to HTC developer @LlabTooFeR, one of the upcoming HTC devices mentioned below, codenamed Ocean Note, will be announced on January 12. The device will reportedly be available in both single and dual-SIM versions. 

Original post, December 29: HTC has struggled quite a bit this year, despite having a few solid devices on offer including the high-end Bolt and 10. In hopes of turning things around next year, HTC will, according to the latest report from Taiwan, announce three new smartphones in the first quarter.

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Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

Android 7.1.1 update for Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge officially coming in January

Samsung has confirmed the Android 7.1.1 Nougat update for the Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge is due in January. The confirmation comes via the Beta notices in the Galaxy Beta Program, although there’s still an element of doubt to the deadline: “We will do our best to distribute the official version in January as soon as possible”.

While this is clearly just Samsung hedging its bets in case something unforeseen comes up, “doing their best” and “as soon as possible” are not the kinds of phrasing you want to hear from your OEM when you’re waiting on a major new Android release. But as we can probably all agree, it’s much better to get a stable update than a patchy buggy one.

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LG V20 officially launches in India

LG V20 officially launches in India

LG V20 officially launches in India

LG has finally launched their flagship smartphone, the LG V20, in India. Unveiled in September this year, the LG V20 was the first smartphone with Android Nougat out-of-the-box.

The USP of the V20 is the small, secondary ticker display (160 x 1040 pixels) on top of the primary 5.7-inch quad-HD display. The secondary display allows you to view notifications and alerts at a glance, and gives you access to recent apps and quick tools.

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Motorola’s magical mix: stock Android + custom enhancements + Moto Maker

Motorola’s magical mix: stock Android + custom enhancements + Moto Maker

Motorola’s magical mix: stock Android + custom enhancements + Moto Maker

Last week Motorola unveiled the Moto X Style and Moto X Play, as well as the Moto G (2015). These new offerings look to continue the excellent line of products that the now-Lenovo owned company has on offer. Products that, with the Moto X series in particular, offer far more than Google has ever managed to, despite both the Moto series and Nexus series having relatively few software differences.

By using almost-stock Android and enhancing it with select functionality and features, Motorola has – in some ways – created a build of Android that is almost superior to the standard affair Google itself produces. The creation of Moto Maker, a user-customized variant of the product, allows for an unprecedented degree of personalization that rivals to this day fail to match.

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Eldar Murtazin: Galaxy S5 to launch on February 23, at 6PM, in Barcelona

Eldar Murtazin: Galaxy S5 to launch on February 23, at 6PM, in Barcelona

Eldar Murtazin: Galaxy S5 to launch on February 23, at 6PM, in Barcelona

Eldar Murtazin, a well-connected blogger with a relatively good track-record when it comes to leaks, just tweeted that the Galaxy S5 will launch on February 23, ahead of MWC 2014 Barcelona.

Murtazin claims the Galaxy S5 will be announced on Sunday, February 23, at 6PM, and that it will be in stores by the end of April.

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