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Imgur is upgrading the GIF for the 21st century
GIFs are positively everywhere, and have been for a while — there’s no stopping them. But the massive photo sharing service Imgur thinks they can be improved upon and brought forward into the modern age. “Let’s get real, the .GIF format is outdated and is not really that great for the modern web anymore. ” says Imgur founder Alan Schaaf. “It was created in 1989, and it wasn’t even created for the purpose of animation. What we’re trying to do is keep that same experience almost intact but just make the technology around it much better.”
Google reportedly tried to buy Cyanogen
A report from The Information (subscription required) claims that Google tried to buy Cyanogen, Inc, the maker of the custom Android ROM CyanogenMod. According to the report, Cyanogen’s chief executive told shareholders that Sundar Pichai, the head of Chrome and Android at Google, met with the company and “expressed interest in acquiring the firm.” The report says Cyanogen Inc. declined the offer, saying that it was still growing.
Pure Android in a Google-backed $100 smartphone
This year’s Google IO developer conference wasn’t just about the upcoming Android L release and the design changes coming with that version. One of the keynote’s most important announcements was packed into a two-minute segment at the start of the event. Android One, as Android chief Sundar Pichai explained, was designed to level the playing field for smartphones in developing markets, making it easier for smaller phone makers in these countries to ship relatively high-quality stuff at relatively low price points.