So long, Swype: A eulogy for a mobile keyboard pioneer

Dearly beloved, we gather here today to celebrate the life and honor the memory of an Android pioneer whose impact on mobile technology is still felt by all of us today.

Swype, the keyboard app that introduced swipe-to-type input to the masses with its once-unmatched Android text input system, passed away quietly in its sleep on Monday. The app’s health had been in steady decline for some years, and its adoptive father, Nuance, has now confirmed it has been taken off life support and will no longer be developed.

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Verizon Moto G4 Play gets Android 7.1.1 Nougat after being stuck on 6.0.1 for a long time

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Motorola’s excellent track record with updating devices fell by the wayside as it became part of Lenovo and started releasing more device variants than anyone can keep track of each year. Nothing is better proof of that than the Moto G4 Play’s situation. The device, which was released on September of 2016, has been stuck on Marshmallow 6.0.1 for months and months as owners gave up on even getting an update.

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Long Hat House’s metroidvania ‘Dandara’ is officially out on Android

The beauty of Long Hat House’s Dandara lies in its controls. Since it exists as a metroidvania title that includes plenty of platforming gameplay, the use of a unique shooting mechanic for its movement makes it that much more palatable on touchscreen devices. It’s refreshing how well this mechanic lends itself to mobile-centric gaming thanks to how precise your movements can be. And honestly, it allows Dandara’s level design and gameplay to shine just as much as they would on any other platform.

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Weekly poll: How long should phones get OS updates?

Getting a major OS update is almost like buying a new phone – you get a host of new features, (hopefully) faster software and occasionally a complete overhaul of the UI. It’s actually better than a new phone, it’s free! Yep, phones never had the PC model where a new version of the OS is something you buy. That’s good on the surface, but there’s a flip side. You can update a 10-year old PC to Windows 10 without waiting on its manufacturer. You probably shouldn’t, but you can. With phones, you pay nothing for updates and sometimes you get your money’s worth. That’s not true for all…

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DraftKings, which has long argued its business isn’t gambling, wants to build a sports gambling business

CEO Jason Robins says the company is preparing for a world in which sports gambling is legal.

DraftKings has long argued that its business, a daily fantasy sports game where users can win cash prizes in exchange for cash entry fees, is a game of skill (legal), not a game of chance (illegal).

Now, DraftKings is preparing to cross over to the other side. The company is building a sports betting product, says CEO Jason Robins, who hopes that his startup will be ready if and when sports gambling is legalized in the United States.

“For me it was always, ‘this is going to happen, it’s just [a matter of] when,” Robins said of the legalization of sports gambling. “We’ll be prepared.”

Sports gambling is not legal in the United States outside of a few markets, like Nevada. People are betting billions on the Super Bowl this year, as they do every year, and estimates are that a very small fraction of that is done legally.

Robins is optimistic that might change as the gambling world awaits the decision of a Supreme Court case in which New Jersey is fighting to legalize sports gambling. The NBA is also preparing for legalization.

The irony is that Robins has spent the last few years trying to distance himself and his business from the world of sports gambling, spending big on lawyers to fight legal battles in multiple states that tried to block his daily fantasy business.

Robins is aware of the optics.

“I guess there’s always some worry there, but they’re two different products,” he said. “Any company that is going to become big generally has to expand into multiple products and we’ll be no different.”

Robins won’t say what his new gambling product will look like, but it’s coming.


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