April Fools Day is once again upon us and as usual, tech companies everywhere have not failed to keep us entertained. With a trove of fantastic faux product launches and even some real product launches that were taken as April Fools jokes, people have been busy releasing their hilarious ideas. With many of these jokes being nostalgic and some even being functional it's easy to appreciate the spirit behind them. Samsung Galaxy Blade Edge In a reference to the Galaxy...
Get Your Videos Faster with VideoBee for Android
Ever since the early days of mobile technology, people have always wanted to do more, and do it more efficiently and faster. Due to the amount of content and information on the Internet being limitless (and growing), the dream of getting everything instantaneously is a reality that never seems to get any closer, despite of how many advances we can pump out in a single year. For instance, when we get a dramatically faster data connection, file sizes jump accordingly, thus taking the “oompf” out of the higher transfer speeds. All in all, the approach might need to be tweaked a bit to achieve the aforementioned goal, particularly when it comes to video streaming. After all, have you any idea the time you could have saved if you were able to somehow speed up all those times that you watched Gangnam Style?
Since challenges are what we tackle on best here at XDA, you may want to take a quick peek at the solution by XDA Forum Member ShoelaceWireless. VideoBee is an app like no other in what it can achieve. Basically, the app allows anyone to stream videos using multiple sources of bandwidth simultaneously. In other words, videos are streamed and downloaded by using both WiFi and cellular networks—at the same time. Good, right? No? What? You need more speed, you say? Why certainly! Just fire up your BT and use bandwidth from one of your other Android devices as well. The master instructs the slave device to start downloading certain parts of the videos, while the master device downloads the rest. This effectively increases the data speed substantially. Oh, and one last thing: Root is not required!
The app is in private beta, and the developer has provided a link in the OP where you can receive an invitation code. Also, it seems that later in the not-so-distant future, the app will be capable of chaining itself with more than a single device, which will allow you to download your longest videos in mere seconds. Currently, the app only supports YouTube, NBC News, and MediaCafe, but more content sources will become available soon. Please leave some feedback requesting features and most importantly, reporting bugs you may come across.
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The beginning of April is dominated by April Fools. There are jokes and pranks everywhere, which are meant to fool people. This news is no joke though, as Google has pushed the shiny red button to send out over-the-air updates to supported devices. Well, sort of, as only a few of available Nexus devices got updates to Android 5.1. Here's a list of OTAs that can be downloaded and flashed by stock recoveries. You can find guides on how to revert...
Once again, we have arrived on the most magical of holidays - the annual unveiling of HalfLife 3, and day on which co-workers believe it is appropriate to duct tape air horns behind doors. I speak, of course, about April Fools Day. As has become their custom, Google launched lighthearted "pranks" for each of their various services (with other tech sites and vendors following suit), and we have done our best to round up the humorous products and tweaks surfacing thus far....