Android and openness is something we talk about all the time, but the recent developments in the industry point towards inherent flaws with this very premise. Be it from bloggers, political institutions or corporations, Android is seemingly not open enough. The “War on Openness” is ironically becoming an open war, where many players are increasing their stakes and scope to try and land a bigger hold - or at the very least, restrict Google’s - on what is the world’s...
Easily Run Init.d Scripts on Any Device
Init.d plays an important role in custom ROM development. In short, it allows the execution of scripts upon every boot. It doesn’t matter if it’s a simple SD Card mount script or a rather complex set of performance tweaks–init.d is often used to initialize them. If your kernel has support for init.d built in, it executes these scripts every time.
Unfortunately, not every device is rooted and not every stock kernel supports init.d by default. This may leave many wishing for the ability to run various scripts on boot. Luckily, XDA Recognized Developer bartito has prepared an application that runs init.d scripts on every device. This simple app allows you to define a folder on your SD Card that contains all your initialization scripts and executes them after a successful boot. Some scripts require root access, such as those that change various values in the kernel, so you obviously need to be aware of the privileges required by the scripts you wish to run.
Usage of the app is very simple. Basically all that you need to do is copy your scripts to your SD Card, select a folder in the app, and put a checkmark on the “run at boot” option from within the app.
If your kernel lacks init.d support or perhaps you prefer to keep your system in a vanilla state without losing equivalent functionality to init.d, this app may be exactly what you are looking for! You can grab the latest version by visiting the Init.d for normal users application thread.
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Smartphone cameras have advanced so tremendously over the past few years that they have almost completely replaced point and shoot digital cameras for the most of us. Furthermore, since our smartphones are always with us, the majority of us end up taking tons of photos throughout the lifespan of our devices. But what happens to all the old photos you take? Do you store them on an external hard-drive or keep them backed up to an online cloud service like Flickr? Let us know what your favorite way of storing old photos is and why.
Before the release of Android 5.0 Lollipop, the Holo Design guidelines served as the official reference for Android design, right from IceCream Sandwich to KitKat. However, updates to the guidelines were few and far between, leading to a lack of synchronization between Android design and current UI/UX trends. Google seems to have learned from their mistake the last time around, and earlier this week, a significant update was released for the Material Design guidelines, marking the second revision in less...