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...
Keep Your Focus During Work with ClearFocus
People say smart devices make life easier. And to a large degree, we agree. But if someone claims that they make work easier, they clearly haven’t experienced the nightmare of trying to finish an assignment that’s due the coming midnight with a smartphone on the table. It’s during these times when not checking that Email, ‘quickly’ browsing through social media updates, and Googling whatever comes to mind out of curiosity can arguably be the most difficult things to do.
A great app for Android users to safeguard against such situations, especially those who work on a tablet, is ClearFocus. Developed by XDA Forum Member Andreaaaaa, the aptly named ClearFocus is a simple app that tries to help you maintain your focus for a set period so that you can do what you have to do. You set a work time period in the settings, maybe a break time, or even a long break time, the number of “work sessions” before a long break time, and hit start. The big circle that takes the majority of the UI starts to count down, with the timer also appearing in the notification area so you can see it anywhere.
If you think about it, a great portion of distractions spawn from the Internet. Because of this, Andreaaaaa has given you the option disable your Internet connection until the timer stops. If you’re worried that notification sounds and vibrations from messages or even calls will distract you, you can disable them as well. And if you’re afraid that you’ll work overtime (that’s never going to happen is it?), there are options to play a notification sound or vibrate the device when the timer stops.
People have different ways of focusing, and having an app like ClearFocus may be the way some folks are looking for. If you’re one of them, visit the application thread for more details.
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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...