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...
My Cloud Player 9 for SoundCloud Brings Local Audio Playback and More!
We first talked about the alternative SoundCloud client My Cloud Player by XDA Senior Member dcucko back in October of last year. My Cloud Player was originally written to provide SoundCloud users with functionality that was unavailable in the official SoundCloud app. The aesthetically appealing player offered the ability to chart your most played songs, view your playback history, cache tracks for offline playing, Last.fm scrobbling, and more.
Between its original launch and now, My Cloud Player has evolved quite a bit, adding features such as Chromecast and XMBC support. But now, My Cloud Player has been updated to version 9, and with this update come many more goodies. Perhaps the most notable change is the ability to play local audio files, rather than just audio from SoundCloud. This local audio playback support has also been extended to the Chromecast, using the NanoHttpD library. In addition, playlist support has been improved, allowing users to save remote, local, cached, and downloaded tracks together—all in one playlist. Finally, the app has been optimized in terms of performance, memory usage, and bug fixes.
If you’re looking for a great (and free) media player that can handle your SoundCloud and local media content, head over to the application thread and give My Cloud Player a shot.
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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...