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...
Rediscover the Old Spirit of Gaming with Text Fiction
Gaming is a part of Android. Powerful CPUs and graphic chipsets give a great chance to run even the most resource intensive games, but not every game features great graphics and animations. There are still indie games available that require you to think hard instead of being deadly fast.
One independent developer, XDA Forum Member onyxbits, created a game reminiscent of the traditional text games from the 80s. Text Fiction is not a typical game, it’s more of a game engine that allows you to load games. Officially, you can download 4 games: Dreamhold, Anchorhead, Curses and Vanichella. However, every text game stored in Z3, Z5, or Z8 format can be played. Solving the riddles isn’t easy, and you will have to spend some time racking your brain to find a solution for some mysteries. If you’re stuck, you can always type o command to get some help. Games like this only prove that not everything that is flashy and good looking is necessarily better.
If you’re bored with farming coins or repeating the same actions over and over, you can try your luck with one of the hundreds of logical games. All you need to do is to go to the game thread and give Text Fiction 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...