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...
Unearth “Hidden” Web Addresses with URL Ripper
Short URLs are both a curse and a blessing. They save precious characters in space-limited social networks and make for more aesthetically pleasing link text, but sometimes you really don’t know what you’re going to get when you go to http://insertawesomecatvideo.com.
Thankfully, XDA Forum Member Perryb created an application to help decipher those shortened URLs so you won’t be caught off guard the next time someone tries to sneak in some surreptitious Rick Astley. The app also has a more conventional use-case when used with certain browsers that don’t properly support short URL redirection.
Using the app is quite simple. All you have to do is enter the URL’s unique hash into the app and select the URL shortening service, and the app does the rest. Unfortunately, URL Ripper does not currently use the Android intent system to handle inline links, and we would like to see this in future revisions to allow for even more streamlined usage.
Want to give this a shot? If so, be sure to visit the 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...