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Intelligently Control Your Screen with Gravity Screen Off

Sometimes, standard screen control logic just doesn't work as efficiently as we'd like. We can tune the settings to turn off our screen after a very limited duration of inactivity, but doing this will make the device a little bit of a burden to use, as we have to periodically tap our screens to keep...

Dual Boot Your Samsung Galaxy Note 2

We don't usually cover individual custom kernels here on the Portal for the simple reason that thanks to the development community, there are so many great options available that we wouldn't have time to cover anything else. However, every once in a while, a kernel developer brings so much awesome to the table that it...

Job Interview Prep: Toughest Job Interview Questions Part 4 – XDA Developer TV

Finishing up his series about Job interviews, XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talks about the scariest and most difficult questions in an interview. I’ve you haven’t already, make sure you check out his resume tips, tips for dealing with the phone call screen, and acing the main interview. In today’s episode, Jayce again interviews Rachel Finan, a...

Give Your Sony Xperia Z a Physical Camera Button

A product decision that I never truly understood up to this day is the exclusion of a physical camera button on a modern day smartphone. The three powerhouses of 2013 so far, the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and Xperia Z, all lack a dedicated camera button to the dismay of many users. However, if...

Need Help Getting Started with the Android SDK and ADT?

Installing the Android SDK and ADT is the first step in the long road towards coding your first Android application. Getting these tools onto your computer is also the first step towards many other goals such as obtaining ADB access and using DDMS. While there are plenty of simpler ways to go about accomplishing the latter...

Guide on Using ADB, Logcat, and DDMS

If you're an Android user, there's really almost no reason why you shouldn't have some basic knowledge on how to use ADB and pull a logcat. After all, what better way is there to give back to the developers that help make our mobile devices better than by giving them the tools they need to...

Job Interview Prep: Salary Negotiations Part 3 – XDA Developer TV

Continuing his series about Job interviews, XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce talks about the biggest unknown to most people in the job process: salary negotiation.  He’s already given you resume tips, talked about dealing with the phone screen, and how to ace the main interview. Now he talks about getting the pay you want. In today’s episode,...

Getting Started with Windows 8 App Development

For the thousands of our readers still in school, summer break is either about to begin or has already begun. As such, there will almost certainly be much more free time at your disposal with which to learn development. And even for those not about to regain their freedom due to the lessening vice grip...