Martin Pitt: De-Googling my phone

Martin Pitt: De-Googling my phone. “On a few long weekends this year it got a hold of me, and I had a look over the Google fence to see how Free Software is doing on Android and how to reduce my dependency on Google Play Services and Google apps. Less because I would actually severely distrust Google, as they have a lot of business and goodwill to lose if they ever majorly screw up; but more because of simple curiosity and for learning new things. I want to note down my experience here for sharing and discussing. I started experimenting on my old Nexus 4 by completely blanking it and installing current LineageOS 14.1 without the Google apps. This provides a nice testing ground that is completely free of any proprietary Google stuff. From that I can apply good solutions on my ‘production’ Xperia.”

Hongkiat: Best Time Lapse Apps For Your Smartphone

Hongkiat: Best Time Lapse Apps For Your Smartphone. “Shooting time lapse videos is the best way to capture the mesmerizing beauty of slow moving things around us that our eyes (or patience) can’t keep up with. Thanks to low frame rate and high video speed, you can make epic videos of blooming flowers, sunset, moving clouds and many other beautiful scenes.” Or people painting a building. Do not ask me how I know this.

Google Paid a Billion To Keep Search Bar on iPhone?

Wow! Google paid Apple a billion smackers to keep its search bar on the iPhone? “Apple received $1 billion from its rival in 2014, according to a transcript of court proceedings from Oracle Corp.’s copyright lawsuit against Google. The search engine giant has an agreement with Apple that gives the iPhone maker a percentage of the revenue Google generates through the Apple device, an attorney for Oracle said at a Jan. 14 hearing in federal court.” I’m in the wrong business