Vice: The Open Source Project That Keeps Google’s Hands Off Your Android Data. “MicroG is one of several projects working to keep the promise of free and open source software alive on Android. Users can opt for F-Droid instead of the Google Play store, an open source implementation of Google’s app store that, you guessed it, only offers open source applications. For web browsing, Mozilla Firefox provides a robust alternative to Chrome; in lieu of Google Drive, there are programs like NextCloud. But as those who have embarked on the great open source-only Android experiment can tell you, open source applications leave much to be desired in form, functionality, and stability.”
Make Tech Easier: 5 of the Best Alternatives for Windows Movie Maker. “Many of us have fond memories of Windows Movie Maker and even more now after Microsoft discontinued it permanently. This may not have been a good idea because Movie Maker was one of the easiest video editing tools to work with. However, we all have to move on. If you are of the opinion that creating a professional video should not consume much time or money, this is a handy list of alternatives to Windows Movie Maker.”
PCMag UK: I Killed Google and My Phone Almost Died. “I set out on a journey to sidestep Google’s version of Android and instead use free, private, and secure open-source alternatives on my phone. I made some stupid mistakes, including potentially bursting into flames, but I learned a lot along the way.” This article is frustrating as it didn’t really come to any conclusions, but it’s a fun read.
Make Tech Easier: 4 of the Best Alternatives to AutoCAD. “If you’re an average student or hobbyist working on a lean budget, you don’t have to always pick AutoCAD. There are some worthy contenders with similar supporting infrastructure and critical functionality. The challenge is in deciding which AutoCAD alternatives are worth your time, as the market is awash with ghastly knockoffs. Our four AutoCAD alternatives aren’t just affordable but read similar files to those AutoCAD reads, easily integrate with AutoCAD, and are intuitive to learn.”
Lifehacker: Find Ethical Open-Source Alternatives To Almost Every App or Service With This List. “We love the convenience and feature-rich nature of the apps and products big corporations can offer you, but we’re also proponents of personal autonomy and control over your online experience. However, it’s one thing to just turn your back on the big corporations; it’s another to do so mindfully and ethically.” A commenter mentions that the list is somewhat UK-centric.
CNET: Best FaceTime alternatives for video calls. “An embarrassing bug that compromised the privacy of FaceTime calls on iOS and Mac has surprised many Apple users. The problem occurred when you tried to place a call, but before the call connected, you could hear the audio of the person on the other end. Apple took over a week to respond to the flaw, which has prompted an investigation from the New York attorney general’s office. If you’re in need of a video call app replacement for FaceTime or simply want to try another option, these are the apps to start with.”
MakeUseOf: The 10 Best Picasa Alternatives to Use Instead. “The app that replaced Picasa—Google Photos—left a lot to be desired. Sure, it has lots of cool features, but for people who like a more hands-on approach in their photo organizing software, it’s not powerful enough. Amazingly, even after all this time, there’s not an app that you can definitively call the best Picasa replacement. So instead we’ve compiled a list of the best Picasa alternatives.”