Troubled by Success or Genius Marketer in the making? The creator of Flappy Bird is considering taking it down

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I was on my way to a postponed Chinese New Year gathering when I suddenly pulled out my phone to ask my friend whether he knew about Flappy Bird. Excitedly, he launched the app to show me the score and started talking about what high scores his colleagues had gotten. Before we even noticed, we started playing it on the subway. A few minutes later, after numerous frustrated groans because the stupid bird kept dying, we decided to stop playing and talk about it.

We talked about how this game got viral, how consumers don’t have any idea what they really want until something came along to hit them and how the developer could have made even more money from the amount of impressions he’s getting with in-app purchases (wouldn’t you like an additional life when your bird died?).

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Yes I am very much an addict too

But just a little more than 4 hours before this post is published, the developer of Flappy Bird (@Dongatory) [please don't send him any more hate messages, seriously] posted a series of tweets highlighting that he’s taking the game down 22 hours later because he can’t “take it anymore”.

Snapshot of Dong Nguyen's tweets highlighting about taking down Flappy Bird

It could be rather baffling at first to see what he can’t “take” but on a second thought, it is understandable to feel the heat from so many threats, vulgarities, scoldings, or just plain insults from random people all over the world, for an indie developer who has never expected his game to be downloaded over millions of times on two of the most popular mobile platforms.
Warning: Extreme NSFW language and no human decency ahead

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Maybe this would put into perspective what he can’t take anymore. That or he’s actually receiving cease and desist letters from Nintendo, although he said it’s not for legal reasons but do you really believe it? Or simply it’s just a strategy to get people to rush to download in the final 22 hours to get a huge revenue bump while he prepares for his next launch.

Nexus 7 (2013) Review

I’ve never written a product review before, although I am certainly no stranger to writing about Android ecosystem in general. Readers came to my blog in the past mostly for tips on rooting and flashing AOSP ROMs or my posts on Ubuntu Linux. But today, or rather from here on out, I would open my blog up for more versatility.

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Image from ASUS

Google refreshes its Nexus 7 lineup with a brand new, improved tablet this year, while maintaining the same form factor. It’s simply named New Nexus 7 or Nexus 7 2013. This is the first tablet I’ve owned so keep in mind that the review wouldn’t draw any comparison in terms of user experience with the original Nexus.

Specs Sheet

Size 7.9 x 4.5 x 0.3 (in)
Weight 10.24 oz
Screen 7-inch LCD
Resolution 1920 x 1200 pixels (323 ppi)
Operating System Android 4.3
Storage 16/32 GB
SD Card Slot No
Processor 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro
RAM 2 GB
Camera Front 2.1 MP, Rear 5 MP
Bluetooth Version 4.0
Battery 3,950 mAh
App Ecosystem Google Play Store

At one glance, the spec that would stand out the most is the gorgeous 1920 x 1200 pixels screen. For any tablet on the market, that’s the highest ppi on a screen. From a user-experience perspective, the new Nexus 7 is simply a delight to look at. I used to say that pixel density is one spec that has a diminishing return, in the sense that once the density goes beyond a certain point you don’t see that much more benefits of having a relatively more crisp and sharp text/content on your screen. I am gonna have to review that statement and say that in the game of pixels, higher = better.

I’ve also read that they’ve managed to make the tablet lighter and thinner while not sacrificing the processing power. What’s being sacrificed is the battery capacity. The original Nexus 7 features a 4,325 mAh battery to process full HD screen (1280 x 800). With a much higher pixel density and a smaller physical battery, it follows naturally that the new Nexus 7 would take a slight dip in the battery life department. Again, I can’t comment on the original Nexus 7 but my experience with 2013 version has been nothing short of impressive. I will discuss more about the battery life with a complete picture of my use cases later in the post.

Form Factor

The only other tablet I’ve used before getting my hands on the new Nexus 7 is an iPad 3 (or the new iPad?). It’s obviously a very different form factor because the iPad 3 is as good a portrait device as it is a landscape one. Can’t say the same for tablets in 7-inch form factor. I’ve been using the new Nexus 7 in portrait mode about 80% of the time. The only time I’d switch to landscape mode is when I am on YouTube or when some apps are optimized for tablet.

The other thing about the new Nexus 7 is that it not only competes in the tablet market (being the best in class in the 7-inch category), but it also intends to destroy eBook readers. It’s not a ridiculous ambition but rather something that is quite achievable. Although you can argue how LCD-screen devices shouldn’t be in the same conversation as e-Ink screen devices, the new Nexus 7 makes quite a good eBook reader.

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Contrary to what I used to believe, it’s quite easy to type on Nexus 7 in portrait mode as well. I used to think that it’s impractical to use chat on Galaxy Tab 7 or those tablets that also serve as phones. After using a lot of Skype, Hangout, Line, etc. on Nexus 7, I’d say it’s only slightly slower for me to type on this tablet than my daily driver Galaxy S3; a large part of it may be due to SwiftKey, but that’s the topic for another day.

Tablet-Optimized Apps are few and far between

As I mentioned just now, Nexus 7 makes for a very good portrait device to use, not just because of its form factor, but also because of the kind of apps available on Android optimized for tablets. Unlike iPad which has hundreds of thousands of tablet-optimized apps, Google Play is only in its infancy stage in terms of tablet apps, although I’ve seen developers’ increasingly developing apps meant for Android-based tablets.

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Twitter for Android already looks sort of stretched out in portrait mode but it’s still an acceptable interface to say the least. I can’t say the same for it in landscape mode though, which I totally cannot stand using in. Check the following screen on why:

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Now, to put this matter into perspective, I will include a screenshot of how a tablet-optimized Twitter app (3rd party) looks on Nexus 7 in landscape.

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While it’s not a necessity for apps to be tablet-optimized to be functional, the enhancement of user experience through aesthetics and better UX design still goes a long way in improving this app ecosystem as a whole. I do hope to see more Android developers embrace and prioritize on the value of tablet optimization.

Performance

Look at the spec sheet again, and one will realize there is nothing much to talk about in the performance department for the new Nexus 7. This thing is an absolute beast when it comes to processing power and how it makes multi-tasking seamlessly snappy. There’s very little or no delay in launching apps, switching apps. Hell, the machine starts getting to work immediately on a cold boot.

Battery Life

Now, this section is probably what any tablet user would care about the most. I mean, no one wants to bring the Nexus 7 out for productivity or leisure and have the battery depleted within hours. It doesn’t happen anyway. The battery run-down tests run by different tech blogs as well as official channels state 9 hours of solid battery life on the new Nexus 7, which is very impressive considering the battery has < 4,000 mAh.

However, this run-down number barely means anything for normal users as I cannot foresee anyone running the battery down looping 720p video playbacks for 9 straight hours or writing a script to get a web browser to keep refreshing a page every few minutes. The realistic measure of battery life is how much total standby hours you get versus how much screen-on time you have.

For my use cases:

I’ve 153 apps installed on my new Nexus 7 and about 30 of them are updated automatically with notifications every few hours. Screen brightness is at about 80% (I like my screen really bright). My most used apps are Flipboard, YouTube, Aldiko book reader, Games (about 1 hour in total per charge), social media (Facebook, Tweetcaster, Highlight, Quora, Instagram, etc.) and I get a standby of 1 day 8 hours with a screen-on time of 5 hours 42 minutes.

So, if you’re concerned about whether you’re getting a decent/normal battery life, go to Settings > Battery and check the screen-on time at the end of a charge cycle. It should give you a pretty good indication; for instance, if your device is new and the screen-on is fewer than 4 hours on one charge, then you should consider replacing the unit or examine what’s eating away your battery (use BetterBatteryStats for that).

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Kernel wakelocks tell you what have been keeping your device from getting into Deep Sleep. If you don’t want any complication, simply monitor the battery drop in standby. With Wi-fi on, my device would drop 3-4 % over a night’s sleep (7 hours).

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My battery usage screen shows the fluctuated graph because I only let my Nexus 7 drain below 20% and charge it back fully once a week or so. That’s because Lithium-based batteries can be prolonged through partial charge (since it has no memory effect) than, say, you run it down and complete a charge cycle each time. I keep my battery level between 40% and 80% for the better part of a week. If you’re interested to know more, please read - http://batteryuniversity.com/learn/article/how_to_prolong_lithium_based_batteries.

In a nutshell

I think the new Nexus 7 is the superb value of money you can get with 269 USD. It has the best-in-class processor performance, best-in-class screen resolution and the latest iteration of Android since it’ll be rolled out by Google for all Nexus devices. If you’re considering a 7-inch form factor tablet, I really can’t find anything that offers better than the new Nexus 7.

Monday Blues

I think I can never truly understand the idea of Monday Blues. Urban Dictionary puts it best when it defines Monday Blues as “When you go to work or to school really tired and upset because you stayed up really late to watch your favorite football team play and they lost. All comes equipped with a hangover and bad stomache.” Then it’d make perfect sense to me why I’ve never felt it for as long as I can remember.

Apparently, people expand the meaning of “Monday Blues” to refer to any unpleasant feeling they feel on Monday mornings and/or afternoons. To me, personally or professionally, everyday is a new window of opportunity to be a better person, a more productive worker, to establish new relationships and improve existing ones.

You may learn a new skill you’ve yet to learn. You may discover a new method for your work you’ve yet to discover. You may meet new people whom you’d love to meet and spend time with. I can go on but the point is this -there’s no reason to feel the so-called Monday Blues, except unless you’re really going drinking every Sunday night or stay up until ungodly hours. If that’s the case, then at least have the courtesy or decency to not complain about it every now and then, because you deserve to feel Everyday Blues for the rest of your life for making poor lifestyle choices.

Come to think of it, I did remember feeling consistent Monday Blues….. at one point in my life, although the memory of it is far from vivid or recent. Most probably, that was during my secondary school days when I really hated school.

A Healthy Lifestyle

To my regular readers, this would be a personal post, or rather a rant/reflection of some sort. Skip ahead if you are looking only for tech stuff; speaking of which, check back in this time next week for Nexus 7 2013 first impressions, full review, tips & tricks and root guide.

Backstory

It’s almost 4 am and I had been unable to get back to sleep since I woke up at 1, to shut the window. Thanks, rain! This is a terrible and contradicting feeling because as far as my new lifestyle is concerned, I should be sound asleep now until 2 hours later, by which time I would be well-rested and energetic to start my AM workout. Pretty sure I’d be feeling neither today. Howard Schultz would be pleased if this happens more often to people like me.

It is all about taking care of the body? 

Ever since I started working full-time just a month ago, I’ve been somewhat taking “good” care of my body. For example, I never miss a morning workout at 6 on weekdays; I always get to bed by 11 pm, or 12 latest; I’ve significantly cut down on my sugar intake and food intake in general; I’ve also given up clubbing, drinking, movies, blogging, tinkering with Android and Linux on weekdays (well except today, damn). It’s true when they say ‘leading a healthy lifestyle may very well require you to give up your favorite hobbies.’ First-hand experience here!

Despite all that I’ve mentioned, I feel like I could do more, I mean, so much more than what I’ve already been doing. Don’t get me wrong – I understand that getting into tip-top shape and leading a healthy lifestyle is an iterative process. In lean startup terms, understanding and delivering goals through iterations is paramount. You don’t dump all the features into your final product at one go, just as you can’t change every single aspect of your life in a short time frame. People get frustrated when they don’t see results in a short time frame, because of their tendency towards overestimating their effort or commitment. Penning this down here should serve as a constant reminder to myself, to not rush results.

Writing this blog post is rather therapeutic in the sense that I get to do what I like and re-organize my thoughts at the same time. Somehow, I feel rather excited and fresh about starting the day. Maybe I am just weird or maybe that’s just the effects serenity has on introverts. Off to my 3rd attempt to fall asleep – I can still squeeze in a 2-hour nap and 30-min workout before work.

Happy Monday!

Facebook Home [APK] for ANY Android Device

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APK Download Link – MoDaCo Thread

By now, if you’re even slightly interested in Facebook Home, you’d have seen a ton of pictures and videos depicting how it works/looks etc, and I cannot do a thorough review about it anyway here since I’ve only used it for about 10 minutes before getting annoyed enough to not want to try it again. Plus my love-hate relationship with Facebook over the years also wouldn’t help me write objectively at all.

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Homescreen UI (sorry about the choice; I’ve to find a non-personal status)

There is one thing about Facebook Home launcher that is going to be very obvious once the UI springs up, that it assumes that your life revolves around Facebook. Seriously, imagine unlocking your phone to see status updates filling up the whole screen which can be swiped left and right for even more updates. Let’s not talk about how unusable it is, the mere fact that Facebook News Feed popping up on the phone full-screen is intrusive enough, whether you’re a privacy freak or not.

Gesture 1 – Long-Pressing

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Long pressing on the screen zooms out the picture on the status

This is how the UI looks when you long press anywhere on the screen. Pretty handy if you like scrolling through Facebook a lot and zoom in/out pictures with a single long press. You’ll notice that the notification bar is missing in the screenshot; you can easily enable it to show at all times in the Home Settings.

Gesture 2 – Tapping

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Chat Head

Tapping anywhere on the screen will bring up the “chat head”, which is essentially your Facebook profile picture in a round icon. Clicking on the chat head will show you 3 different options – going to Facebook, Messenger or the App Drawer.

How Do I Go To My Apps?

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App Drawer

I didn’t find any way to make folders or put widgets on the homescreen (erm duh, how to do it on top of status updates!), so it’s good that at least the app drawer is readily easy to access and the experience is quite smooth altogether. The chat head comes in really handy in terms of navigating through the mess, i.e. your Facebook news feed.

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Overall, the experience is not bad, but since these are the extracted APKs, don’t expect them to work fully well. I’ve had my system slowed down on some occasions because of testing out Facebook Home. But the whole launcher app takes away key elements from Android that we came to love – customizability, widgets, etc… and slaps the Facebook news feed on top of the Android OS. If this is the next version of Facebook app, which they position as it is, I am probably not going to use Facebook on my mobile again, or unless they come up with a better way to integrate with existing Android elements, instead of overriding them.

Android Apps’ Settings Should ALL Be Cloud-Synced

I need to format my SD Card; I am sure there’s some data somewhere on the card causing some errors at boot, and some lags during use. I’ve been living with it for a couple of weeks. It’s the internal SD that comes with Galaxy S2 and I don’t use an external one. Nearly 12 GB of apps data + music + photos. You may think that I am ranting because I am lazy to backup like 7 GB worth of my music and pictures. Couldn’t be further from the truth. My music and pictures are so well-organized in Dropbox that I don’t need a second thought before deleting.

It’s the apps data, scattered across different folders and the tricky part is you’ve to restore them back in the right places exactly, else your apps wouldn’t read those data off the card. Things like launcher preferences (I use 2 launchers btw), Whatsapp messages/photos (I keep whatsapp msgs cos sometimes I need to refer to them), and basically various apps that keep/read data off the SD card.

I know some apps have already implemented something like Dropbox integration so that the apps data would be synced automatically with Dropbox and that’s way too awesome. But I have over 140 apps installed on my phone at any time and it’s safe to say more than 2/3 of them do not support cloud-backup of their settings/preferences/data, YET. The thought that some of my favorite apps might lose all the data/settings is just scary. :/

Y U NO

Ok I’m done ranting. If you’ve a perfect solution for my problem (i.e. if you also tweak/flash AOSP ROMs a lot), do tell. I could live with even a partial solution, but definitely NOT manually setting up all my apps each time I have to format SD Card/tweak or upgrade OS.

Living On The Cloud – Integrating Everything Into Evernote

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My friends think I am a control freak when it comes to organizing things; they’ve seen my OCD going to work on so many different occasions that it no longer surprises them when I am being extra particular about a small thing. They’d look at my Android home screen, my bookmark folders, the way I obsessively label everything on Gmail, my Pocket list, my Dropbox folder and believe that I know exactly where to look when I need a certain piece of information or a news article. It couldn’t be further from the truth.

The truth is I have absolutely no idea when and where I save a certain piece of information, much less being able to retrieve it in no time. Useful information such as a news article, an interesting research finding, something on the internet I found useful for blogging or a quote I found especially inspiring are dispersed among places such as Chrome Bookmarks, Pocket, Evernote, Gmail, Google+ (yes, I email and post stuff only to/for myself), and Twitter favorites. And then there is also a physical notebook I carry around with me most of the times which I use to jot down ideas, blog topics or things that I need to do more research on. When it comes time for me to sit down, organize things and get some work done, I would be looking all over the place for everything that I’d come across in the past few days.

I’ve kept Evernote on my phone for over a year but hardly use it much beyond taking a couple of notes. After reading this article on Lifehacker, I decided to give Evernote another shot and this time I’ve decided to be disciplined about it and use Evernote exclusively for all the use cases the author mentioned in the article. I even took more than 30 minutes creating Stacks > Notebooks > Notes and moving most of my bookmarks, articles and notes onto them. The result and the productivity following the move have been more than satisfying:

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Literally spent more than an hour creating those stacks on the left sidebar and importing over 100 notes into them

Value Proposition – Centralized Information Center

Evernote Web Clipper has become my new best friend on my Chrome browser. I no longer obsessively save articles on Chrome anymore. Although Chrome is synced across all devices and much more easier to load an article than say I open a note on Evernote and then click on the link to load, Chrome doesn’t help me much in saving articles from other sources. If I am reading a news article on Flipboard for example, it’s much easier to drop it onto Pocket or Evernote than say open it in Chrome and save it to Bookmarks. Sometimes, I don’t feel like loading the articles because the 3G is slow most of the times and I don’t have time for it.

Perhaps the biggest reason why I could move so quickly away from Pocket and Chrome bookmarks is the fact that I can write down notes, potential blog topics or even draft blog posts in Evernote; eventually all of them are available to me on all devices in just ONE place. Of course, you can argue that I could use different services for such a wide variety of activities; my point is wouldn’t it make better sense if I can do everything in just one place? Besides all these, I can also save code snippets I come across from forums and also Linux scripts that I could use when I log onto my Ubuntu. Doing all the saving/organizing from Android is even easier than using the web clipper; the system-wide “Share” button makes it possible to save everything into Evernote (or any other services for example) and I can’t emphasize enough how much I love that bit about Android.

I did mention I also used to use Gmail/Google+ to solve the note-taking part, but honestly it sounds a bit lame even to me no matter how convenient it could be. We should probably use Gmail for just what it’s intended to be, i.e. sending and receiving emails.

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Perfectly Synced + All Notes Listed in Chronological Order when not viewed in Stacks/Folders

It’s worked out perfectly for me. What about you?

It’s been more than a week since I started using Evernote exclusively to speed up my work flow, and I’ve to say the result is astoundingly satisfying. I am not saying that other services I mentioned in the post earlier can’t compete with Evernote in terms of providing users speed, productivity and convenience. In fact, every app/service has something unique that it does very well. The fact that I get all crazy over Evernote is the consistency, in the sense that “Evernote” has sort of become the go-to app/service for everything I do on the Internet/mobile phone. Do you also use Evernote extensively to help you in your productivity? I want to know why or why not and also what other services keep you at the peak of your productivity.

[REVIEW] Action Launcher Pro for Android

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Play Store Link – Action Launcher Pro by Chris Lacy

The ability to tweak/customize the look and feel of everything on Android has always been one of its strongest selling points. Third-party launchers are always among the most popular apps at any point in time, even more so in the pre-ICS era. Before Android 4.0 came along, the stock launcher on both AOSP Android and skinned Android (TouchWiz, Sense, etc.) were not so flattering and functional, to say the least.

Although Android 4.0 is a huge leap for Google’s home-brewed mobile operating system in terms of both aesthetics and performance, third-party launchers have continued to thrive well. However, innovation in that area has significantly slowed down after Android 4.0. Popular launchers such as Apex, Nova focus on improving the stock AOSP launcher by adding more flexibility, themes, functionality but there hadn’t been a new launcher that focuses on productivity, and reinvention.

That is until Action Launcher came into the picture. I didn’t discover it until I came across it recently on my news feed, so I’d only talk about what’s in the latest iteration, rather than how it evolves.

Unique Features

Quick Drawer

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The app drawer on Android has stayed the same, or at least very similar for the better part of the years since Android’s conception. There’s always a button in the middle or leftmost of the dock at the bottom of the screen, tapping which would bring up pages of all apps or one vertical scrolling page of all apps. In Action Launcher, the app drawer has been reimagined. The app drawer button is at the top left of the screen; you can also get to the drawer by swiping the screen from the left or hitting the home key from the default home screen (for phones with a physical home key of course). Scrolling in the quick drawer is extremely smooth and it kinda reminds me of how Windows Phone organizes all its apps. Productivity wise, this is a plus.

Covers/Folders

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The above is the typical homescreen of my phone at the moment (boring I know; it’s a habit). And apps are organized in folders so that I have access to all on the home page.

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If you open up a folder, there is a three-dot menu button with which you can use to Make the first app in the folder the icon of the particular folder. In my case, LinkedIn. Choosing “Make cover” will result in the following screenshot.

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Instead of the folder icon, now my Social 2 folder has become LinkedIn icon. Tapping the icon would take you to LinkedIn, obviously. But what about the rest of the apps in the folder? Tapping the LinkedIn icon twice quickly or swiping up or down the icon will open up the folder, where you can get to other apps. The whole idea behind it is to eliminate some time going to the folder if there’s a particular app in the folder that you go to the most during a day, for example. Another plus for productivity, but I haven’t seen much use of it in my use cases.

Note: You can revert back to the folder icon by following the same step I did while making cover.

Quick Search Bar + Play Store Integration

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Lastly, it’s the little semi-transparent bar at the top of the screen just under the notification bar, which has Quick Drawer button, Quick Search Button and a Play Store icon. It took me about 1 minute to get used to this bar and I actually find it pretty productive and refreshing to get to apps, by either opening the quick drawer, or using the search for apps. The search icon typically searches for EVERYTHING on your phone, apps, contacts, playlists, etc.

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Special Note – Screen Margins Adjustment

It’s a bit ironic this part came in last because this is actually the first thing you have to do after installing Action Launcher Pro. Due to Android phones’ having different screen sizes and dimensions, the spacing of apps and screen margins need to be adjusted in order to get the previous settings you’re used to. For example, on my Galaxy S2, after setting row x column setting to 4×4, the apps and widgets were actually weirdly sized, in the sense that they were out of place and looked either stretched or squeezed (if you set 5×5).

Go into Action Launcher Pro’s Settings > Display > Screen Margins and play with the following two values until the icons/widgets are sized the way you want.

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Final Verdict

In a nutshell, I find it very difficult to move away from Nova Launcher Prime, which I’ve grown so used to and which I cannot live without. To be fair, I’ve been using Action Launcher Pro exclusively for 3 days and I have to say its unique features indeed help with productivity in my use cases but I am still inclined to go back to Nova everyday. I will keep Action Launcher installed on my phone but will be using Nova as default for now, i.e. until the next iteration of updates from the dev could bring me back to his app, if ever.

SwiftKey 4 Update Brings Flow and Flow Through Space Features Out Of Beta

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SwiftKey Flow – Swipe-based gesture typing just like you saw earliest in Swype keyboard. 

SwiftKey Flow Through Space – Basically SwiftKey Flow without having to ever raise your finger. Yes, you can continuously swipe and the keyboard would predict the entire sentence. 

Back in December 2012, SwiftKey released beta apks for their popular keyboard app with new features in the work – Flow and Flow Through Space. Through an update earlier today, the app is branded to SwiftKey 4, in which the two Flow features are integrated.

If you purchased SwiftKey 3 before, just update the app and the features would be available in the upgraded SwiftKey 4 app. If you haven’t purchased for whatever reason, there wouldn’t be a better time than now to do so (well actually there is – wait for promotion!), but that’s not the point. I mean the keyboard is finally complete, although there are a couple of things I need to get used to personally because of enabling the Flow features. For example, I’ve grown so used to swiping left to delete a word, instead of tapping or holding the back key. Now that won’t work if you’ve enabled the new Flow features; it’d predict a word if you swiped left.

Other than that small gripe, there is nothing much to complain about this update as the prediction system on SwiftKey has already been the leader in the keyboard battle for a long time and the integration of the two features is just icing on the cake for SwiftKey 4. If you’re a first-time user, there’s no harm in trying out the trial version and see if you find it worthy to purchase.

SwiftKey 4 Play Store Link 

SwiftKey 4 Trial Version

What’s New in SwiftKey 4

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Overeating Habits Could Grow Out Of A Culture

Food for thought – while growing up, were you told that eating three meals a day was a norm? Were you given the notion that you should eat at certain timings (e.g. 8 am, 12 pm, 6 pm) even when you weren’t hungry? Were you encouraged to eat a lot, or eat a variety of things (meat, different vegetables, rice)? Were you told to finish everything on your plate even if it meant too much for you? Were you scolded (beaten in extreme cases) because you refused food? Were you worried that you’d get sick/pass out if you ate much less than you used to?

If any of the aforementioned sounds familiar to you, your dietary choices could be greatly interfered by a cultural conditioning you grew up with. Is it impossible to shake it off? Nope, but it takes more than embracing change and a great deal of discipline to make it happen. The question is do you need to? Of course, unless you have a weight problem like I do, you don’t need to look any further into it.

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