Android RunTime (ART): how it works

select-runtime-android-kitkat

One of Android KitKat’s many additions isn’t designed for mainstream usage just yet, but its inclusion gives an important insight into the operating system’s future.

How to make your own Android ROM

How to make your own Android ROM

In this first part of a new series, Darren Yates begins looking at how you can bake your own custom ROM, starting with an introduction to virtualisation and the Android Kitchen …

Best apps for Windows Phone, June 2013

Best apps for Windows Phone, June 2013

SkyMap Stargaze away. Price: $1.99 | By: Deneb Soft | From: Windows Phone Store SkyMap is an augmented reality app that allows you to see the many constellations stars planets and other deep space objects in the sky simply by holding your phone in front of you. The constellations – including the Milky Way -…

Best apps for Android, April 2013

Best apps for Android, April 2013

Nova Launcher Prime A highly customisable replacement launcher. Price: Free or $4 for Prime  |  By: TeslaCoil Software  |  From: Google Play Replacing a launcher is the easiest way to gain extra functionality from your handset or tablet without having to go down the path of rooting and/or loading a custom ROM. Nova Launcher (Prime…

Protecting your online identity

Protecting your online identity

A few months ago a small add-on for Firefox and Chrome was released. Called Privacyfix the add-on is designed to check and update your privacy settings for various online services including Facebook and Google. I had always been vaguely aware that Facebook is the internet’s Mac Daddy of privacy violation but even so the results…

Best apps for iOS, February 2013

Best apps for iOS, February 2013

Terra Noctis The most adorable nightmare undertakes a quest to become terrifying.Price: 99c  |  By: Bulkypix  |  Store: App Store Allen isn’t really the scariest little creature in nightmare school. In fact he’s kinda adorable. This isn’t really a trait that goes well in his world so Allen sets out on a journey to make…

Make your own Windows home server OS

Make your own Windows home server OS

 Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug on Windows Home Server (WHS) is interesting to say the least. It’s decided to fold the OS into the new Essentials version of its upcoming Windows Server 2012. You can read about the move in the company’s product PDF at tinyurl.com/779nytz. Basically Microsoft reckons WHS saw best use among…

10 cool things to do with an Android camera

10 cool things to do with an Android camera

Note: You’ll need a smartphone running Android 2.1 (Eclair) or higher. Some apps also require extra features like a front-facing camera. 1. Search for anything anywhere As much as you might hate Google for its neverending bid for world domination you’ve got to hand it to the search giant – it really knows how to…