Over the years, cross-platform mobile development has earned a reputation for being one of the most popular software development trends. And it shouldnt come as a surprise. Adopting the cross-platform approach allows engineers to build apps for different platforms with a single codebase, thus saving time, money, and unnecessary effort.
The Current State of Mobile
Lets start from scratch and discuss the current state of the digital market. In December 2019, there were over 4.5 billion active internet users out there. On average, each of them browsed the net for 6 hours 42 minutes, which equals more than 100 online days each year.
Google has officially stopped selling its Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL smartphones, as spotted by Android Police. The product page for the phones now simply redirects to the Google Stores homepage, with Google confirming that it has sold through its inventory (although the phone do remain available, for now, at third-party retailers like Best Buy or Walmart.)
The Pixel 3 and Pixel 3 XL were announced and released in October 2018, with the phones praised at the time for their larger displays, excellent cameras, and clean design. The phones camera in particular still holds up against many of the best smartphones on sale today, although the Pixel 3 and 3 XL suffered from the same issues most of Googles Pixel phone do slow sales and a lack of…
The Fitbit Charge 4 is pretty much exactly as the leaksahead of its official announcementteased: its essentially the look and feel of the Charge 3 with built-in GPS, Spotify control, and other high-end features typically found on Fitbits smartwatches like Fitbit Pay, app notifications, smart wake, and an SpO2 sensor. The $149 tracker has a battery life of up to seven days, or up to five hours with continuous GPS use.
Grammarly, a service designed to give you advice on improving your writing, is getting an add-in for Microsoft Words Mac app, as well as for Microsoft Word online. Previously Mac users had to use a native Grammarly app or online Grammarly Editor, or else rely on the services browser extension. The service already has an add-on for Microsoft Word on Windows.
The announcement means Grammarly will be able to offer writing suggestions without you having to leave the Word document youre writing on a Mac or in a browser. Suggestions will appear to the right of the page, and you can click them to have them automatically apply to your writing. As well as helping with spelling and grammar, Grammarly is also designed to help you make your…
Roku is today announcing the latest software update thats coming soon to Roku streaming devices and Roku TVs. Roku OS 9.3 will expand the companys voice command system to include Spanish language support. Spanish-speaking users can now use their voice to launch streaming apps, search for something to watch, or control media playback. In Canada, the UK, and Ireland, Roku Voice is also being improved to understand more natural speech and new ways to find entertainment such as searching by a selection of popular movie quotes.
Additionally, Roku says its voice-initiated search results are getting more visual. Roku voice search results will now be presented in a more visual, easy to browse display with…
Lets be real: Now isnt the ideal time to launch a health tracker. For a majority of us, expectations have dramatically plummeted for step counts, workout minutes and other gamified metrics. But hardware launches will, for the most part, go on. Fitbit eschewed its normal press event this time out for increasingly good reason […]
There are definite benefits to the whole work from home thing. The commute is a breeze. The dress code is supremely casual. And your boss has to work a lot harder to actually find you.
Despite the joys, there are still some clear downsides to the whole home office thing as well. Job focus can suffer. Boundaries between work life and home life can blur. And sometimes, working from your dining room table just doesnt put you in the right frame of mind to do the job.
We can help with that one.
Below are a handful of cool accessories that can help turn your home workspace into something a little more official. From your chair to your wall art to the very air you breathe, each of these items can start changing any room into the office youve always wanted.
From the stale recycled air of your real workplace to the leftover odors of last nights fish fry dinner in your kitchen, the air you breathe sets the stage for your workday.
You can start that day in a zenned-out place with Langria Soy Wax Scented Candles ($14.99; originally $32.99). This set of 6 attractive glass-encased aromatherapy candles with sensual and calming smells like mint, lemon, rose, lavender, and vanilla work great for yoga, meditation..or for dealing with communication or tech frustrations at your remote desk.
An relaxing compendium of macro photos of everday objects such as eggs, leaves and donuts, except for the loud reality-TV “zooming in” sound effect that makes you think Gordon is about to start shrieking at them.
Note the unnerving macro-scale resemblance of instant coffee to chicken nuggets.
Pangalactic goddess of love, mercy, and big hair, Dolly Parton, is going to start reading us all bedtime stories, beginning on April 2nd (7pm EDT).
Weekly, Dolly will be reading selections from her Imagination Library, the collection of kids books that she gives away free to children every month, to the tune of 134 million books to date. Her first reading will be The Little Engine That Could.
Dolly plans to do the readings for ten weeks and sees the effort as a way of offering kids (and all who want to listen) a welcomed distraction during a time of unrest.
Dolly will be doing the readings every week from her YouTube page.
As more people bake their blues away while stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, yeast is reportedly becoming harder to find on grocery store shelves. Theres no shame in turning to carbohydrates for comfort in times like these. But whats one to do when a key ingredient for satisfying that craving is becoming as elusive as a roll of toilet paper?
Though bakers yeast may be dwindling in stores, more and more recipes for making it at home are popping up on Twitter. If baking is your way of taking this moment to learn something new or become more self-sufficient, coming up with your own yeast could be the next survival skill to hone.
Bakers yeast is actually just a fungus that, like me, loves eating sugar. So whether or not its…
If you can’t stop them, power them. That’s the strategy behind Snapchat App Stories, which launches today to let users show off their ephemeral content in other apps too. The first partners will let you post Stories to your dating profile in Hily, share them alongside [music] videos in Triller, watch them while screensharing in […]
If you’ve seen both a fused filament fabrication (FFF) printer and a wire welder, you may have noticed that they work on a similar basic principle. Feedstock is supplied in filament form — aka wire — and melted to deposit on the work piece in order to build up either …read more
Even if you would never see yourself buying a gaming laptop, you should take the time to read Monica Chins review of the Asus ROG Zephyrus G14.There are a lot I mean a LOT of remarkable things about this laptop.
First and foremost, it is running on the AMD Ryzen 9 4900HS chip, which runs at 35W with 8 cores at 3.0 GHz that can boost up to 4.4 GHz. In context, what that actually means is that it outclasses anything Intel has put into a laptop to date. Ive been anticipating this release ever since Nilay Patel interviewed AMD CEO Lisa Su earlier this year. She talked big game then, and by all accounts her company has delivered.
Whats most remarkable about this laptop is that by gaming laptop standards it is absolutely thin and…
The bagpipes, most commonly seen in their Great Highland form from Scotland, are a loud and imposing musical instrument. Known for being difficult to practice quietly, they’re not the ideal thing to pick up in these times of quarantine and isolation. But, if you must, here’s how you can craft …read more
Tabbed browsing was a gamechanger, allowing users to effectively browse multiple websites at once without losing context. It proved a better solution than using multiple windows, and was an efficiency boon celebrated by all. Many of us are tab fiends, opening great numbers at a time as a habitual part …read more
If youre routinely prone to being stressed out, hurried or generally made out-of-sorts by the hectic pace of the world and life changes, then…yikes. We dont envy what you must be going through these days.
Right about now, even the most zen and centered among us are bound to be feeling some level of anxiety and uncertainty. In these ultra trying times of social distancing, working from home and herculean routine change, we could all use a little extra help keeping our heads on straight, our minds clear and our fears in check.
To help calm those jangled nerves, we pulled together three mediation and relaxation apps that might just do the trick chilling you out. It also doesnt hurt that theyre all between 50 and 90 percent off right now. Namaste.
If youre looking for endorsements, it doesnt get much better than the most positively reviewed app in the history of the Apple App Store. Thats Relax Melodies, an app focused on regulating your sleep. It combines soothing sounds, bedtime stories, breathing techniques, body-mind exercises and more to create your own perfect sleep ambiance to get you the 7 or 8 hours of restful sleep a night you need. From overcoming insomnia or tinnitus to night-time anxiety to lowering everyday stress, these sleep expert-approved techniques could be just what you need to face tomorrow the right way.