One of the most important summits in the history of the North Atlantic Treaty is kicking off on Thursday and the outcome of this meeting will shape the political landscape for years to come. And I repeat, for the sake of emphasis: NATO, watch it! We don’t want a war!
Disclaimer: this opinion article has been directed at NATO because of the upcoming summit and because the numerous hints that have led me to believe that, behind closed doors, a war is being prepared. However, I am not Putin’s fan (or anybody’s for that matter!) and of course that I am mindful that it is not only NATO which may start a war, but Russia as well. So Russia, you watch it too!
History has a sad tendency to repeat itself, and terrifyingly enough, all the signs of an impending World War are here: economic downturn (which doesn’t seem to go away no matter how hard everybody tries), lots of military confrontations all over the planet, overpopulation and, unlike other times: a sick media interest in covering war and blowing things out of proportion (this is especially obvious in the Western Europe and North America).
Don’t take it for granted that a smartphone’s battery can only last a couple of days. In this guide, I will show you how you can greatly extend the mileage you get out of your trusted sidekick. I’ve more-than-doubled the battery life of my Galaxy Note 3: my current record is 5 days, including quite a few phone calls and occasional browsing & gaming. True, the Note 3 has a large battery (3200 mAh compared to Galaxy S4 at 2800 mAh or iPhone 5s at 1560 mAh). If I’m conservative, I can easily get 8 days out of it! I don’t think I have to tell you how awesome it is to reduce your reliance on recharging, not to mention this prolongs the lifetime of the device’s battery.
Many of the energy-saving measures presented here rely on one of the most capable automation apps ever: Tasker. There’s a gazillion things you can do with it, and one of these is the ability to regulate the way your device uses mobile data, which is a serious power guzzler. If you truly want some amazing battery life improvements and are willing to invest a few hours in permanently advancing the quality of your mobile experience, I’m going to remove your (potential) fear of rooting your device and also tell you about how to use a custom kernel for further energy saving.
If you’d ask me to pick one application that defines the Android platform and which I consider absolutely essential to my mobile experience, it would undoubtedly be Tasker. This thing is so useful, so versatile, so universally known, that I cannot think of a single user that wouldn’t benefit from it in some way. It goes hand in hand with the openness of Google’s Operating System and it gets even more powerful when you have a rooted device (although for most of the things it can do, you do not need root access).
I use Tasker (Google Play^) mostly for reducing the energy consumption of my gadgets and for timed profiles (it allows for a lot more customization than the Android OS). In this tutorial I will show you exactly how I automate my phone’s connectivity, but through the information that I will share with you, you will learn how to use many of the features of this excellent app. Then, only your imagination is the limit of what you can do with it.
Remember Google’s “don’t be evil” mantra? Nowadays, when mentioned in the media, it is usually accompanied by more than a few grains of salt, sometimes topped off with a pinch of irony. Does the company deserve this treatment? Although Google has been through its share of disputes and has made a few blunders along the way (such as storing data sent by private WiFi networks; almost surely an accident^), these could just be the growing pains that come naturally during such a firm’s evolution. We’re riding a technological behemoth into an age of explosive scientific advancement, but such a creature is surely bound to cause a few wrinkles on the fabric of our civilization.
Google has been losing some of its fans lately and this includes some influential journalists. PR was never one of the Internet giant’s strong points, nor did it ever seem to want it to be. Even though “don’t be evil” is a beautiful principle and should definitely stay close to the company’s core, I’m going to suggest an addendum to that. One that, I will argue, fits Google’s actions and, if properly introduced in the media, would serve as a very welcome image boost. But first, let’s cover a few important facts about the company’s past and present. Then, we’ll get to seeing how the addendum I propose makes sense.
I am Axonn Echysttas, software developer, writer, hardware enthusiast, sociopolitical analyst, amateur philosopher, consumer of arts, gamer and a few other things. After writing for several publications (such as The Inquirer^), in 2012, I decided to establish my own website, so that I may freely pursue my writing style and favorite topics.
As a rule, I only write about things I feel strongly about. Time is a limited resource, therefore it is my desire to use it wisely. I cover a wide range of topics, as is evident when one navigates this site. So, in a way, I invite you to feel like a patron in a restaurant of thought. See what’s on the menu and go ahead and help yourself with whatever dish tempts you the most.
Beautifully filmed and acted, unpredictable, brilliant and completely reasonable are just a few words I can say about “Her”. It has taken Hollywood four years to deliver a movie which I can rate as a solid maximum on any possible scale (it’s actually a lot better than the one I saw back in 2010). It’s very hard to talk about this movie in a few sentences, but here it goes (don’t worry, no spoilers).
“Her” depicts an incredibly reasonable future, parts of which are already here, parts of which will be with us very soon and parts of which are unlikely to happen that soon (Artificial Intelligence). Images are crisp and lighting is used with such mastery that it envelops the entire cinematic in a luxurious veneer which evokes a feeling similar to the awe that overcomes you when you are in front of a great masterpiece.
A few months ago, I’ve had the pleasure of attending Roger Waters’ “The Wall” in Goteborg, Sweden, at a completely packed Ullevi Stadium. I’m going to write the first part of this opinion piece while listening to the studio album; doing this will make the task of writing harder, but the consequences of the audio distraction are already causing interesting thoughts. Rather than focusing solely on the show, I will also comment a bit on the concept album behind it.
Prior to attending the concert, I’ve watched the motion picture, for the purpose of refreshing my memory, knowing that the staged show will basically be a re-enactment of the movie. After also having listened to “The Wall” several times, I went to Goteborg being completely infused with it. Since I was going to witness what might be one of the last shows performed by living members of the epic Pink Floyd, I considered it of vital importance to truly be there, in it, engulfed by it.
We often gasp at the amount of personal wealth various entrepreneurs have amassed. News about income inequality^ is quite common lately, and so it should be, because slowly but surely, society’s patience is reaching the breaking point; and if that happens, chaos will ensue. It is hard not to be shocked when you are confronted with the knowledge that 85 people own more wealth than the world’s poorest 3.5 billion. Except if you’re Kevin O’Leary^, of course.
But are all these entrepreneurs evil incarnate? What about Bill Gates’ work^, or his and Buffet’s Giving Pledge^? What about many other magnates who did great services to society during or towards the end of their careers? Does the Nobel Prize ring any bell? And most importantly, who do you think could manage billions of dollars and put such power to better use than these people can?
As we will see, the problem does not entirely lie with these wealthy individuals. A solution can only be found if we work together, peacefully but determined, towards updating our society to this new age of abundance that is brought upon us by the technological advances of the past few decades (you should listen to this excellent talk on the subject^).
During the past few months, much has been written regarding the situation in Ukraine. The media is showering us with arguments from both sides of the story (here in the European Union, obviously, there’s a lot of anti-Russian bias). But what we don’t seem to care doing is to take a step back from the panicked news frenzy and look at the bigger picture. And we’ll do so on an entirely new level than what the media has shown you so far.
It is time to look closely at our society and to seriously question our leaders. It is time to wonder why, during the past few years, we have seen an unprecedented rise in worldwide social tensions. It is time to connect the dots. And, most of all, it is time to start looking for alternative ways of solving our problems.
It’s about time, and I’m extremely happy to inaugurate the Gaming Category^ with this article. There are many reasons for my happiness and I will share them all with you if I shall have your patience, for Path of Exile^ is a topic which, I humbly believe, deserves your time if you’re into some serious gaming!
One day, not so long ago, I was among the Loyal Legions of Blizzard Entertainment. For example, I played Diablo 2 starting with its launch and down to the bloody end, months before the launch of Diablo 3 – a game which proved once and for all that Blizzard have completely lost their way. But then something happened, something which gave me a reason to hope!