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Open Twitter links with Nitter (solution for Android)

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I don’t like Twitter and I’m a fan of Nitter as an alternative frontend. Whenever there’s a link to Twitter, I use Nitter to read it. Especially the mobile web version of Twitter is terrible, even more with a slow network connection. Not to mention the bad user experience when reading threads. Nitter gives a much better experience because it’s lightweight and fast.

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InstaGrabber

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Although I no longer use Instagram, I still have an account there, and from time to time I like to see what people I know post there. To do that I always used the website in the browser. However, their website is not fast and has some bugs. Recently, I came across the alternative Instagram client “InstaGrabber”. While it sounds like a simple Instagram image downloader, it has a lot more functionality. It allows viewing your feed and stories of people you follow. To enable this, you can also login.

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Reply to: A question by a reader

Answer to a comment by a reader on my last post: I know that there’s an active modding community for the Xiaomi Mi A1. However, I don’t want to use any custom ROM as long as possible, because it usually makes using banking apps etc. a lot harder and I don’t have any alternative to them. And Android 9 is still recent enough that all apps (I need) work fine. I used LineageOS on my Moto G 3rd Gen. and the Moto E 1 Gen. I had before.

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I cancelled my 1+ Nord pre-order

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Shortly after the official announcement I pre-ordered the 12 GB version of OnePlus Nord on Amazon for 499€ minus 30€ Prime discount. It should have been shipped tomorrow and arrived at my place on Wednesday. However, I cancelled the pre-order today after I came across an article about display problems with this and other OnePlus devices (this is apparently not a rare problem with 1+).

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The Operating Systems I Use

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I use at least eight different operating systems on a daily basis.

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Is there a privacy-friendly mobile OS?

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I stumbled on to /e/ some time ago (when it was announced and when they announced pre-installed refurbished phones with /e/), but took another look today after the launch of Android 10. In my opinion Android’s development is very worrying as it get’s more coupled to Google with every release. I don’t like iOS either, because its a completely walled garden.

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Google Alternatives for More Privacy and Less Monopoly

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I hope I don’t have to explain why Google is bad, but just to give a few reasons to switch to alternatives: You’ll probably get better privacy because those alternatives collect less data about you, your data won’t get sold to advertisers or government organizations that easily and you help to prevent a monopoly. Sometimes alternatives are also just better than the Google product and don’t lock you in so much.

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Using A Holo Design App in 2018

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It’s 2018. Long gone are the days where Holo UI is the current design language for Android apps, Material Design is everywhere since 2015. But one of my favorite and most used apps still uses Holo UI…

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I Really Bought the Xiaomi Mi A1 - My First 24h Impressions

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At the beginning of December 2017 I wrote that I will buy the Xiaomi Mi A1 when it finally gets the update to Oreo. That’s exactly what I did. I’ve been using it for over 24 hours now, so my first impressions here:

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What Happened To Custom ROMs?

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I’ve been in the Android scene a little longer already. Maybe not as long as some others, but Android 4.0 was the first version I used. A lot of time has passed since then. But when I look back in time today, it strikes me that one thing that had found many followers at the time is no longer really important.

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