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Escaping the Google Filter Bubble on Twitter

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Recently I noticed more and more that my Twitter timeline is full with Google stuff and almost just Google stuff. Every announcement, every rumour, everything Google got hyped in my timeline and I got sick of it. I was locked in a Google filter bubble. That made me go through the list of people I follow and detect that I followed a lot of people either working at Google or being Google Developer Experts (that’s like working for Google but not receiving a salary by them, right?

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Health Is Such A Luxury Good

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When I’m traveling with the train, I often see many people smoking at the train station. I find that very disgusting! Why are people wasting their health like this? I’m very thankful for my health, many are not so blessed. I always try to live a healthy life. I eat almost no meat, I mostly eat organic food, I do sports multiple times a week and I avoid alcohol. My motivation for this is, that I care about my health.

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The Importance of Education

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This article is about something I already have in my mind for quite some time. It’s about the importance of education. Some people think, education is unnecessary, the only important thing is practice. But in my opinion you need education and the theoretical background for getting better practice. A few days ago, I tweeted this sentences. I think education and the theoretical background are also very important but often neglected.

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Why Did I Forget The Greatness Of Podcasts?

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I like podcasts. I really like podcasts. But it’s only a few days since I rediscovered how much I like them. Like a week ago my friend Zan started his own podcast (together with another guy). Because I follow his work I also listened to the first two episodes. Their podcast is called “Pocket Friend” and they talk about all things mobile. A topic I’m really interested in. Also one of my favorite YouTubers recently started podcasting.

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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… It’s almost 4 years since Google introduced Material Design at the Google I/O 2014 and I still remember it being a revolution. After some years of Holo UI everywhere Material Design came with a new and more modern design approach of simple but more realistic user interfaces focused on differentiating UI elements with shadows etc.

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Less Privacy For More Privacy?

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As you may know, I have a new phone. And because it’s new I didn’t root it. Thanks to German laws and the merchant I have 24 months guarantee - so if it breaks itself, it’s not my fault. And because I didn’t root, I have to live with some of the manufacturer’s decisions. And that one includes the deep integration of the Google Assistant. The Google Assistant might be an awesome product, when you look at how it can simplify one’s life.

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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. Where are the Custom ROMs gone? When I got my first smartphone, I quickly realized what custom ROMs are and what they’re good for, but only after a while when I found out that I can root my phone without unlocking the bootloader and without losing my guarantee, I decided to try it myself.

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Why You Should Invest In Yourself - Spend Your Money On The Right Things

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I’m one of those people who are too cheap for many things. No new expensive cell phone, no new fast PC or laptop and no party every weekend. I just don’t want to spend so much money on one thing if it doesn’t make my life somehow better. Should I work for half a year to buy the latest MacBook, which I don’t need the computing power? I have a laptop that is older and an entry-level device, but it’s definitely enough to compile apps and complete my daily tasks.

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Will the $31 smartphone be my next daily driver?

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Have you heard about this? Micromax will soon launch a 31$ smartphone in India! Only 31!!! And best of all, it will work with Android Oreo (Go Edition)! The latest Android version on such a low-cost device… This is a real sensation, because if you wanted a phone for such a low budget, you had to be satisfied with either a feature phone or a smartphone running years old software. But this could really make Android accessible to the next billion people.

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Why I Deleted My Reddit Account - I don't like social media

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Maybe I’m getting paranoid right now, or maybe I’m going into some sort of social media detox. After deleting my Facebook account some time ago and saying goodbye to Snapchat, I also deleted my reddit account. Why? That’s what I’m telling you here… Over the last few months, I’ve learned a lot. Among other things, social media is designed to steal our time. To seduce us, to waste our time with nonsense that doesn’t make us any smarter, more experienced or otherwise better, instead of doing something that will help us progress.

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