urn:uuid:1cdfd3c6-5026-563e-830c-8c040062ce4b Topic: Mobile Apps – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2022 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/logo/logo-square.svg 2022-11-14T22:15:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:487cc23e-2503-4b15-83cc-46d73aa64d35 2022-11-14T22:15:00Z 2022-11-14T22:15:00Z Sync issues finally drove me away from the Joplin note-taking app Joplin for Android stopped supporting local file syncing and Syncthing. I tried cloud-storage alternatives, but the other sync methods are slow and unreliable. <p>My note-taking app of choice for the last three years has been Joplin, an open-source note-taker for Android, Linux, MacOS, and Windows. As I discussed in my app review, the desktop app is good, but the Android app has some issues. In the last year, updates to the app have brought along more issues. I can no longer rely on it, and the time has come for me to migrate away from the Joplin app.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/joplin-notes-sync.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:3e3cceea-cea2-4378-a8b5-845c629c3ec9 2022-10-09T12:20:00Z 2022-10-09T12:20:00Z A Sony Headphones app feature kills your phone’s battery life Adaptive Sound Control auto-adjusts your noise-canceling and ambient-awareness levels based on detected activities and location. At a significant battery cost. <p>I recently bought a pair of Sony WH-1000XM4 wireless headphones (available on Amazon). Many of the headphone’s capabilities are unlocked using the Sony Headphones Connect (SHC) companion app. Unfortunately, the SHC app slashes hours off my phone’s battery life. Here’s what the app did wrong and how to rein in its energy consumption.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/sony-headphones-app-battery.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:5dd1f1e4-cfa0-4567-9b5e-48a7b86e55fa 2021-08-04T03:25:00Z 2021-08-04T03:25:00Z Overriding Bedtime mode with priority alerts Is Bedtime mode on Android using Do Not Disturb mode to silence alerts and notifications? That’s unclear, if you’ve got the Samsung Digital Wellbeing app. <p>Bedtime mode on Android guides you towards better sleep habits by muting notifications and making your phone less interesting. Samsung’s take on the feature says it will mute all sounds and alerts, but that isn’t the whole story. What if you rely on certain notifications and alerts to wake you in the night?</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/android-bedtime-mode-priority-alerts.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:c98cf16a-e10b-4cfc-ae0c-2e2c58a47ef4 2021-03-24T03:08:00Z 2021-03-24T03:08:00Z Kitty Letter word-scrambled my brain Who knew an enchanted letter vortex could cause you trouble falling asleep? How a mobile game engraved a repeating pattern into my brain. <p>Kitty Letter is a free mobile game from the creator of The Oatmeal webcomic. It’s a simple word game that quickly engraved an obsessive repeating pattern into my brain. Here’s my cautionary tale about the game.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/kitty-letter-scrambler.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:9a53d927-a9c7-49f4-a79a-6b6e6f14a798 2021-02-23T19:42:00Z 2021-02-23T19:42:00Z Be wary of file sync conflicts with KeePass apps on Android An investigation and comparison into how KeePass-compatible password manager apps for Android handle external changes to an unlocked password vault database. <p>KeePass is a tried and tested open-source encrypted password manager available for Windows. You can also use one of the many forks for Android, iOS, Linux, MacOS, and other operating systems. KeePass has created the defacto standard for encrypted password vault/database files (<code>.kdbx</code>). Syncing the vault files between your computers and Android can cause problems with some KeePass apps, however.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/keepass-file-conflicts-android.html">Read more …</a></p>