urn:uuid:1cdfd3c6-5026-563e-830c-8c040062ce4b Topic: Mobile Apps – Ctrl blog Daniel Aleksandersen https://www.daniel.priv.no/ Copyright © 2023 Daniel Aleksandersen. https://www.ctrl.blog/assets/logo/logo-square.svg 2023-05-01T14:11:00Z weekly 10 urn:uuid:2f548a61-84c1-4fbb-bf74-26990cab8ae2 2023-05-01T14:11:00Z 2023-05-01T14:11:00Z The deafening problem with the FreeStyle Libre 3 app for Android People with diabetes use the app to monitor glucose levels and trigger alerts when it goes critical. Unfortunately, it raises the volume to uncomfortable levels. <p>I’ve finally begun using the Abbott FreeStyle Libre 3 continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) system a year after I first wrote about it. The newer sensor has been a significant upgrade except for a few issues. One of those issues could be damaging to your hearing.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/freestyle-libre3-volume-level.html">Read more …</a></p> urn:uuid:933ffdf1-dc6d-48c0-8ef3-4a7e35fdb230 2023-04-07T13:43:00Z 2023-04-07T13:43:00Z Phone Link relays your personal data through Microsoft servers <cite>Phone Link</cite> relays your personal data through Microsoft servers The Phone Link app doesn’t transfer data directly between your devices over the local network. Instead, it allows Microsoft to peak at your personal data. <p>The Microsoft Phone Link (formerly known as “Your Phone”) app for Windows, Android, and iOS lets you access parts of your smartphone from within Windows. However, Microsoft has not built the service with your privacy in mind. Instead, the software behemoth relays your personal data through its servers, despite the app only working while your devices are connected to the same local network.</p> <p><a href="https://www.ctrl.blog/entry/microsoft-phone-link-privacy.html">Read more …</a></p> 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. 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>