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Skye Hudson

Senior Writer / Joined 24 May, 2017

Skye was the Android Section Editor and Longforms Manager for MakeUseOf.

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Enhance Android Gaming With These Controller Options

Android

Enhance Android Gaming With These Controller Options

Gaming on a touchscreen can be difficult and frustrating. While being able to whip out your Android phone and sneak in a little Final Fantasy on your lunch break is great, having no tactile feedback or physical buttons can degrade the experience. Thankfully, there are a bevy of controllers that can easily connect with your Android device and have you gaming in no time.

21-08-2013
Enhance Android Gaming With These Controller Options
Sismics Reader: A Simple Local Alternative To Google Reader

Android Linux

Sismics Reader: A Simple Local Alternative To Google Reader

Since Google Reader died, you may have moved on to Feedly, like many of our readers, or one of the other great Google Reader alternatives. But what happens if your chosen service decides to call it quits? Or what happens if their servers go down? The only 100% reliable way to not have your hopes and dreams crushed by another RSS service is to host your own. That’s where Sismics Reader comes in, an open source, free alternative to Google Reader that allows you to host the service on your PC, Mac, or Linux-based machine.

12-08-2013
Sismics Reader: A Simple Local Alternative To Google Reader
2 Windows 8 Swype-Like Touch Keyboards Tested

Windows

2 Windows 8 Swype-Like Touch Keyboards Tested

On more than one occasion, I’ve found myself attempting to drag my finger around the keyboard on my Windows 8 tablet, only to be disappointed when only a single letter is entered. Swype-like input is simple, intuitive, and fast. So why can’t a Windows 8 tablet do that? Well, it can—sort of. There are a couple limited options you can choose from. They won’t be a perfect replacement for your keyboard, but they can offer some good Swype-style relief for those days when you really don’t want to lift your finger off the screen.

30-07-2013
2 Windows 8 Swype-Like Touch Keyboards Tested
Stealing Passwords With An Android App Is Easy: Learn How To Protect Yourself

Internet Android

Stealing Passwords With An Android App Is Easy: Learn How To Protect Yourself

You read that headline right: If you and I were on the same WiFi network, I could probably log in to some of your sensitive accounts — and I’m not even a hacker. This is thanks to an app for rooted Android devices called dSploit. It may sound pretty malicious then, but its intentions are surprisingly good. If you understand how other people could hack your information, you can learn to protect yourself. Do not use any of the information in this article to steal other people’s information.

23-07-2013
Stealing Passwords With An Android App Is Easy: Learn How To Protect Yourself
Changing The World Is Easier Than You Think With These 3 Websites

Internet

Changing The World Is Easier Than You Think With These 3 Websites

The definition of being an activist has changed over the years thanks to the Internet. It used to mean that you had to handwrite a petition and run around town getting signatures, or you had to organize a large group to march or protest. Today, the Internet allows people to come together and organize in a way never before seen in human history. This monumental shift in the way we interact has opened the doors for easier access to information and better ways to change the world.

16-07-2013
Changing The World Is Easier Than You Think With These 3 Websites
How To Get An Education For Free Using Only Your Android Phone Or Tablet

Android

How To Get An Education For Free Using Only Your Android Phone Or Tablet

Thanks to the Internet, a good education is more accessible than ever, and it doesn’t have to empty your pockets. Many good-willed organizations out there release educational material for free, and some of it is actually very interesting and entertaining. The real question is, what is the best way to view this content? If you’re using Android, here are three great options.

09-07-2013
How To Get An Education For Free Using Only Your Android Phone Or Tablet
How To Play N64 And GBA Games On Your Android Device

Gaming Android

How To Play N64 And GBA Games On Your Android Device

For many of us, Nintendo 64 and Game Boy Advance games were our childhood. Unfortunately for the fans of Mario, Zelda, and Pokémon, Nintendo has been reluctant to create Android games, unlike Sega, which has released several Sonic games. It’s here that the openness of Android excels, allowing users to download emulators and ROMs to play some of their favorite old games.

02-07-2013
How To Play N64 And GBA Games On Your Android Device