With GMD you can create gesture controls for your Android phone. In this tutorial we’ll look at how you can launch your favourite apps and switch between tasks with a simple swipe of the screen
GMD Gesture Control, downloadable from the Play Store in free or premium versions for root users, gives you the ability to use multitouch and multitask gestures right across your device. A number of predefined gestures are included, but one of the strengths of the application is that you can also assign your own gestures to different functions.
One of the most powerful features is creating a gesture which allows you to hide the navigation / notification bars, perfect for those applications that don’t let you use them in a full screen mode.
Other included actions give you the ability to start a LaunchPad, start an application, switch to the previous application, switch to the next application, go home, kill the current application, go back, go forward, view the recent application list, open the recent application dialog, press the menu button, display the notification panel, start a launcher short cut (bookmark, contacts, settings, etc.), start a Tasker task, pause gestures, exit, turn off the screen, alt / tab, control your music (play/next/previous), change your device’s volume, start a search, start a voice search and select input method. An extensive list!
Images and specs of the new HTC One have been leaked ahead of its 25th March unveiling.
The successor to one of last year’s most popular phones, the HTC One, will be unveiled on 25th March.
The device will reportedly be available in white, grey and gold editions, and the latter two have already been shown off in images from the renowned Twitter leakster @evleaks. They reveal that the new version of the One will share a very similar design to the original, but with a few notable differences.
We review the Advent Vega Tegra Note 7. Is this low cost Android tablet a good alternative to the Nexus 7?
Many of our readers may remember the original Advent Vega, which launched just over 3 years ago. How time flies! It arrived at a time when 10” tablets were expensive and underwhelming, bringing with it a rock bottom price tag, support from a top UK retailer and a powerful NVidia chipset. Throw in a high degree of hackability and it was exactly what the market needed – it sold in huge numbers and to this day is fondly remembered amongst Android fans.
The successor has been a long time coming and while it shares some key features with it’s predecessor – a NVidia processor is still on board and it’s still very competitively priced – it has also changed to reflect how the tablet market has matured since the original was released.
The Advent Vega Tegra Note 7 is, as the name suggests, a 7” tablet. The release of the Nexus 7 – another NVidia device – changed the tablet market completely. Prices dropped, practicality increased and the device was a runaway success. With the 2013 Nexus 7 moving to Qualcomm internals, you could argue that the Vega device is that device’s spiritual successor too.
We review the MaxMon Quatropus SA, and device that harnesses the power of an Android phone to monitor and protect a remote property
The MaxMon Quatropus-SA is a collection of products designed to help you monitor and control a remote property, such as a caravan, boat or even a classic car in a garage.
It can alert you to any suspicious or unexpected activity, that you can then respond to accordingly.
The bundle is based around a four-port Quatropus, a hub to which you attach assorted transducers that are able to monitor motion, humidity and so on, as well as a remote control power socket so you can turn the lights on and off from a remote location.
We review the Acer Liquid S1 Duo, an Android phablet that supports two sim cards.
We can’t pretend to like the term ‘phablet’ but it does do a fairly good job of describing a device that is too large to be strictly speaking called a phone and too small to be strictly speaking called a tablet. Screen sizes below 7-inches but over 5.5-inches fall into this category and for want of a better descriptive word, we’re sticking with it.
A lot of phablets are expensive and for the most part you are looking at more than £500. While Samsung’s Galaxy Mega is under £300 there’s nothing in the phablet category that can match the £220 of the Acer Liquid S1 Duo which has the added advantage of two microSIM card slots.
Considering its relatively low price there is an awful lot going here. We did find a bit of flex in the chassis, but the overall design is attractive and the 5.7 inch screen nestles quite well without too much bezel adding to the overall device size. Even so, the Acer Liquid S1 Duo is large for holding to the ear to take a call and slipping into a pocket.
The Linux User Raspberry Jam will be the first Raspberry Jam on the south coast, held on 5 April at the RNLI College
Linux User & Developer magazine is holding its first ever Raspberry Jam event, so why not come along and learn about making and programming with Raspberry Pi?
The Linux User Raspberry Jam will take place on 5 April at the RNLI College in Poole, Dorset and there are places for 120 Raspberry Pi enthusiasts to get together with other like-minded programmers, makers and Raspberry Pi experts to learn and share ideas about their creations.
Entry is £5 for the over 16s, but children can come for free. The Jam is a non-profit event and this money is to cover the cost of putting on the event; any money left over will be donated to the RNLI and the Raspberry Pi Foundation.