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Google admits Material Design’s biggest flaw

Introduces Dark Mode to repair it

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Eons ago, Google first introduced Android’s ubiquitous Material Design. The flat design emphasized the beauty of minimalism. Since then, the design philosophy has found its way into every smartphone in existence today. The industry hasn’t developed an upending alternative yet. Material Design is just that good.

However, a conclusive series of tests finally finds the Achilles’ heel in Material Design’s adamantium armor. More surprisingly, this barrage of counterarguments comes straight from the horse’s mouth: Google.


Presented at 2018’s Android Dev Summit, Google explains the link between screen brightness and battery management. To no one’s surprise, the company states that more intense brightness settings lead to a larger draw on battery life. Of course, before laying down the hammer, Google adds that their phones’ night mode dramatically reduces brightness a lot more than Apple’s iPhones’ night mode. It’s a small pat on the back before laying down the real tests.

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After this brief introduction on brightness, Google goes into a discussion on color. Also, unsurprisingly, a white-filled screen takes a bigger toll on battery life than any other color on OLED displays. With a hint of shame, Google admits a crucial error. When Material Design started, the company pushed other developers to implement white as the default color. In fact, the design’s baseline theme uses a lot of pure white. Even worse, Google introduced more white in a recent update.

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As a means of reparation, Google has introduced a more effective Dark Mode. Compared to regular settings, the new mode measures a gargantuan improvement on brightness and, consequently, battery life. On 100 percent brightness settings, the dark mode tops at only 96mA. For comparison, the regular mode tops at 239mA. That’s a 60 percent reduction.

With the introduction, Google will hopefully roll out the new mode to more apps as time goes by. As of now, the company successfully proves that the new feature is more than just a cosmetic decision.

SEE ALSO: Android announces support for Foldables, a new smartphone form factor

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5 accredited Airbnbs you can book in Boracay

Life is always better at the beach

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Boracay is one of the Philippines’ most beautiful islands. Every tourist dreams of seeing its majestic sunsets and enjoy its heavenly white sands.

After Boracay’s rehabilitation in 2018, the Department of Tourism of the Philippines has limited the number of tourists arriving in the island, hence, every traveler must present proof of booking from an accredited accommodation.


Most Airbnbs in Boracay aren’t accredited yet. Thus, we prepared a list so you don’t have to. You’re welcome.

Bianca’s Garden Apartment

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If you’re looking for a safe haven away from the crowd, then you should stay at Bianca’s Garden Apartment! Located at the quiet side of Station 3, the apartment is situated on a peaceful hilltop side of Boracay. Despite being situated at a distance from the popular tourist attractions, it’s still just a few minutes away from the center.

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Tropicana Ocean Villa

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Families can enjoy this entire villa by Tropicana Oceana. It’s a home perched gracefully on a slope, offering a beautiful and panoramic view. In addition, it’s situated in Din-i-wid beach, ensuring a serene and relaxed atmosphere away from the typical Boracay buzz.

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Apartment 3, Sheridan Villas

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For those looking for a homey place, Apartment 3 in Sheridan Villas is the place to go. It’s suitable for groups, and it’s also just a few minutes away from the white beach area in Station 3. Furthermore, you can bring your friends and families to nearby restaurants and eat to your heart’s content.

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Bamboo Bungalows Rest House

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Bamboo Bungalows screams tropical and nature, adorned with a little bit of sleek and contemporary. Located at Station 2, this place might be ideal for couples wanting an oasis surrounded by lush greenery, but it’s also great for solo travelers seeking tranquility. Nonetheless, Bamboo Bungalows are best for those who want to take a retreat whilst still near all the adventures Boracay has to offer.

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Marrakesh Resort: Ocean View with Balcony

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Located at the picturesque Station 1, Marrakesh Resort offers a stunning view of the beach and breathtaking sunsets. It also lets you experience Morocco through its themed rooms, restaurants, and bar serving Mezze and delicious cocktails. Enjoy a romantic getaway in one of the most beautiful islands in the world.

Book it here.

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Friends is leaving Netflix for HBO Max

This is a huge blow to Netflix

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Friends is officially leaving Netflix. Earlier this year, there were rumors that Netflix will lose Friends. It was officially confirmed when WarnerMedia — who owns Friends’ distribution rights — launched HBO Max as the new home for the well-loved TV series.

Along with Friends, titles such as Pretty Little Liars, Batwoman, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air will be streamed when HBO Max launches in spring of 2020. The streaming service is positioning itself to compete with the likes of Netflix and Hulu.


The show won’t depart the streaming giant until later this year so you and your friends can still binge-watch until then. On the other hand, Netflix might take a huge blow from this since Friends is one of the most watched shows, according to research by Jumpshot.

More and more companies are capitalizing on video-streaming apps and services with paid video offerings. On a larger scale, this isn’t just a problem for Netflix but for the whole industry as well. Users might find it expensive to maintain multiple subscriptions and might resort to piracy instead. Sure as hell, we won’t pay three different subscriptions just to watch my favorite shows.

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More than 1,000 Android apps are mining your data

They can bypass your restrictions

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The world knows what you did last summer. Well, more than a thousand Android apps do, to be precise. A group of researchers have recently discovered the shadier ways of the Android ecosystem. According to a short report, several Android apps can bypass certain permission restrictions imposed by the user. The discovery reemphasizes the need for a crackdown on data collection.

Of course, excessive data collection has always terrorized the digital world. Software companies continuously find ways to extract data from us. As consumers, we can only restrict app permissions to combat malicious apps. For the most part, permissions can ward away the more rudimentary data collection method. For example, a selfie app absolutely has no need for access to your messages. A simple restriction can ideally stop this.


The latest findings reveal the futility of app permissions. Using a variety of methods, apps can still collect data, bypassing the imposed restrictions. Notably, most examples use readily available data on your device outside of the restrictions. For example, a restricted app can tap into an allowed app’s database to extract data. Baidu’s Hong Kong Disneyland app, for one, can access other Baidu apps with the right permissions. These allowed apps can store vital data on your internal storage, waiting for other apps to extract it.

Another example sends seemingly innocuous data hiding important information. Shutterfly, a photo management app, can sneakily bypass geolocation restrictions. Normally, users can restrict the app from sending geolocation data. If restricted, Shutterfly will instead send photos to its server. The server then extracts the photo’s EXIF or metadata to mine the same geolocation data it was restricted from.

These are just some examples presented by the short report. In August, the researchers will reveal more methods and examples including the full list of 1,325 apps. Additionally, Google has already promised to patch these exploits out in Android Q.

SEE ALSO: Some Nokia 7 units are sending your data to China

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