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All posts by Rick Bosch

Rick Bosch
Rick has worked in a variety of fields, from a print and radio journalist to making bubble wrap in the UK for 18 months. However, settled in Cape Town a few years ago, he moved into the online world and as a lover of all things tech and geek related, spent many hours researching all things Android. It’s not all “droiding” for Rick, though, music plays a massive part in his life and his rants on “Don’t Sink, Swim” have gained quite an underground following, mostly from friends who never get to see him in person, because of his reclusive lifestyle.
  • Android 4.4 preview: KitKat to calmly and quietly change the world

    Google's an odd duck. A very rich duck but an odd one at that. For months we deal with leaked screenshots and rumours, only for the finished product to surprise once again, with genuine innovation made the Google way. So let me not beat around the bush, I will eventually buy a Nexus 5 and it seems the business, but it's Android 4.4, known as KitKat. I've not yet used the software, but according to the Android Developer site, I will go on a limb to say that this is the biggest update to Android since the jump to Ice...

  • Hear all about it: 3 of Android’s best newsreaders

    When it comes to news reading apps, there’s more choice in the Play Store than I could ever need. I also have to admit that I’m not really that keen on trying out new apps, just because I’ve been in the Android ecosystem for so long, that I’ve got my favourites, and I stick to them. However, there is a new app that I’ve become very fond of, very quickly in the news reader space, and it’s actually what inspired me to write this post. You see, I digest my news my own way, and I use a variety of...

  • The mobile OS wars: is anyone actually winning?

    "Guys, it's just a phone okay?! It's really not that important!" We've all been in a conversation like that, and you can deny it all you want. If you have a smartphone, you've had that conversation. Why we still do so though, is beyond me. We're at a stage now where there are three camps: Android, iOS and Windows Phone. Sure, Ubuntu is available now as well, but let's face it, that's still a very niche market. As for BlackBerry, well the less said the better. Read more on Gearburn.

  • The ultimate Android rooting guide

    Rooting: maybe you've thought about it already, because your device is getting a little slower and you want all the shiney new features you read about on Gearburn. Unfortunately for you, this is Android, and sadly *insert manufacturer here* either hasn’t, or isn't going to upgrade your current version of Android. I will admit, this is a bummer, however OEMs are getting much better, so people are generally only a version or two behind, often without any real drawbacks.

  • CyanogenMod goes prime time

    If you follow the custom Android world, you've undoubtedly heard that the biggest custom ROM, CyanogenMod, has become CyanogenMod, Inc. As far as custom software goes, this is possibly the biggest happening in the Android world, well, since it started. Taking an open source project, driven by hundreds of developers, and then monetising the entire project has left the community very divided and rightfully so. Before we get into that, let’s have a look at the facts. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Rasbeanjelly review: made for the minimalist ROM fan

    In what is seemingly becoming a tradition, I’m back with another review of my favourite custom ROM, Rasbeanjelly from Rascarlo. It’s the first custom ROM I flash on any device, not just because the thread is one of my favourites to be a part of, but the sense of community and information sharing on any of the “Trinity family” threads really has enriched my experience of using Android. Self builds from Rascarlo’s source code are very much encouraged, and that’s because of the minimal, bug free, approach of Rasbeanjelly. So if you are looking for a custom ROM for...

  • CyanogenMod 10.2 review: flash forward

    After my first test of CyanogenMod 10.2 (using Android version 4.3) there have been more than 300 commits added to the nightly builds. This, I thought, was enough to warrant giving the latest build a try, and I am really happy that I did. Let’s dig in. At this point I should state that I am using the Paranoid Android Gapps package with all ROMs I flash. This is for a very simple reason: I like the Google apps, and I like them installed the exact same way as they are on stock ROMs, meaning in the system/app partition, leaving...

  • CyanogenMod beefs up security with latest update

    As I think we've established, CyanogenMod’s influence in the Android world is pretty huge. In fact, I’d be comfortable saying that besides Google, it’s almost the most important tool in a tinkers toolbox. The reason for this is simple, they don’t just “make” things at CyanogenMod, they invent/refine them, all for the benefit of the user. That results in a great experience while using said software, and this week, it got even better. Read more on Gearburn.

  • CyanogenMod 10.2 will change the custom Android landscape

    A bold sweeping statement, I know, but hear me out. CyanogenMod is the default choice for the majority of individuals who want to run custom software on their Android devices. It has become the go-to simply because of the sheer size of the beast. Its list of supported devices is amazing, the team working on the ROM is massive and last I checked there had been 7-million installations. That, by any stretch of any imagination, is quite a lot in the custom, heck, in any world. Read more on Gearburn.

  • Android 4.3 isn’t Key Lime Pie, but an amazing update nonetheless

    It’s that time of year again, the time where being a Nexus owner really pays off. Yup, it’s update season, or “The strangest thing I've seen on the internet in years.” It’s the time of the year where nerds from around the world await their supposedly deserved updates. In fact the barrage of “why isn't my OTA here yet?” posts across all Android channels made me avoid said channels just because of people’s petulance after new software. Said update arrived three days later to many people, yet the amount of whinging about it really does ruin the fun, for...

  • Two CyanogenMod security features Android 4.3 needs

    If you are reading this, you probably know what CyanogenMod is. In case you don’t, here’s the official description. CyanogenMod (pronounced sigh-AN-oh-jen-mod), is a customized, aftermarket firmware distribution for several Android devices. Based on the Android Open Source Project (AOSP), CyanogenMod is designed to increase performance and reliability over Android-based ROMs released by vendors and carriers such as Google, T-Mobile, HTC, etc. CyanogenMod also offers a variety of features & enhancements that are not currently found in these versions of Android. In other words, CyanogenMod is the answer to any question that begins with, “what can I do to make...

  • System Monitor review: Android’s best stat app

    This article won’t matter to many of you, however, to the fellow nerds it will appeal to, I could not recommend System Monitor fervently enough. I can’t vouch for the depth or quality of stats available natively for TouchWizz and Sense users, but on my stock setup, this app gives me some invaluable information regarding my device. System Monitor is one of the most gorgeous, yet functional apps I’ve used on Android, and when you think of how many apps I’ve used (practically thousands), that is quite a feat. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 3 free productivity apps your Android deserves

    Android has a lot of baked in apps that make life really easy. Combine that with being able to use your device as a USB stick, and you have a very powerful, mobile tool. However, that’s not enough for me, so here are three apps to make your Android device even more powerful. Pocket https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=bfob4cBfLOA Honestly, I don’t know how I survived before Pocket. It’s very simple: you see something online, and you want to “Read It Later” (yes, that was the service’s previous name), you save it to your “Pocket”. Then when you get home later and you’re ready for some...

  • 3 must-have minimalist Android apps

    Since I’ve been using Android, and trying to encourage other people to use it, I’ve waxed lyrical about the customisability and open nature of the OS. The sheer number of options available to Android user when it comes to setting up a device exactly to their individual needs is seemingly endless. I’ve tried most of the major launchers, Twitter and Facebook clients, as well as the keyboards. I’ve tried these not out of need, but more out of curiosity, more out of trying to find the best setup for my phone. Read more on Gearburn.

  • 5 free apps that will make your daily commute a pleasure

    So I walk to and from work, most days. That means a lot of time to muck around while on foot, whether it’s taking snaps of the city, trying to video tape something weird and wonderful, or seeing something new and making a note to research it later. These are things that I do while commuting, basically, it’s all about sharing. What I see, what I hear and sometimes just letting everyone know what I smell. So which three apps are the must haves for commuting through your city? Read more on Gearburn.