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17 August 2018

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Apps Helping Unplug Mobile Phone Dependency



You know how situations go – it happens to a majority of us. You arrive at your work desk Monday morning and you find you have some of last week’s tasks unattended. The boss has to find the work on his desk when he arrives. A phone notification comes in, it’s a Facebook conversation with your circle of friends. They are making fun of how the weekend was for one of the newly hooked up friends. So fun, so joyous! And you dive in. Before you realize its 30 minutes later, you have all been immersed into the conversation and haven’t yet started the task. “Oh, no! What do I tell the boss?” you say quietly as he walks into his office.


It’s common to have distractions arising from uncontrolled phone use. This is something that is troubling many phone users.


Technology, as we know it today, has two faces, it changes the way we do things by creating convenience but it also has a downside in that it brings unwanted social and mental behavioral issues. We may be hooked on our phones, and that’s a reality. Phone addiction has slowly crept into our lives and we cannot deny it.


The notifications we get on our mobile phones from apps like Twitter and Facebook bring jerks of pleasure similar to what people attain from gambling and drugs. Mobile phones have become a staple in our lives, they are an extension of people’s self. Separating users from their devices can sometimes cause irritability, anxiety, and psychological symptoms akin to those of substance addiction.


What Does Research Show?

Talking to CNN Holland Haiis, a digital detox expert said that technological addiction can occur to anyone, it’s unremarkably the novel 21st-century addiction.


But smartphones aren’t only creating an unhealthy lifestyle, they are also causing users to waste their time. A senior lecturer teaching psychology, Dr. Sarita Robinson of the University of Central Lancashire, points out that when users add up their phone usage throughout the week, the time drained out can be a huge surprise. You can compare it to what happens after Christmas when you get to the scales and find that you put on so much weight in so little time.


A study presented at the conference of the Radiological Society of North America in 2017 showed interesting findings regarding internet and smartphone addiction among teens. The study looked at teens’ brains who exhibited internet or smartphone addiction and the authors identified certain changes in reward circuits of the teens’ brain, especially the neurotransmitter GABA in relation to other neurotransmitters. After going through sessions of cognitive behavior therapy (CBT) to treat their addiction, it was found that the teens’ brain chemistry went back to normal and they appeared more like those of non-addicted controls.


Tech is doing damage when it comes to the mental health of phone users, but the same technology can unplug the unhealthy phone-use behaviors and the associated phone addiction problems. It may sound a little off, but using apps can offer solutions to this emerging addition problem. There are three apps that may help you limit your time in phone usage and distractions:


BreakFree App


BreakFree helps users to minimize the amount of time they spend tapping on and using their phones. It keeps a tab on the amount of time you spend using apps and making phone calls, and how frequently you unlock the phone. To remind you that whatever you’re doing with your phone could relate to addiction, the app calculates what it refers to as “addition score” from those metrics. It will even send you reminders telling you that you need to slow down. Mrigaen Kapadia, the app's founder had a clean mission with the introduction of the app. Kapadia says that BreakFree aims at allowing people to realize phone company isn’t better than human company. People don’t have to become slaves to technology. BreakFree runs on both iOS and Android devices.


Moment App


A phone-use management tool, Moment app sets your phone’s daily usage limits and it will compel you to put off the smartphone by volleying you notifications to do that. The app tracks the time you spend using your iPad and iPhone every day. A phone user can set the phone usage limit so they are notified when they go overboard. Moment Family helps manage the family’s screen time right from the user’s phone. It helps the family set up their dinner time that is devoid of phone screen tapping. Moment runs on iOS devices.


Flipd App


Individuals wanting an aggressive approach to unplug may consider Flipd app for Android and iOS devices. If you feel you can’t get hold of your phone usage, you can rely on Flidp. It allows users to lock their phone for certain durations. Once an individual locks their phone, they can’t go back to unlock. Even when you try restarting the phone, it can’t disable the app. You can’t just cheat with this one!


Besides, you can remotely flip off another user’s device; this is helpful if you are working as a team to manage your time on phone use. Flips claims that is has managed to help its users save way over 9 million minutes of disruptions translating to 15 years.


To conclude, maybe you have a phone addiction and you don’t seem to know what to do. You have tried all ways and although the BreakFree app you are using to beat this behavior has shown some positive results, you still can’t untie yourself. You may want to seek the help of one of the trusted 12 step recovery programs to begin the journey to recovery from your phone addiction and other mental problems you may have developed during that time.

About The Author

Charles Watson is a freelance health and addiction writer currently publishing work for Sunshine Behavior Health. He can be reach directly on Twitter at the handle @charleswatson00.


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25 February 2018

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How to download public and private facebook videos for free?

Download-Facebook-Videos-4j1ssFacebook has grown at a very fast pace and today it has left all social networking sites behind. Video and photo sharing are one of the most important features of Facebook. Gone are the days when people used to share trending videos and images on Facebook, now Facebook itself makes stuff viral. It’s giving tough competition to Google-owned YouTube as well when it comes to video content being consumed on both platforms.
Downloading Facebook videos isn’t something which has many solutions and the ways to do it aren’t as popular as downloading YouTube videos. Since the inception of YouTube, people have used different methods to download YouTube videos and save them for later viewing purposes. I’ve read lots of content about how to download Facebook videos online in the past, but each of them had some bugs and many posts took me to many irrelevant pages.

        After lots of googling and exploring the web, I found a website “GetFbStuff.com” which doesn’t just help you in downloading Facebook videos. It also hosts hundreds of thousands of Facebook videos in its directory and it has many other useful features.
The features of the websites are below:
1. Facebook Video Downloading Online
2. Downloading Private Facebook Videos
3. Downloading Facebook Page Photo Album
4. Online Vimeo Video Downloader
Getfbstuff.com is an online Facebook video downloader which helps you to download videos on all kind of devices. Since it is a web-based application, it supports Windows, Mac OS X, Ubuntu and all other kinds of operating systems. Moreover, you can also use it as a Facebook private video downloader as well.
Just the way Youtube videos are hosted on Google’s servers, Facebook videos are hosted on Facebook servers. It’s not any hidden knowledge. But the link or URL of the Facebook video which we see on Facebook isn’t the actual file source; instead, it is embedded. That’s why you can’t copy a video from Facebook with ease:

1. Downloading Public Facebook Video

Step 1:
Get Facebook video URL
Make sure that the video you are trying to download is hosted on Facebook servers and its privacy is public; it’s the most important step (URL of public videos look like: https://www.facebook.com/video.php?v=921674917…)
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Now having confirmed the public privacy, right click and open the Facebook video in a new tab. Copy the video URL from your web browser and proceed with the steps mentioned below.
If the video you’re trying to download turns out to be private, refer to the very simple method of downloading private Facebook videos described later in this article.
Step 2:
Open the link above and paste the copied video URL in the video URL box as shown in the screenshot below. Click the blue color “Download” button and proceed with the process.
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Step 3:
Download your video in the required quality
The Facebook video can be available in two qualities- high resolution or low resolution. As per you conveneince, you can save the clip.
Identifying the required quality, right click and select “Save link as” to save Facebook video into your computer.
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Note: If you are unable to download the Facebook video, it may be so because of the privacy settings of the uploader.
Refer to Facebook private video downloader below.

2. Downloading Private Facebook Videos

I’m recommending using GetFbStuff because it provides you an option of downloading private Facebook videos where other video downloaders fail. Private Facebook videos are those whose privacy is set as “private” or not “public” by the uploader and it’s not possible to download that video just by using the URL.
Step 1:
Get the “page source” of private Facebook video
Right click and open the video in a new tab.
The private Facebook video’s URL will look something like: 
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=913044420&set=a.15841…..

Right-click on the page and select “View page source” or go for CTRL+U.
Copy the entire page source by using “CTRL+C” and “CTRL+C”.
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Step 2:
Open the above link and paste the source code in the box as shown in the screenshot of Facebook private video downloader page. Click the blue download button.
Step 3:
Download and save the video
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Identifying the required quality, right click and select “Save link as” to save Facebook video into your computer.
These were a couple of useful methods to download public and private videos from Facebook. Drop your thoughts in the comments section below.
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15 Interesting Javascript and Css Libraries for February

To keep you up to date with the latest and coolest trends in web development, this month I'm releasing a handpicked collection of some of the best resources that I’ve stumbled upon and deemed worthy of your attention.
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Direction Reveal

This plugin detects the direction from which the cursor enters or leave a block, allowing you to apply all kinds of cool effects and transitions. It offers a couple CSS animations out of the box, and you can create your own easily.

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Carbon

Carbon allows you to create and share beautiful images of your code. All you need to do is paste your code in the editor or just write it yourself. You can customize the way the image looks by changing the font styles, editor's theme, syntax hightlighting, and even the window buttons.

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Аxios

Axios offers a modern JavaScript solution for handling HTTP requests. It has a Promise-based API, that makes your code much more organized when working with async calls. The library can work in the browser, as well as in a node.js environment.

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Jarvis

An intelligent browser based Webpack dashboard, which shows you all the important information you need from your webpack build. It shows you how well your assets perform in 12 different connection types, the size of all bundles in your project and has a beautified error output. It is still in beta version and a lot of new features are expected to be added.

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Toast UI Editor

This is a markdown and WYSIWYG editor that allows you to easily switch between markdown and WYSIWYG mode while writing. It offers live preview of the rendered HTML, immediate syntax error checking and synchronized scroll between markdown and preview mode. The editor also supports powerful extensions like color picker, chart code block, UML code block and more.

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Micron.js

Micron is a library that allows you to add different CSS-powered animations to DOM elements. The interactions can be controlled by HTML data attributes or by chaining JavaScript methods to set the speed, easing and other options. Supports different interactions like shake, fade, bounce, swing and more.

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lit

Lit is an amazingly small and responsive CSS framework. It offeres 12 column responsive grid, different typography styles, custom inputs, three types of buttons and all of the features that a css framework should offer. Lit works on all modern browsers, as well as some older ones like IE11

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Minimal Mistakes

Minimal Mistakes is a flexible two-column Jekyll theme that can be used for personal sites, blogs and portfolios. It is completely customizable, 100% responsive and optimized for search engines. It has nine differet color variations, several responsive layouts and a number of built-in and ready to use components.

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Tachyons

With Tachyons you can craft beautiful and responsive interfaces without almost no CSS. It is easy to use and customize, mobile-first and works well with React, Ember, Angular and other frameworks. What is more, it is extremely lightweight and has a very detailed documentation where you can find everything you need.

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Wiki.js

Wiki.js is a powerful wiki app built on Node.js, Git and Markdown. You can use the built-in editor to write your content in Markdown format that is automatically synced with your Git repository. The app has an integrated access control and assets manager and is designed to work with low CPU resources.

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Phaser

This is a fast, open-source framework for developing HTML5 games for desktop and mobile browsers. You can create games for iOS, Android and different native apps. It has a developer friendly API with great support and is actively developed and maintained. Recently, version 3.0 has been released which brings a lot of new features and functionalities.

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SweetAlert 2

SweetAlert 2 is a library for creating beautiful and responsive popup boxes. They are highly customizable, 100% responsive and look great on all screen sizes. With this library you can create a wide variety of different popup boxes with amazing styles, effects and animations.

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Rekit

Rekit is a toolkit that helps you to create amazing responsive web apps with React, Redux and React-router. The framework offers two powerful tools for working with the framework - a full-featured IDE called Rekit Studio, and an extensive command line interface for working from the terminal.

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Nerd Fonts

This is a collection of popular fonts and icons. It includes 39 patched font families and more than 1300 glyphs and iconsfrom popular icon sets such as Font Awesome, Devicons, Octicons and others. All fonts are compatible with Linux, macOS and Windows.

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Kutt.it

Kutt is a free and open-source library that you can use to shorten your URLs, manage links and set custom domains. It has an easy to use API which allows you to create and delete URLs and track them with detailed statistics.
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22 February 2018

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10 Free Programming Books You Should Read This Year

In this article I'm sharing a collection of interesting books from different programming spheres like web and mobile app development. Some books are very beginner-friendly, others are for more advanced programmers. You can choose the ones you like and check them out.

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The Road to learn React

The Road to learn React is a great book for beginners who want to learn React. The book covers it's fundamentals, general concepts, best practices, and shows you how to build a working application with pagination, searching and sorting. It also has extra referenced reading materials and exercises for each chapter.

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Node.js Succinctly

Node.js Succintly is a great introduction to Node.js. You will learn the basics of Node.js like non-blocking I/O, event loop, modules and the Node.js runtime environment. You will also learn how to use the filesystem and streams, access the database and writing web applications.

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97 Things Every Programmer Should Know

This book is a great resource for every beginner programmer. It offers a rich collection of programming practices and concepts. The book's format is simple and easy to read, with some great examples.

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Mobile Developer's Guide to The Galaxy

This book focuses on the process of creating mobile apps. It takes a closer look at the phases of development like planning and specification, prototyping and design, implementation, internal testing and deployment and more. You can also find a number of advices and tips about UX design, cross-platform and native development.

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Learn Enough Command Line to Be Dangerous

This book is аn introduction to working with the Unix command line. It is targeted for beginners and is written in a very simple way and doesnt't require any special computer knowledge or skills. Following the tutorials and exercises you will learn the basics of using the command line.

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Game Programming Patterns

This is a collection of patterns that mobile developers use. It is targeted at starting developers, as it shows some of the best mobile development practices and patterns to make your code cleaner and easier to understand.

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Learn Enough Git to Be Dangerous

This is an introduction to version controll with Git. It is suitable for developers from all skill ranges, as it doesn't require any specific skills or experience with Git. It is the third part of a trilogy of tutorials that includes Learn Command Line to Be Dangerous and Learn Enough Text Editor to Be Dangerous.

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Mastering iOS game Development

Mastering iOS game Development is a book for advanced iOS game developers. It includes more than 200 pages of in-depth tutorials and advanced concepts of game development for any iOS platform. Reading and following this book will help you to bring your projects to the next level.

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The Little Go Book

Th Little Go Book is an introduction to Google's Go programming language. It is targeted mainly for beginners, as it show the language's fundamentals in a short and concise way with some easy to understand examples. The book is simple and easy to read, and covers a quite amount of information in just 83 pages.

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Eloquent JavaScript

This is the second edition of Eloquent JavaScript, and it teaches you fundamentals of JavaScript. It is suitable for beginner and advanced developers as it shows the basics of the language, as well as more in-depth topics like object oriented programming.

Last Words

Hope you liked the article! Shre it with your friends too and don't forget to tell me in comments if i missed some awesome books.

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