Substratum and its themes arrive on Samsung Galaxy S7 running Nougat

Substratum theming is now available on the Galaxy S7 running on Android 7.0 Nougat. What’s more is that root is not mandatory for Substratum to work, but note that the theme engine should be compatible with the ROM in concern. Before proceeding, you must remember that this is still beta testing and there will be bugs.

Before Substratum existed, themes were either obtained from apps on the Play Store or were part of older custom ROMs like CyanogenMod. Substratum is very unique in that, it lets you do whatever you want to the system UI. You can have three different themes installed on your device and you can select individual elements from each theme to show only what you like. That’s some serious customization power in your hands right there.

How to install Substratum and apply themes

    1. Start by installing the APK from here.
    2. You will need to download a theme from the Play Store, which also doesn’t rely on Android System or Theme-ready Google Apps as these are root specific.
    3. Once the theme is installed and ready, you will receive a notification on the same.
  1. Open Substratum and look for the theme. On some smartphones you will need to scroll down to find the button on the bottom-right to enable/install
  2. Tap on Install.
  3. To apply the theme, simply Reboot the app.

Read: Top 20 Substratum themes you can use

A word of caution: Android System and SystemUI elements should NOT be applied yet as they could be unstable and cause your device to crash.


Google updates kids animation app Toontastic 3D with new Cars 3 and Fruit Ninja themes

Earlier in the year, Google released the impressive Toontastic 3D. The digital storytelling app was a follow up to the original Toontastic game by educational developer LaunchPad Toys, which was acquired by Google in 2015. The app allows kids to draw and animate their own stories to create a 3D video. The budding directors can even narrate their creations and add built-in songs to the soundtrack before sharing. In the latest update, Google adds new characters and settings as part of two additional themes.

The first of the new themes is movie tie-in with the imminent Cars 3. The Disney/Pixar franchise is incredibly popular with young children, and they will surely relish the chance to create their own Cars story arcs. They’ll be able to animate their anthropomorphic hero Lightning McQeen, alongside new additions to the series such as Jackson Storm, Cruz Ramirez, and Miss Fritter, against the backdrop of two locations from the film: Florida 500 raceway and Thunder Hollow demolition derby.

A behind-the-scenes video tour of Pixar’s studios will also be included in the app, in a bid to show kids how real animated films are made and further stoke their interest in filmmaking. It’s worth noting that the Cars 3 theme will only be available for a limited time, up to September 30th.

The second set of new characters available in this Toontasic 3D update comes from melon-slicing game Fruit Ninja, or more specifically from the animated YouTube series Fruit Ninja Frenzy Force. You’ll be able to take control of protagonists such as Peng, Seb, Niya, and Ralph, leading them into battle against their nemesis, Clean Bee. It’s unclear how long the Fruit Ninja theme will be available, but I’d suggest making the most of it soon – just in case.

If you (or your kids) haven’t tried it yet, I’d thoroughly recommend the app. It really gets the balance right between fun and education. You can download or update to the latest version of Toontastic 3D via the Play Store link below, or grab it manually from APKMirror.


Lott Entertainment Presents’ 2017 Spring Lineup Explores Themes of Race, Sexuality and a Journey through Music

Lott Entertainment Presents’ spring lineup will take fans on an epic journey through Cherokee country, into a world of whimsical sexual exploration-one that is taking Off Broadway by storm-and, finally, into a multi-genre glimpse into the lives of six different musicians, all portrayed by one man. All performances will take place at Lott Entertainment Presents’ new home in the Neuhaus Theatre at the Alley Theatre.

“Each show is sensational and vital in its own way,” artistic director Kathryn Lott says of the remaining shows. “The timeliness of all three of these works is truly extraordinary, and a testament to these artists and their work that we are bringing to Houston. I think our audiences are going to be on the edge of their seats for all of the performances.” “Every show is so different from the next,” adds executive director Allison Lott, “And yet each one presents a new, poignant message…sometimes that message is told in a lighthearted, hilarious tone and other times the message will pull at the heartstrings.”

Lott Entertainment Presents’ unique partnership with Joe’s Pub at the Public in New York has added to the buzz around the young performing arts organization on a national level, with their Joe’s Pub series being used as the model to expand into other markets. “Seattle has already taken up the torch and is in the midst of their first Joe’s Pub season,” says Kathryn Lott, who first presented the idea to Joe’s Pub. “And now this famed New York institution is in talks with other markets around the country to create a touring network for their artists.”

April 21 & 22, 2017 – Martha Redbone: Bone Hill – The Concert (Joe’s Pub Series)

Folk, funk, soul and blues artist Martha Redbone is one of the most vital voices in American Roots music and will perform her original work, Bone Hill – The Concert in Houston as part of the Joe’s Pub Series. Presented as a dramatic musical work with Redbone and her all-star band, Bone Hill – The Concert is a devised, interdisciplinary work inspired by her family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains. It’s an epic story of one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coalmines of Harlan County, KY where her family have dwelled for centuries.

Spanning the lives and stories of four generations of women in a Cherokee family, Redbone travels back in time to her own childhood and beyond into the memories and tales of her ancestors-both those who were born to the land and those who traveled the globe to end up on Black Mountain, whether by choice or by force. Audiences will join Redbone on her journey to the past to hear the tale of what it looks like to be an American in our country today. The music is radically wide-ranging, from traditional Cherokee chants and lullabies to bluegrass and blues, country, gospel, jazz, Rock & Roll, Rhythm n Blues and funk. Dark and violent at times, Bone Hill – The Concert is uncompromising in its desire to be honest about difficult subjects, especially race in America.

In addition to the two public performances at the Alley Theatre, Martha Redbone will participate in three residency activities including a workshop at Texas Southern University.

Bone Hill was written by Martha Redbone, Aaron Whitby and Roberta Uno, with original compositions by Redbone and Whitby, and was commissioned by the Joe’s Pub New York Voices initiative.

May 4-7, 2017: Sex Tips for a Straight Woman from a Gay Man

This Off Broadway smash hit romantic comedy takes the audience on a hilarious and wild ride where no topic is taboo and the insider ‘tips’ come straight from the source: a gay man. The play is set at a local university auditorium where the English department holds its monthly ‘Meet the Authors’ event. Robyn is the shy and studious moderator of the event, and this month’s featured author is Dan Anderson of Sex Tips for Straight Women from a Gay Man. With the help of a hunky staged assistant named Stefan, Dan aims to turn this event upside down with a highly theatrical, audience interactive sex tip seminar. Will Stefan’s muscles be used for more than moving heavy scenery? Will the power of Dan’s tips prove too titillating for even Robyn to resist? As with everything at this event…that is for Dan to know, and you to find out!

May 12-13, 2017: 6 Guitars

Award-winning writer/performer Chase Padgett will premiere his original work, 6 Guitars, for Houston audiences May 12-17, 2017. 6 Guitars is a pitch-perfect blend of music, comedy and characters. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes six different guitar players-each with their own distinct voice, views and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk and Country). During this 85-minute show, each of the characters, ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man, share their journey with music from discovery to mastery through songs and stories that leaves every audience laughing, crying and falling in love with music all over again. Co-written and directed by Jay Hopkins, 6 Guitars has won numerous Fringe Awards and has critics raving.


June 7, 2017 at Jones Hall: Travis Wall’s Shaping Sound: After the Curtain

Through his Emmy Award winning work on “So You Think You Can Dance”, Travis Wall has established himself as one of America’s favorite choreographers. His artistic direction of SHAPING SOUND has already produced one spell-binding show in Dance Reimagined, which has captivated audiences all across North America. Now, Travis and SHAPING SOUND are back with their brand new show, After the Curtain. These visual musicians continue to dazzle audiences as they tell the story of a man fighting to find his creative voice after the death of his one true love. Heart-wrenching, breath-taking and ultimately uplifting, this is one dance show that audiences will remember forever.

About Lott Entertainment Presents

Entertainment Presents’ mission is to fill the void in the Houston performing arts scene by bringing shows from outside our city that push the boundaries of traditional theatre. With provocative, immersive and deliberately different works, we will provide Houstonians with a wide range of new experiences. Lott Entertainment Presents will bring shows from outside Houston that would not otherwise be seen in this city. Lott Entertainment Presents will utilize its traveling artists to enrich the lives of local artists by providing valuable educational programs such as audition workshops, singer/songwriter workshops and artist conversations. For more information, please visit

About Joe’s Pub at the Public

Named for The Public Theater’s visionary founder Joe Papp, Joe’s Pub at The Public opened in 1998 and plays a vital role in The Public’s mission of supporting young artists while providing established artists with an intimate space to perform and develop new work. Joe’s Pub presents the best in live music and performance nightly, committed to diversity, production values, superior acoustics community and artistic freedom. The venue also offers unique opportunities like New York Voices, an artist commissioning program that has fostered new work by Ethan Lipton, Toshi Reagon, Bridget Everett, Allen Toussaint, Justin VivIan Bond & Kenny Mellman and more. Joe’s Pub presents talent from all over the world, hosting approximately 800 shows and serving over 100,000 audience members annually.

The Public Theater, which houses five theaters at its Astor Place home, in addition to Joe’s and Shakespeare in the Park at the Delacorte Theater. For more than 60 years, The Public, under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, has continued the work of Papp by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, leading the dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. The Public’s programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company’s commitment to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, a national initiative that is designed to cultivate new models of engagement with artists, audiences and community; and Mobile Unit, which tours productions to underserved audiences. The Public has received 59 Tony Awards, 168 Obies, 53 Drama Desk Awards, 54 Lortel Awards, 32 OCC Awards, 13 NY Drama Critics Awards, and five Pulitzer Prizes, most recently for the musical Hamilton. For more information, please visit

[Source:-Broadway ]

Echoing inaugural themes, President Trump emphasizes American jobs at Boeing

President Donald Trump made his first visit to South Carolina since the 2016 Presidential Primary. (Source: WIS)

Echoing elements of his campaign and his inaugural address, President Donald Trump pledged to put America back to work against the backdrop of one of the new Boeing 787-10 Dreamliner planes.

In the brisk 15-minute speech, Trump repeated many of the themes he discussed during his Inaugural Address.

“America is going to start winning again, winning like never ever before. We’re not going to let our country be taken advantage of anymore,” Trump said to the crowd of thousands at the North Charleston Boeing plant.

Trump went back to his campaign-style roots during the visit after the 76-minute news conference on Thursday that saw the president fight back against questions about his first month in the presidency.

And what no better place to campaign than South Carolina — the state largely credited with helping boost the president’s chances in the extremely crowded 2016 Republican Presidential Primary.

“I love South Carolina,” Trump said. “I love it.”

Trump’s wide-ranging speech hit on all aspects of his campaign from creating jobs, supporting the military, and trade. But mostly, the president focused on jobs.

“I will never disappoint you,” Trump said.

Trump said his goal as president would be to reduce regulations and cut taxes in an effort to keep companies from leaving the United States.

“We are going to rebuild this country, and make sure that ever forgotten community has the bright future it deserves,” Trump said.

Trump ended his speech not only asking God to bless America but for God to bless Boeing as well.

President toured the Dreamliner with Gov. Henry McMaster and his wife before boarding Air Force One and leaving. The crowd was overall supportive of Mr. Trump, applauding him, standing on their feet to see him, some shaking his hand before he left.

Thousands of supporters and Boeing employees packed the plant to watch the company unveil the new Dreamliner as well as hear Trump’s speech. Meanwhile, an anti-Trump group protested the president near the Boeing facility, calling for an investigation into Trump’s alleged connections with Russia.


Check Out This Moodle 3.2 Themes Spectacular

When seeking to engage an audience, no matter the user or student scenario, an evergreen truth is that they will eventually become accustomed to (almost) any design. As such, any advantage realized by the “shiny new object” principal has a shelf-life and every Chief Learning Officer needs to plan for a regular refresh of their LMS experience.

Here are some of the best visual themes worth trying for Moodle 3.2. They accompany the video above from Moodle Partner HRDNZ, which tries to demonstrate that they can only be implemented and customized in such an easy and straightforward manner, in Moodle.



The Moodle Photo Theme offers a robust experience despite being a modification of just-out “Boost” Theme, launched along Moodle 3.2 as an exclusive last December. It allows high definition images as Moodle backgrounds for any page. Developed as an example of “Boost”‘s extensibility by Moodle HQ’s own Damyion Wiese.

Download or Install “Photo” Theme for Moodle

See “Photo in action” at



Also a variation on “Boost”, with the option to add social media icons as the theme’s trademark. Under the hood, it extends “Boost”‘s already decent personalization options with styling presets, color picker, and rich editing for footnotes and headings.

Download or Install “Waxed” Theme for Moodle



Another children of “Boost”, but the K-12 community at Dearborn Public Schools district is the other parent. “Fordson” has undergone constant feedback and support from students and staff that already has made him distinctive and ideal for primary and secondary school. A notable improvement is the “Enhanced Homepage”, as pictured, featuring window-wide header image, marketing tiles and a social media footer.

[Source:-Moodle News]

Opera announces project Reborn, brings enhanced sidebar and new themes

Opera has released a brand new interface for its browser, under a project named Reborn. The new UI was introduced in a developer build of the browser. The build allows developers and enthusiasts to preview the new look and test new features including new themes and an updated sidebar which will work with social services including Facebook Messenger.

In terms of appearance, Opera has received several improvements. First of all, the tabs have been made simpler, lighter and “more elegant”; this supposedly makes it easier to locate your open tabs. Speed Dial has received an updated look and it now features smooth animations. The appearance of the Speed Dial page can be customised further with two theme colours that are now included in the browser: light and dark. Three new backgrounds have also been added to complement the browser’s new look and feel.

Under the Reborn project, Opera’s sidebar has been ripped from the Speed Dial page and fixed onto the browser windows, similar to how it appears in Opera Neon. The sidebar, which has also been given new animations, gives you one-click access to important tools such as bookmarks, history, personal news and extensions. The contents of the sidebar are customisable and if you dislike it, there’s also the option to turn it off.

The sidebar will also be able to hold one-click buttons to access social features, including Facebook Messenger. In its blog post, Opera says more services are planned in the future.


Telegram for Android gets themes in latest beta, code shows work on payments

Development releases of Telegram on desktop and Android show that users will be able to theme their apps through an easy-to-use menu. Technically, Telegram on desktop has had theme support ever since the 1.0 release last month, however, it was not easy to set a custom theme because you either had to code one for yourself or hunt one down in dedicated groups and channels.

The new theme selector in Telegram looks quite powerful, rather than having a marketplace of themes to pick, users can select the colour of each individual component of the messenger. Any themes you make will be accessible in the themes menu so that you can switch between them as you want. The beta also gives you the option of editing an existing theme and of sharing it with contacts.

One other feature was uncovered in the latest beta of Telegram, but it doesn’t appear to exist anywhere outside the underlying code just yet, meaning you can’t use it. It looks as though Telegram will soon include payment functionality. At this early stage, it’s impossible to know how it’ll work, but Telegram could seek to partner up with various financial bodies to incorporate their services into the app. Last month, Telegram’s CEO Pavel Durov said that calls will be coming to the app soon.


Branstad speeches strike themes of togetherness

DES MOINES — The longest-serving governor in the nation’s history, Terry Branstad has 22 times delivered to Iowans an annual condition of the state address.

The speech is given each year in January during the first week of the legislative session. Delivered in the House chamber at the Iowa Capitol, lawmakers, state Supreme Court justices and other statewide elected officials attend, and it is broadcast live on public television.

Typically, it is the largest audience the governor attracts each year.

On Jan. 10, Branstad delivered what likely will be his final condition of the state address. The governor has been selected by President Donald Trump to serve as the next U.S. ambassador to China, and his confirmation is expected to come this spring.

To mark the occasion, a news researcher analyzed the texts of each of the six condition of the state addresses Branstad has made since returning to the governor’s office in 2011 — starting with his 2012 speech. Obviously, his messages vary, but the analysis shows some recurring topics and word choices. Here are the most common.

Chris Essig of The Gazette contributed to this report. The analysis was based on written speeches provided, and may vary slightly from the actual speech when delivered. If you are using our app, please click here to view the interactive.


Uttar Pardesh elections 2017: On campaign trail, Rajnath Singh’s themes; Pakistan, national pride

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“BHARAT KISI ko chedta nahin. Koi Bharat ko chede toh Bharat use chodta nahin ( India doesn’t provoke anyone. But if someone provokes India, then India doesn’t forgive),” said Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh in Gangoh, a town in western UP’s Saharanpur.

On the campaign trail, addressing audiences mostly comprising unemployed youth, the poor and farmers, Rajnath has unfailingly been evoking two key themes: “rashtriya swabhiman (national pride)” and Pakistan. And in the process, this former chief minister of UP also ensures that his voters know how he has handled the Home Ministry in New Delhi with an iron hand.

On February 11, addressing voters in an area from where a video clipping had emerged in 2014 of Congress leader Imran Masood boasting of “chopping Narendra Modi”, Rajnath said: “Hamara padosi apni harkaton se baaz nahi aata (Our neighbour has not refrained from committing mischievous acts).”

In Gangoh, said to be a communally sensitive constituency, Masood’s brother Noman is pitted against BJP’s Pradeep Chowdhary in the second phase of polls on February 15.

To instill “nationalism” in this remote corner, Rajnath also narrated details about his visit to Pakistan for the SAARC summit last August. “I was not keen to go to Pakistan. The SAARC summit was attended by representatives of many countries. I told my Minister of State to go. But, two days before the event, my officials told me, ‘Sir, there are rallies against you and Prime Minister Modi on the streets of Pakistan, which are led by chiefs of a terrorist organisation and they are saying that they won’t allow the Home Minister of India to enter borders of Pakistan’. I decided then that I will certainly visit the land of Pakistan and not our MoS.”

With the audience cheering in response, Rajnath said, “When I reached Islamabad airport, there were officers from the government and military to receive me. I was scheduled to go to the hotel by road but they told me that ‘sadak per haalat theek nahi hai’ (the situation is not conducive on the road)’. They told me that I will be taken by a helicopter. I was a guest in that country so I thought it’s better to follow the arrangements they have decided for me. I landed half-a-kilometre away from the hotel. In that short journey, I saw crowds all over. Huge processions were chanting ‘Rajnath Singh wapas jao (Rajnath Singh go back). Jitne naare lagte jaate the, Rajnath Singh ka honsala utna buland ho raha tha (As the slogan-chanting increased, Rajnath Singh’s spirit was getting stronger).”

With that claim met with another round of applause, Rajnath continued: “That night, I decided that in this circumstance in which I have come to Pakistan…mein Pakistan ki dharti ki chaati per khade hokar Pakistan ko benaqab karke hi wapas jaaonga (Now, standing on its soil, I will leave only after exposing Pakistan). I don’t want to tell lies. In the presence of representatives of many countries, I said, ‘Bharat ko thodne ki koshish bandh karo (Stop trying to break India). Put efforts to control terrorists. You want one more war with India. This can’t go on’. The people of Pakistan got furious (Pakistan ke log tamtama gaye).”

Rajnath also claimed that he refused to drink one drop of water in Pakistan. Speaking in Gangoh and the neighbouring Behat constituency, Rajnath said, “Pakistan, the host country, left the venue. All representatives went to the luncheon hall…. I am a proud citizen of India. I asked where is the Home Minister of Pakistan. They informed me that he had got furious and left in a huff. I said he didn’t leave in a huff, he left cautiously. Then, I told my secretary that I won’t eat here, call my aircraft, I will go back to India).”

Sensing the positive response in an area, where neither demonetisation nor any state/national concern has emerged as a weighty election issue, Rajnath concluded, “I am talking of Pakistan because self-respect and pride are the strongest emotions of the human heart. You can compromise with anything but not your self-respect.”

What was evident from his rallies here was that the second-most powerful man in the government, known for his control over language, Rajnath does not really enjoy the politics on the fast lanes of social media. His government may talk of Digital India but Rajnath doesn’t keep his cellphone, laptop or Ipad by the side.

But the man who successfully fought his first election in 1977 to become MLA knows his saffron politics — hence, the Pakistan jibe in an area known for its communally polarised nature of voting, and the reference to his “rashtriya swabhiman ki bhavna (the feeling of national pride)” when he takes decisions.

“In September, I was watching TV at home. I saw the news that Pakistan had killed five Indians, including one woman and an innocent child. I immediately called DGMO (Director General of Military Operation) and asked: ‘…what is this I am watching on TV?’ He informed me that it was correct. I asked him, ‘what is the response of our Army?’ He said that our army waved white flags 16 times. ‘what does it mean?’ I asked. I was told this is a long tradition. When we show white flags, we convey that we don’t want to fight with Pakistan. We want to talk.”

And then, Rajnath said, “At that moment, I told him, ‘from today, it’s my standing order. Pehli goli Bharat ki taraf se nahin chalni chahiye, agar ek bhi goli Pakistan ki taraf se chalti hai to Bharat ki goli ko gina nahin jana chahiye (India should not fire first. But if Pakistan fires a bullet then we should retaliate without counting our bullets).”

It was not all about Pakistan, though. The Home Minister also promised that if BJP came to power, the government would “buy grains at higher prices directly from farmers.” “Ek kalam ki nok se aur ek boond syahi se aapka karza maaf karenge (The BJP will forgo farmers’ debts as soon as it comes to power).”

Another peculiar feature of his rallies here is that Rajnath invites the candidates on stage and promises voters that after the election, their local MLA and MP will surely invite him to the same venues as he loves to meet people.

While this has prompted some BJP leaders to wonder if the Home Minister would become the Chief Minister if BJP wins this election, the man himself plays down the idea, saying, “I am Home Minister of India. What’s wrong?”

[Source:-The Indian express]

A Strong Theme in the Market Now Is That There Are No Strong Themes in the Market Now

It was one of those deceptive days where the business media talk about the Nasdaq and the DJIA hitting new all-time highs while traders complain about the poor action in many stocks. While the major indices managed to post gains, breadth was negative with about 2,700 gainers to 4,000 decliners. Small-caps lagged again with the Russell 2000 ETF (IWM) down 0.5% and struggling to hold its 50-day simple moving average.

What saved the market today were the big-cap FANG names plus Apple (AAPL) , Boeing (BA) and a few others. Oil had another poor day and biotechnology struggled to hold up after more comments about drug pricing from the Trump administration.

There are two basic themes in the market now. The first is that there are no strong themes other than some outperformance by big-caps. There isn’t any sector that is showing unusual strength and even those that do well seldom follow through.

The other theme is the lack of momentum. The bulls couldn’t build on breakouts, but the bears can’t build on the lack of progress. We are stuck in a range with limited upside and no real downside volatility in months.

Big-cap strength is keeping the indices in an uptrend, but small-cap weakness is causing structural damage under the surface. Careful stock picking is essential. It is easy to take some sizable hits if you are in the wrong small-caps. This market is not bailing you out if you make mistakes.

Have a good evening. I’ll see you tomorrow.

[Source:-Real Money]