Project Ara: Is this the Future of Smartphones?

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Project Ara is Google’s effort to develop a modular smartphone that can be built as per customer requirements based on the open hardware protocol. As per Google, the attempt is to build a next generation smartphone with cheaper components that could connect the next 5 billion people. The project allows users to build their own smartphones with custom parts that will be made available from major stores and carriers according to the users own aesthetic and functional preferences.

What this means is that the user only has to buy the structural framework called the “endo” (comes from endoskeleton) and then either develop custom parts as per their requirements or buy components that could be fit into the endo to create a fully functional smartphone.

Therefore next time when users have to upgrade their smartphones, they do not have to buy a completely new one. Instead they can just swap components on the fly to build a more powerful and upgraded device, just like Lego.

FCC Approves a Stringent Set of Net Neutrality Rules for Open Internet

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In a historic decision the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has implemented a strong set of net neutrality rules which forbid companies with deep pockets from using it to profit at the expense of the public and small businesses.

The new rules seem to be inspired from the open Internet rules that the Obama administration had laid out three months ago. It specifically denies cable companies to give priority to specific web services by creating "fast lanes" as well as forbids them from throttling bandwidth for those who don't pay extra for priority access.

The core net neutrality provisions include a ban on blocking and throttling Internet traffic, on paid prioritization and need to disclose network management policies.

New Galaxy: Samsung Teases with the New Galaxy S6 Promo

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Samsung recently launched the much hyped teaser for its latest Smartphone Galaxy S6. The device will be showcased on 1st March at the Mobile World Congress to be held in Barcelona, Spain. Market speculations and consumer expectations have already revealed major features about the device through numerous sneak peeks from T-Mobile and the teaser video launched by the company.

The narrator in the video precisely states, “Metal will Flow, Borders Will Disappear, Reflections will be free”, causing industry experts to reflect on the latest technologies that will come embedded in the device. Let’s dive deeper in to the rumors and speculations that form the #TheNextGalaxy S6.

How to Hide Any App and Create Nested Folders in iOS 8

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The latest upgrade to Apple’s iOS has introduced a host of new features that aim to ease user’s interaction with the device enable inter-devices connectivity. One of the most talked about features was HandOff and Continuity. Along with external device accessibility, the upgrade also added advanced functionalities that were previously absent or took complicated steps to execute in previous iOS versions.

Creating nested folders and hiding apps from the home screen were relatively complicated as compared to other mobile operating systems. The upgrade added easy functionality to hide apps and users can access them whenever required. It also enabled easy nesting of folders to group apps together that are less used or for classification purposes.

Let us explore the steps for hiding apps and creating nested folders in iOS 8.

How to Get the Best Movie Recommendations on Netflix

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Ever go through Netflix’s suggestions for you and wonder what they were thinking? If you have, you’re like many of us who just don’t understand why Netflix recommend the things they do. Did you know you can change what’s recommended to you by investing a little more time in what you watch on the streaming service?

We’ll give you some tips and tricks to getting the best recommendations for Netflix, so you can always watch what’ll interest you no matter where they lie.

Firefox Hello Lets You Video Chat By Simply Sharing a Link

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Since the rise of the web, online communication through voice and video has grown exponentially. VOIP services like Skype have significantly eased user communication even in low bandwidth scenarios. Gradually, with the advent of social networking sites, voice and video communication methods became increasingly common with each organization developing custom solutions for themselves.

Today hundreds of social networks and VOIP services provide seamless connectivity among users for communication. Mozilla has thrown its hat in the ring by launching Firefox Hello - a service which gives the users privacy and convenience. Read on to learn more.

Hotel My Phone Lets You Use Someone Else’s Smartphone as Your Own

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Imagine a scenario when you misplaced your phone somewhere or left your phone at home. Whatever the case may be, you don’t have your phone with you but you need to call someone. You may not even remember the person’s phone number. Or even if you do, you somehow know that he is not going to pick up a call from an unknown number. To solve such problems, cross device connectivity apps are developed by third party developers. These apps let you use your device even in its absence.

Pplconnect, a Montreal based company launched its flagship Hotel My Phone app that acts as a successor to its previous cross device connectivity app (also named pplconnect). The pplconnect app allowed android users to make and receive text and calls from their android device on their Mac or PC.

Their second release, Hotel My App aims to connect multiple users on a peer to peer connection allowing users to access their contacts and make calls and texts from a device in their network to anyone they like. Let’s further explore what Hotel My Phone app is all about.

3 Netflix Settings That’ll Make Your Netflix Viewing Experience Better

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If you haven’t taken the time to learn how Netflix works, you’re not getting the most out of your streaming subscription. You’ve learned how to improve your Netflix performance, how to troubleshoot, and how to hack Netflix, now learn how to customize the service in ways you didn’t know were possible.

Let’s look at three settings that can change the way you use Netflix and open up a world of possibilities.

Lenovo’s New PCs Come With Factory Installed Adware Called Superfish

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If you bought a new computer or laptop recently, you might have noticed how the Original Equipments Manufacturers (OEMs) love to install their own software on your system along with the Operating System. This is commonly known as bloatware and is singularly the most irritating thing to encounter when you start up your brand new laptop for the first time.

One of the OEMs, Lenovo, has taken the installation of bloatware to the next level. It has been installing an adware named Superfish on consumer laptops which got activated the first time they booted their computer. It was first reported on the Lenovo forums and since then a number of people have complained about the same issue. This has affected laptops that were purchased after July last year.

This issue has affected laptops that were purchased after July last year. We look at what exactly this adware does and how to remove it from your system.

How to Set Up a VPN Connection on Android and the Best Apps To Do It

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Virtual Private Networks have become an essential medium of browsing the web. With countries and organizations restricting access to specific websites and services, the VPN solutions prove to be the most effective medium to bypass their restriction protocols.

With the rise of the smartphones, VPN service providers have also extended their functionality to handheld devices. This allows users to maintain their privacy and access information restricted by their organization or country. All major mobile operating systems support VPN connectivity and most VPN service providers have created mobile network compatible ports in their servers.

While some OS’s do not provide an effective connectivity to the services, iOS and Android connect to VPN servers quite easily just like you would on computer. Let’s explore the various methods to set up a VPN connection on Android.

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