Tech Treats
Technology forms a major part of our lives. From the personal to the professional, whether your’re streaming content or surfing the Internet for work, tech is omnipresent present in our day-to-day activities.

So if you spend a majority of your waking hours on the Internet, bookmark these tips to make life simpler.

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​Avoid Those Spoilers

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​Avoid Those Spoilers

When something new and interesting is on, the internet is full of discussions, articles and spoilers. If you hate spoilers, you could stop browsing social media or mute words on social networks. But there’s a simple way to block everything in one swoop without really changing browsing habits — use Google Chrome and a free extension called Unspoiler. You need to configure it for each movie/TV show you want to ‘unspoil’ and you’ll get a black bar over each item that you’ve blocked. Having it on your web browser means that it works across everything: Twitter, Facebook, Web et al.

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​Microsoft’s Android Play

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​Microsoft’s Android Play

If you use Windows 10 and Android, try a new app from Microsoft called Your Phone Companion. Primarily, it allows you to access your text messages and phone photos from your PC. You will also need to get the ‘Your Phone’ server software for your PC from the Microsoft Store. Both are free. Due to the massive fragmentation on Android, this doesn’t work reliably with all Android phones but if you have a device with Android 7.0+ that costs above Rs 15k, you should be fine. As a bonus, you can also get the Your Phone app on an Xbox One console if you have it.
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​Move Sms: Android To Apple & Vice Versa

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​Move Sms: Android To Apple & Vice Versa

When you’re shifting smartphone platforms, text messages seem to be the hardest to transfer. Going from Android to Apple is a little easier because Apple offers their own app called Move to iOS on the Google Play Store. This takes care of transferring everything like contacts, contacts, photos/videos, calendar entries and mail accounts. For Apple users going to Android, look out for a similar move/switch app provided by the Android phone manufacturer. If there is none, try an Android app called iSMS2droid. It extracts the SMS information from an iPhone backup and transfers it to your Android phone.

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A Better Netflix Experience

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A Better Netflix Experience

Netflix now bills itself as the world’s largest entertainment service with 148 million paid subscriptions. If you’re a Netflix user, here are a few tricks to enhance your experience. www.whatsonnetflix.com is a veritable bible of Netflix information: what’s coming, what’s leaving, ideas on what to watch next and the complete library (Netflix content varies by region because of licensing agreements so the information may not apply 100% to India content). If you’re looking for something new to watch, Reddit is a great place to look (www.reddit.com/r/netflixbestof) because of the sheer numbers of movie/TV buffs.

If you watch Netflix on a computer, use Google Chrome and download the Netflix ES (enhancement suite) extension before you open Netflix and sign in. This will give you a host of additional information on each title within the Netflix interface itself.

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​Free Cloud Storage
You’ve heard of all the usual cloud storage providers like Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, Google Drive, iCloud and so on. But the problem is that the amount of free storage you get with the usual providers is woefully inadequate compared our needs — forcing you to pay a monthly fee for additional storage. Swedish cloud storage provider Degoo (they’ve been around since 2012) offers 100GB of free, encrypted storage per user. There are paid tiers that go up to 10TB but 100GB free is very generous by any standards. They also have free apps for Android and iOS that can back up your photos in full resolution.
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