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Project ARA (from Google) might just fail

Amidst all this Apple party going around on the web where Apple fans woo and Apple haters boo the new MacBook and the Apple watch, someone just forgot about Google for a while. Or so it seems. While MacBooks have become thin enough that you could fry one in the pan with a papad by mistake, Google has been cooking something hot since quite some time.

Project ARA, a project Google loves to call its own was conceptualised in the research centres of Nokia (sorry Microsoft) and Philips where researchers came to the conclusion that mobiles could be made more modular. But when someone shouts on the web with the voice of Google, everyone takes notice. So Project ARA belongs to Google and if one were to believe in the plans, the coming months might see the first commercial phone of project ARA.

What's ARA?

We are not sure what ARA stands for in this context. But as the world knows, Project ARA is supposed to make your phone modular. Project ARA aims to make hardware parts into individual modules which can be swapped in and out of the phone like you swap USB drives from your laptop these days. Only, they would slide in and out with style and to and from a phone. I guess a picture says a thousand words. So here I am saving a few thousand keystrokes:

Project ARA

Evernote is about to be crushed

Taking notes might look like a fad to some, a utility to others and an essential part of day-to-day life for the rest. Gone are the days of a PDA and carrying a small notebook in your shirt’s pocket sounds like the gloom of ancient history portrayed in sepia shades. iPhones and Androids rule the current generation of the smartphone carrying population and apps on those touchscreens are winning over paper.

If you have ever done note-taking as a regular practice, you must have searched for apps that are going to let you save some time, are fast & responsive, have enough options to help you organise your notes and available at will. Now, there are two types of people when it comes to note-taking apps:

  1. People who take small text notes and that’s all they need.
  2. People who religiously follow note taking. Pictures, links, bookmarks, todos and sharing is where peace lies for these folks.

The Best Cloud Solution for End Users - OneDrive

Fact be said, there are just too many cloud solutions out there right now. They all promise great things of which sync your files to the cloud is the most common one. Let's list down the famous ones:

  1. Google Drive
  2. Dropbox
  3. Box.com
  4. Microsoft OneDrive
  5. Apple iCloud Drive

So which one to choose? There are quite a number of factors to consider. Let's start with the basics - the basic thing that we all want from the Cloud services is the file-syncing service. Important documents, pleasing memories and in some extreme cases - important evidences of certain life-events need to be synced. The importance of those files depends on you but that's the basic thing we need from a cloud service. But there are a lot more things we want. Below, we tell how OneDrive addresses them and excels at them.

Amount of Free Storage Space

Google-Drive-Storage.png Dropbox starts with 2GB (only). Google Drive starts with a 15 GB account but that accounts for your GMail storage as well. So if you get a 20 MB attachment in your GMail, you lose 0.025 GB from your 15 storage in your Google Drive storage. With Box.com you start with 10 GB. Apple's iCloud - just 5 gigs.

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