08 February 2016

LAVA P7 an entry level smartphone in India!

While there’s no dearth in Indian gadgets market with new launches of power packed smartphones that come at heavy price tags, there still needs to be a revolution in the entry level smartphones. Not everyone desires phones to be loaded with complex features as they are hardly useful for them. That minority wants their smartphone to be equipped with basic advanced features. One such phone which has been launched recently for this segment is Lava P7. Coming at a price tag of Rs.5,499; Lava P7 will be available both offline and online.Lava has previously also released entry level smartphones.Here’s what you need to know about it:

1) Design and display

The Lava P7 smartphone has a 5.0 inch display screen with a resolution of 854x480 pixels. The screen size is apt for people who like a big sized screen and don’t want to spend a fortune for possessing it. The resolution might not be the best (Read: HD!) but it looks decent enough for the attractive price tag the smartphone comes at. It’s available in three colors i.e. White, Gold and Blue.

2) Performance

At the budget friendly price it comes at, Lava P7 seems to offer a pretty good performance. It is powered by 32bit quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Coupled with 1GB RAM, the specs do not sound mediocre at all. A smartphone running on 1.2Ghz processor is ideal for playing heavy games associated with modern graphics, image/video processing and working with different apps simultaneously. The smartphone will be available online in a matter of just few days. Don’t forget to avail Flipkart coupons present on CashKaro to earn reward points on your purchase.

3) Camera

Camera quality is one aspect which many people aren’t ready to overlook. Keeping this consideration in mind, Lava made sure that it was offering a features rich camera even in an entry level smartphone. Lava P7 features a 5 mega pixel camera and a 2 mega pixel front camera with LED flash. The LED flash will ensure that you capture clear and bright selfies. The camera is also backed up by features like Face beauty, Live photo and Voice capture. The voice capture feature will make it easy for you to take selfies with its command.

4) Storage and battery

Long-lasting battery is one thing which you can’t find even with the high-end smartphones, leave this entry level smartphone. Lava P7 3G smartphone comes with a 2000 mAh battery. It claims to offer up to 20 hours of talk time. The handset also offers a power saving mode to give you extra juice.If you use your phone excessively throughout the day, it is better that you invest in a power bank. A power bank will keep your battery woes at bay. You wouldn’t be required to worry unnecessarily about holding a dead battery phone at the end of the day. Regarding storage, it can be expanded up to 8GB. To get this smartphone at the best deal, avail Snapdeal coupons via CashKaroand get access to fabulous offers.

5) Child mode feature and connectivity options

The smartphone is coupled by an interesting feature calledChild mode which assists using certain sounds that help in gaining the attention of kids and making tricky clicks easy. That’s awesome, right? There are other useful features also like smart wake-up, multipoint touch, custom and drawing features. The smartphone supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

The smartphone runs Android 5.1 Lollipopbut the company promises that the device will upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.

07 February 2016

Canonical trumpets Ubuntu tablet's convergence features

How about that, a tablet running Ubuntu? A new tablet is scheduled to go on sale this year. Canonical announced the launch in a news release datelined London on Thursday. The tablet goes by the name Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, shipping with the latest Ubuntu software.

What's so special about this one? The key promotional word is "convergence," Ubuntu-style. The company said the table is capable of "providing both a true tablet experience and the full Ubuntu desktop experience."

Users can expect to make use of a range of desktop applications, desktop notifications, communication from the desktop interface using the phone's telephony and messaging application and thin client support for mobility. Capabilities include file browsing, file and folder creation and management.

Namely, you can let your tablet double as a PC: You connect a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard to convert the Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition into a full Ubuntu PC and also "connect the tablet to an external display for a full-sized PC experience."

The tablet-PC interplay did not escape notice on Thursday by Eric Brown in Linux.com. "If you plug in a Bluetooth dongle for a keyboard and mouse, Ubuntu immediately recognizes the new input methods, and if you connect the tablet to a larger display, Ubuntu immediately scales to the larger screen. With a larger display, a 'side stage' feature kicks in that presents multiple open windows for different applications, as well as multi-column text options."

Chris Velazco in Engadget also made note of the interplay once peripherals are connected, "Ubuntu's touch-friendly interface shifts into a more familiar desktop view, allowing you to multitask, run desktop apps and manage mobile apps you already have installed."

Ubuntu as an operating system has a good reputation and CNET's Richard Trenholm, a senior editor, offered some background to the tablet launch news: " Ubuntu is a long-established open-source operating system originally for computers, beloved among developers and tinkerers looking for an alternative to Windows or Macs. But in recent years, Canonical, the British company behind Ubuntu, has expanded the operating system so it works in other devices, from phones to drones. The unique selling point is that the same software underpins phones, tablets and computers."

Two points that will attract buyers are that (1) it is Ubuntu, as stated and (2) one is getting a tablet that also works like a laptop and a desktop. The announcement said, "Ubuntu is now the only platform that runs both a mobile-based full touch interface and a true PC experience from a single smart device."

This Ubuntu environment may also be seen as offering good security for enterprise buyers. The announcement said, "Excellent security comes as standard as part of the Ubuntu OS but Ubuntu convergence brings unparalleled enterprise-grade, system-based security. For many organizations wanting to take tight control over their own systems, avoiding third party access, Ubuntu is ideal." Canonical said it will be on sale online from Q2 2016.

The Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet has a 10.1 inch screen. The screen is protected by Asahi Dragontrail glass, said CNET. It has 8.2 mm of thickness and 470 grams in weight.

Eric Brown in Linux.com stated in a few words what highlights the significance of the launch: "It's not a stretch, then, to say the Aquaris M10 is the first real Ubuntu tablet."

Velazco nonetheless found it "a little surprising that it took this long for a full-blown Ubuntu tablet to hit the market, but better late than never, we guess."

Brown offered more details. The Aquaris M10 is equipped with a 64-bit, quad-core, Cortex-A53 MediaTek MT8163A system-on-chip clocked to 1.5GHz and high-powered ARM Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. He said the product ships with 2GB of RAM, 16GB flash, and microSD slot.

Price? The news release did not state the price.
Source: Tech Xplore

Paper waste converted into eco-friendly aerogel

There's aerogel in that thar paper (Credit: Shutterstock)

Known as "frozen smoke" because of their milky translucent appearance, aerogels are among the world's lightest solid materials. Consisting of 99.8 percent air, they're highly heat-resistant and are an excellent form of insulation. Now, scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have used paper waste to create one.

Previously, aerogels have been made mainly from silica, along with substances such as metal oxides, polymers, carbon nanotubes and graphene. The NUS technique is claimed to be considerably more environmentally-friendly, however, using less power, releasing less toxic emissions, and requiring less hazardous chemicals plus it uses a material that might otherwise go into the landfill.

Assistant Professor Duong Hai Minh (right) holds a sample of the cellulose aerogel which he developed with his team members, Gu Bowen (centre) and Siah Jie Yang (left) who are both undergraduate students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering

The "cost-effective" production process begins by mixing water with cellulose fibers, the latter obtained by mulching the paper. A cross-linking polymer resin is then added to the mixture, after which it's sonicated sonication is the process of using sound energy to agitate particles in a solution.

Next, the mixture is poured into molds and frozen at -18º C (0º F) for 24 hours, after which it's freeze-dried at -98º C (-144º F) for two days. Finally, it's cured in an oven at 120º C (248º F) for three hours. The final result is an opaque biodegradable material that is non-toxic, flexible, mechanically-strong and oil-absorbent.

When coated in methyltrimethoxysilane (MTMS), the cellulose aerogel becomes very hydrophobic (water-repelling). This means that if it were placed in an oil spill, it could soak up as much as 90 times its dry weight in crude oil, without "filling up" on water. It could then be wrung out like a sponge, allowing over 99 percent of the absorbed oil to be recovered.

The material could also find use as wall insulation in buildings. Besides keeping heat contained within the structure, it would resist moisture buildup, add strength to the walls, and take up less space than traditional materials such as fiberglass wool. It might likewise be used as a form of protective packaging, or in wound-plugging medical sponges. When doped with metallic nanoparticles and hammered flat to remove its air content, the aerogel can additionally be converted into a mechanically-strong thin magnetic film.

If not coated in MTMS, the highly-porous aerogel does absorb water and other liquids, allowing for its use in products such as diapers or sanitary napkins.

The technology is being commercialized by materials company Bronxculture.

Source: NSU, gizmag

MaruOS claims to turn your Android phone into a Linux desktop

Android phone into Linux desktop

Odds are that the smartphone in your pocket is powerful enough to run some desktop apps like office suites, web browsers, and other productivity tools. But the software on most phones is designed for mobile devices, not desktop screens.

Microsoft is starting to change that with Continuum for phone, and Canonical’s Ubuntu “convergence” software could one day let you run both mobile and desktop apps on your phone (at launch, it’ll only be available on a tablet).

Now there’s a new player in this space: MaruOS is a custom build of Android designed to let you interact with Android apps on your phone’s screen. But connect a display, keyboard, and mouse and you can run Debian Linux.

Right now MaruOS only supports the Google Nexus 5 smartphone, and you’ll need a SlimPort cable to connect your phone to a display (by plugging one end into the micro USB port on your phone and the other to an HDMI port on your TV or monitor).

You’ll also need to flash the ROM on your phone, wiping any data that’s already on it… so while I signed up for the beta and downloaded the MaruOS image, I haven’t actually installed it on my phone. I don’t have a SlimPort cable, and I don’t feel like doing a full backup of my device just to test out this software.

I’m no developer, but it looks like MaruOS does its magic using an app to detect when a display is connected and the LXC Linux Container tool that allows Linux to run alongside Android, allowing you to switch between Linux and Android environments. In this case, the Android user interface is displayed on your phone and Debian Linux is shown on your monitor.

There are a number of Android apps that let you do something similar by installing a Linux distribution using chroot, and then connecting to it via a VNC or remote desktop client. But if MaruOS pulls this off in a seamless way, it could deliver on a promise made by, and then abandoned by the developers of Ubuntu a few years ago.

There are discussions about MaruOS on Hacker News and reddit, but at the moment it doesn’t look like anyone has actually tested it yet.

Anyway, I guess what I’m saying is proceed with caution but if you do try out MaruOS, let us know how it goes!

The installer that comes with the Windows download includes a script that walks you through the process of flashing the software on your device, an uninstall tool that will help you return to the stock firmware for the Nexus 5, and an Apache version 2.0 license notice for the adb and libadb.a files, but not much else. There’s also kernel, BusyBox, and LXC source code links on the MaruOS website.

source: liliputing

Carbon dioxide from the air converted into methanol

Air CO2 to methanol

Converting CO2 from the air to methanol would not only help reduce the atmospheric concentration of this greenhouse gas, but also provide clean burning fuel in the process (Credit: Surya Prakash)

The danger posed by rising levels of atmospheric carbon dioxide has seen many schemes proposed to remove a proportion it from the air. Rather than simply capture this greenhouse gas and bury it in the ground, though, many experiments have managed to transform CO2 into useful things like carbon nanofibers or even fuels, such as diesel. Unfortunately, the over-arching problem with many of these conversions is the particularly high operating temperatures that require almost counterproductive amounts of energy to produce relatively low yields of fuel. Now researchers at the University of Southern California (USC) claim to have devised a way to take CO2 directly from the air and convert it into methanol using much lower temperatures and in a correspondingly simpler way.

With the simplest structure of all alcohols, methanol can be used directly as a clean-burning fuel for appropriately modified internal combustion engines, as well as in fuel cells. It is also a very useful material for the production of other chemicals such as formaldehyde, from which such things as plastics, explosives, and paints can be made, along with transformation into dimethyl ether (a replacement for hydrocarbons in aerosols propellants), acetic acid, and a range of solvents, anti-freezes, and de-naturing agents.

To produce methanol from CO2 in the air, the researchers at USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences first bubbled captured air through an aqueous solution of pentaethylenehexamine (PEHA), an ammonia-derived organic compound with multiple amino groups that – at raised temperatures – helps form chemical derivatives from alcohols. They then added a catalyst made from ruthenium (a member of the platinum group) to promote hydrogen attachment to the CO2 when the mixture was subject to high pressure.

The solution was then heated to around 125° to 165° C (257° to 359° F), and around 79 percent of the CO2 was converted into methanol. Though the resulting methanol was still mixed with water as it was produced, the researchers state that it can be easily separated using simple distillation processes. In addition, with the new method operating at such comparatively low temperatures, minimum decomposition of the catalyst meant that the researchers were able to repeat the process five times with minimal loss of the catalyst effectiveness. It also uses a homogeneous catalyst (that is, a soluble catalyst in solution with the chemicals it is reacting with) resulting in a simpler and faster "one-pot" process.

Though the method is still in its infancy, the researchers are looking at ways to refine the process so that it could be scaled up to industrial levels, but they admit that such a system may be five to 10 years away and will probably be still more expensive than ordinary fuel production.

"Of course it won't compete with oil today, at around $30 per barrel," said Professor G.K. Prakash from USC's Department of Chemistry. "But right now we burn fossilized sunshine. We will run out of oil and gas, but the sun will be there for another five billion years. So we need to be better at taking advantage of it as a resource."
G.K. Prakash collaborated with George Olah and graduate student Jotheeswari Kothandaraman and senior research associates Alain Goeppert and Miklos Czaun of USC Dornsife.

The research was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society .

Source: University of Southern California, gizmag 

19 December 2015

GNOME 3.20 desktop environment gets closer to reality with the latest milestone

GNOME 3.20 Desktop Environment

GNOME 3.19.3 updates numerous core components and apps

Matthias Clasen sent us an email to inform everyone about the general availability of the third development milestone towards the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment.

We've published several articles this week about some of the most interesting applications and core components that have been updated as part of the GNOME 3.19.3 release, so if you're reading our website on a daily basis, you would know what's new in the development cycle of the forthcoming GNOME 3.20 desktop environment, due for release on March 23, 2016.

GNOME 3.19.3 was originally scheduled for release on December 16, but it took the GNOME developers one more day to make an announcement and push all the packages to the FTP servers, so that anyone wishing to take this early build for a test drive can do so by following the instructions provided below by Mr. Clasen.

"Only a day late, here is the third development snapshot in the GNOME 3.19 development cycle: 3.19.3," said Matthias Clasen. "To compile this snapshot, you can use the jhbuild modulesets (which use the exact tarball versions from the official release). You can also test the latest code using the vm images that are produced by our continuous integration infrastructure, build.gnome.org."

Next stop GNOME 3.19.4

The development cycle of the GNOME 3.20 desktop environment will continue with a fourth milestone, GNOME 3.19.4, which should be released early in 2016, on January 20. Then, we will be able to test the first Beta release of GNOME 3.20 on February 17, which will be followed closely by the second Beta build on March 2. The RC (Release Candidate) should arrive on March 16.

The GNOME 3.20 desktop environment will by officially unveiled on March 23, 2016, but it will make its way into the software repositories of various GNU/Linux operating systems in the months that will follow. GNOME 3.20 will have two maintenance release, and the first one, GNOME 3.20.1, should be available on April 13, 2016, according to the official release schedule.

Source: softpedia

Metal makes for a promising alternative to fossil fuels

metal powders burning with air

Stabilized flames of different metal powders burning with air, compared to a methane-air flame (Credit: Alternative Fuels Laboratory/McGill University)

Clean fuels come in many forms, but burning iron or aluminum seems to be stretching the definition unless you ask a team of scientists led by McGill University, who see a low-carbon future that runs on metal. The team is studying the combustion characteristics of metal powders to determine whether such powders could provide a cleaner, more viable alternative to fossil fuels than hydrogen, biofuels, or electric batteries.

Metals may seem about as unburnable as it's possible to be, but when ground into extremely fine powder like flour or icing sugar, it's a different story. The simile is an apt one because the metal powders are similar to flour or sugar in more than particle size. Almost anything ground so fine will burn or even explode under the right conditions.

Grinding a powder so fine vastly increases the ratio between the surface area and the volume of the grains, so they burn very readily. In fact, they burn so readily that it's the reason why flour mills are so well ventilated. The slightest spark in floury air and a mill can blow up like a munitions dump. The same goes for sugar, metals, or even some types of rock.

This fact is already employed in a number of areas. Iron or aluminum, for example, can be ground up and turned into colorants for fireworks, solid rocket fuel powerful enough to lift a payload into orbit, or thermite that can burn hot enough to cut steel rails. What the McGill team hopes to do is harness this principle and turn it into a practical power source for everyday use.

The McGill team explains that metal powders aren't a primary energy source, like petroleum, but a storage medium for energy sources, such as nuclear or hydroelectric, which would be used to refine the metals into a pure, flammable form. The metal powders would be used for external combustion or heat engines, such as steam engines.

Under laboratory conditions, the team found that the flames produced from metal powders were quite similar to those of hydrocarbon fuels and they calculated that the energy and power densities of a metal-burning engine would be comparable to those of a conventional internal combustion engine.

The trick is to get the powders to burn in an even, steady flame. The team have mapped out a possible burner design that works by blowing air through a stream of metal powder. These combine and are injected into a combustion chamber. A cyclonic chamber separates the resulting metal ash out afterwards and clean nitrogen gas forms the exhaust, while the heat is used to run the engine.

The McGill team sees a number of advantages to using metal powders as fuel. Such powders would be transportable without the need for special tanks or cryogenic cooling. They are also much less bulky than hydrogen, and have higher energy density than batteries. Since they run heat engines, the technology can be scaled to be small enough for use in vehicles or large enough to run power plants.

Another plus is that metal powders are recyclable. As they burn, metal powders create stable, non-toxic solid-oxides that can be collected, refined back to pure metals, and used again with a minimum of carbon dioxide or other emissions.

If a metal powder engine does become practical, the McGill team says that iron will be the most likely candidate. Not only is it relatively cheap, but iron powders are already manufactured in the millions of tons for the metallurgy, chemical, and electronic industries. The main difficulty would be to ensure that iron refining is as carbon-neutral as possible.

The team is currently working on building a prototype burner that can be hooked up to a heat engine, as well as developing carbon dioxide-free recycling processes.

"We are very interested in this technology because it opens the door to new propulsion systems that can be used in space and on earth," says team-member David Jarvis, who is head of strategic and emerging technologies at the European Space Agency. "The shift away from fossil fuels for vehicle propulsion is a clear trend for the future. While not perfected and commercialized today, the use of low-cost metallic fuels, like iron powder, is a worthy alternative to petrol and diesel fuels. If we can demonstrate, for the first time, an iron-fueled engine with almost zero CO2 emissions, we believe this would then trigger even more innovation and cost reduction in the near future."

The team's research was published this month in in Applied Energy.

Source: McGill University, gizmag 

13 December 2015

Urine-powered socks get transmissions flowing

urine powered socks

Diagram of the urine-powered socks (Credit: University of the West of England)

Peeing in one's socks may not be everyone's first choice for powering their mobile devices, but apparently it could be an option. A team of researchers from the Bristol BioEnergy Centre at the University of the West of England is experimenting with a pair of socks that use urine to generate electricity via miniaturized microbial fuel cells. Results have already started to trickle in, with the system used to run a transmitter to send wireless signals to a desktop computer.

MFCs aren't new and this isn't the first such experiment conducted by the team led by Professor Ioannis Ieropoulos. In 2013, they powered a mobile phone using pee in an MFC, but that was a benchtop affair. The team claims that the urine-powered socks are the "first self-sufficient system powered by a wearable energy generator based on microbial fuel cell technology."

The key to this rather unorthodox style of footwear is the MFC, which converts organic matter directly into electricity. Inside the MFC there is a mixture of ordinary anaerobic microorganisms that release electrons as they feed – in this case, on the urine. The technology has been under development for 30 years, but because of problems in scaling up the technology to provide significant amounts of power, it has yet to find widespread commercial application. However, it is possible to attain practical levels of power when several small MFCs are stacked and wired together.

urine powered socks

In the case of the socks, soft MFCs were embedded into a sort of support anklet, while a pump modeled after a primitive fish heart was embedded in the heel of the sock. The reason for this is that the microbes need to circulate through the MFC to remain alive and reproduce and metabolize efficiently. As the wearer walked about, the push-pull motion circulated the urine through the MFCs, which, according to the team, generated enough electricity to send a signal every two minutes to a receiver module controlled by a PC.

"This work opens up possibilities of using waste for powering portable and wearable electronics," says Ieropoulos. "For example, recent research shows it should be possible to develop a system based on wearable MFC technology to transmit a person's coordinates in an emergency situation. At the same time this would indicate proof of life since the device will only work if the operator's urine fuels the MFCs."

The research results were published in Bioinspiration and Biomimetics.

Source: UWE Bristol, gizmag

New research reveals how dolphins see people via echolocation

dolphin jump

One of the most profound barriers between humans and other species of life on Earth is understanding how they perceive the world. This is particularly true with aquatic species, which have adapted to life in an entirely different environment than our own. We’ve known for decades that dolphins could use echolocation to avoid objects and hunt for food, but knowing that a capability exists is a far cry from understanding how the animal perceives its own capability.

Researchers at SpeakDolphin.com are claiming to have bridged that gap between humans and dolphins for the very first time. Dolphin biosonar works by releasing a series of high-frequency “clicks” from an organ in their skulls known as a melon. As the click passes through the water, it encounters objects. These objects generate a return signal that the dolphin receives and interprets. If you’ve ever stood near a building or large surface and heard the way it affected your voice, or heard an actual echo chamber in action, you’ve experienced a crude example of what dolphins can perform biologically at much higher resolution.

dolphin sonor
Dolphin sonar. Image by Wikipedia

The research team created the image below in two steps. First, it used high-test audio equipment to capture the sonic vibrations produced by Amaya (the dolphin) as she swept her biosonar across various objects. Because any object in the water attenuates the original signal, measuring how these signals differ can give us the idea of a shape of an object. The technique seems similar to looking at a shadow cast on a wall to get a sense of the person casting it.

The team tested a variety of objects, including a flower pot and cube, before finally testing a human. The diver, Jim McDonough, swam without breathing gear to make certain that air bubbles didn’t impact the final image. McDonough submerged himself in front of the dolphin, Amaya, who scanned him with her biosonar. The research team then relayed their audio measurements to the CymaScope lab in the UK. A CymaScope is a device capable of projecting sonic vibrations into pure water and measuring the result. Such results can then be turned into a representation of a physical object or objects, as shown below:

how dolphins see people

It’s important to note that the resulting image doesn’t tell us how a dolphin perceives the input it receives from its sonar. The brain plays a substantial role in interpreting the information gathered by our various senses, and dolphins have a very different ear structure than our own. The dolphin brain devotes a much higher proportion of its area to sound processing than our own does. There’s still a profound barrier between a human representation of what a dolphin can see and an actual understanding of what a dolphin “sees.”

Even allowing for this, Speakdolphin.com has racked up a very cool achievement. It’s unlikely that we’ll ever be able to fully understand the perceptions of a creature so different from us — but experiments like this may help us convert what animals experience into something we can understand. As translations go, it’s a great start.

Source: Extremetech

09 December 2015

9 Ways To Access Blocked Websites

how to access blocked websites

There are many reasons authorities block access to certain websites. Some workplaces may block social media sites or access to your personal email. You might also experience blocks at your university, college or school.

If you find yourself in this situation, and are looking at a workaround you can apply to overcome this block, don’t worry, we have 9 ways you can try.

We have listed 9 methods here you can try, because different types of blocks require different types of techniques to bypass. Do try each of them to you find one that works for your situation. And if you have any other methods you would like to share with fellow readers, do use the comment section.

1. Accessing Via IP Instead of URL

Some software block website pages by its name or URL only. For example: a block may be applied on www.facebook.com but not on the IP of the website.

You can get the IP from Terminal on OS X or Command Prompt if you using Windows. Insert this and press Enter.

ping yourdomain.com

Copy the IP that is shown in the results onto your browser’s address bar and open the site as usual.

2. Use A Proxy Site

There are many free web proxies that provide servicse to browse the web anonymously. You can use them to access any blocked site easily. Just go the website and enter the URL you wnat to browse.

How does this work? When you browse a website using a proxy site, you are not actually connected to that website. You are connected to the proxy server, while the proxy server is the one that is connected to the true website destination. What you see is cached version of the site that the proxy server gives to you.

how to open blocked websites
You can try Proxysite or Proxery, but if you want more options, check out Newproxysite.

3. Use a VPN Service

A Virtual Private Network or VPN is a remote server that gives you private access through a public network. VPN makes it looks as though you are browsing from the country where the server is located, thereby hiding your real identity.

There are many VPN service providers you can use, some offer services for free, others require a subscription. Hola is my favorite free VPN service. It allows you to browse privately and without censorship, and it has a browser extension for Chrome and Firefox users.

how to access blocked websites

There are also plenty of great paid VPN services that you can use. Find the best of them in this list.

4. Use TOR Browser

Tor is a browser that allows you to browse anonymously, prevent your browsing habits or your location from being tracked, ensuring privacy. Thanks to volunteers from around the world that create this distributed network of relays, you can browse under the protection of Tor.

To use, first you need to download the Tor Browser; install it like a usual application. Open the application, then click Connect to start your connection with the Tor network.

how to open blocked websites

5. Using Public DNS of ISPs

Some Internet Service Providers (ISP) use their own DNS to block access to some websites. To open the block you can bypass the restriction from ISP using Google Public DNS.

Under the DNS configuration of yoru network, change your DNS to the following Google Public DNS IP addresses as your primary or secondary DNS server.



how to access blocked websites

6. Using Google Translate

Google Translate allows you to translate website content from one language to another. But you might not know is that if you enter the URL of a blocked site into Google Translate, then click ont he URL link on the right side, the blocked site will be accessible in the translated language you chose.

Click View: Original to go back to the version with the original pre-translated language.

Here you can do the trick by entering URL of blocked site on the Google Translate, then click the URL link on right side and let it show the magic. The blocked site will opened with translation language. Then you can click view: Original to retain the original language.

how to open blocked websites

7. Setting Your Browser’s Proxy Manually

To manually set your browser’s proxy, you need to first get working public proxies. Find one in Hidemyass. There are many listed there, from countries around the world, along with the speed, type and anonymity level. Grab one IP address and the port, then:

For Firefox:

Go to Preference > Advanced and choose tab Network. Under Connection click Settings, then choose Manual Proxy Configurations.

Here, you enter the HTTP Proxy obtained from Hidemyass, followed by the port number, and click OK.
how to access blocked websites

For Chrome:

If you want to set the proxy for Chrome only, you can use Proxy Helper.

how to open blocked websites

8. Edit Hosts Files to Bypass Website’s IP Address

You can use this service from Pentest Tools to get the IP address for a blocked website’s domain and subdomain. Just insert the domain name and check ‘Include subdomain details’ and click START, then wait while the tool does the job for you.

When it is done, copy the IP address and domain/subdomain.

how to access blocked websites

If you are using Mac, on Terminal, type

sudo nano /private/etc/hosts

Scroll down to the opened hosts file and paste the IP address right there. Press Control + X then Y to save the file.
how to open blocked websites

9. Use SSH Tunnels

Firstly, you must have an SSH account. Open Terminal (if you are using Windows you can use Putty instead) and run following command to login:

ssh -D 12345 user@host.domain

The command will run the SOCKS server on port 12345. You will be asked for a username and password. After a successful login, just minimize the terminal, don’t close it.

Next, open your Firefox browser and go to Preferences > Advanced > Network > Settings. Check on Manual Proxy Configurations, enter on SOCKS Hosts and insert the Port number you picked when you created the SSH tunnel. Click OK to save your new settings.

how to access blocked websites

Afterwards, open a blank tab and type ‘about:config’, then set true for the following statement:


Now you can browse with Firefox using your tunnel. For a more detailed tutorial, check out the complete tutorial here.

Source: hongkiat

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