How to download and watch Netflix TV shows and movies offline
Excited about the new Netflix offline viewing feature but unsure where to start? Here's a quick tutorial that shows you how the feature works in the iOS app,..
Nelly finally levels with us about the spreadsheet in the 'Dilemma' video
If you’ve got a keen eye, you’ve probably spotted the head-scratching moment in Nelly’s 2002 single ‘Dilemma.’ The video, a duet between Dirty Mo himself and Kelly Rowland — the not-Beyonce one from Destiny’s Child — saw Nelly’s ‘boo’ pull out a Nokia mobile device to check an incoming text. This text though, was some …
The best email app on iOS just got a desktop version
Spark, which I humbly believe to be the best email client on iOS, is now available for your Mac. The free app supports most email services, including Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, and Exchange (among others) and brings some of your favorite features form other email apps into one really attractive package. Spark’s Mac app brings all …
India has built the world's largest solar power plant
India has finished building the world's largest solar power plant which will spread over 10 square kilometers and will power over 150,000 homes.
Fitbit is reportedly close to buying Pebble
Fitness wearables manufacturer Fitbit is close to buying smartwatch maker Pebble, according to The Information . The publication's sources say that a deal would see Fitbit taking Pebble's intellectual property, such as its operating system, but would see the Pebble brand phased out. It's not clear yet when the deal will be completed, or when it will be announced.
Netflix finally lets you download shows and movies to watch offline
Offline playback is a feature that Netflix executives have previously said the company was unlikely to embrace. But it can be a huge help in regions that might not offer the fastest internet around, and other video rivals like Amazon Video and more recently Vudu already allow customers to download content to watch anywhere. Best of all, offline playback is available for all streaming plans, so Netflix isn’t trying to use it to up-sell people on higher subscription tiers.
Everything you need to know about Netflix downloads
These file sizes are on par with what you'd get if you ripped a movie or TV show to DVD (480p) quality. Which is the type of video quality you can expect from the default "Standard" quality the app downloads at. There's a "Higher" quality setting in the settings, but I couldn't get videos to download in this setting; they just stayed queued up, even though I was on a fast Wi-Fi connection at work. For what it's worth, the "Higher" quality setting will definitely use more storage, according to the app.
YouTube adds support for 4K live streaming
YouTube enabled support for 4K video on its site back in 2010, and today it’s bringing that same capability to live streaming. Both standard videos and 360 videos will be able to be live streamed in 4K, the company announced this morning. One of the first live streams to feature the new 4K support is the Game Awards , which kicks off tomorrow at 6 PM Eastern on YouTube.
After mothballing Comma One, George Hotz releases free autonomous car software
The instructions clarify that Open Pilot currently only supports the Acura ILX 2016 with AcuraWatch Plus and the Honda Civic 2016 Touring Edition, although apparently a little tinkering will expand support to other Hondas and Acuras. With the Acura ILX, the software relies on cruise control for gas, so the system can only be enabled above 25mph. With the Honda Civic, Open Pilot disables steering below 18mph, “due to limitations in steering firmware.” Still, Comma.ai asserts that “adding other manufacturers besides Honda/Acura is doable but will be more of an undertaking."
Spark, the Super Customizable Email App, Is Now Available On Mac
Readdle , Spark’s developers, have finally fulfilled their longtime promise of bringing the easy-to-personalize email client to Macs. And all the features that made it a “Best of the App Store 2015” selection and one of our essential iPhone apps are present. You can still integrate your email with Dropbox, Box, Evernote, and Pocket, create custom alerts for when important emails arrive, customize trackpad gestures for performing certain tasks, and search your inbox with natural language. Also, Spark supports the new Macbook Pro’s Touch Bar. You can download it for free in the Mac App Store at the link below.
Make your own Moments with Twitter's mobile apps
To get started, all you have to do is hit the down arrow in the top right of any tweet. From the menu options, select "Add to Moment" to begin your collection of posts. After you do so, you'll be able to add your own tweets, favorites or search for material from other users to fill out the story. As far as customization goes, you can re-order tweets, crop images and select background colors for text-only posts. Set a cover and enter a title and description and you're all set.
FBI to gain expanded hacking powers as Senate effort to block fails
WASHINGTON A last-ditch effort in the Senate to block or delay rule changes that would expand the U.S. government's hacking powers failed Wednesday, despite concerns the changes would jeopardize the privacy rights of innocent Americans and risk possible abuse by the incoming administration of President-elect Donald Trump.
GoPro is laying off 15% of its workforce and shutting down its entertainment division
GoPro said it will cut about 200 full-time positions, cancel open positions and shut down its entertainment division as part of the restructuring.
Reddit Vows to Police Its 'Most Toxic Users'
While many users across the site found what I did funny, or appreciated that I was standing up to the bullies (I received plenty of support from users of r/the_donald), many others did not. I understand what I did has greater implications than my relationship with one community, and it is fair to raise the question of whether this erodes trust in Reddit. I hope our transparency around this event is an indication that we take matters of trust seriously. Reddit is no longer the little website my college roommate, u/kn0thing, and I started more than eleven years ago. It is a massive collection of communities that provides news, entertainment, and fulfillment for millions of people around the world, and I am continually humbled by what Reddit has grown into. I will never risk your trust like this again, and we are updating our internal controls to prevent this sort of thing from happening in the future.
Apple's long-awaited AirPods will ship in 'next few weeks' | Cult of Mac
Unlike other companies, Apple chooses to be (mostly) secretive about products until they’re ready for release. That’s a good thing – it means I’m not waiting a long time for a promise of a product. It also means Apple has an enormous freedom to schedule releases.
Sharpening a Dollar Store Knife Turns It Into a Killer Blade That Easily Slices Everything
I know that it’s pretty darn obvious that if you sharpen a knife over and over again, you’ll eventually get a razor sharp edge to slice things with. But that doesn’t make it any less fun to transform a $1 knife bought from a dollar store into a beast of a blade that destroys everything as if it were descended from the Damascus, Ulfberht, and Valyrian steel gods.
Amazon unveils new data center hardware to get you securely into the cloud - TechRepublic
At the 2016 AWS re:Invent conference on Wednesday, AWS CEO Andy Jassy unveiled the aforementioned semi truck, Snowmobile, and an updated version of its secure Snowball appliance called the Snowball Edge. While positioned for different scales of data, both products share the same goal of getting more of your data to the cloud, even faster.
9 things you should know about using prime lenses
Another big bonus of using prime lenses is that they're usually 'faster'. This means they have a larger maximum aperture, which enables quicker shutter speeds. For example, a typical 18-55mm zoom lens has a maximum aperture of roughly f/4 at the wide-angle end, shrinking to a mere f/5.6 at about 50mm. Switch to a 50mm f/1.4 prime lens and the largest available aperture is four stops faster.
This NES Classic Edition controller adapter could solve your short wire woes
With the new NES Classic Edition version of the Retro Receiver, you can play the console cable-free using any of 8Bitdo's Bluetooth controllers, as well as the Wii U Pro Gamepad, Wii remote, PS3, and even a PS4 controller.
4K live streaming: Live has never looked so good
Back in 2010, we enabled 4K video support for the very first time. Since then, millions of videos have been uploaded at that eye-popping resolution, making YouTube’s the largest library of 4K videos online. Today, we’re proud to say that we’re taking 4K video one step further with the launch of 4K live streaming for both 360-degree videos and standard videos.
Supporting this new format will let creators and partners stream incredibly high-resolution video, and let viewers enjoy the clearest picture possible when watching a live stream on 4K-supported devices. The image quality is just mind-blowing on screens that support it, and in 360 degrees … the clarity can truly transport you. If you want to experience it for yourself, make sure to check out the Game Awards tomorrow, December 1 at 9 p.m. EST / 6 p.m. PST on YouTube. The entire show will be live streamed in 4K resolution.
4K video isn’t just a little different from HD video; it’s a giant leap. It shows 8 MILLION pixels total, with an image that has four times more image definition than even 1080p video.
McDonald's Big Mac inventor dies at 98
Delligatti created the Big Mac in 1967 at his Uniontown, Pennsylvania, franchise. As he told the AP in 2006, McDonald's was at first hesitant to take on the burger — consisting of two beef patties on a sesame-seed bun, with "special sauce," lettuce, cheese, pickles and onions — because their traditional menu items were already selling well.
As New York's Tech Scene Matures, Diversity Proves A Strength
Can New York City be the next Silicon Valley? Ask a room full of New York tech leaders and a consensus quickly emerges: You’re missing the point. While the Big Apple has blossomed into a major technology market over the last several years, comparisons between New York and the Bay Area tend to overlook the unique nature of each locale. What New York’s tech industry lacks in billion-dollar exits, these people agree, it makes up for in diversity and a deeper integration into existing industries.
Netflix now lets you watch your favorite shows offline
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Maps that show us who we are (not just where we are)
What does the world look like when you map it using data? Social geographer Danny Dorling invites us to see the world anew, with his captivating and insightful maps that show Earth as it truly is — a connected, ever-changing and fascinating place in which we all belong. You'll never look at a map the same way again.
US Senate subcommittee meets on 'The Dawn of AI' - TechRepublic
Chaired by Sen. Ted Cruz, the hearing aims to take a broad look at the current state of artificial intelligence, the questions it raises about policy, and its implications on commerce. Andrew Moore, dean at the school of computer science at Carnegie Mellon, outlined three goals for the meeting: "First, what AI is and what it isn't. Second,why things are changing so rapidly right now, and how this can play out over the coming decade. And third, what keeps me awake at night regarding the U.S. position in the AI race—the pivotal technology race of this century.
Netflix finally lets you download some movies and TV shows to watch offline
One way to know whether a title is available to download is to see if it has the little download icon next to it. If so, simply tap that and you can access it from a new dedicated Downloads section. But Netflix has also added a helpful Available for Download menu option, meaning if you’re looking to peruse content to watch on a long-haul flight, for example, you can head straight to this section. You can also select your desired download quality, so those with slower bandwidth or less on-board storage can go for lower resolution videos.
Reddit cracks down on abuse as CEO apologizes for trolling the trolls
If Reddit swings too far towards totalitarian control, it may push away users who’ve relied on the forums as a home for free speech, contrarianism, and niche beliefs. But if it can’t stop the trolls from blatantly abusing the rest of the community or projecting hate, it will have failed society and more mild-mannered users will move to cleaner pastures.
Apple investigating iCloud Calendar spam solution
Apple on Wednesday released a statement regarding a recent spate of spam iCloud Calendar invitations, saying it is working to address the issue by identifying and blocking suspicious invite senders.
Apple acknowledged the issue, which became a problem for many iCloud users in recent weeks, in a brief statement to iMore's Rene Ritchie, who subsequently shared the response via Twitter .
"We are sorry that some of our users are receiving spam calendar invitations. We are actively working to address this issue by identifying and blocking suspicious senders and spam in the invites being sent," Apple said.
The company failed to detail how, exactly, it plans to target offending users.
Over the past week, spammers have increasingly turned to Apple's Calendar service instead of sending advertisements and other promotional content through email, effectively bypassing potential spam filters. Depending on system settings, iCloud Calendar invites are pushed out directly to connected iOS and Mac devices, which in turn trigger an onscreen notification that must be accepted or denied.
AWS announces virtual private servers starting at $5 a month
AWS fired a shot across Digital Ocean’s bow this morning at the AWS re:Invent conference when it announced new virtual private servers starting at just $5 a month.
Motorola CEO: Tango AR Probably Coming to Moto Z
CHICAGO—The first Google Tango phone may have appeared under the Lenovo brand, but a Tango add-on module will likely come to the Moto Z phone, Motorola's CEO Aymar de Lencquesaing said at a press event today.
How To Master The Digital First Impression [Infographic]
It takes just 90 seconds for a potential employer to decide whether to give you the job, according to career experts – and these days, that first minute and a half is likely to be spent checking you out online. The printed resume is fast becoming a thing of the past, and with gatekeepers informally profiling you according to your web presence, it’s more important than ever to create a positive digital first impression.
LinkedIn is the internet’s answer to the curriculum vitae, but it can be so much more than that. Unlike a CV, you’re encouraged to sell yourself through text and personal recommendations from your ‘connections’, and failing to do so will see others push ahead of the pack. Just as the choice of font could differentiate the professionalism of an old-school CV, with LinkedIn it’s all about the profile picture: a smart but friendly headshot carries far better connotations than a bathroom selfie or drunken group shot.
Video is also gaining importance as digital tech advances, with Skype interviews now commonplace and video links (think: video biography or personal statement) ranking high in Google’s search results.
Trump scares the Internet Archive into moving its backup data to Canada
The Internet Archive , which preserves digital records of billions of Web pages, has announced it intends to move its backup data to Canada, fearing potential changes in legislation from the Trump administration could put its archives at risk.
The best calendar app for iPhone
Calendar apps have a tough job. Everyone needs one, but everyone is looking for something different out of them. I want a concise look at the day ahead, but you might want a spaced-out view of your week, and someone else might want a super-dense look at their entire month.
FDA Approves Large-Scale Clinical Trial for Ecstasy
Ecstasy isn’t only for ravers—a small series of clinical trials have demonstrated taking MDMA can be an effective treatment for post-traumatic stress disorder. On Tuesday, the Food and Drug Administration granted permission for large-scale, Phase 3 clinical trials for MDMA, which is the next step in the process to get it approved as a prescription drug.
Giant Manta Rays Are More Badass Than We Realized
New research shows that giant manta rays, known only to consume plankton near the ocean surface, are far more predatory than we thought, swimming to extreme depths to catch their prey.
Apple TV gains fourth beta of tvOS 10.1 with support for new 'TV' app
Apple on Wednesday supplied developers with a fourth pre-release beta of tvOS 10.1, a forthcoming update that will bring a new universal "TV" app, as well as single sign-on support for TV providers, to the company's streaming set-top box.
Apple Tips New (RED) Products Ahead of World AIDS Day
Cupertino has now been supporting (RED) for a decade, and is the largest corporate contributor to The Global Fund. For the next week, a number of popular games in the App Store will be offering limited-edition custom (RED) content, and all the proceeds from these purchases will go to The Global Fund.
A pattern is emerging with Trump's deals to save US manufacturing jobs
We're talking about only two announcements here, so it may be a
stretch to call it a pattern. But if this is the way things are
going to go, Trump is going to be spending a decent amount of
time and energy negotiating deals that tweet well, but that
aren't really what you'd call needle-moving in the grand scheme
Senators fail to stop new rules allowing US law-enforcement hacking
The rules change was the result of a lengthy discussion in the U.S. court system, Cornyn said. U.S. residents' privacy will be protected because law enforcement agencies still need to get a search warrant before hacking into computers, he said.
24 Countries Where the Money Contains Meat
This week, some people in Britain and Canada were shocked to learn that their money contains trace amounts of animal fat. The new banknotes use animal byproducts that are found in everything from credit cards and crayons to glue and soap. But Gizmodo has confirmed that Britain and Canada aren’t the only ones.
Bitcoin service ordered to hand over two years of user records to IRS
Today in Northern California District Court, a federal judge approved a summons requiring the Bitcoin wallet service Coinbase to hand over records of all transactions that took place during 2014 or 2015, as part of a larger investigation into possible tax fraud by Coinbase users.
Super dangerous Brazilian motorcycle chase is something out of an action film
An alleged thief armed with a motorcycle as a getaway vehicle attempted to evade police capture with some reckless driving through the streets of São Paulo, Brazil. Unfortunately for the robber, the cops had a motorcycle of their own.
The internet simply cannot decide how giraffes should wear their neckties
It's a well-known fact that the world's giraffes collectively possess thousands of neckties. They are just not sure how to wear them.
Justin Bieber is '90 percent sure' Instagram is for the devil
"Instagram is for the devil," he told the crowd in London at the last date of his Purpose Tour, explaining his exit from the social media platform. "I think hell is Instagram. I'm like 90 percent sure."
Anti-Vaxxers Could Find an Ally in President Trump
The movement against vaccinating children has, for the most part, been dismissed by pretty much anyone who matters as a bunch of fringe whackadoodles. While there is no credible evidence that vaccines cause autism, as anti-vaccine activists say they do, there is plenty of evidence that vaccines prevent epidemics of horrible, deadly diseases.
Afraid Of Heights? This VR Simulator Takes You Right To The Edge
Human Condition Safety has created a simulator to help train construction site workers. We see how one of our writers fares up on the beam.
Hunter S. Thompson's weed is coming to pot shops soon
Anita told the Times that she has six different strains of cannabis that Hunter used to smoke and is now working with a company to grow those strains (or hybrids of them) and sell them to the public in the form of recreational marijuana. More specific details of the strains such as their origin were not immediately available.
Now You Can Play Classic Arcade Games Directly In Facebook Messenger
The arcade classic is one of 17 games that Facebook is now offering through a new feature called Instant Games. Available in both Messenger and your Facebook News Feed, the HTML5 games can load in just 5-10 seconds on your mobile phone or laptop, with no need to download anything or point your browser to a new site. You can even play right in Messenger in the same window where you were bragging about your fantastic Galaga skills moments before.
A first look at Nike's self-lacing HyperAdapt sneakers
You'll also notice that blue block on the bottom of the HyperAdapt. That's used to indicate how much power you have on your shoe: A blue light means you're completely charged, yellow is halfway and red signals that you're running low. To charge it, you use a white magnetic puck that's included in the box. Nike says the sneakers can last up to two weeks on a full battery, though that could be longer if you don't activate the power laces too often. Beers, for example, claims she's worn them for eight to 10 weeks with a single charge. There are LEDs on the back too, which light up every time E.A.R.L. is doing its job.
Why Facebook Messenger wants to be the only app on your phone
The concept of an Everything App isn’t new. When you go to Japan or China, people generally don’t have a lot of apps on their phone, but instead use one for mostly everything — and it’s been like that for a while. Japan’s mega-app of choice is LINE , and practically everyone has it installed.
Intel moves away from wearables after Basis Peak failure
Intel may be in the process of drastically downscaling its wearable division, as it starts to curtail losses in several emerging markets.
The Best Cyber Week Deals You Can Get Now
Cyber Monday has turned into Cyber Week; snag these deals while you can.
Five essential cybersecurity audiobooks - TechRepublic
A curated list of cybersecurity audiobooks to help you better understand the history of computing, who hacks and why, and the future of cyber-defense.
Shinola Runwell turntable is designed by a watch company, and it looks awesome
Like the rest of Shinola’s products, the Runwell Turntable doesn’t aim for the low end of the market. Instead, the company teamed with what it calls “some of the best American minds in audio,” working with the founder of well-known turntable maker VPI Harry Weisfield and his son Mat for an audiophile-grade piece of hardware that is ready to use out of the box.