Netflix Party: Binge on Tiger King and other TV shows at the same time as friends

Invite your friends to join your Netflix Party remotely.


Netflix Party

Looking for a social way to binge watch TV shows and movies? Tiger King is one popular show that comes to mind. You’re in luck, this free extension for the Google Chrome browser called Netflix Party lets you start, stop and pause a Netflix movie or show so you can watch it at the same time as a group of friends and family, without the hard work of trying to synchronize everyone. (“Three, two, one … Play!”) 

There’s also a side chat bar where you and your friends can discuss what’s going on in the movie — much like you would if you were sitting together on the couch.

The sudden and severe lack of socializing as a result of trying to stem the spread of the new coronavirus puts a particular strain on children who have been removed from school, and on people who live alone. (Here’s everything you need to know about staying healthy, educated and sane during the COVID-19 pandemic.)

Netflix Party helps bridge the gap by

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How to keep your Apple devices updated automatically

Keeping your Apple devices up-to-date helps ensure security and reliability. Don’t spend time on manual updates–leave it to iOS and macOS to automatically update your system and apps.

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Apple’s iOS and macOS have had long histories of receiving reliable updates frequently throughout the year to address new features and to patch security issues. It’s important that we keep our constantly connected devices as up-to-date as possible to thwart any potential security risks to our data. One way to ensure this is to update your Apple systems automatically and to have the App Store automatically update your apps as well.

I’ll explain how to keep iOS and macOS devices and apps up-to-date without lifting a finger when new updates are available.

SEE: Top 10 iPad tips (free PDF) (TechRepublic)

How to auto-update iOS

iOS devices like iPhones, iPods, and iPads can all be updated automatically whenever a new version of iOS or iPadOS is available. To set this up, follow these steps.

  1. Open the Settings app.  
  2. Navigate to General | Software Update.
  3. Select Automatic Updates.
  4. Enable the ON Switch for Automatic Updates (Figure A).

Setting automatic system updates means that your iOS device will automatically download

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LG V60 ThinQ 5G review: A less exciting but cheaper Galaxy S20 alternative

Available in the US from AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon, the LG V60 ThinQ 5G is a premium phone poised to compete against the Galaxy S20. Though it’s a lofty opponent to take on, the LG V60 has a couple of things that make it stand out. One is low tech (a headphone jack) and the other is more advanced: a special Dual Screen case that doubles the size of its display. Though the accessory is nice to have and has a handful of useful tricks, it’s definitely not a necessity.

Like

  • Long battery life so far
  • Headphone jack
  • Two screens can be useful

Don’t Like

  • Bulky Dual Screen design
  • Nothing exciting in terms of software

With the case, the phone costs from $900 to $950 depending on the carrier, which is still cheaper than the grand you’ll have to pay to buy the Galaxy S20. (LG has not announced UK and Australia availability for the LG V60, but that’s about £730 to £770 and AU$1,480-AU$1,560.) Without the case, the LG V60 is $800. That’s a $200 difference compared with the $999 Galaxy S20, making it a significant save. 

The LG V60 is a great phone. It takes vibrant photos,

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Rewatch Garth Brooks, Tricia Yearwood perform a live living room concert tonight

Garth Brooks and Tricia Yearwood


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Here’s another living room concert for your shelter-at-home entertainment: Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood will perform live from Studio G, their home recording studio. The country artists, who are married, will star in a prime-time special on CBS, Garth and Trisha Live!  The special will air Wednesday at 6 p.m. PT on CBS.

The CBS special will not have a live audience, the crew will practice social distancing and the network said it will be taking extensive safety precautions in light of the coronavirus pandemic. (Disclosure: CBS and CNET are both part of ViacomCBS.)

The couple and CBS will donate $1 million to charities for coronavirus relief.


How to watch Garth and Trisha Live

Date: Wednesday, April 1 

  • Time: 6 p.m. PT
  • Where: Studio G

Where to watch: CBS (check your local affiliate here), CBS All Access or visit CBS.com


On March 23, Brooks and Yearwood hosted an at-home, impromptu Facebook Live concert from Studio G. Over 5.2 million viewers tuned in from home to the casual concert, which at times got

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Shure Aonic 215 review: True wireless earbuds for audiophiles

Shure may be a well-known audio brand among musicians and audiophiles, but it kind of missed the boat on consumer wireless headphones. Well, now the company finally has a set of of true wireless earbuds and they’re not your typical AirPods clones, although at $279 (£259; AU$146), they do cost slightly more than Apple’s AirPods Pro.

Like

  • Innovative design with detachable Bluetooth module
  • Several ear tips included to ensure you get a tight seal
  • Includes Shure SE215 earbuds but you can attach other Shure earbuds
  • Detailed, accurate sound with tight bass and transparency mode
  • 8 hours of battery life with three additional charges from charging case (32 hours total)
  • Good call quality, though sound is only mono for calls

Don’t Like

  • Expensive
  • Large charging case
  • Controls are limited at launch
  • Mono voice calls (sound only comes out of right earbud)

What’s interesting about them is that the Bluetooth module is detachable. As its name implies, the Aonic 215 True Wireless Noise-Isolating Earphones incorporates Shure’s SE215 buds, the $99 entry-level model in its line of earbuds that have detachable cables. But the modules, which can be bought separately for $230 (£209; $AU120), are designed to drive any Shure earbuds

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Best internet providers in 2020: How to choose cable vs. DSL vs. satellite and more

In today’s world, high-speed internet service has become as vital as other utilities like water and electricity. It’s the gateway for everything from news to education, dating to dining, and all manners of entertainment, from music to gaming — and even what we used to call “TV.” For most Americans, a reliable and high-speed internet connection is now a mandatory part of both work and family life.

According to the most recent data available, the US ranks 10th (see 2017 PDF report) among countries for the highest average internet speeds (at 18.7 megabits per second, or Mpbs). But to the chagrin of citizens and politicians alike, high-speed internet isn’t yet universally available. Roughly 19 million Americans, or 7% of the US population, still don’t have access to a broadband provider, according to the FCC. This means they aren’t able to access the fastest speeds, unlimited data and other pleasures that come with top-notch high speed internet access. 

And we can’t even agree on the scale of the problem. A more recent survey from research firm NPD Group puts the estimate much higher: It says that 100 million Americans don’t have access to 25 Mbps

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