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

Invite your friends to join your Netflix Party remotely.


Netflix Party

Miss binge-watching the latest TV and movies with your friends? 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 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 letting you and your friends simultaneously stream shows and movies on your desktop, so you’re always watching the same thing

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2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S first drive review: Quick, fast and then some

I spend a lot of time pedantically arguing about the difference between “fast” and “quick.” Many people use these words interchangeably, and if you’re one of them, well, you’re wrong. To properly illustrate this disparity, let me introduce you to the 2021 Porsche 911 Turbo S — a car that is very, very fast and very, very quick.

“Fast” refers to velocity. “Quick” is how long it takes to get there. This Turbo S defines both in superlative fashion. The newest member of the 992-generation Porsche 911, this model has a top speed of 205 mph and takes just 2.6 seconds to hit 60 mph.

The Turbo S comes standard with a staggered 20-inch front and 21-inch rear wheel setup.


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Numbers don’t properly convey the experience. Launching the 911 Turbo S is the best kind of brutal — you don’t even have to get halfway into the throttle to unleash more force than you can reasonably use on a highway onramp. Want to make that yellow light? Just flex your big toe. Under full-throttle launch, the 911 Turbo S is quicker than other, more exotic-looking supercars such as the Ferrari 488 Pista, Lamborghini Aventador SVJ and McLaren

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The top 5 Apple Apps to Boost Business Productivity

These Apple Store apps help remote workers stay focused, organized, and efficient, and apps related to business productivity are now on sale.

Many employees were given mere hours notice that their job would be moving from in-the-office to remote work, as a reaction to the quick spread of COVID-19. For those who already have WFH part-time, the transition was less grueling than for those who infrequently, or even never have worked from home and are starting with a clean slate to set a home office.
 
Clearly, the goal for anyone telecommuting is to work efficiently and productively, and workers everywhere welcome assistance. So whether you have a MacBook, Apple Watch, iPad, or iPhone, let’s take a look at the top five apps in the Apple store designed to boost productivity on a Mac. Note: The Apple App Store is now offering a 60% discount on business productivity apps.

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Drafts, from Agile Tortoise, is a note-taking app for your Mac with a customizable editor, themes, fonts, margins, line height, auto-correct, and others.

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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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