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The optimal way to remotely watch Netflix with friends

The optimal way to remotely watch Netflix with friends

With many European and American cities in quarantined coronavirus lockdown, the world’s hottest club is now the internet.

Or, more specifically, streaming services. 

In lieu of the ability to spend time together physically, people are finding creative ways to watch shows and movies with their friends by streaming the same thing at the same time and chatting about it through text or video chats.

A boon for this co-remote streaming effort is the genius (and free) Chrome browser extension Netflix Party. The extension enables everyone in a group to watch a show or movie on Netflix in sync. So your entertainment of choice will start up at the same time as the rest of the group and, if someone pauses the stream, it pauses and resumes for everyone. It also has a chat roll on the right sidebar so everyone watching can also chat about it (through typing) in real timeHere’s a detailed explanation of how to install and use it. Read more…

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Learn to make data-driven business decisions with this $40 virtual course

Learn to make data-driven business decisions with this $40 virtual course

TL;DR: Enhance your business skills with The Better Business Analyst Bundle for $39.99, a 94% savings as of March 20. 


What separates a successful business from a mediocre one? Smart, data-driven decision making. And when you’re just starting out, having a crucial grasp on your data and the ability to analyze it can really help drive those decisions. 

If you need some guidance along the way, the Better Business Analyst Bundle can help you develop the skills you need to make smarter choices, even if you’re totally dense when it comes to data. And while your social calendar is effectively canceled, there’s no reason to not give it a try. Read more…

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My gym closed, so I let this smart kettlebell kick my ass

My gym closed, so I let this smart kettlebell kick my ass

Work(out) From Home is a weekly column where we review smart fitness machines in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak. Thanks to technology, there are still plenty of ways to exercise if your gym is closed.  Read more…


JaxJox KettlebellConnect
$299.00
The Good

Saves space • Easy to set up and use • Classes are challenging • Great for small homes • No subscription fee for workouts

The Bad

App is a bit unintuitive • There aren’t many classes on the app • especially for beginners • The kettlebell takes a while to sync • Expensive

The Bottom Line

The JaxJox KettlebellConnect makes it easy to switch between weights in the middle of a workout and doesn’t take up much space.

⚡ Mashable Score
4.25
😎 Cool Factor
4.5
📘Learning Curve
5.0
💪Performance
4.0
💵Bang for the Buck
4.5

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Amazon, YouTube join Netflix in reducing stream quality in EU during coronavirus pandemic

Amazon, YouTube join Netflix in reducing stream quality in EU during coronavirus pandemic

Movie and TV aficionados should get used to reduced image quality on their favorite streaming service, at least for a little while.

Amazon and YouTube both confirmed on Friday that they would be reducing video stream quality in the EU to ensure there aren’t bandwidth issues during the coronavirus pandemic. 

“We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default,” said a YouTube spokesperson in a statement.

Both of these companies join Netflix, which announced yesterday that it would be cutting quality in the EU as well. As a giant in the streaming video industry and a major source of internet traffic around the globe, Netflix committed to cutting its bandwidth by 25 percent. The company said it was reducing video bitrates, thus lowering streaming quality, to do this. Read more…

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Ventilator manufacturers aren’t impressed by Elon Musk’s offer

Ventilator manufacturers aren't impressed by Elon Musk's offer

In the face of a projected national shortage, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has offered to manufacture life-saving ventilators. There’s just one problem: The companies actually making medical ventilators today don’t think he can pull it off. 

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the world, officials around the U.Shave warned that, unless drastic measures are taken to create more, will we see demand for ventilators exceed the current supply. When, and if, this happens depends on numerous hard-to-predict factors such as the success of efforts to “flatten the curve.” As such, Musk’s claim on Friday that he’s already started the work to build more seems at first like a blessing.  Read more…

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15 Pictures Showing Super Essential Work That Should Definitely Be Happening During A Pandemic

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This Quiz Will Determine How Single You Truly Are

Alone, but not lonely.


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The Definitive Word On Which Movies Got Broadway Musicals Right And Which Ones Were Hot Messes

Not every musical adaptation is like Cats.


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All People In Illinois Have Been Ordered To Stay Home To Stop The Coronavirus From Spreading

“I fully recognize I am choosing between saving people’s lives and saving people’s livelihoods,� Gov. J.B. Pritzker said, “but ultimately you can’t have a livelihood if you don’t have a life.�


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Success at What You Do Depends on What You Do

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Persistence, drive, and motivation are three key components in reaching your goal. Nothing is achieved sitting around and thinking about it.

Devise a plan, set goals for yourself and get started. No, you might not be able to get where you want to be as fast as you desire but taking consistent steps daily puts you closer and closer to achieving what you want.

Have Faith

Stop using the words, No and Can’t, yes you can and don’t procrastinate!

Find something your good at and develop it. What are you passionate about? Perhaps your beginning point can be in doing what you love. Many things start off as a hobby and the next thing you know you are consistently doing it. Sometimes we have to think outside of our comfort zone. Even if someone else is doing the same thing you are doing, so what. Each person has their own unique touch and personality. Put your all in it and let your light shine through your talent.

Share what you do with others, don’t be afraid to showcase your talent. Use your own judgment as to how much you want to show, a little at a time is OK. Create a blog or website and let people know a little bit about you and the talents you possess. When people get to know you they become more interested in what you are doing and the get a glimpse of the person behind the product.

Remember you are the face of your brand. Bees are more attracted to honey than vinegar so put on a happy face, be friendly and welcoming. Be encouraging as well to others who might be apprehensive about stepping out on Faith to showcase their own talent and expand their horizons. As you grow to know one another and each other’s talents lift each other up and encourage one another to keep pushing forward even when things might not move as fast as you like.

Be Patient

Nothing happens overnight, everything takes time. We have to be patient and trust the process in getting ourselves organized, products stocked for selling, advertised and sold. Take pictures of your finished work. Show before and after pictures to show how you turned much of nothing into something, people like seeing others creativity.

Marketing

Name your business, have business cards printed up with your blog, website or Facebook link on it so people can find you. Make sure to put either your email address or a phone number where you can be reached in case people have questions about what you’re selling. Decide what method of payments you will be accepting and be sure to list price everything and make mention if any shipping and handling charges apply. Be precise and specific when listing each item you plan to sell such as dimensions, colors, etc. Be sure to make mention of the length of time it will take for your buyer to receive your item and try to stick to that time frame. People like getting things in a punctual manner especially after they have paid for it in advance. Pack your items accordingly for safe transit to your buyer.

Keep reminding yourself that you must remain focused, persistent and determined to get where you want to be. It will be worth it in the end. Your hard work will pay off. Keep a journal of your progress. Make supply lists and wait for after holiday sales so you can get supplies at a deep discount. Most of the time you can get them from 60-80% off after the season has pass, there always more expensive when you try to purchase them in season or during that particular holiday. Remember one step at a time to success.

Stay motivated and keep in mind if first you don’t succeed, try again. You never know what you can accomplish if you don’t try. Stay motivated and keep your eye on the prize!

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