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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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What Is an ICO in Cryptocurrency?

ICO is short for Initial Coin Offering. When launching a new cryptocurrency or crypto-token, the developers offer investors a limited number of units in exchange for other major crypto coins such as Bitcoin or Ethereum.

ICOs are amazing tools for quickly raining development funds to support new cryptocurrencies. The tokens offered during an ICO can be sold and traded on cryptocurrency exchanges, assuming there is sufficient demand for them.

The Ethereum ICO is one of the most notable successes and the popularity of Initial Coin Offerings is growing as we speak.

A brief history of ICOs

Ripple is likely the first cryptocurrency distributed via an ICO. At the start of 2013, Ripple Labs began to develop the Ripple payment system and generated approximately 100 billion XRP tokens. These were sold through an ICO to fund Ripple’s platform development.

Mastercoin is another cryptocurrency that has sold a few million tokens for Bitcoin during an ICO, also in 2013. Mastercoin aimed to tokenize Bitcoin transactions and execute smart contracts by creating a new layer on top of the existing Bitcoin code.

Of course, there are other cryptocurrencies that have been successfully funded through ICOs. Back in 2016, Lisk gathered approximately $5 million during their Initial Coin Offering.

Nevertheless, Ethereum’s ICO that took place in 2014 is probably the most prominent one so far. During their ICO, the Ethereum Foundation sold ETH for 0.0005 Bitcoin each, raising almost $20 million. With Ethereum harnessing the power of smart contracts, it paved the way for the next generation of Initial Coin Offerings.

Ethereum ICO, a recipe for success

Ethereum’s smart contracts system has implemented the ERC20 protocol standard that sets the core rules for creating other compliant tokens which can be transacted on Ethereum’s blockchain. This allowed others to create their own tokens, compliant with the ERC20 standard that can be traded for ETH directly on Ethereum’s network.

The DAO is a notable example of successfully using Ethereum’s smart contracts. The investment company raised $100 million worth of ETH and the investors received in exchange DAO tokens allowing them to participate in the governance of the platform. Sadly, the DAO failed after it was hacked.

Ethereum’s ICO and their ERC20 protocol have outlined the latest generation of crowdfunding blockchain-based projects via Initial Coin Offerings.

It also made it very easy to invest in other ERC20 tokens. You simply transfer ETH, paste the contract in your wallet and the new tokens will show up in your account so you can use them however you please.

Obviously, not all cryptocurrencies have ERC20 tokens living on Ethereum ‘s network but pretty much any new blockchain-based project can launch an Initial Coin Offering.

The legal state of ICOs

When it comes to the legality of ICOs, it’s a bit of a jungle out there. In theory, tokens are sold as digital goods, not financial assets. Most jurisdictions haven’t regulated ICOs yet so assuming the founders have a seasoned lawyer on their team, the whole process should be paperless.

Even so, some jurisdictions have become aware of ICOs and are already working on regulating them in a similar manner to sales of shares and securities.

Back in December 2017, the U.S. Securities And Exchange Commission (SEC) classified ICO tokens as securities. In other words, the SEC was preparing to halt ICOs they consider to be misleading investors.

There are some cases in which the token is just a utility token. This means the owner can simply use it to access a certain network or protocol in which case they may not be defined as a financial security. Nevertheless, equity tokens whose purpose is to appreciate in value are quite close to the concept of security. Truth be told, most token purchases are made specifically for investment purposes.

Despite the efforts of regulators, ICOs are still lingering in a grey legal area and until a clearer set of regulations is imposed entrepreneurs will attempt to benefit from Initial Coin Offerings.

It’s also worth mentioning that once regulations reach a final form, the cost and effort required to comply could make ICOs less attractive compared to conventional funding options.

Final words

For now, ICOs remain an amazing way to fund new crypto-related projects and there have been multiple successful ones with more to come.

However, keep in mind everyone is launching ICOs nowadays and many of these projects are scams or lack the solid foundation they need to thrive and make it worth the investment. For this reason, you should definitely do thorough research and investigate the team and background of whatever crypto project you might want to invest in. There are multiple websites out there that list ICOs, we recommend checking this ICO calendar if you’re interested to invest in a crypto project.

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