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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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Walmart Will Track Veggies On The Blockchain After An Epic Lettuce Scare

Health officials, who are looking at how to apply blockchain technology to public health issues, consulted with Walmart on improving food supply traceability.

After hundreds of people in the US became ill after eating contaminated romaine lettuce earlier this year, Walmart, along with many other food retailers and restaurants, pulled the potentially tainted produce from their shelves after regulators issued a warning. The company says the outbreak could have been stemmed sooner if there were a faster and easier way to trace what people had eaten.

Walmart thinks blockchain technology could be the solution. The big-box company worked for more than a year with IBM and 11 food companies to develop a blockchain-enabled food traceability network. Now, Walmart and its subsidiary, Sam’s Club, will require their leafy greens suppliers to use its blockchain technology to implement real-time, end-to-end traceability back to farms within a year, the company announced today.

The company claims its blockchain technology dramatically improves efficiency. In an early test, Walmart’s vice president of food safety, Frank Yiannas, brought in sliced mangoes and asked his team to “stop everything they were doing and trace that product back to its origin on a farm,”. “It took them nearly seven days, as the methods of tracking today are antiquated — sometimes done with pencil and paper.” But using the blockchain, that tracking process can be done in 2.2 seconds.

 

 

 

“Imagine if blockchain would have been able to do what it’s done in our pilots,” the spokesperson said regarding the romaine lettuce outbreak.

“We had to throw out all romaine because there was no way to precisely identify which romaine was from Yuma [the region where the contaminated lettuce originated] versus other growing regions. … It not only affected Walmart, but all of retail and even restaurants. All romaine had to go.”

Bar codes, a common supply chain management tool, “are not a continuous chain (i.e. distributor, farmer, etc. could use different codes along the way),” the Walmart spokesperson said in an email. And even if “they did use the same barcode, the database would still differ by retailer. We are eliminating duplicity within the supply chain and creating one shared system.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which has been working with IBM on applying blockchain solutions to other public health issues, such as the opioid crisis, consulted with Walmart on improving traceability to help public health officials investigate foodborne disease outbreaks and find the source of contaminated food.

As the MIT Technology Review explained in an article about the CDC and the health care blockchain, “a complex mishmash of data usage agreements and government privacy rules dictate which members can access information and which ones can modify it. That slows things down. A number of additional, sometimes manual processes are needed to make sure the correct organization or person sent or received the right data, and that it was used correctly. A blockchain can automate these steps.”

 

 

 

Walmart said the aim of its new blockchain system is “to help reduce the number of people who fall ill during food incidents, while at the same time reducing losses for retailers and suppliers during a recall.” The information about Walmart’s leafy greens will not be immediately available to consumers, but “that’s in our roadmap,” the spokesperson said.

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