Let’s cut to the chase: you want something interesting enough to be worth watching but boring enough to Netflix and chill. A neat trick? Pick classics. That way, if or when either of you have already seen them, you get to get cozy and do other things. If you’re staying in while watching Netflix and chilling out this month, burrito up and throw some popcorn in the microwave. We’ve got ten films you should keep on your Netflix and chill watch-list this month:
When Harry Met Sally…
When Harry Met Sally is a film of happenstances, missed opportunities, and serendipity. Harry and Sally meet, grow apart, and find each other again. This time, they grow an intimate friendship and bump into a confusing chance of their relationship developing into something more.
While You Were Sleeping
From mundane to plot twists left and right, While You Were Sleeping is the perfect romantic trainwreck to pay half attention to. Lucy saves Peter, gets mistaken as his fiancée, and falls for his brother, Jack. If that’s not confusing enough, Peter wakes from his coma and doesn’t recognize Lucy.
William is a quiet Notting Hill bookstore owner who stumbles upon a famous actress, Anna, entering his shop. They meet again and grow fondness for each other. Notting Hill is a story of two contrasting lovers working on being together without the lack of trying.
Time Traveler’s Wife
Henry meets Clare in a Chicago library where their love sparks. Henry hops in and out of Clare’s childhood, puberty, and adulthood. Things take a horrifying twist when pieces of Clare’s sweet memories and Henry’s time travelling strains the relationship. Watch it here.
Roofer during the day, stripper by night. Mike secretly wants to dabble into a furniture-making business but struggles with debt. Things get complicated when his colleague, his girlfriend’s brother, follows him to the club, becomes a hit, and gets over his head. Watch it here.
A young boy and girl fall madly in love and run away to an island off the coast of New England. The town splits up in search of them while they wander off together. Moonrise Kingdom is about love, escape, and longings.
Blue is the Warmest Color
Adèle is a high school student who begins to discover her gender preference. With no interest in men and a rejection from a girl she had interests with, Blue is the Warmest Color is about her examination of social relevance, sexuality, and sexual exploration.
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Cal and Emily have the perfect life living the American dream together. Things take a turn when Emily asks for a divorce and shatters their seemingly perfect relationship. Crazy, Stupid, Love is about Cal’s attempt at returning to the life of a bachelor with his friend’s help.
No Strings Attached
Adam and Emma cross paths and hit it off. They agree on being friends with benefits but their relationship gets strained over time with murky limitations of detachment. No Strings Attached is about the physicality of health, the struggle to disassociate, and honesty with oneself.
Fifty Shades of Grey
I know, this is the perfect bit of the list where I come up and become self-aware. Fifty Shades of Grey is a terrible film, but it’s one about sex and that’s all it takes really. It’s the perfect one on the list that cuts through the crap and lets you truly Netflix and chill.
ASUS ZenBook Pro 15: Is the ScreenPad worth it?
Two screens for double the fun
At first glance, the new ZenBook Pro 15 (UX580GE) may look like an ordinary laptop. There’s nothing out of the ordinary on its solid chassis, and both the keyboard layout and screen are as plain as can be.
On the inside, my unit has some of the best specs around: an Intel Core i9-8950HK processor, NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Ti graphics, 16GB of memory, 1TB SSD storage, and a mouthwatering 15.6-inch 4K touchscreen — but those still aren’t this notebook’s coolest feature.
It’s only when you turn on the device and press a button on the keyboard’s top row when the magic happens.
You can go from this…
… to this!
Yup, the touchpad is a touchscreen called ScreenPad
Besides being able to choose whatever wallpaper you want for it…
You may also play music on it
Check your calendar for upcoming events
Turn it into a handy virtual numpad
Use it as a full-fledged calculator at any time
And add any other function you might need
It even comes with its very own settings menu
Not impressed yet? Let’s try Extension Display mode
Now you can treat it as a secondary screen!
Perfect for watching videos while “working” 😉
Or simply trying to be more productive
Here I am viewing photos while editing on Photoshop
And choosing the next clip to edit on Premiere Pro
It can even handle Photoshop and Premiere Pro at the same time!
Here’s my favorite trick: watching a YouTube walkthrough while playing games
There are a lot more things you can do with the ScreenPad, but these were the most useful ones in my own workflow. ASUS is opening up the magical touchpad to other apps, so the possibilities here are endless and it’ll only get better through time.
So, is the ScreenPad actually worth it? To be honest, I usually left it on wallpaper mode with my favorite pictures to add style to my workspace; I even turned it off completely while the laptop was unplugged to save on battery power.
It’s one of those things you never knew you needed until you got it. The ScreenPad is an evolution for laptops which have been becoming stale in the past couple of years, but not something you can’t live without.
Do I want a ScreenPad on all future laptops? Yes, definitely! Who wouldn’t want two screens at once?
If you want to learn more about the ZenBook Pro 15 and watch it in action, check out our hands-on video:
OPPO drops the F9, Motorola copy-pastes: Weekend Rewind
Why innovate when you can recreate, right?
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1. OPPO F9 (water)drops!
We were getting teasers of this phone two weeks ago and now it’s finally here! The OPPO F9 is official and it comes with a notch that the company is essentially calling a “waterdrop.” That aside, it’s looking like a lean, mean, midrange machine with its 6GB RAM and 64GB of storage, an AI-enhanced 16MP main shooter with a secondary 2MP depth sensor for portraits, and a 3500 mAh battery.
Our hands-on and unboxing is up on YouTube so make sure you watch it!
Notches and gradients are all the rage in 2019, so we guess it makes sense that Motorola opted to fuse both the iPhone X and the Huawei P20 Pro. The result is the Motorola P30 because Moto probably couldn’t be bothered to think of another name. It’s powered by a Snapdragon 636 chip with 6GB memory. It will come in both a 64GB and a 128GB variant. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery they say. Moto must really want to butter up Apple and Huawei.
Xiaomi’s been cooking something but since this is the Internet and tech leaks are totally a thing, we already know what it is. Coming our way officially next week is the Pocophone F1. A leaked video pretty much already told us a lot of what we want to know: 5.99-inch display, Snapdragon 845, and 6GB of memory.
We’ll have our own video on this soon so definitely stay tuned for it.
Google is being generous in handing out pies. Android Go, a less data-hungry version of the mobile operating system, will also get Android Pie. The Go edition of the newest Android OS only needs half the storage space and can run fluidly, even with just a gigabyte of memory.
Not ready for the responsibility of raising a child? There’s an app for that! The US Food and Drug Administration recently approved Natural Cycles. It’s the very first app to be marketed as a method of contraception. It determines whether a woman is fertile or not then advises which days you should “abstain” or “use protection.”
However, the FDA warns that “no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device.”
Weekend Rewind is our roundup of top news and features you might have missed for the week. We know the world of technology can be overwhelming and not everyone has the time to get up to speed with everything — and that includes us. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the rewind.
7 best affordable flagship smartphones of 2018
Best specs, lower prices
Putting the words “affordable” and “flagship” seems like an oxymoron at first, but manufacturers have reached a point wherein this magical combination is actually possible.
Yes, affordable flagships are a thing now, and they’re taking away some of the premium segment’s long-standing thunder. Why wouldn’t you want the best specs and features in a cheaper package?
This year has been kind to us with all the affordable flagships launched thus far. Here are the best ones to date:
Let’s begin with the brand that started it all. Originally called the “flagship killer,” the OnePlus line is synonymous with high-end power without the extravagant pricing. The OnePlus 6 is the latest entry, and it’s an absolute stunner from its gorgeous display to the fluid Android interface.
Xiaomi Mi Mix 2S
This is the one time Xiaomi likes to go a little more premium, and we support it a hundred percent. The Mi Mix 2S combines a ceramic body with a massive, notch-free display and incredible hardware for the price. Each generation improves on the predecessor — this is no exception.
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