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How to download Netflix videos on your Android or iOS device

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Subscribed to Netflix? We’ve got good news: Starting today, you can Netflix and chill on a plane or anywhere else… without an internet connection.

After years of speculation and rumors, the popular video-streaming service is finally allowing users to download movies and TV shows for offline viewing on their Android or iOS phone or tablet. For a while, it looked like the long-awaited feature was never going to see the light of day, but it’s here now. And Netflix is now a more compelling option for those looking to cut the cable cord because of it.

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So, how exactly do you go about downloading titles from Netflix on your mobile device? Here’s a quick tutorial to get you started.

  1. Download the latest version of the Netflix app from the App Store or Google Play Store.netflix-offline-2
  2. Open the app and find a video you want to watch offline.netflix-offline
  3. Tap the Download icon next to the Share icon to begin the download. Do note that not all videos are available for download, so if you have a particular title in mind, use the search function to find it, or select the Available for Download tab from the menu options on the left-hand side of the screen to browse and select a title for later viewing.netflix-offline-3
  4. Wait for the download to finish; once it does, it should appear on the My Downloads tab from the menu on the left. An interesting tidbit: Netflix will download videos onto an SD card if the app has been transferred there.netflix-offline-4
  5. Tap the play icon to start a video. To delete a downloaded video, simply hit the Edit button, then tap the X icon to remove the file from your device.netflix-offline-5

Bonus: You also have the option to change the video quality of downloaded content. It’s set to Standard by default, but you can go to Menu > App Settings > Downloads > Video Quality, then select Higher to download better versions of movies and shows.

So far, the feature works as intended, and we’ve added a number of series to our offline library. Our only gripe is that it doesn’t work on some of the content that we want to watch over and over again. Most Netflix originals are downloadable, with the exception of a few, like Marvel’s Jessica Jones and the new Gilmore Girls episodes.

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Google asks smartphone makers to pay for Play Store

In response to EU’s ruling

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Months ago, Google landed in a scalding pool of Europe’s hot water. The European Competition Commission accused the company of anti-competition practices. Among other things, Google forced smartphone makers to bundle Chrome and Google Search as a requirement. According to the commission, the stipulation gives the company an unfair advantage over its rivals.

Eventually, the Commission hammered down a guilty verdict. From this, Google paid a record-breaking fine to the European Union. Besides this, the company had to stop the indicted practice.

Now, Google is finally implementing a resolution for the guilty verdict. Starting this month, the company will change its offered bundles for smartphone makers in the EU.

As opposed to enforcing the bundle, Google will offer Android’s apps for a price. Instead of a strong-arm strategy, Google’s new strategy aims for the best of both worlds. Smartphone companies can opt out of the program. Historically, some companies have already opted out of Android’s app ecosystem. For example, Chinese smartphones often implement their own variants because of China’s prohibitions.

Additionally, Google will loosen its regulations against forked versions of its Android operating system. Some smartphone makers alter Android’s inner workings for their own uses. Most notoriously, Xiaomi uses its own MIUI software. Previously, the bundling scheme swayed the deal towards Google’s favor, despite any proprietary changes. With looser regulations, companies can fork all they want.

Now, companies can sell smartphones running forked Androids. That is, if they also sell a separate smartphone with Google’s untouched software.

Amid all these changes, Android remains as free software for smartphones. Android can maintain its status as the world’s most ubiquitous operating system. However, if this issue elicits any questions, it’s this: How will Google’s new schema affect the casual consumer? Right now, we’ll have to wait and see.

SEE ALSO: You might need to pay Google for Android soon

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6 iPhone apps for your well-being

Mental health is important!

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World Mental Health Day may have come and gone but that shouldn’t mean that your well-being should be pushed aside. In fact, a healthy disposition should always be practiced. How does one do that in today’s fast-paced world?

We’ve got apps for you!

Omvana 

Omvana is a meditation app that measures stress levels and even your state of mind; it’s your personal mindfulness coach! The app also automatically connects to HealthKit.

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Calm

With guided meditations, breathing exercises, sleep stories, and relaxing music, this app will help make sure you’re always in a relaxed mood.

Download here. 

Insight Timer

Don’t know how to meditate? This app allows for guided meditations from the industry’s best practitioners!

Download here. 

Headspace: Guided Meditation

Another guided meditation app which allows you to manage stress and even apply meditative practice to your every day. There’s also a sleep experience feature which promises better rest and calmness.

Download here.

Aura: Calm Anxiety & Sleep

Aura’s three-minute meditations will bring more positivity to your life. The app also does life coaching, relaxing music, and even personalized meditations.

Download here. 

AutoSleep Tracker for Watch

Better sleep means a better disposition! This app tracks sleep automatically with Advanced Heuristics AutoSleep so you’ll always have the info at hand.

Download here. 

What are you waiting for? Get to downloading and happy meditating!

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Facebook Lite comes to iPhones at less than 5MB

It consumes less power, too!

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After being enjoyed by Android users for years, the slimmed down version of Facebook’s main app finally arrived on iOS. Although, it’s only available to a select few — for now.

The Facebook Lite app was originally designed for developing countries where mobile data can be unreliable and Android phones are pretty basic. But, it also gained popularity among users with better phones because it uses way less data than the main Facebook app.

On iOS, the lite version is available for download through the Apple App Store for less than 5MB. Apart from being an easy download, it also uses less battery power and occupies minimal storage space.

This is going to be ideal for iPhones and even iPod Touch devices that are already showing signs of slowing down. The app is compatible with devices running iOS 9.0 and later.

For now, the app is only available in Turkey. As the testing phase expands to other regions, Facebook Lite will eventually be open for everyone.

Via: Business Insider

SEE ALSO: Facebook Messenger redesign starts rolling out to select users

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