How to watch Netflix with your friends using ‘Netflix Party’
Netflix Party saves the day
At a time when we need to stay at home, we also need a way to keep ourselves entertained. For our sanity and the sake of our great nations, ‘Netflix Party’ is here to save the day.
This Chrome extension offers a new way to watch Netflix with your friends online, wherever you are. Playbacks are synchronized, and you can pause altogether to discuss something on a group chat. This bridges the distance and allows you to feel like you’re having a real-life conversation about a show or a movie you’re all watching.
In case you’re wondering, here’s how you can host long-distance movie nights and watch parties with your friends.
Install Netflix Party
If you’re not using Google Chrome, make sure to download it first. Once you’re using the browser, head over to netflixparty.com, so you can get the access to Chrome Extension.
If you want to do it the hard way and you’re the type of person who loves tinkering around, you can access Chrome’s Extensions via Settings. Just click the settings icon (which looks like three dots stacked together) and hover to More Tools, and voila! From there, you can access Chrome’s list of Extensions and search for Netflix Party.
Add the extension
Once you’re on Netflix Party’s extension page, click on the “Add to Chrome” button to install the extension to your browser.
Start a party
Once installed, head over to Netflix.com on your browser and watch any video. You can toggle the NP button next to the address bar to start a Netflix Party.
Share the fun and enjoy
When you get the party started, a group chat will appear on the side where you can customize your name and icon and discuss it with your friends. There’s a link icon so you can share the party URL with your friends.
To join a Netflix Party, click on the URL sent to you, which will redirect you to Netflix’s website. Make sure to click the NP button to automatically join the party.
Now you can have movie nights and watch parties with your friends even if you’re miles away from each other! Enjoy watching!
If you’re looking for movies to watch and shows to binge-watch, catch up through Now Playing, a list of recommendations from the GadgetMatch team (also a peek of our current obsessions).
There’s an Apple Music Classical app
Yes, it’s standalone
Are Beethoven, Chopin, and Bach totally your jam? Apple has something special made just for you. The company has just launched the Apple Music Classical app. As the name suggests, it’s a standalone app filled with nothing but classical music.
The world’s largest classical music catalogue is at your fingertips. With fully optimized search, looking up music to elevate your soul is quick and easy. The music is available in the highest audio quality available with some also available in the immersive spatial audio.
Subscribers will also find plenty of curated playlists, exclusive albums, composer biographies, deep-dive guides for many key works, intuitive browsing features and much more.
Apple Music Classical will launch later in March. Apple Music subscribers will be able to download and enjoy the Apple Music Classical app as part of their existing subscription at no additional cost.
What you’re getting:
- The world’s largest classical music catalogue with over 5 million tracks and works from new releases to celebrated masterpieces.
- Thousands of exclusive albums.
- The ability to search by composer, work, conductor, or even catalogue number, and find specific recordings instantly.
- The highest audio quality (up to 192 kHz/24 bit Hi-Res Lossless) with thousands of recordings in immersive spatial audio.
- Complete and accurate metadata to make sure you know exactly what work and which artist is playing.
- Thousands of editorial notes including composer biographies, descriptions of key works, and more.
GadgetSnaps: ITZY, ENHYPEN, SKZ with the Mate 50 Pro
Relive K-Pop concerts with such a powerful camera system
A lot has happened in 2022 — at least from my perspective as a fan of both tech and K-Pop.
2022 was a crucial moment in K-Pop. Not only did we see some of the best group debut lineups, songs, choreographies, collaborations, and performances, the K-Pop industry itself has toned-down their COVID-19 restrictions and limitations between idols and fans. As borders slowly opened, live events, international fanmeets, region-specific concerts and world tours have also started.
Now this feels like there’s a subtle connection between 2022 Huawei and 2022 K-Pop — they both came back stronger than ever. Idk about you, but the resurrection of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro shocked me upon knowing it was already “dead”. To my surprise, they came back on track with another flagship in town.
But you know what’s more shocking? The Mate 50 Pro offers an excellent set of cameras — a 1x lens with an Ultra-Aperture system, an even wider Ultra-Wide camera, and lastly, a 64MP periscope telephoto lens that every concert-goer would love to have.
Not only does it focus optically as far as 3.5x, it can also capture clearer shots way further 10x through Huawei’s smart AI algorithm. Now, these lenses will give any K-Pop fan the utmost flexibility in capturing concert moments with their beloved group(s) alongside their ultimate bias(es).
Okay, enough of the nerdy talk. This 2023, I’ll bombard you with plenty of ITZY, ENHYPEN, and Stray Kids photos — shot on the Huawei Mate 50 Pro.
Disclaimer: Photos were resized for faster loading and preview. Watermarks were also applied to avoid unjust ownership claims.
ITZY (있지) – ‘CHECKMATE’
ITZY started the year for Filo MIDZYs with a bang! Comprised of Yeji, Lia, Ryujin, Chaeryeong, and Yuna, JYP Entertainment’s second currently active girl group alongside their 선배 (sunbae) / senior labelmate TWICE + 후배 (hoobae) / juniors NMIXX has finally reached the shores of Manila.
They held a 2-day concert inside the SM Mall of Asia (MoA) Arena last January 14-15, 2023. To make it more special, the first leg of the tour started here.
Just for context, here’s how the Mate 50 Pro captured the stage from the General Admission (GA) section of the arena.
It’s show time! Finally time to use the periscope zoom lens.
For some intro, here are some solo performances starting with Ryujin…
followed by Yuna, Lia, Yeji…
…and lastly, Chaeryeong.
Now onto the best part: ITZY as a group in one frame!
⚠️ Spoiler alert: there will be A LOT ⚠️
Finally! A closer and clearer view (at least in Mate 50 Pro’s eyes)
Just creating a separate section to my all-time fave ITZY track ✨ WANNABE✨
It won’t be a complete ITZY experience without seeing one of the best debut songs 🤩 DALLA DALLA 🤩
👑 Just QUEEN tingz with their legendary crown poses 👑
Ending this section with the very heartfelt encore stage for the crown girls 😭
Stray Kids (스트레이키즈) – ‘Stay With Bench’ Fanmeet
Stray Kids (shortened as SKZ) is also under JYP Entertainment. They are the juniors of TWICE and seniors to ITZY and NMIXX.
They are an 8-member boy group starting with Bang Chan, followed by Lee Know, Changbin, Hyunjin, Han, Felix, Seungmin, and lastly, I.N as the 막내 (maknae) / youngest member.
And as we’re talking, here’s I.N in his natural, goofy state.
Had to compile in a .GIF (jeef, not geef nor G-I-F) format because he looked like he enjoyed the banging-loud guessing game A LOT
I never had any control over what my friend wanted to capture so don’t blame me if your faves aren’t here (I am a Seungmin stan and he’s also not here) but hey, here’s Felix with a li’l bit of Han and Hyunjin.
Saving the best for last: my friend’s not-so-obvious obsession with Lee Know
These direct eye contacts are already killing me. How much more if you stan him hard?
~ I hope you reached this part and survived ~
ENHYPEN (엔하이픈) – ‘MANIFESTO’
Also known as “ENHA“, the group is composed of Heeseung, Jay, Jake, Sunghoon, Sunoo, Jungwon, and Niki.
Having massive popularity in the Philippines, the 7-member boy group under HYBE and BELIFT LABEL performed for three days straight in Manila.
It was also held inside SM MoA Arena but with a massive difference from ITZY’s views earlier.
Here’s the Lower Box section PoV…
and a VIP perspective closer to the stage.
Admittedly, even if I know all of them (and my current biases are Jungwon and Jay), I am not a full-on ENGENE, more like just a Polaroid Love and FEVER enjoyer 🤧.
I apologize if I don’t have anything to say other than appreciating these beautiful photos…
alongside these beautiful boys…
with beautiful side profiles and pointed AF noses.
This further makes me realize that life is, indeed, ~ u n f a i r ~
Reliving the experience
I never went to any concerts posted here but it felt like I was there because of how clear these photos are. What more if you’re like my friend who attended all of these but still has a severe sepanx (separation anxiety) with her long list of biases?
Thankfully, Huawei has revolutionized their current camera system with the Mate 50 Pro. You get the flexibility of not just one or two lenses, but three lenses all at once.
Tap the UWA mode so you can capture the whole vibe of the concert. Switch to 1x to focus on the lightstick and banner while the singing crowd is in utmost blur. Finally, zoom in further 3.5x until it reaches your eyes’ (and heart’s) content just to see your bias/es as close as possible. Bonus would be its ultra-wide angle front-facing camera for those memorable concert selfies.
And not only because it has the best hardware, its XMAGE imaging made these concert moments feel closer to the eyes and heart.
SEE ALSO: HONOR Magic4 Pro: My Best Concert Companion
Very special thanks to my friend Dyan Carelle for reliving these K-Pop concert experiences with us through the eyes of the Huawei Mate 50 Pro
Pokémon Concierge is an upcoming stop-motion series for Netflix
Set in a beach resort
February 27 is Pokémon Day. Though the spotlight was on a slate of new gaming announcements, The Pokémon Company also announced an upcoming stop-motion series coming to Netflix called Pokémon Concierge.
Unfortunately, not much is known about the series for now. The announcement was just a very brief sneak peek at the upcoming series. Pokémon Concierge will be about a beach resort for Pokémon featuring its human concierge Haru.
There is also no word as to which Pokémon will guest in the upcoming series. However, the 25-second teaser features a Psyduck filmed in a smooth stop-motion style. A Wingull is also present in the show’s title card.
This isn’t our first look at Pokémon in a more three-dimensional format outside of the games. The franchise’s 3D evolution was recently spearheaded by the acclaimed film Detective Pikachu and a Netflix remake of the original Pokémon movie in CGI.
With Pokémon Concierge, the franchise is seemingly taking a more relaxed perspective on the franchise. Though anything can happen in a remote island resort, the brief teases we saw seem to portray a laidback story you can cozy up to during a rainy day.
Either way, the look of the series is cute and adorable. Even if it doesn’t have the most compelling story, it might still be worth watching for the stop-motion animation alone.
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