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You can now ‘Netflix and chill’ and have control over your data usage

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Users of the popular video-streaming service Netflix, may have noticed an update to its Android and iOS applications. And while the update doesn’t shake up the mobile interface or bring a number of novel features, it does introduce a new setting that benefits those whose Netflix usage involves streaming on cellular networks, or simply put, the use of data.

Under the new set of cellular controls, subscribers will be able to select between five streaming options: Off (which cuts off data use for the app), Low, Medium, High, and Unlimited. By changing the quality of video playback, users can extend their viewing hours on Netflix.

The goal is to allow users to have more control over their data use when watching content on the go without ever worrying about overages or data limits.

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When set to Low, for example, the settings can squeeze out “about 4 hours of TV shows and movies per gigabyte of data.” Switching from Low to Medium, meanwhile, cuts viewing times by as much as half for the same amount of data.

On the flip side, those with unlimited data plans can now “Netflix and chill” at the best possible quality over cellular.

To change the app’s cellular-data access, tap App Settings from the menu on the upper-left corner, and then select Cellular Data Usage. From there, you can choose a data-usage setting that works best with your data plan.

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Barack and Michelle Obama join forces with Netflix

Are you ready to watch with the Obamas?

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Netflix announced that former US President Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama signed a partnership with the streaming service under an entity named Higher Ground Productions over a press release and a twitter post.

In case you’re wondering why the former White House residents are teaming up with Netflix, the Obamas stated they want to share the experiences of the fascinating people they meet.

The two always believed in the power of storytelling. “We hope to cultivate and curate the talented, inspiring, creative voices who are able to promote greater empathy and understanding between peoples, and help them share their stories with the entire world,” said President Barack Obama.

Michelle added, “Netflix’s unparalleled service is a natural fit for the kinds of stories we want to share, and we look forward to starting this exciting new partnership.”

“Barack and Michelle Obama are among the world’s most respected and highly recognized public figures and are uniquely positioned to discover and highlight stories of people who make a difference in their communities and strive to change the world for the better,” said Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who’s proud to have the Obamas on board.

SEE ALSO: Netflix adds HDR support for new Sony and Huawei phones

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Android P: YouTubers React

Android Pineapple or Android Popcorn?

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It’s that time of the year again when we make guesses on what the next version of Android will be called. We saw some clues at the Shoreline Amphitheater and this is what your favorite YouTubers think.

Is it going to be Android Pineapple? Android Popcorn? Android Popsicle? Android Pie? Your guess is as good as ours. Sound off in the comments section what you think it will be called!

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Instagram will tell you how much time you spend on the app soon

Good thing or bad thing?

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Just how much time do you spend stalking on Instagram? You may not know the answer now, but Instagram knows. And pretty soon, you’ll be able to check.

According to TechCrunch, code hidden on the Instagram app showed a “time spent” feature under “Usage Insights.”

It’s still unclear how the function would work. When it was discovered, it was also unclear whether Instagram was testing out the option for eventual rollout, until Instagram CEO Kevin Systrom had this to say:

As of now, there’s still no news on when “time spent” would roll out, but the move is unsurprising. Tech companies are now moving towards features that allow users to monitor usage time and statistics. Earlier this month, Google announced similar functions on digital well-being for Android P that includes a dashboard that will give you information on your phone usage.

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