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Netflix rolls out new playback speed settings, starting with Android

You want to watch a 30-minute episode on Netflix but you only have 20 minutes to spare. What can do you?

The answer to that question used to be “nothing,” but a new feature on Netflix now lets Android users bend time to their will. The addition of playback speed settings allows viewers to watch their content at both slower (0.5x and 0.75x) and faster (1.25x and 1.5x) speeds.

The feature is hitting Android first – I don’t have it yet, but watch for an app update soon if you haven’t gotten it – and Netflix intends to test it for eventual release on iOS and the web as well. The feature’s release comes after a testing process that started back in Oct. 2019. Read More

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Netflix is rolling out playback speed controls for its Android app

Having tested the feature last year, Netflix is now making it official: the ability to watch shows and movies at a faster or slower speed is rolling out to its app on Android devices, and coming soon to iOS and the web.

Netflix confirmed the move to The Verge, and in an official post, Netflix’s Keela Robison said that the feature has been “much requested” by subscribers. Robison also notes that playback speed controls have been available on DVD players and DVRs for years.

“Most important of all, our tests show that consumers value the flexibility it provides whether it’s rewatching their favorite scene or slowing things down because they’re watching with subtitles or have hearing difficulties,” writes Robison. Read More

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Netflix confirms it’s adding playback speed controls to its Android app


While director Judd Apatow and others were worried that variable playback can distort their art, Netflix VP Keela Robison says that it tried to be respectful of the creative community by capping fast-forward speeds to 1.5x. YouTube, in comparison, lets you double the speed of whatever you’re watching. Netflix’s variable playback settings also need to be enabled manually for every video, so you won’t be stuck watching everything in an altered speed by accident.

“We’ve decided to press ahead for several reasons,” Robison wrote in a blog post. “Similar functionality has been available on DVD players and DVRs for years and the feature has been much requested by members. Most important of all, our tests show that consumers value the flexibility it provides whether it’s rewatching their favorite scene or slowing things down because they’re watching with subtitles or have hearing difficulties.” Read More

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‘The Speed Cubers’ takes on the world of competitive Rubik’s Cube solving

Speedcubing is the sport of solving a classic Rubik’s Cube — or a related combination puzzle — in the shortest amount of time possible. And, no, it is not for the faint of heart.

The new Netflix documentary on this subject, The Speed Cubers, dives headfirst into the friendly but competitive speedcubing culture. The 40-minute film is one of three new documentary shorts debuting on Netflix this summer. (The others are The Claudia Kishi Club, which premiered following the release of The Baby-Sitters Club series,and John Was Trying to Contact Aliens, whicharrives Aug. 20.) Read More

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XPrize launches $5 million competition to speed up COVID-19 testing


The competition is open to researchers and scientists from all over the world, and aims to award five teams with $1 million each. The winners will get half the funds after their idea is submitted and approved. Then they will be tasked to do pilots, which is to use that solution in the real world. The other half of the award will be given after the successful conclusion of the pilots. The overall timeline is flexible, but XPrize hopes to accelerate some of these projects as much as possible so that they can get usable solutions by the start of 2021.  Read More

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What’s on TV: ‘Umbrella Academy,’ ‘Speed Cubers’ and sports


While the MLB struggles to keep its season going, the NHL and NBA are ready to air real games later this week. In non-sports viewing options, Netflix is ready to release season two of The Umbrella Academy, as well as its Rubik’s Cube documentary The Speed Cubers.

For gamers, Skater XL, Destroy All Humans! and Grounded all look like interesting options. Last but not least, if you need something different then CW is ready to premiere Taskmaster, an imported version of a British comedy game show that Dan Cooper really likes. Look below to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed). Read More

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The cheap Nvidia GTX 1650 may have just got a speed boost, thanks to Gigabyte

Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1650 graphics card has another new variant, going by a photo of the GPU which has emerged on Twitter – plus the card is listed on the Gigabyte website as a fresh revision, albeit a minor spec bump.

Well-known hardware leaker @momomo_us shared the image of the Gigabyte GTX 1650 showing its ‘TU116-150’ GPU (as spotted by Videocardz).

Assuming the pic is genuine, this appears to be yet another take on the GTX 1650, following spins on the original vanilla graphics card which have included the 1650 Super (which shifted to the TU116 GPU, having more cores than the original’s TU117), and a refresh of the original with faster GDDR6 memory (that kept the TU117), among other variations out there. Read More

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The Next Web

All you need to know about kW, kWh, and charging speed


Welcome to SHIFT Basics, a collection of tips, explainers, guides, and advice to keep you up to speed with mobility tech.

If you’ve made, or are thinking about making, the shift to an electric car you’ll have to get up to speed on all the new terminology that comes with it.

While EVs aren’t that different to combustion engined vehicles in practice: the fact that they are powered by electricity throws up a lot of new things to learn when it comes to “filling up” or charging.

We’ve already given you the low down on two of the most popular fast-charging connector types, CHAdeMO and CCS, but now lets look at some common terminology you’ll see when reading about electric vehicles, charging, and batteries. Read More

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Facebook built a fiber spooling robot to speed up internet deployment


Facebook’s experiments in internet connectivity haven’t always gone well. But its latest innovation seems genuinely cool.

Facebook Connectivity announced Monday that it has developed a robot that can travel along power lines deploying a thin yet durable fiber-optic cable of Facebook’s own creation.

It claims that this system, which utilizes the electrical grid to build out internet infrastructure, will be cheaper than the existing methods of laying internet cables, particularly in developing countries. That contributes to Facebook Connectivity’s overall goal of increasing internet access.  Read More

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7 debugging techniques for developers to speed up troubleshooting in production

Providing production support to an application is one of the most challenging aspects of software development. Developers are assigned to the maintenance team and work on patching bugs on the application. They are, however, also available on-call in case a production outage happens, in which case they work to get the application back on track as quickly as possible.

This article aims at providing a set of curated recommendations so that you can prevent bugs in production, and find issues much quicker. Handling these applications in production is a complicated task: Often, there is no documentation available, the application has been written in a legacy technology stack, or both. There are very few training sessions, and it’s common to be called in to provide support for an application about which you know little. Read More