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Take your binge offline with Netflix’s new download feature

Netflix has announced that members of their service can now download content from Netflix’s library for offline viewing at no additional cost.Eddy Wu, Director of Product Innovation at Netflix had this to say, “While many members enjoy watching Netflix at home, we’ve often heard they also want to continue their Stranger Things binge while on airplanes and other places where Internet is expensive or limited. Just click the download button on the details page for a film or TV series and you can watch it later without an internet connection.”Some of Netflix’s original titles such as The Crown, Narcos and BoJack Horseman are now available to watch offline. There are also quite a few TV shows and movies that aren’t Netflix originals that are available to download such as Community and The Social Network However, titles such as Netflix’s Daredevil are not yet available to watch offline but will be soon.The new feature is available to all Netflix users (no matter which price tier) and it wor…

Wearables – TheCanadianTechie Gift Guide 2016

Technology is just in our pockets with our smartphones, we are now beginning to wear them in the form of wearable technology. They can range from smartwatches & fitness trackers to virtual reality headsets.Gear S2The Gear S2 is a great smartwatch especially if you own a Samsung phone (such as the Galaxy S7). Tizen was made to be used on a wearable device and it shines on the Gear S2 but the watch is limited but it’s short battery life.Here’s a link to the Gear S2 Review.Moto 360 (2015)This is hands-down my favourite Android Wear watch so far, it looks great and is comfortable to wear but it’s dragged down by the short battery life and the inconsistency that is Android Wear.Here’s a link to the Moto 360 (2015) Review.Gear Fit2This is one of the best fitness trackers out there, even beating the likes of Fitbit and it’s the best wearable that Samsung has made to date. The Gear Fit2 is available now from $249Here’s a link to the Gear Fit2 Review.Daydream ViewI’ve tried a lot of VR hea…

Stabilize your videos with the FlowMotion One

Have you ever wanted to get movie-quality shots but don’t want to pay the high price of a some other video stabilizers on the market? You won’t have to with the FlowMotion One smartphone stabilizer and you can get it now via their Kickstarter, starting from $169 USD. Chances are that you haven’t heard of FlowMotion, they’re a technology company based out of Trondheim, Norway, and was started last year and their main goal is to produce video stabilizing products combined with software and hardware solution. The FlowMotion One is their first product.The actual stabilizer is about the size of a Coke can and works instantly right out of the box. You can easily slide in your Android phone or iPhone in the gimbal or you can easily mount a GoPro or other camera mounts to it.“You know that annoying feeling when you think you’ve recorded a great shot, but it turns out to be too shaky? We solve that problem,” FlowMotion co-founder Lars Flesland said.“FlowMotion ONE makes the special moments in y…

Google announces PhotoScan to help digitize your old photos

Google has announced a new app that will help you digitize your printed photos. How it works is that the app uses your device’s camera to scan physical photos by asking you to move your phone around so the app can see your photo by multiple angles. The app is able to pick out, “feature points” which assembles the frames into the full photo. It will also mathematically remove that glossy glare that comes from light reflecting on a physical photo.Googler’s Nat & Lo have a video to explain it better. If you need to make an other tweaks to your scanned photos, you can use the new editing tools that are coming in the latest Google Photos update (that is rolling out today). There are 12 new filters along with the update that all use machine learning to help make it look better.The PhotoScan app is available right now on Android and iOS.Source:Google

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OnePlus 3T: Everything you need to know

It hasn’t even been six months since the OnePlus 3 was released and OnePlus is already releasing a new(ish) phone. Now, they have revealed the OnePlus 3T which is a new upgraded variant of the phone with a Snapdragon 821 processor, better battery and more.On first glance, it’s very hard to tell the difference between the OnePlus 3 and the new 3T variant. As mentioned earlier, the OnePlus 3T has a Snapdragon 821 processor, as featured in the Google Pixel and 6GB of  LPDDR4 RAM.You’ll also find a 128GB  storage option and the battery is bigger with it now being 3,400 mAh instead of 3,000 mAh but it still retains OnePlus’ Dash Charge. The 5.5-inch 1080p Optic AMOLED display is still on the OnePlus 3T.Now the front-facing camera is also 16-megapixels (which the rear-facing camera already was). It also has Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS).Each OnePlus 3T is made from a single slab of premium space-grade aluminum for a seamless finish. There is also…

Google Play Music is about to get a whole lot smarter

Google has introduced a big upgraded to Play Music by enabling a smarter and more contextually aware engine for better recommendations, an easier interface and better way to cache music for offline playback.Smart recommendationsIn the centre of it all, is the new and improved recommendation engine. Google is going to be using machine learning on your listening history to help determine what types of music you’d like to hear while also taking into account, your location, local weather, time of day and possible activities.Think of this as a amped up version of the curated playlists that were added to Google Play Music after Google acquired Songza.Changes to the home screenGoogle is also visually changing the Google Play Music home screen (both in the app and the web version). The top row, you’ll find your recent activity, than below that you’ll find a few blocks with suggested themes from the new recommendation engine. These can be based on activities, time of day, favourite bands and o…