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Netflix Now Offering Downloads To Watch On The Go

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Netflix announced this week that members worldwide can now download shows and movies so they can watch them without an internet connection later. And the ability to do so comes in addition to all the usual streaming and at no additional cost.

The new feature is available for phones and tablets on Android and iOS — just make sure to update the Netflix app to the latest version.

“Airplane mode. Road trip mode. Stuck-in-the-subway-for-20-minutes mode,” Netflix announced via Twitter. “Your favorite stories are now available for download any time.”

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The 25 Best Inventions of 2016

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Every year, TIME selects the best inventions that are making the world better, smarter and—in some cases—a little more fun. In the past, they’ve featured everything from the real-life hoverboard to the desktop DNA lab.

Here’s which ones made this year’s list.

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Walkcar

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Walkcar by Cocoa Motors is a laptop-sized personal transportation vehicle. The Walkcar has a 13-inch carbon body that weighs just 2.8 kg, a top speed of 16 km/h, and a 60 minute run time per charge.

Interested customers can preorder the Walkcar now, and it is expected to begin shipping in September 2017 for $1,280.

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Introducing PhotoScan By Google Photos

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Photos from the past, meet scanner from the future. Get the new PhotoScan app by Google Photos, available now on Android and on iOS.

Capture your favorite printed photos quickly and easily, so you can spend less time editing and more time looking at your bad childhood haircut.

Back up your scans with the free Google Photos app to keep them safe, searchable, and organized. Bring your scans to life with movies, filters, and advanced editing controls. And share them with anyone, just by sending a link.

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Designed By Apple In California Chronicles 20 Years of Apple Design

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Apple announced the release of a new hardbound book chronicling 20 years of Apple’s design, expressed through 450 photographs of past and current Apple products. “Designed by Apple in California,” which covers products from 1998’s iMac to 2015’s Apple Pencil, also documents the materials and techniques used by Apple’s design team over two decades of innovation.

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The book is dedicated to the memory of Steve Jobs.

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“The idea of genuinely trying to make something great for humanity was Steve’s motivation from the beginning, and it remains both our ideal and our goal as Apple looks to the future,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s chief design officer. “This archive is intended to be a gentle gathering of many of the products the team has designed over the years. We hope it brings some understanding to how and why they exist, while serving as a resource for students of all design disciplines.”

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The products in this book are the result of a profoundly close collaboration between many different groups. Shot by photographer Andrew Zuckerman in a deliberately spare style, the book’s 450 images illustrate Apple’s design process as well as its finished products.

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In the book’s foreword, Ive explains:

“While this is a design book, it is not about the design team, the creative process, or product development. It is an objective representation of our work that, ironically, describes who we are. It describes how we work, our values, our preoccupations, and our goals. We have always hoped to be defined by what we do rather than by what we say.

We strive, with varying degrees of success, to define objects that appear effortless. Objects that appear so simple, coherent, and inevitable that there could be no rational alternative.”

Designed by Apple in California is available in two sizes and printed on specially milled, custom-dyed paper with gilded matte silver edges, using eight color separations and low-ghost ink. This linen-bound, hardcover volume was developed over an eight-year period. It is published by Apple.

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Designed by Apple in California will be available beginning Wednesday, November 16, in small (10.20” x 12.75”) at $199 (US) and large (13” x 16.25”) at $299 (US) exclusively from Apple.com and select Apple Stores. The book is on display at the Apple Stores where it is sold.

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Loop

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There a tons of ways to access and share your memories in your home, like smartphones, tablets, and TVs. None are quite as simple as the Loop Connected Photo Display.

Resembling an old tube set, it has 10-inch high-resolution screen and a simple interface with two knobs: one for skipping through individual photos and videos, and one for skipping through “channels” of photos from sources like Facebook, Instragram, and Dropbox.

It also supports voice and gesture controls, can read photos straight from SD cards, lets you control the action from a smartphone, and has a rechargeable battery so you can tote it anywhere you want.

Order HERE for $149.

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Apple Invites Media To ‘Hello Again’ October 27th Mac-Centric Event

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Apple today sent out media invites for a Mac-centric event that will be held on Thursday, October 27 at 10:00 a.m. at Apple’s Cupertino campus.

The October event is expected to focus on the introduction of new Macs, headlined by a much-rumored and highly anticipated revamped MacBook Pro. According to rumors, the new MacBook Pro will feature the first redesign to the machine since 2012.

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Snapchat Renames To Snap & Announces Spectacles

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Communications app Snapchat has a new name, Snap Inc., and is getting into the hardware business.

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Early Saturday, Snapchat, one of the most popular smartphone apps, reaching 100 million visitors daily, announced its first physical product, available later this year: Spectacles, $129.99 glasses that can record up to 10 seconds of video, similar to the ill-fated expensive Google Glass.

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In a news release, Snapchat described the new product as “the best way to make memories … hands-free, with the simple tap of a button.” It put up a bare-bones website to announce the product, Spectacles.com, and says the new video glasses will be “landing soon.”

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The Mega Tiny Anti-Gravity Phone Case

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The Mega Tiny Anti-Gravity phone case uses nano suction technology; imagine millions of tiny suction cups on the back of your case providing grip to most smooth surfaces. The case is perfect for hands-free selfies, streaming Netflix, Skyping with friends, recording video blogs, live streaming with Periscope, working out at the gym and much more!

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The Anti-Gravity case has raised edges to help protect your screen, plays nicely with glass screen protectors, has durable and grip-friendly TPU edges for impact protection and the nano-suction material absorbs shock.

Order HERE for $29+.

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Belkin Introduces Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar For iPhone 7 & iPhone 7 Plus

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The Belkin Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar offers dual functionality for charging and listening. Whether you want to charge in the car, on the go, or at home, the Belkin adapter makes it possible to listen to Lightning Audio and power your iPhone, simultaneously.

The adapter is designed to work with the full ecosystem of Lightning Audio headphones and there’s no need to remove your phone case while using it. The new Lightning Audio + Charge RockStar will be available October 10 for an MSRP of $39.95 on Belkin.comApple.com and at Apple retail stores.

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