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Netflix is finally coming to Nest Hub Smart Displays

Google’s Nest Hub Smart Displays have been a great entry into the screened Assistant for the search giant. However, it hasn’t always been a smooth path– between technical issues and glaring omissions like Netflix, there have been plenty of growing pains.Thankfully, both sides have come to a new agreement that fixes this omission from Nest Hub Smart Displays. Starting today, you can now use Netflix on these devices from Google. After over a year, the wait is finally over and you can initiate the streaming service via voice on the Nest Hub Smart Displays.All you need to do is make sure your Netflix account is linked to the Google Home or Assistant app and use your voice. By using “Hey Google, open Netflix” you can bring up a stripped-down version of Netflix’s immersive UI. You can also call on streaming specific shows as well in a similar fashion.You can then interact with the content via the touchscreen, voice, or gestures. Google has made sure the Quick Gestures for Nest Hub work with Netflix from the jump. With this, you can pause or play videos by raising your hand towards the display.There are a few caveats we don’t know just yet. One is that this seems to be a rolling fix by one, or both, software giants and many are not seeing the update yet. Google is known for regional rollouts of server-side software like this and we can only assume this will take the same approach.Another is Chromecast. It’s another assumption, but you’d have to believe that “now supports” Netflix includes the Casting feature, but the Google announcement doesn’t reference this directly. Once we have a working unit with Nest Hub and Netflix we will know more.Last, we have no official word on third-party Google Smart Displays. The likes of Lenovo, JBL, and LG all have smart displays outside the Nest brand. One can only hope that this new Netflix fix rolls out to those as well in the future.Despite these issues, the announcement alone is great news for Nest Hub owners. It gives Google another compelling feature that is not available on competing offerings from the Amazon Echo Show or Facebook Portal. Let us know in the comments if you have the new feature, or if you are patiently still waiting.

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How to remove content from Netflix ‘Continue Watching’ on your phone

Netflix is one of the world’s most popular streaming platforms, but the service can have its share of irritations. Take, for instance, removing content from your Continue Watching list.In the past, removing Continue Watching has been a pain. You’d had to navigate through the back-end of the service to manually remove stuff you don’t want to be shown at the homepage.Whether you just wanted to watch a single episode or one part of a movie, the rest of the media would be stapled to your Continue Watching, ruining your line-up of content arrangement.Netflix has quietly rolled out a new feature that allows you to manually remove content from the line-up so that you no longer have to see that show or movie as an option for opening it once.The feature is on the latest version of the smartphone app, and it immediately affects the homepage layout for your other devices, including desktop, smart TV, and tablets.For Android PhonesEnsure you are on the latest version of Netflix from the Google Play Store.Navigate to your Continue Watching list and below the title you wish to remove, look for three dots below its title.Tap on the three dots and you’ll now see a new option of Remove from Row.Tap on Remove From Row and you’ll get a confirmation box.Once you tap on Yes, the content you chose will now be gone. This applies to TV shows, documentary, movies, and any other media you can access on Netflix. And the best part is that it automatically synchronizes across other platforms.The new feature is especially handy if you’re looking to de-clutter your Continue Watching space. It is currently exclusive to smartphones; we weren’t able to replicate the process on the website or Windows 10 application. Hopefully, it gets added soon to the web experience.Find the new feature useful? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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Enter here for your chance to win a lifetime of Netflix

Netflix is awesome stuff. You know it and we know it. But, it’s one of those services where we’ve seen the price increase a few times in just the last couple of years.At last check, Netflix Premium is $16 per month, or $192 per year. How would you like to keep that money instead? What if you could save nearly $200 per year, for the rest of your life?With thousands of hours of television shows and movies, and even more original content, Netflix is one awesome service. Whether it’s Stranger Things, Mindhunter, Orange is the New Black, BoJack Horseman or something else, we all have our favorite shows. Then there’s original movies like El Camino and the upcoming The Irishman.Netflix GiveawayWe want to give you a lifetime account to Netflix at no cost! So, for the next few weeks you have a chance to enter a drawing which gives you that opportunity.You can increase your chances of winning by sharing the contest, giving you an added edge.Don’t mess around and miss out. Even though registration doesn’t end until January 29, 2020, you’ll want to get in as soon as possible.

Mac users should not hold their breath for Netflix to port its iOS app

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What’s the holdup with Netflix and Google Smart Displays?

Google has a new range of devices that are very important to its future hardware plans. The smart display is a new venue for the company to literally present Google Assistant to users with a great out-of-the-box experience. However, these devices are also amazing Google Cast units as well, but one major partner is missing: Netflix.What’s Missing?While you can watch most streaming apps like Hulu, YouTube, and Plex via Cast on any Nest Hub (previously Google Home Hub), Netflix has been missing since Google’s launch. There’s a lot of speculation on why this the case. We’ll try to dive deeper in some of the reasons we think this option is currently missing.New TechnologyFirst, and foremost, the Google Nest Hub, and smart displays are still a fairly new form factor. Both Google and its partners are still experimenting with what these screens should and shouldn’t do. Hell, at launch, the editions from the likes of Lenovo didn’t even run the same OS.The underlying technology is there to at least make an attempt in Netflix playback. Google Nest Hubs all have Google Cast built into the OS and the app supports video playback via this protocol. This points to how Netflix is very particular on how they release the streaming services to devices.Not Netflix Certified HardwareThat leads us to the more likely scenario- Netflix is dedicated to making sure that its content is seen in the most positive light possible. The last thing the company wants it to have a sub-par experience due to some unforeseen immaturity of the Google Nest Hub. With this, Netflix has a metric it requires devices to meet before the service can become available.Google and Netflix have both eluded, but never confirmed that this is the reasoning behind the omission on Google Nest Hubs. Each company has been quoted on talks between the two to find a solution. However, at the moment we still are in waiting. Without Netflix’s approval, Google can’t just make this work on its own.What Happens Next?Honestly, we wait and see, but I have confidence that these two content giants will eventually make this work.Google sees video playback as a real differentiation for its smart displays like Nest Hub over the closest competition from Amazon’s Echo Show series. Cast allows many more streaming services to have access to this new form factor with very little change to developers current applications.Netflix also will have more motivation to open the service to Google’s platform once the sales increase. Google is making a huge fall push with more hardware like the larger in-house model of the Google Nest Hub Max and refreshes from partners like Lenovo as well.We hope this additional streaming option comes sooner rather than later. It really is the biggest missing video on demand for the Google array of smart displays.

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We might be largely stuck at home as the summer 2020 season kicks into high gear but that doesn’t mean we’re completely hopeless. Businesses are open, albeit with limited hours, and likely a few safety measure in place.One segment of business that a lot of us missed during the shutdown was the workout and personal fitness one. Sure, we can get in a few exercises and routines at home, but there’s nothing like having a dedicated place to go with proper equipment.If you’re among those willing and/or able to get to and from a gym, you’ll want to pack the right gear. For some that means just a quick change of shoes. For others it might mean a dedicated outfit, headphones, water bottle, and more.Up for review today is the WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag, a perfect companion for toting your items back and forth to the gym. 1 of 4 We’ve been a fan of the WaterField brand since we first had to chance to check out its products. And after spending some time with this one, we’ve fallen head over heels with it. In fact, we’ve come to use it on an almost daily basis, gym or no gym.Almost square in stature (13.5-inches x 12.5-inches), the Bootcamp Gym Bag is available in tan waxed canvas or ballistic nylon. Our review unit was the former, which we’ve found gets a nice patina and unique look after a few weeks.The size is just right for putting into most gym lockers, and adequate enough for the stuff we carry with us on a day-today basis. Some days that means a portable charger, pair of shoes, notebook, and a magazine. Other days it’s car keys, water bottles, and a change of clothes.We appreciate that there are two pockets for (up to 3-inch) bottles, one at each end. This is great for days when you might leave the house with any combination of protein shake, sports drink, energy drink, or water.The main interior can be accessed by way of both side. On one you’ll find it is zippered nearly all the way around. On the other there is a zipper across the top which lets you quickly reach an internal pocket. We like that the bag allows for easy access — even when the bag is in a locker.The “rip-stop” lining is not just functional, preventing tears and snags, but also provides an eye-catching complimentary color.On the exterior is a pocket that snaps closed with a magnet, and is often where we toss our keys, earbud case, and wallet. Flip it around and you’ll find a pocket that fits magazines, books, and other items to be hastily stashed.If you’re the type who gets up at the crack of dawn, ready to take on the world with CrossFit, you’ll dig this bag. It’s the right size for your wrist straps, gloves, and other gear. The same goes for indoor wall climbers and weight-lifters. The WaterField Bootcamp Gym Bag is the right size for your daily tools.Depending on how and where you use the bag, you might find yourself using the shoulder strap. It’s included with the bag and sort of re-purposes it into a daily commuter bag. While it doesn’t have a laptop or tablet sleeve, it does have enough nooks and crannies to stow away pens, notepads, phones, keys, and more.This will likely become our go-to bag for traveling by air, if and when that ever happens again. It’s convenient, flexible, and comprises of quality materials.If you like the distressed look, get out there and own it. But, if you want to touch it up or refresh the coating, you can purchase wax and apply it in a matter of minutes. Doing so also gives your bag a water repellent finish and makes it so spills and stains can be wiped away.One of the biggest reasons we’ve become fans of WaterField and its products is that they stand behind them. Indeed, the Bootcamp Gym Bag is backed by a lifetime warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.Learn more about the Bootcamp Gym Bag ($199), and other bags at the WaterField website.