MakeUseOf: Netflix Will Now Cancel Your Account Unless You Use It

MakeUseOf: Netflix Will Now Cancel Your Account Unless You Use It. “If you pay for Netflix but don’t actually use the streaming service, you should probably cancel your subscription. After all, that’s several dollars leaving your account each month for nothing. Just like a gym membership for people who no longer work out. However, even if you don’t cancel your own Netflix you may have it cancelled for you. This is because Netflix has announced it’s going to start cancelling inactive accounts automatically in order to stop people spending money on something they don’t use.”

VentureBeat: DoNotPay now lets you share online subscriptions without divulging your password

VentureBeat: DoNotPay now lets you share online subscriptions without divulging your password. “DoNotPay, the digital lawyer that shot to prominence for its bot that helps drivers appeal parking tickets, has launched a new product aimed at consumers. With the DoNotPay Subscription Sharing Chrome extension, anyone can share access to their online accounts — like Spotify, Netflix, Disney+ — without divulging their password.”

MakeUseOf: The Netflix Secret Codes Cheat Sheet

MakeUseOf: The Netflix Secret Codes Cheat Sheet. “As a Netflix user, one of the main dilemmas you probably face is deciding what to watch. Yes, there are apps and websites to help you find interesting content on Netflix. But what if you have niche interests or want to watch content from an ultra-specific genre? How do you narrow down your choices then? Netflix itself can come to your rescue here with its collection of secret categories.”

Lifehacker: Add IMDB Ratings and Show Info to Netflix With This Extension

Lifehacker: Add IMDB Ratings and Show Info to Netflix With This Extension. “When you’re trying to find something to watch on Netflix, sometimes you want to know what others outside of Netflix thought about the show. That’s where zRate can help. The Chrome extension brings in rating info from IMDB and occasionally Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic, and offers information about the program’s plot, and the main cast from the same sites.”

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts

Ubergizmo: Lawmakers Proposes That Streaming Services Broadcast Emergency Alerts. “One of the benefits of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon is that you don’t need to deal with ads. This is because while they do sometimes feel like regular television, they are not, and as such, aren’t necessarily subjected to the same requirements of television. This includes broadcasting emergency alerts in the form of Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI).”

Engadget: Netflix test brings human-curated ‘Collections’ to streaming

Engadget: Netflix test brings human-curated ‘Collections’ to streaming. “Netflix leans on algorithms for virtually all of its show suggestions, but it’s trying something radical: curation from real, honest-to-goodness humans. The service is testing expert-crafted Collections that, much like music playlists, offer selections based around certain themes. You can check out a collection of light-hearted fare if you’re looking for relief from a stressful week, or go for prizewinning titles if you only want critically-praised pieces.”

Poynter: Netflix’s algorithms seem to be a new entry point for conspiracy theories. Be aware!

Poynter: Netflix’s algorithms seem to be a new entry point for conspiracy theories. Be aware!. “When the spread of disinformation became a major topic of debate in late 2016, it was discussed mainly in reference to social networks such as Facebook and Twitter. In the following months, serious problems related to the diffusion of pseudoscientific beliefs, conspiracy theories and disinformation emerged on YouTube and WhatsApp. Until now, the popular video streaming service Netflix had managed to stay out of the picture. Not anymore.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Watch Netflix and Still Learn a New Language

MakeUseOf: 5 Ways to Watch Netflix and Still Learn a New Language . “Netflix streams to more than 190 countries around the world. While most of the content is in English, the streaming platform also supports 22 languages that include Arabic, Korean, Simplified and Traditional Chinese. It could be a great way to pick up a second or third language and learn how it is spoken colloquially. Or, you could just pay attention and improve your English too. The right movie or TV show is fine alone. But these Chrome extensions for Netflix will help to immerse you into your favorite languages immediately. And you won’t feel guilty either!”

Phys .org: Researchers use algorithm from Netflix challenge to speed up biological imaging

Phys .org: Researchers use algorithm from Netflix challenge to speed up biological imaging. “Researchers have repurposed an algorithm originally developed for Netflix’s 2009 movie preference prediction competition to create a method for acquiring classical Raman spectroscopy images of biological tissues at unprecedented speeds. The advance could make the simple, label-free imaging method practical for clinical applications such as tumor detection or tissue analysis.”

Lifehacker: Rediscover Random Netflix Episodes With This Web App

Lifehacker: Rediscover Random Netflix Episodes With This Web App. “Shufflix is a web app that randomizes a number of popular shows on Netflix, and offers a suggestion for what you should watch right now. For instance, clicking on Friends suggests that I watch Season 6, Episode 22: The One Where Paul’s the Man.” The tool doesn’t cover all series on Netflix, but apparently a bunch of them. I really need to watch an episode of Friends one day. Or Seinfeld.