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I Want To Love Binge But It's Missing Two Key Features - Lifehacker Australia
Foxtel's new streaming service, Binge, has now launched and it packages together everything we want in a streaming service — great content, ease of use and most importantly, affordability. While it's got everything going for it, there's two crucial features m…
Foxtel's new streaming service, Binge, has now launched and it packages together everything we want in a streaming service great content, ease of use and most importantly, affordability. While it's got everything going for it, there's two crucial features missing at launch that make it a tough sell for me. Binge is now available for fans of HBO and FX content but its huge library means there's enough to cover anyone's tastes. My first few scroll-throughs showed an impressive range of content and while my preference is definitely for the quality HBO library, there's plenty else to watch if you want to take a break on serious dramas. It comes with a familiar feel for anyone who's a veteran streamer, looking and behaving in a similar way to Netflix, Disney+ and perhaps, a little better than Stan. My biggest gripe with Foxtel's existing platforms was apart from how many there were they weren't easy to use and they weren't affordable. Binge addresses both of these things and for that, I love it. But while it has almost everything going for it, there are two big omissions that will be hard to overcome a lack of closed captions and no PlayStation app. The first point is a lot more serious than the latter given it's an accessibility issue. I personally have a preference for subtitles because my hearing isn't excellent and having subtitles serves up as a convenient backup for when I mishear characters. For those diagnosed as hard of hearing, however, that means they miss out on using the platform completely given both subtitles and closed captions aren't available. Lifehacker Australia has contacted Binge to see if there are any plans to introduce closed captions in the works and it confirmed it would be available "very soon". As for content not in English, I've only tested Apocalypto in my quick run-through, which had hard-coded subtitles. I assume other films with dialogue in languages other than English will have the same but that's yet to be verified. My other major issue with Binge so far is its lack of PlayStation support. I realise this might not be an issue for anyone with a smart TV or Chromecast or AirPlay capability but since I have none of those, the PlayStation 4 is how I stream 99 per cent of my content. PS4 has a dedicated section for all your streaming services, which includes Netflix, Stan, YouTube, Disney+ and even Foxtel Now among others. It gives you a roundup of the latest and, for those signed up to more than one service, can help you decide which service you'll browse. Easily switching between the services on a single platform is essential and if an app isn't available or doesn't work, it drops off my list. Out of sight, out of mind. When the Amazon Prime Video app abruptly stopped working for weeks on my PS4 late last year, I decided to unsubscribe until it was fixed. SBS On Demand also hasn't been supported for years either, coinciding with a sharp drop in me watching the great content available on it. A Binge representative said it was in talks with Sony regarding an app for PS4 and that it's in the pipeline but an exact timeline is not clear. Yes, I could set up my laptop and hook in a HDMI cable to get around it but that's not the point. I like being able to quickly switch between my subscriptions to see what's available and I'm sure I'm not the only one. Also, setting a laptop means losing the ability to use a remote, which is the antithesis of a lazy, couch binge. Streaming is all about convenience and accessibility. We no longer have to venture out to a store or scour the web for questionable sites in order to watch that hard-to-find movie. Binge will still get my attention for now it's a shiny new toy after all but it'll need to introduce those key features soon before it loses it. Binge is Australia's newest streaming service and in order for it to avoid a flop, it needs to offer something substantial given the existing competition. With Netflix and Stan holding the lion's share of subscribers in Australia outside of Foxtel, let's see how Binge shapes up to them. Read more
How To Get Early Access To Google Chrome's New Safety And Design Updates - Lifehacker Australia
Google announced a number of new features, tweaks, and additions to Chrome yesterday. In typical Google fashion, some are available for you to play with right now and some you’ll have to wait on. We’ve done the grunt work, and put together a comprehensive gui…
Google announced a number of new features, tweaks, and additions to Chrome yesterday. In typical Google fashion, some are available for you to play with right now and some youll have to wait on. Weve done the grunt work, and put together a comprehensive guide to unlocking every feature Google talked about yesterday (and what they are). Before we begin, make sure youre using the latest, stable version of Google Chrome, which should be version 83.0.4103.61 as of this writing. To check, or to update your browser, click on the triple-dot icon in the upper-right corner and click on Help > About Google Chrome. To make this easy, well go through Googles announcement about Chromes new features and highlight what you have to do to enable each one (if anything). Weve split the features up into sections: Privacy, site settings and cookies Google:Its easier to managecookies. You can choose if and how cookies are used by websites you visit, with options to block third-party cookies in regular or Incognito mode, and to block all cookies on some or all websites. You have two options for this one: You can install Chrome Canary, which comes with this new Cookies section in your browsers settings already enabled, or you can enable it yourself. Copy and paste this into the address bar of your regular or Beta version of Chrome: chrome://flags/#privacy-settings-redesign Enable the flag, and youll see the revamped Cookies section in Chromes Settings > Privacy and Security (on the sidebar) > Cookies and other site data (in the main Settings window). I recommend enabling Block third-party cookies, at minimum, which follows the security-and-privacy footsteps of other major browser developers. Google: In Site Settings, weve reorganized the controls into two distinct sections to make it easier to find the most sensitive website permissions: access to your location, camera or microphone, and notifications. A new section also highlights the most recent permissions activity. Enable the aforementioned flag, and this new redesign can be found in Settings > Privacy and security > Site Settings. Heres what it looks like! Google:At the top of Chrome settings, youll see You and Google (previously People), where you can findsync controls. These controls put you in charge of what data is shared with Google to store in your Google Account and made available across all your devices. This already exists in the stable version of Chrome. You cant miss it: Google:Because many people regularly delete their browsing history, weve moved that control, Clear browsing data, to the top of the Privacy & Security section. You can get this right now! Its impossible to miss: Chromes new Safety Check feature Google is dropping a brand-new Safety Check option into Chromes settings that can quickly scan your browser for all kinds of issues. As Google writes:
- The new tool will tell you if the passwords youve asked Chrome to remember have been compromised, and if so, how to fix them.
- It will flag if Safe Browsing, Googles technology to warn before you visit a dangerous site or download a harmful app or extension, is turned off.
- The safety check tool also has a new additional way to quickly see if your version of Chrome is up to date, i.e. if its updated with the latest security protections.
- If malicious extensions are installed, it will tell you how and where to remove them.
Click Frenzy Mayhem 2020: Aussie Broadband Offers $10 Off First 6 Months On NBN Plans - Lifehacker Australia
The Click Frenzy deals are still flying in left and right and we've got a sweet one from Aussie Broadband. Check it out.
The Click Frenzy deals are still flying in left and right and we've got a sweet one from Aussie Broadband. Check it out. Aussie Broadband has slashed $10 per month from almost all of its NBN plans excluding NBN 12 and NBN 250. It's valid for your first six months with the telco after which you'll have to pay the full price. But the plans are contract-free so you can leave whenever. Anything contract-free is such a win. The star of the show is probably the NBN 100/20 plan, priced at $79 per month with 86Mbps evening speeds. The promo is only running until 11.59pm tomorrow, Thursday, 21 May. To take advantage of it, use the promo code MAYHEM. Hurry up and make the most of this pretty legit Click Frenzy deal. And, if you weren't already convinced, Aussie Broadband actually offers its customers a solution to solve internet interruptions. There's a switch on hand that will let you 'kick' your connection. It's built into the MyAussie app and acts similar to a fresh reboot that you can control. It's powerful and will restart everything all the way through the network. For more deals, we have a big wrap of all the great Click Frenzy offers that are still available. Since iso's given our savings account a boost, it might be time to buy yourself a thing or two you've been eyeing for a while. Jump on the Telstra bandwagon and nab one of the Click Frenzy deals being offered by the major Aussie telco. All the offers are valid until 25 May. Read more Find more great bargains at Lifehacker Coupons. As Lifehacker editors we write about stuff we like and think you'll like too. Lifehacker often has affiliate partnerships, so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.
How To Enable Group Tabs On Chrome Right Now - Lifehacker Australia
I’ve seen a number of reports lately that Google is rolling out a new “group tabs” feature in Chrome designed to help you organise your unruly number of open tabs into more manageable, colour-coordinated chunks. Well, duh. You’ve been able to do this for mont…
Ive seen a number of reports lately that Google is rolling out a new group tabs feature in Chrome designed to help you organise your unruly number of open tabs into more manageable, colour-coordinated chunks. Well, duh. Youve been able to do this for months; you just didnt know it. If you dont want to wait for Googles rollout, first make sure youre using the latest version of Chrome. You dont have to be on a beta or anything like that; just update your browser to whatever you can get right now from the Stable channel (81.0.4044.138, as of this writing). After that, type this into your browsers address bar and hit Enter: chrome://flags/#tab-groups Switch Tab Groups to Enabled. Restart your browser and youll be able to right-click on any browser tab and add it to a new group. When you do, youll see a little coloured dot to its left. This is what youll use to organise your groups, which you can right-click to customise: I recommend assigning a name to your tab group, unless youre really good at mapping colours to tab types. Yes, you can even use emoji for your tab group names if you really want. Otherwise, managing the tabs in the group is easy enough. You can right click on any ungrouped tab in your browser to assign it to a new or existing group; its your choice. Close all the tabs in a group and itll disappear. Youll have to remake it again if you want to dump more tabs into that category, as Chrome wont remember old groups you previously used.