Lilbits: Dark Sky goes dark, Pixel 5a, PowerToys v0.20 and game & video streaming updates

The end is here for the Dark Sky app for Android. There’s a new version of Microsoft’s PowerToys app for Windows. Google is already working on the Pixel 5a, even though the Pixel 4a hasn’t officially been announced yet. Microsoft may be in talks to buy TikTok. And Netflix is finally building functionality into its […]

Netflix to temporarily reduce streaming quality in Europe to cut down on network congestion (Update: YouTube, Amazon, Apple, and Disney too)

One side effect of the coronavirus pandemic is that a lot of people across the world are staying home… and getting online. In Europe, that’s led to increased network usage… and congestion. So EU officials reached out to Netflix, and asked the company to do its part to reduce network congestion in order to ensure […]

Netflix testing option to speed up or slow down playback on Android

Those of you who stream Netflix on an Android device may soon have a bit more control over video playback. According to a few scattered reports, Netflix is currently testing variable playback speed in their Android app. As you can see in the screenshot shared by Android Police, there are two options to slow playback […]

Nintendo Switch gets a YouTube app… as Nintendo Wii loses support for all streaming video services

The Nintendo Switch is first and foremost a game console. But you can also use it to watch movies and TV shows, thanks to a Hulu app that’s been available since last year. And this week a YouTube app showed up in the Nintendo eShop, allowing you to watch billions of videos on the system. […]

Lilbits 320: Apple’s new MacBook Pro is fast… except when it’s not

Apple launched its most powerful MacBook Pro laptops to date last week, including 15 inch models with support for up an Intel Core i9 processor and AMD Radeon Pro discrete graphics. Unsurprisingly, a top-of-the-line model scores really, really well in benchmarks, and Laptop Magazine reports it has one of the fastest SSDs shipping in any […]

Lilbits 317: More 2-in-1 Chromebooks

Microsoft isn’t the only company with a new tablet powered by a 6 watt, dual-core Pentium 4415Y processor based on 7th-gen Intel Core “Kaby Lake” architecture. Chrome Unboxed spotted evidence suggesting that HP will offer a version of its Chromebook x2 2-in-1 device with the low-power chip, possibly offering a cheaper option than the $600 […]

Netflix now comes with all T-Mobile ONE family plans

T-Mobile’s BingeOn service already lets customers stream videos from Netflix (and other video providers) without that data counting against their monthly high-speed data caps. Now T-Mobile is also offering to foot the bill for your Netflix subscription. The US wireless carrier has announced that all T-Mobile ONE family plans now include a Netflix subscription for […]

Netflix hack day projects: “Audiobook mode” and “continue binge watching”

Netflix held its latest Hack Day recently, giving the company’s employees some space to build new projects that reimagine the way we interact with the streaming video service. The company’s been holding Netflix Hack Days for years, and while teams of engineers have come up with some really cool ideas, the goal is really to […]