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By now many consumers are signed up to Netflix, enjoying the ability to stream shows, movies and more at their convenience. But, what many don’t know is that Netflix has also built in a few tricks to make a viewing experience more memorable.

Know all the computer shortcuts

These five keyboard shortcuts will help you navigate Netflix like a pro.

·         F will give you full screen; Esc will take you out of it

·         PgDn pauses, PgUp will play

·         The spacebar will also pause and play

·         Shift + Right Arrow will fast forward; Shift + Left Arrow will rewind

·         M should toggle your mute button, depending on your computer

Save your data while on mobile

The Netflix mobile app on your phone or tablet lets you choose your Cellular Data Usage setting: Wi-Fi Only, Low, Medium, High, and Unlimited. Wi-Fi only keeps you from streaming when you’re not connected to a Wi-Fi network. If you have unlimited data on your plan, go for Unlimited, which uses about a GB every 20 minutes.

How to know which ISP to choose

Curious which Internet Service Provider (ISP) serves up the fastest speeds for a better streaming experience? Check out the Netflix ISP Speed Index which each month shows you which South African ISP supports the best Netflix experience: https://ispspeedindex.netflix.com/country/south-africa/

How to check your internet speeds

Next time Stranger Things starts buffering, use Netflix’s own speed test, Fast.com, to check the download speeds you’re getting from your ISP: https://fast.com/

How to find Netflix original programming

Netflix produced over 600 hours of original content in 2016. Type “Netflix” into the search bar to see a complete list of Netflix originals, all in one place. 

How to quickly browse by genre

To see more, click the row names on the homepage in your browser. This will bring up a full gallery of TV shows and films within that genre.

Make sure you’re optimising for HD

If you have an HD TV make sure you are streaming in HD. Just go to Playback settings (https://www.netflix.com/HdToggle) to make sure you’re set up. Many live-action Netflix originals are shot in 4K for optimum viewing pleasure.

How to find UHD (4K and HDR) content

If you own an Ultra HD TV, type “4K” or “HDR” in the search bar to see a full list of TV shows and movies available in 4K resolution and HDR, respectively.

How to watch Netflix overseas

If you’re planning an overseas holiday there’s a pretty good chance your account will continue to work like magic. You will also have access to all of the titles available in that region while you’re over there.

How to access subtitles

All programs on Netflix have the option to add English subtitles — handy if you’re watching a cockney movie or are hard of hearing. To activate subtitles, select the movie or TV show you want to play, head to “Audio & Subtitles” in the options panel then press “Back” once you’re done. Your movie will now play with English subtitles.

How to change subtitle appearance

You can change the colour and font size of subtitles to match your eyesight or personal style preference. To do this, head to Your Account and select Subtitle Appearance. You can tweak everything from colour and font, to the background and shadow appearance.

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Timberlake to headline iTunes London festival

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Apple has announced that Justin Timberlake, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Jack Johnson and Jessie J are among the headliners at this year’s iTunes Festival in London.

Running every night in September at the Roundhouse, the iTunes Festival features more than 60 acts performing at the legendary venue.

Performances can be watched live or on-demand by millions of iOS users around the world on their iPhone, iPad or iPod touch, as well as by music fans with iTunes on their computer or in stunning HD with Apple TV. Tickets are free for competition winners only.

Music fans from across the world, including the US, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Europe, Japan and Mexico can win tickets to the iTunes Festival through competitions run by local media partners. In the UK, fans can win tickets using the iTunes Festival app and the iTunes Store as well as select media partners including Channel 4, Global Radio and Metro.

Sir Paul McCartney, Amy Winehouse and Crowded House played the first iTunes Festival at London’s Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2007. Since then over 370 artists have performed in front of more than 370,000 fans and tens of millions more online and on television. Other performers have included Adele, Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Alicia Keys, Paul Simon, Jack White and Oasis. Performances are available for purchase and download on the iTunes Store.

Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices with iPad.

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New PS games ready for download

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Sony has announced its June line-up for PlayStation Plus subscribers, including Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, and two new catalogue releases, Demon’s Souls and ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection.

Immerse yourself in the ancient world of Amalur and its 10,000 years of magical history in the action-packed tale Kingdoms of Amalur: Reckoning, created by acclaimed New York Times bestselling author R.A. Salvatore. Take destiny into your own hands as you combat your way through this vast and vibrant world as envisioned by the visionary creator of Spawn and much-admired artist, Todd McFarlane.

In Demon’s Souls you are summoned by a mysterious maiden as the last hope for humanity to take on a mighty demon horde that has taken over the kingdom of Boletaria, after a terrible curse was mistakenly unleashed by King Allant the XII whilst in search of greater powers. Prepare for a battle that has so far defeated all other realm champions as you set out on this epic journey to save the Kingdom from a fate worse than death.

ICO and Shadow of the Colossus HD Collection brings two exciting worlds to PS Plus ready for fans to explore. Adopt the role of ICO, a young boy who finds himself imprisoned by the people of his village inside the walls of a menacing castle before joining forces with a young girl named Yorda as she attempts to escape in ICO. Take on the role of a young man named Wander in Shadow of the Colossus as you journey through an enchanted land, battling 16 enormous beasts known as the Colossi in order to restore the life of a girl named Mono, whose soul is trapped in this haunting world.

For gamer’s on-the-go, grab your PlayStation Vita (PS Vita) and transport yourself to lush forests in the cartoon-quality action title Rayman Origins. Alternatively, weave through airborne mazes as you avoid falling coconuts in Coconut Dodge HD, both available on PS Plus from 5th June.

PS Plus provides subscribers with access to top-rated games on PS3 and PS Vita, extending the service to two platforms for a single price for a one-year subscription. Additionally, 90 day subscriptions are also available giving user’s access to the same fantastic titles and great PlayStation Store discounts.

PS Plus subscribers receive an array of exclusive features, including 2GB cloud storage (1G for PS3 & 1G for PS Vita) for game saves. Automatic updates and beta access, as well as a huge collection of exclusive dynamic themes and PlayStation Network avatars, makes PS Plus the place to be in 2013.

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