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Netflix switching to HTML5 video from Silverlight – SlashGear

Great news!

When Microsoft announced that Silverlight would be coming to an end in 2021, it gave companies that utilize the video technology less than a decade to gravitate to an alternative. Perhaps the biggest and most prolific user of Silverlight is Netflix, which takes advantage of its “high-quality streaming experience” for Watch Instantly. Today the company announced that in light of Microsoft’s announcement, it will be switching to HTML5 video.

via Netflix switching to HTML5 video from Silverlight – SlashGear.

Avoid Stinking Up the House When Frying Fish by Putting a Spoonful of Peanut Butter in the Pan

When frying fish (or anything, really), it can stink up the house pretty fast. If you want to avoid that lingering smell, all you need is a spoonful of creamy peanut butter. As Howcast explains in the video above (around the 40 second mark), just place the creamy peanut butter in the pan while cooking and it’ll absorb the smell while you cook.

via Avoid Stinking Up the House When Frying Fish by Putting a Spoonful of Peanut Butter in the Pan.

Bill Gates: There is ‘a strong possibility’ Apple needs a Surface-like device

Is there really any question as to who the leader is? Can they really compare the Surface to the iPad when there’s no real specs, price, or availability, and then even think they’re in the same space?

Indeed, most of the talk regarding Surface drew direct and indirect comparisons to Apple’s tablet offering which is the unquestioned leader in the space.

via Bill Gates: There is ‘a strong possibility’ Apple needs a Surface-like device.

Apple releases dedicated Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad

I tried the new Podcasting app today. It doesn’t seem to be that big of a surprise as to how they’re handling podcasts, but It’s a bummer that they still can’t do a proper playlist.

The way that I listen to podcasts is via a smart playlist of all my audio podcasts. I filter them by a play count of less then 1 and so after I listen to an episode, it removes itself from my playlist. Then in iTunes I have another smart playlist of all podcasts with a play count of 1 or more that I delete now and then. It works great, but for some reason I can’t control the order very well. I prefer to listen in the order they were released which it sort of does. But the new app has no sign of playlists at all.

Apple releases dedicated Podcasts app for iPhone and iPad | The Verge.

Microsoft updates iPhone Xbox Live app with Wi-Fi console controller

A review:

I wanted to like this since the regular Xbox controller sucks as a TV remote, and I really only use the Xbox for watching movies on Netflix lately, but it’s pretty useless. It connected easily, but since it doesn’t stay connected after the phone sleeps, using it to pause a show or switch to another one makes you reconnect to Xbox, and then reconnect to Netflix, which then restarts the service.

And you can’t use the iPhone keyboard to type in the search field. Lame.

Use your iPhone with your Xbox to connect, control and discover content on your console…

via Microsoft updates iPhone Xbox Live app with Wi-Fi console controller.

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