SHARING NETFLIX

Almost half of Netflix subscribers share their password with someone, according to a Consumer Reports survey. We’re a bit shocked, but can understand how it could happen. It’s perfectly legal to share with a spouse, or someone in your household. It gets questionable when you tell a friend, “hey use my password to get on.” Netflix allows up to four different locations to be streaming a movie at once. Go over that limit, and someone will be shut off. Hulu is stricter. Only one movie can be streamed at a time. If you give your password to a friend, they might be watching when you want to watch. Amazon Instant Video allows two at a time, but you both must […]

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YOUTUBE TIPS AND TRICKS

Making a “playlist” in YouTube is a great way to provide an evening’s worth of entertainment without ever getting up to change the video.

Search for a video or performer you’d like to watch. We searched on “Danny Kaye.” Click it and then click “add to” the “Danny Kaye playlist.” Then search for another,

click “add to,” and add it to the playlist you already created. Now whenever you go to YouTube.com you’ll see your playlist off to the side. They also keep track of any video

you liked enough to click “like.”

Making a “playlist” in YouTube is a great way to provide an evening’s worth of entertainment without ever getting up to change the video.

Search for a video or performer you’d like to watch. We searched on “Danny Kaye.” Click it and then click “add to” the “Danny Kaye playlist.” Then search for another,

click “add to,” and add it to the playlist you already created. Now whenever you go to YouTube.com you’ll see your playlist off to the side. They also keep track of any video

you liked enough to click “like.”

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CHROME CASTING

When we wrote about Roku and Amazon Fire Stick for bringing in extra movie channels, games, and apps on your TV, we neglected to talk about Google’s Chromecast, which is cheaper: $35 online or $30 at Walmart. The $49 Roku stick easily won our test against the $39 Amazon Fire Stick. But we didn‘t have a “Chromecast.” So last week we went out and bought one and tested it thoroughly. The results were disappointing. Chromecast sounds great in theory: just about anything you see on your phone can theoretically be mirrored on your big TV. They call it “casting.” In our tests, however, it didn’t always work and was highly frustrating to handle. Now we’re sorry we gave two Chromecasts […]

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TIME LAPSE VIDEOS

Instagram’s Hyperlapse creates time-lapse videos. It will work with the iPhone’s front-facing camera, so you can take time-lapse videos of yourself. (Be still my selfie heart.)

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ROKU VERSUS FIRE STICK

We just bought a $39 Amazon “Fire Stick” for our second TV, to bring in hundreds of extra movie and TV channels, plus games and apps. On our main TV, we have the $49 Roku 3 stick. Here’s the difference: Roku usually gives you more choices.

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ANY-TIME GREETINGS

A colleague emailed us a hilarious Christmas greeting video from JibJab.com. It featured featuring faces from her family placed on the bodies of Santa’s elves. We couldn’t resist making JibJabs of our own. There are several styles and they are all hilarious.

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A THANK YOU VIDEO

Facebook.com/thanks creates a slideshow from photos you’ve already uploaded to Facebook, and any you add. Click “share” to share it on Facebook.

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SENDING SHORT VIDEO MESSAGES

“Qik” is a new Skype app is for sending short video messages to groups of friends. Skype was an early conduit for free video calls. Until now it was used mainly for long — 40 minutes or so — calls. Qik limits you to 42 second calls that don’t take up more than 5 megabytes of space on the recipient’s phone. It competes directly with WhatsApp and SnapChat.

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MOVIE NEWS

SlashFilm.com has movie news. We learned about plans for “Indiana Jones 5″ and “Twilight” as a series of short films for Facebook.

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GLIDE ON

“Glide” is like Skype video calling but with a twist. When you tap “record,” you’re streaming live video, whether or not there’s anyone waiting at the other end. Videos can be up to five minutes and the service is free.

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