Netflix has offered the ability to download shows for a couple of years now. However, the onus was on the user to manually add episodes into the offline mode. Thankfully, a new software update takes care of the downloading for you. Here's how it works.
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The Disconnect, a new magazine featuring short stories, articles and poetry, is online-only. But you can't actually read it while you're online. The webzine hides behind a warning notice until you disconnect your phone or computer from the internet. (The whole zine loads as soon as you visit one page.) "This is not a Luddite rallying cry against modernity," says editor Chris Bolin. It's "an experiment-in-progress".
Rejoice, you can download Netflix movies and TV shows to watch offline. Unfortunately, it only downloads to your built-in storage by default, which can lead to some slow, cluttered phones. If you'd rather use the extra space on your SD card for all those Stranger Things episodes, here's how.
Windows/Mac/Linux: Khan Academy is very useful for learning about computer science, maths, and many other subjects. If you'd rather learn without being tied to an internet connection, KA Lite allows you to manage and view downloaded Khan Academy videos.
iOS: Google Drive, Google's Dropbox-like competitor, acquired native clients for iOS today, which allow you to view documents in full screen on your iPhone or iPad, and edit Google Docs offline while you work.
As part of today's announcement that a new Chromebook and Chromebox are on the way, Ars Technica is also reporting that offline editing is finally coming to Google Docs in June.
English-language editions of Wikipedia will be offline for 24 hours from 4pm Wednesday January 18 (Australian Eastern daylight saving time) to protest the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) in the US. If you urgently need Wikipedia content during that period, what can you do? Here are a few emergency alternatives.
After killing Gears, Google reintroduced offline support last September with a Chrome extension, but that wasn't particularly well received either. Will the latest update finally make offline Gmail a realistic prospect?