What’s New to Netflix December 2018

Like every other month, Netflix is adding quite a bit more content this December. There are dozens of original Netflix TV shows and movies being added to the catalog, including Andy Serkis’ Mowgli Legend of the Jungle, an Ellen Degeneres stand-up special (her first in 15 years), Springsteen on Broadway and a Bill Murray documentary. In addition to new Netflix originals, you’ll be entertained with high-profile movies and shows from other studios, including Avengers: Infinity War (December 25th) and other notable titles like The Big Lebowski, District 9, Shaun of the Dead, 8 Mile, and The Last Dragon (Sho’nuff!).
Below are a few of our favorite shows and movies coming to Netflix in December, followed by the complete list of everything that will be making its Netflix debut during the month.

December 1st

8 Mile
Astro Boy Battle– NETFLIX FILM
Bride of Chucky
Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs
Crossroads: One Two Jaga– NETFLIX FILM
Friday After Next
Man vs Wild with Sunny Leone: Season 1
Meet Joe Black
Memories of the Alhambra (Streaming Every Saturday)– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
My Bloody Valentine
Next Friday
Reindeer Games
Seven Pounds
Shaun of the Dead
Terminator Salvation
The Big Lebowski
The Great British Baking Show: Masterclass: Season 5 Masterclasses
The Last Dragon
The Man Who Knew Too Little

December 2nd

The Lobster

December 3rd

Blue Planet II: Season 1
The Sound of Your Heart: Reboot Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 4th

District 9

December 6th

Happy!: Season 1

December 7th

5 Star Christmas– NETFLIX FILM
Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle– NETFLIX FILM
Nailed It! Holiday!– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Neo Yokio: Pink Christmas– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
ReMastered: Who Killed Jam Master Jay?– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Super Monsters and the Wish Star– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Hook Up Plan (Plan Coeur)– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 9th

Sin senos sí hay paraíso: Season 3

December 10th

Michael Jackson’s This Is It

December 11th


December 12th

Back Street Girls: Gokudols (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)

December 13th
Wanted: Season 3 (NETFLIX ORIGINAL)
December 14th

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter’s Tale– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cuckoo: Season 4– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Dance & Sing with True: Songs– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Fuller House: Season 4– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inside the Real Narcos– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Inside the World’s Toughest Prisons: Season 3– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Prince of Peoria: A Christmas Moose Miracle– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Travelers: Season 3– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 8– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 16th

Baby Mama
Kill the Messenger
One Day
Springsteen on Broadway– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Theory of Everything

December 18th

Ellen DeGeneres: Relatable– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 5– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 21st

3Below: Tales of Arcadia– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Greenleaf: Season 3
Sirius the Jaeger– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Struggle: The Life and Lost Art of Szukalski– NETFLIX FILM
Tales by Light: Season 3– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 24th

The Magicians: Season 3

December 25th

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown: Season 11
Marvel Studios’ Avengers: Infinity War

December 26th

Alexa & Katie: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

December 28th

La noche de 12 años– NETFLIX FILM
When Angels Sleep– NETFLIX FILM

December 30th

The Autopsy of Jane Doe

December 31st

The Bill Murray Stories: Life Lessons Learned From a Mythical Man

Google’s Allo will officially shut down next Spring

With the recent news that Google will be eventually be migrating Hangouts classic users to Hangouts Chat, the company has decided to put a date on the shutdown of Allo. The service will be operational until March of 2019, giving users a bit more than three months to export their data and find a replacement messaging app.
Google launched Allo a few years back with a lot of fan fair. The company pitched the service as an alternative to WhatsApp, tying it to the user’s phone number without needing a Google account. Allo offered end-to-end encryption, special capabilities with the built-in Google Assistant and dozens of other features which made it quite compelling. Despite Google’s best efforts, Allo never really caught on, topping out t roughly 50 million active users. While that number is quite bit, it pales in comparison to the 1 billion or more users that rely on WhatsApps, Facebook Messenger and other messaging platforms.
There is no direct replacement for Allo, but Google is urging those who still use the service to check out Android Messages. Many of the developers from the Allo team have been moved over and are now working to integrate some of the best features from Allo into Android Messages. The app comes pre-installed on quite a few Android devices as the default SMS app and is fully compatible with RCS.
“We’re excited by the progress we’ve made with our communications experience over the past few years, and ready to take what we’ve learned from Allo and put it to work to make Messages even better. And by refocusing on Messages and Duo for consumers and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for team collaboration, we’re focused on delivering a simpler and more unified communications experience for all of you.”
Google’s messaging strategy has been a bit jumbled over the past few years. We’re not sure that shutting down Allo will make things any better, but it’s nice to see that Google is still working to find the right solution for a single messaging platform.
Source: Google

Hangouts product lead confirms ‘eventual shut down of Hangouts’

A few days back, news broke that Google plans to shut down Hangouts sometime in 2020. While Google typically doesn’t comment on rumors, Scott Johnston (Hangouts product lead) took to Twitter to clear the air. Johnston iterated that Hangouts doesn’t yet have an end date, but noted that Hangouts classic (that’s what Google is calling Hangouts internally) users will be migrated to Hangouts Chat and Meet before the product is shut down. From there, Johnston went on a short rant with four additional Tweets to defend Hangouts Chat and its appeal beyond the enterprise realm.
Phandroid’s Take
While we appreciate Scott Johnston jumping in to add some additional context to the conversation, it does look like Google is planning to pull the plug on Hangouts classic. This is not at all surprising given the lack of attention the service has gotten over the past year or so. Transitioning users to Hangouts Chat and Meet may be a good alternative, but the general public might be better served if Google gave them an easy way to transition to Android Messages and find a way to integrate that service directly into Gmail.
I have used Hangouts Chat quite a bit with a few different G Suite accounts. The service is quite capable and a step up when compared to Hangouts classic, but it lacks the appeal and that bit of flare that you get with consumer-focused messaging products like Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp and even Google’s own Allo. For the sake of simplicity, I think Google needs to draw a hard line between its consumer and enterprise messaging platforms to that they can deliver the features which will make each service truly shine.

2/ So while that will result in the eventual shut down of Hangouts classic (as we now call it), it doesn’t imply we are ending support for the use case supported by the product: messaging and meetings.
— Scott Johnston (@happyinwater) December 1, 2018

4/ But this isn’t just true with Google Apps, it is true across the market. Line supports both businesses and consumers. As does Facebook Messenger. Dropbox. Even Teams recently opened to consumers. I could go on.
— Scott Johnston (@happyinwater) December 1, 2018

6/ But these are subjective points, and they are my products, so I’m strongly biased. In the end, neither you, nor I will make this judgement. Our users will. Everything else is just talk. /FIN
— Scott Johnston (@happyinwater) December 1, 2018

Google to pull the plug on Hangouts in 2020

If you’re still using Google Hangouts, you should start looking for an alternative over the coming months. According to a source who’s familiar with the Hangouts internal roadmap, Google is planning on pulling to plug on the messaging platform sometime in 2020. The service hasn’t received any updates in more than a year and Google itself has already mentioned that Hangouts would be repurposed as an enterprise messaging service for its G Suite customers as Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.
While Google doesn’t have a direct replacement for Hangouts, the planned shutdown of the platform isn’t surprising. For the past few years, Google has been leading the charge on RCS which is the replacement for MMS service that’s offered by nearly every service provider around the globe. Android Messages is likely what Google plans to use as its direct Hangouts replacement once the new Chat feature which will allow many of the same features that are built into Hangouts and allow you to send and receive messages on your phone and computer.

Hangouts was never the perfect chat service, but it did become the default platform for millions who relied heavily on Android and Gmail since the service was built into Gmail on the web. While I personally still use Hangouts as my main messaging platform to communicate with friends, family and co-workers, it may finally be time to find a replacement messaging service. Most other platforms have evolved way beyond what Hangouts has to offer, but it’ll be hard living with an alternative service which doesn’t allow you to search through years of archived messages or quickly find images which were sent to you and automatically stored in Google Photos.
Source: 9to5Google

YouTube adds 99 movies for you to watch for free

There are a lot of reasons to love YouTube. It’s the best place on the web to find user-generated content and music videos, but Google is slowly transforming YouTube into a place for you to find and consume mainstream content. While YouTube has been offering movie rentals for several years now, the company has just added a collection of 99 movies which can be watched for free. Of course, like all things “free” from Google, you’ll be subjected to unskippable commercial interruptions from time to time while you enjoy these flicks. If you’re a YouTube Premium subscriber, you’ll be able to enjoy the free movies without any ad interruptions. For now, it looks like the free movies may only be available in the US, but please let us know if you are able to view them in other markets as well.
The list of movies ranges from the original Rocky movies, The Terminator, Hackers, The Man in the Iron Mask to B-list flicks like The Woods, Monsters Beware and A Guy Thing. Scanning through the list, there are at least 20 titles that I’d be interested in watching. It’s not clear if YouTube will be adding additional titles to its free movie collection of it this is simply an experiment to see if they can generate more revenue with ads than they could by renting the movies for $2-3 each. If the list of free movies does grow over time, it definitely adds a lot more value to the YouTube Premium subscriptions.
You can take a look at the full free movie collection here. If you’re not a YouTube Premium subscriber already, would you consider joining if YouTube adds new free movies each month?
Source: YouTube

27 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games to kick off the weekend

Friday is here! Another week is coming to a close, so that means it’s time for one more round of app sales. Today’s list features some notable games (and even an app), including a few Asmodee titles and the recently-launched Teslagrad.
Liveno Chat Pro $5.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 hours
Learn French with MosaLingua $4.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
APN Notificator $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 days
Betting Doctor $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 6 days
EJuice Calculator $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 7 days
Zenge $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 5 hours
Freelancer Simulator Inc : Game Dev Money Clicker $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Raiders in my pocket $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 2 days
Beneath the Basement $0.99 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Football Challenger – League $2.49 -> Free; Sale ends in 3 days
Dr. Read More27 temporarily free and 26 on-sale apps and games to kick off the weekend was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

56 temporarily free and 32 on-sale apps and games to start the week

Another week has begun and November is already off to a solid start. Deals are beginning to pour in and they will continue to do (in ever increasing numbers) as the days go by. Today’s list of app sales is reflective of this. As an added bonus, the scales have tipped toward the free side this time around — that doesn’t happen too often. Anyway, take a look through what’s on offer. Read More56 temporarily free and 32 on-sale apps and games to start the week was written by the awesome team at Android Police.

Get a free Google Home Mini when you sign up for Spotify Family plan

Everybody loves free stuff and this latest promo from Spotify is one of the better ones we’ve seen around these parts. Spotify is teaming up with Google to offer a free Google Home Mini to anyone who signs up (or upgrades their account) to a Spotify Premium for Family plan.
The promo is only good until December 12th, 2018, and only while supplies last — so you’ll need to act quick if you want to take advantage of the deal. Spotify Premium for Family costs $14.99 a month and allows you to add up to 6 people to your plan with their own separate accounts for ad-free, unlimited music streaming. Even if you’re already a Spotify user (Premium or Premium w/Hulu) you can still upgrade your account to take advantage of the deal.

Once you’ve signed up, you’ll receive an email with a link you can follow that takes you to the Google Store. There you’ll be able to choose your color (whit- sorry, chalk already appears to be sold out) and you’ll see a promo code already applied in your cart, reducing the price to zero dollars. Now that’s a deal.
Once the order has been placed, a Google Home Mini will appear on your doorstep a few short days later. It doesn’t get much easier than that. To jump on this deal, simply hit the link right here.
Source: Spotify

It’s time for manufacturers to ditch custom UI’s for stock Android

Before I begin, I’m writing this completely from an HTC user perspective. I understand there are other manufacturers out there, but my experience of other brands is limited, if your experiences are different or you have anything to add from the other side of the fence, I’d love to read your comments.
“We’ve come a long way baby.”
Since the first Android phone in 2008 from HTC, we’ve seen a full spectrum of “skins” or custom User Interfaces from numerous manufacturers based on the Android OS. Ten years ago, it is what seemed like the only way to make the most of the bare bones Android and introduce new features that stock software was lacking. In 2009 HTC released the HTC Hero (my first Android phone) running brand new HTC Sense which was the metaphorical springboard to the Android experience we have everywhere today.
However, to the tech-savvy user, an Android skin is, at best, an unnecessary inconvenience. More often, it’s a clunky, not cool, faux fashion statement by manufacturers who are clearly out of touch with user expectations.
Ask any Android fanboy and you’ll usually hear two points of view: Android is better than iOS, and the closer to stock (or AOSP), the better. I’d have to agree, however, this hasn’t always been my mantra. Ever since the first Android skin appeared in the form of HTC Sense, way back in 2009, I was convinced that custom UI was the only way to really enjoy the Android mobile experience. It was something they did really well and made the Android experience easy and fun, without too much bloat.
So what do we get when we buy a device without stock Android? The traditional arguments against skins and manufacturer tweaks are abundant, here are a few:

Skins are generally uglier than Stock Android
They include bloatware or duplicate apps
Your phone’s performance will suffer
Material design is basically nonexistent
Updates come less frequently, if at all
The core Android experience gets confused
Your battery life will suffer

Until the last year or two, I wouldn’t have agreed with many of these points. However watching the rapid growth of Google’s homegrown Pixel line (Successor of Nexus) and comparing them with my 9-year unbroken relationship streak with HTC and HTC sense, I’m seeing less and less evidence to convince me that manufacturer UI is the way to go. Often saying to myself “I’m so heavily invested in the Google infrastructure and software suite, do I even need HTC Sense?” — I find myself being increasingly frustrated by the twists and turns standing between me and useful features, hindering my productivity.
Photo by Hugh Han on Unsplash
In a sea of manufacturers who are all fighting for market share, is there room for segregated UI experiences anymore? I’ve been an HTC user for nearly 10 years, I liked HTC sense and I’ve never considered leaving because I didn’t want to adjust my habits and learn a new UI. I was happy, but as advancements in camera software and design language progress and manufacturer software updates get left behind, not to mention the rapid downturn of HTC’s business. So I’m left here feeling lost and wondering: is it time to change the game?

… Given the choice, how would you like that presented to you? Factory unlocked stock android experience that comes at a premium. Manufacturer Custom UI with slight price also at premium price. Or Locked Carrier UI with unit price reduction.
— Darren Millar (@darrenmillar) November 2, 2018

I have no regrets in admitting I love HTC hardware but I’ve started to fall out of love with the user experience. Simple things that should just work, don’t. Software updates, although still amongst the fastest in the industry, are becoming delayed. Imagine for a minute that all software was created equal (please don’t mention iOS) and the hardware was the variable. If this was the case, users like me might become more adventurous with their hardware choices, knowing the UI was going to be the same whichever road they picked. I’d go as far as saying that I’m scared to move to another manufacturer in case I just can’t become friends with the user experience. In a world of $1000 flagships, who can really afford to be bold enough to flip-flop between brands without the peace of mind of a seamless user experience which is ultimately at the mercy of the software.
However cliché it might sound, I guess the best version of Android is what works best for you, but what do you think? Is it time to adopt a universal Android experience and let the user choose a phone based purely on design and features? I think I’m ready for that future.

What’s new on Netflix this October

By now, we all know the drill. Every month, Netflix adds dozens of new movies, TV shows and original Netflix series for us to enjoy. While you’ll likely skip most of the new Netflix content, there are a few highlights which you’ll likely enjoy. At the top of our list are Daredevil Season 3, The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina (a much darker take on the Sabina the Teenage Witch), and a new season of Making a Murderer. But since that’s only a taste of what Netflix is adding to its library in October, the company has put together a short teaser trailer which highlights its new content.
We’ve also included the Daredevil Season 3 and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina trailers below for your enjoyment. The full list of what’s being added to Netflix in October is listed below.
Daredevil Season 3

The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

What’s new to Netflix in October

October 1st

Angel Eyes
Anger Management
Billy Madison
Black Dynamite
Blade II
Blazing Saddles
Empire Records
Gotham: Season 4
Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain
Kevin Hart: Seriously Funny
Must Love Dogs
My Little Pony Equestria Girls: Rollercoaster of Friendship
Mystic River
New York Minute
Once Upon a Time in America
Pay It Forward
Pee-wee’s Big Adventure
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Rumble in the Bronx
She’s Out of My League
The Dead Pool
The Devil’s Advocate
The Green Mile
The Lake House
The NeverEnding Story
The Shining
V for Vendetta
Zack and Miri Make a Porno

October 2nd

Joe Rogan: Strange Times
MeatEater, season 7
Monty Python: The Meaning of Live
Monty Python’s Life of Brian

October 3rd

Truth or Dare (2017)

October 4th

Creeped Out
The Haunting of Molly Hartley
Violet Evergarden: Special: Extra Episode

October 5th

Big Mouth, season 2
Dancing Queen
Empire Games
Little Things, season 2
Private Life
Super Monsters Save Halloween
Super Monsters, season 2
The Rise of Phoenixes (streaming every Friday)
YG Future Strategy Office

October 6th

Little Things, season 1

October 8th

Disney’s Sofia the First, season 4
Mo Amer: The Vagabond

October 9th

Terrace House: Opening New Doors, part 4

October 10th

22 July
Pacto de Sangue

October 11th

Salt Fat Acid Heat
Schitt’s Creek, season 4

October 12th

Errementari: The Blacksmith and the Devil
Feminists: What Were They Thinking?
ReMastered: Who Shot the Sheriff
Tarzan and Jane, season 2
The Boss Baby: Back in Business, season 2
The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell
The Haunting of Hill House
The Kindergarten Teacher

October 15th

Octonauts, season 4
The Seven Deadly Sins: Revival of The Commandments

October 16th

Ron White: If You Quit Listening, I’ll Shut Up

October 19th

Accidentally in Love
Ask the Doctor
Best.Worst.Weekend.Ever.: Limited Series
Derren Brown: Sacrifice
Distrito salvaje
Gnome Alone
Hip-Hop Evolution, season 2
Illang: The Wolf Brigade
Larva Island
Making a Murderer, part 2
Marvel’s Daredevil, season 3
The Night Comes For Us

October 21st


October 23rd
Adam Sandler 100% Fresh
October 24th


October 25th

Great News, season 2

October 26th

Been So Long
Castlevania, season 2
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
Terrorism Close Calls

October 27th

Girl from Nowhere

October 28th

Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj

October 30th

Fate/EXTRA Last Encore: Illustrias Geocentric Theory
The Degenerates

October 31st

Goldie & Bear, season 2
Gun City