How to Delete Your Netflix History So No One Knows What You've Been Binging


Netflix's viewing history is useful if you're watching a series and just want to go straight to the next episode the minute you log on, but it can be a little awkward if you're sharing your account. You may not want the rest of your family—or Netflix's recommendation engines—to know what you've been up to. But there's a solution that will allow you to binge freely: LifeHacker informs us that you can delete items from your Netflix history.

The process is quite simple. If you need to conceal, say, your deep descent into a full-series binge of Gossip Girl, go to your Viewing Activity on Netflix. If you go to Settings, you'll see it near the bottom of the page under My Profile, or you can go straight to it here.

A viewing history on Netflix shows that someone has been watching many, many episodes of 'Friends.'
This is my viewing history and I'm not ashamed.
Screenshot, Netflix

A list of your viewing history will come up, with every show and episode you've watched (or started watching) in chronological order. Click the black X on the right-hand side to remove an episode. If it's a series, you'll have the option to remove the whole series from your history.

This will keep the show from appearing in your search results, but it doesn't take effect immediately. It can take up to 24 hours to scrub from your profile across all devices.

Whether you're trying to cover your tracks after a little bit of Netflix cheating, or just get the site to stop showing you recommendations based on that one time your roommate's boyfriend went through an anime phase, go ahead and hit that delete button.

[h/t LifeHacker]

Scotland Could Become the First Country to Provide Universal Period Products to Citizens

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Fears over where to find—and how to afford—sanitary products before their next menstrual cycle may no longer be an issue for people in Scotland. Earlier today, as the BBC reports, Members of Scottish Parliament passed the first part of a bill that would make items like pads and tampons free to the public.

The Period Products Bill was first put forth in 2017 to address period poverty, which affects people who are unable to afford essential menstrual hygiene products. Pads, tampons, and some reusable menstrual items are currently available to students in primary schools and universities in the country. The Scottish government has also expanded the program to include additional public places and sports clubs, but this new bill goes even further. If passed, Scotland would become the first country to provide free period products to citizens on a universal scale.

Ministers in the Scottish Parliament were initially concerned about the bill's £24 million ($31 million) annual price tag, but earlier this month, members of all parties in the government came out in support of the legislation. Though the bill passed through the first stage of parliament today, February 25, the BBC wrote that "The government is expected to put forward a raft of amendments to address their 'significant' concerns about the legislation," including the aforementioned cost.

Period poverty is an issue that's felt around the world. In America, many lawmakers are fighting to end the "tampon tax": a sales tax that's added to sanitary products and waived from other hygiene products deemed essential in many states, like dandruff shampoo.

[h/t BBC]

10 Simple Tricks for Charging Your Smartphone Faster

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Smartphones always seem to reach low power at the least convenient moments possible. If you've ever urged your device to charge faster in the minutes before a phone interview or when you're about to board a plane, you can relate. While the easiest way to avoid this scenario is to plug in your device before the battery dips into the danger zone, if you've already reached this point, there are simple ways to speed up the charging process.

Some hacks for charging a phone faster involve steps you can take in anticipation of the next time you're surviving on minimum energy. Certain gadgets, like special chargers and battery packs, will power-up your device more efficiently than others. For moments when your phone is dying and all you have is your regular charging cable, adjusting your phone's settings to minimize the power it consumes also works in a pinch.

You can find some specific ways to charge your phone quickly below: 

  1. Plug it into a wall outlet instead of a USB port.
  1. Use a portable battery pack.
  1. Buy a special "fast" phone charger.
  1. Switch to low power mode.
  1. Switch to airplane mode.
  1. Let your phone drain completely on its own once a month to the extend the battery life.
  1. Close any background apps.
  1. Stop automatic app updates.
  1. Don't check your phone while it's charging
  1. Keep your phone out of the heat.

For more tricks for making your phone usage more efficient, check out these tips for typing faster.