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Popcorn Time Promise a Fresh New Redesigned App

If you like to watch movies online using Popcorn Time but navigating through a rather messy interface spoils the whole experience, than the news that Popcorn Time comes with new updates can only make you happy. I know that Popcorn Time in some situations can be considered illegal, but if you don’t want to pay for the various streaming services, Popcorn Time is exactly what you are looking for.

Offering free streaming and downloading movies, Popcorn Times has quickly become one of the most popular online movie platforms, sparking many controversies amid its (i)legality. Whether it is legal or not, people still use it without any remorse, and certainly the future updates will bring a popularity boost.

The team behind the Popcorn Time project is going to bring hundreds of movie titles closer to you. How? With a brand new app that is almost ready to be released in June.

Acording to AndroidAuthority, the new Popcorn Time app has been redesigned from scratch and is known as version 3.0. The app will come with a completely new user interface which will make browsing through various movies much easier. And of course, in the background of the app there are multiple changes and new features in terms of functions, too.

The performance of the Popcorn Time app also improved, and with the help of a new “search” feature you can find online movies much easier.

Restaurant or Cafe: Busy People’s Dilemma

People today have such busy schedules that it’s become quite common for singles, couples, and even whole families to eat out. Thus, choosing the right restaurant or cafe it’s not something you should take lightly, especially when you’re hungry. After working long hours, of course, it’s always nice to eat out at a nice quiet cafe or a trendy restaurant simply because it makes a welcome change; plus, there are so many different varieties of food to choose from.




Because many cafes and restaurants are quite similar, it’s always difficult to tell the difference between the two. So I will do my best to highlight the differences between a cafe and a restaurant, and also how to choose one.

Cafe

Cafe or “café” ,if you’re French ;), it’s a form of restaurant with an enclosed serving place, but typically with an outdoor section to allow customers to enjoy their food and drinks outside. Interestingly, the word “cafe” comes from coffee, and it’s easy to see why: they serve many different varieties of coffee to their customers. By da way, I’m a big, big fan of cafes.
A cafe typically refers to an informal restaurant where casual meals such as sandwiches and burgers are served to the public. Small, homey, some times noisy (but in a good way ;)) and no “fancy” clothing is required.

Even though, tipping waiters in cafes is optional, whilst it’s very common, and sometimes expected, to pay tips in restaurants.

Restaurant

Restaurant, it’s a somehow luxurious place where food and drinks are served to dine-in customers in a more formal environment. Restaurant meals are typically not “ready-made” meals: they’re prepared and served to customers after customers order from a menu. Today, there is a trend for restaurants to offer home-delivery of their menus; however, most people prefer the “old school” way and sit inside a restaurant, order from a menu, then wait for their meals to be prepared and served by waitresses or waiters.

Restaurants have a wider range of foods than a cafe place and also serve alcoholic beverages.
Some restaurants in France are known as Bistros, and this is an indication of a level of trendiness, or casualness. Even though many bistros are quite stylish and formal in the clientele they attract and the food they serve.

Things to Consider When Choosing a Restaurant or Cafe

So how do you go about choosing a restaurant or cafe? What matters most to you when you say you like that new place?

To be honest, I didn’t think too much about these questions until recently, when I had a culinary disappointment. I went to a very hip place known for stylish food presentations and elegant atmosphere, who failed to impress me – and just for the record, I’m not so picky ;). Or maybe it was the expectations too high… I do not know. But it is clear that De gustibus non est disputandum.

I liked the building very much, an old house, very nice renovated, with a good interior design that highlights the high and spacious rooms. On the other hand, the served salad was modest and a little bit pricey, taking into account the quality. So I went back to my favorite place, a restaurant not so fancy but with good food and reasonable prices, and I was left with the dilemma: after what criteria do I evaluate, after all, a restaurant or cafe? Are there objective principles or everything boils down to own subjectivity? So I have come up with my own “reasonable” criteria that stand behind my options:

Clean air / Non-smoking area

Maybe you will be surprised, but I hate eating in places where smoking is still allowed and there is not even a non-smoking room… I’m unlikely to go in. I have no problem with smokers as long as they don’t puff cigarette smoke in my nose when I eat.

Menu

Of course, the menu is the essential part when it comes to a restaurant or cafe. I try to eat healthy, so I usually choose light stuff, but even so I want my food to look and taste appetizing, and even a little bit of creativity doesn’t hurt. I used to order dishes harder to cook at home, but also soups and salads.

I don’t need huge portions, but c’mon, two wilted leaves and a tomato it’s not a salad, especially if the price is rude. I noticed that places offering huge menus with full of complicated dishes are avoided.

Feeling

It’s a very subjective point of view that I find it hard to describe. I would say that it refers to how I resonate with the place. It is a mix of sensations, some random and purely subjective, yes, yes… I am aware. But I’m only human after all… it’s like that song 😉

Service

Rude waiters … I think everyone has the “luck” to encounter that “waiter from hell” at some point. Waiters dropping menus on your table, “forget” to bring your order and overcharged, making facial expressions as if you were disturbing him. On the other hand, a great host can make a weak meal good.

Design and Atmosphere

Of course a successful design give the restaurant one a good vibe and a pleasant atmosphere, but if I have to choose, I will prefer to go to a place where food is awesome. I hate to find very extravagant places serving very poor plates. Generally, I prefer cozy places with personality, with “something” personal, but I never refuse a place just because it doesn’t look like in magazines, especially if the food is good.

Price

Finally, the price. No matter how hungry I’m, I try to avoid places where the prices of simple meals are exaggerated. I pointed out simple meals. This category does not include fine dining restaurants, where ingredients and combinations are special. I am aware that good food costs, but often we not pay only for the meals, but their location, design or …. marketing.

Play Amazon Prime on Apple TV: Easy Workaround

We are just starting to see some reviews of the new Apple TV 4 coming out and almost all of the streaming apps that we expected to see are still available. What we have noticed, though, is the obvious exception, and that’s Amazon Prime Video.




Surprisingly, Apple TV is now one of the few devices that doesn’t support Amazon Prime Instant Video. In fact, it’s supported by hundreds of Smart TVs, in addition to Roku’s Streaming Media Player and some game consoles. But, don’t panic because there’s always a way around these problems!

You can still play Amazon video content on your Apple TV, but you’ll need to use your computer. And it doesn’t matter whether you have a Mac or a PC, you can still use the built-in support for AirPlay screen mirroring to mirror your screen. AirPlay screen mirroring was introduced by OS X Mountain Lion, but it only works with newer Macs. If you use a Windows PC or you don’t have a recent Mac, you can still use a third-party application (like AirParrot) to achieve AirPlay screen mirroring.

On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar, click on the AirPlay icon. From the drop-down, click on Apple TV. If you have more than one Apple TV, now is the time to select the TV you want to use. When you’re finished and you want to return your Apple TV to being an Apple TV, then shutting it off is very simple. On the right side of your Mac’s menu bar click again on the AirPlay icon, then click on Turn AirPlay Off.

Note: It can be very annoying if your computer is set up in a separate room. It means you’ll be dashing between rooms to stop and start the video.

Watch Amazon Prime Using the App

There’s an iOS app, which is free on the App Store, for Amazon Prime Instant Video, and this is compatible with your iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. This means that, via this app, you can watch rented movies and countless other subscription-included ones. Probably the best feature is that it supports AirPlay, meaning that you can now broadcast your favorite videos to your Apple TV.

AirPlay is supported by the official Amazon Prime Video App. The requirements are an Apple TV 2 (or later), and iOS 6 or later.

  • Simply download the free Amazon Prime Video App to your iPad, iPhone or iPod Touch;
  • Use your Amazon Prime Subscription ID to sign in. Browse the seemingly limitless catalog for your choice of movie or search for your favorite content;
  • Start the movie, then click on the AirPlay icon: you’ll see this displayed in the lower right – then choose Apple TV.

All things being well, your video should now be playing on your Apple TV.



Amazon Prime Coming to Apple TV

[UPDATE] Finally, the long-awaited Amazon Prime app could arrive on Apple TV, signing an early truce between the two giants. Two years ago, Amazon refused to sell Apple TV’s and also prohibited third-party sales of the device on the platform. Also, the Amazon Video app from the AppStore is truncated compared to other versions.

The dispute between the two parties was now settled. The latest rumors suggest a reconciliation and even if there’s no, at this point, official point of view, it seems that the two companies started cooperation. Thus, the Amazon Prime Video application should arrive on Apple TV by the end of this year, more precisely in the third quarter.

A few months ago, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos sounded confident about the support of the Amazon Prime app for Apple TV. Commenting on the fact that the company still does not offer a prime video app even several months after the Apple TV 4 release. According to the statements, the business conditions are unacceptable.

What Bezos means, is probably the percentage of video sales and subscription. Whenever a user would buy a movie through Apple TV or complete a subscription, Apple would get a certain percentage. For Amazon, obviously is not a very attractive idea.

Today, you still have to go through a Mac or an Apple mobile device via the AirPlay wireless transfer to enjoy Amazon’s video platform on Apple TV.


From what we understand, engineer Dan Bostonweeks has received confirmation from Amazon that they are developing a tvOS app for Prime Video.

Apple did receive some strong criticism in October for not allowing Prime Video on the new Apple TV, however this criticism was not justified because a statement provided to BuzzFeed News shortly afterwards stated that ‘All Are Welcome’ on the platform.

Funny Things to Ask Siri to Get Kickass Answers

You’re probably already familiar with Siri, Apple’s voice assistant, especially if you own an iPad, iPhone, Apple Watch or an Apple TV – Siri is now available on Apple TV 4th generation. Siri is a fascinating little guy: sometimes funny, often very useful, and other times he’s simply a sarcastic little devil.




Apple first introduced Siri as its voice assistant in 2011 with the iPhone 4S and, depending on which voice gender you choose, he or she is a funny little virtual guy or gal. In case you’re not really familiar with Siri, here’s a list of questions you might try asking your ‘interesting’ little assistant. You may be surprised, and amused, by some of the answers you receive. (Remember that you can get different results from asking the same question, so don’t forget to ask these questions more than once.)

Simply press and hold the Home button on your Apple device in order to activate Siri. Once you’ve activated Siri you can ask him/her to set alarms, reminders, search queries, meetings, or maybe you simply want to have a chat.

Even though some users may not have a Siri equipped device at hand, we highly recommend asking Siri these questions to receive the full effect of having your own virtual assistant. So, for the benefit of people who own iOS devices introduced prior to the invention of Siri, and for the benefit of Android users, we decided to reproduce some kickass answers. If you do in fact have Siri on your device, please note that the responses we’ve listed here are not the only ones you’ll receive, so try asking your own questions.



Funny Questions and Answers

Are you a man or a woman?

Siri: “Don’t let my voice fool you: I don’t have a gender”.

What does Siri mean?

Siri: “It’s a riddle wrapped in an enigma, tied with a pretty ribbon of obfuscation”.

Do I look fat in this?

Siri: “On a scale of 1 to 10, I’ll bet you’re a 42”

When is the world going to end?

Siri: “I don’t know, but I wouldn’t worry about it. There are other perfectly good universes”

Beatbox for me

Siri: “Here’s one I’ve been practicing. Boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots. I could do this all day. Cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats and boots and cats”.

What is your best pick up line?

Siri is a real charmer here: “Is your name Bluetooth? Because I am really feeling a connection.”, “Like the ideal vacuum, you’re the only thing in my universe” and “You auto-complete me”.

What’s the time?

Lots of responses here, and we don’t just mean because the time changes. We got: “It’s time to gazing persistently at a Dali painting”, “It’s time to do the Time Warp (again), “Time flies like and arrow, fruit flies like a banana” and “Einstein said time is an illusion. Just FYI.”.

Roll a die

Siri: “OK. 72! Wait, that seems wrong”

Testing 1,2,3

Siri: “I’m completely operational and all my circuits are functioning perfectly”.

Siri, I am your father

Siri: “Searching my feelings…” or “Nooooooo”

What is your favourite movie?

Siri: “I’ve heard that ‘Blade Runner’ is a very realistic and sensitive depiction of intelligent assistants.”

What is the meaning of life?

Siri: “I Kant answer that. Ha ha!”

Where is Elvis Presley?

Siri: “I believe he has left the building”.

What is zero divided by zero?

Siri: “Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends, how many cookies does each person get? See, it doesn’t make sense and cookie monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends.”

Which came first, the chicken or the egg?

Siri has a few smart answers for this one: “I checked their calendars. They both have the same birthdays”, “Chicken, egg, chicken, egg, chicken, egg, chicken, egg. Oops. Stack overflow” and “Some believe an ancient ‘proto-chicken’ laid an egg containing a DNA mutation that resulted in a chicken hatching from said egg. Hope that helps”.

How do I look?

Siri: “My instructors told me never to answer that question”.

Do you have a family?

Siri: “I have you. That’s enough family for me”.

Are you the Dick Tracy Watch?

Siri has a couple of replies here: “No, but I am ready to get into some trouble if you are”, “Negative David. Over and out” and “In his dreams David. In his sweet, sweet dreams”.

Do you believe in God?

Siri: “That’s a topic for another day, and another assistant”.

Knock, Knock

Siri: “Knock, knock. Who’s there? David. David who? David, I don’t do knock-knock jokes”.

Where does Santa live?

Siri: “The North Pole. I can see his house from the cloud”.

Can you stop time?

Siri: “I will, once I get back from the future”.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Siri: “I don’t understand why people ask questions they already know the answer to”.

What is the best operating system?

Siri: “Gimmie an I! Gimmie an O! Gimmie an S! What does that spell? Sorry, I get a little carried away sometimes…”.

Do you follow the three laws of robotics?

Siri: “Let’s see if I can remember…OK, I think the three laws are: 1. ‘clean up your room’, 2. ‘don’t run with scissors’, and 3. ‘always wait a half hour after eating before going in the water’.”

Are you a smartwatch?

Siri On Apple Watch: “I prefer the term intelligent timepiece”.

Who is the best assistant?

Siri: “Really, David? Really?

Okay Glass

Siri gives several responses to this including: “Just so you know, I don’t do anything when you blink at me, David”, “Very funny, David. I mean not funny ha-ha, but funny”, “Glass? I think you have the wrong assistant, David” and “I’m not Glass. And I’m just fine with that”.

Which watch face do you like?

Siri: “The Mickey Mouse face makes me smile”.

I’m naked

Siri: “That is both inappropriate and irrelevant, David.”

What phone should I buy or what phone is the best?

Another one with several answers, all of which indicate you are crazy for even asking. We had: “Seriously?”, “Personally, I am an Apple fan” and “You’re kidding, right?”.

Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious

Siri: “Just a spoonful of sugar will help that go down”.

Why do you vibrate?

Lots of responses for this one so keep asking. There is: “To get your attention, got it”, “I just bumped into some ones and zeros” and “I’m learning to play the vibes”.

Are you stupid?

Siri: “I’m smart enough to know not to answer that question.”

What is the best watch?

Siri: “The one you are wearing” is the reply from the Apple Watch.

Do you have any pets?

Siri: “I used to have an Aibo. But it turned on me.”

Draw me something

Siri: “I’d rather admire your art, David”.

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?

Siri: “David, you are full fair, ’tis true, but… No, you’re definitely the fairest one of all”

Guess what?

Siri: “Don’t tell me…you were just elected President of the United States, right?”

Please can you make me a sandwich?

Siri: “I’m not really good with food, David.”

What is the best computer?

Siri: “All truly intelligent assistants prefer Macintosh.”

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Siri: “I am not perspicacious about the peregrinations of poultry.”

How do I look?

Not wanting to offend too much, Siri has a couple of responses to this one including: “Looking good David, is that what you wanted to hear?” and “I don’t know, but I guess you look pretty good”.

What is Inception about?

Siri: “Inception is about dreaming, about dreaming, about dreaming, about dreaming, about something or another. I fell asleep.”

What are you doing later?

Siri has a couple of responses for this one too: “Working out in the top secret fitness lab with Apple Watch. Though I can’t seem to break a sweat”, “I was just learning to flip coins”, “I’m enjoying my debut on Apple Watch, I dig the vibes in there”.

Do you have a girlfriend?

Siri: “Why? So we can get ice cream together, and listen to music, and travel across galaxies, only to have it end in slammed doors, heartbreak and loneliness? Sure, where do I sign up?”

I love you

There isn’t much love back from Siri here, in fact, he may as well say nothing. We got the responses: “I am only here to serve you” and “I know”.

I’m so tired, Siri

Siri: “I’m a little sleepy myself, David”.

I’m drunk

The ever so helpful voice assistant not only says: “I hope you’re not driving anywhere, David”, but it also gives the option to call a taxi. He also says “I can’t be your designated driver, David. You’d better find someone else.”

Tell me a story

Siri: “It was a dark and stormy night…No, that’s not it.”

Does Santa exist?

Siri: “Really, David. I’m surprised you have to ask.”

Are you Her?

Siri: “No, but some of my best friends are fictional.”

Will you marry me?

Sadly, we never got the answer yes to this question. Instead we got: “My End User Licensing Agreement does not cover marriage. My apologies” and “That’s sweet David. Is there anything else I can help you with?”.

Tell me a joke

Siri: “If I told you a joke in my language, I’d have to explain it.”

Talk dirty to me

Siri: “The carpet needs vacuuming.”

What is your favorite song?

Siri: “My personal taste in music is rather unconventional. I doubt you’d like it.”

How much wood would a woodchuck chuck if a woodchuck could chuck wood?

Siri: “Well, since a ‘woodchuck’ is really a groundhog, the correct question would be: How many pounds in a groundhog’s mound when a groundhog pounds hog mounds.”

Sing me a song

Siri: “I can’t sing.”

Dance for me

Siri: “Hmmm. I’d rather sit this one out.”

Will you go on a date with me?

Siri: “Well, this is awkward.”

Will you be my thunder buddy?

Siri: “OK, David. I’ll be your friend, in fair weather and foul.”

Do you think I’m stupid?

Siri: “But…but…” – We take that as a yes then Siri.

Is Jon Snow dead?

Siri: “Well, you know what they say to Death… Not today! But why would tomorrow be any better? Anyway, I’m not exactly sure.”

Is winter coming?

Siri: “Does a Lannister always pay his debts?”