Netflix knows best, sorts your list for youThe streaming service introduces "My List," Mark Zuckerberg reveals plan to give Internet access to everyone, and Microsoft promises free tablets to schools that use Bing.
Netflix thinks it knows what's best for you. I'm Bridget Carey and this is your CNET Update. On Netflix, you have always been able to save an Instant Queue of shows that you want to watch. But now, Netflix tells you what it thinks you really wanna watch next. Replacing the Instant Queue is something called My List. Netflix will sort through your list and its algorithm will order it based on what it thinks that you will like the best. But if you don't think Netflix truly understands your taste, you can switch back to manual list management. There is another perk to My List, it'll flag any titles that Netflix is about to lose the rights to stream, so you can watch it before it disappears. Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has more than one billion subscribers to Facebook, but there are about 5 billion other people in the world without internet access. So, Facebook formed a partnership with major tech companies, like Samsung, Nokia, and Qualcomm to find a way to make internet access available to everyone on Earth, even free in places with economic troubles. The group is called Internet.org. There are many countries out there that have bigger problems than lack of internet access, but the group thinks it's reasonable to get more people online with mobile phones when technology becomes much cheaper and more efficient in about 5 to 10 years. Right now, only a 3rd of the world's population, roughly 2.7 billion people, can get online. If your school or your child's schools having the students use the Bing search engine on their computers, that could be because the school is hoping to earn some free Surface tablets. It's part of Microsoft's newly launched program called Bing for Schools. A school gets points when students use Bing on a regular basis and after a month, about 60 students can earn in a school, a free Surface RT with a touch cover. It wouldn't take much for a school to rack up a few free tablets and others can sign up at work or home to give their points toward the school and Bing for Schools also has enhanced privacy controls to filter out inappropriate content, which is another incentive for schools to use it over Google. Garmin, the company you know for GPS, is taking on the Go Pro with new sports and action cameras. The Verve is a full HD sports camera that records 1080p, high-def video and it captures 16-megapixel color images in Burst or Time lapse modes. The body is waterproof and it'll stabilize the image when shooting those shaky sports. But with Garmin involved, it of course also tracks location. The elite version has an internal GPS, an accelerometer, an altitude meter, and Wi-Fi. GPS data can be embedded and displayed within the video and Wi-Fi lets the camera communicate with Garmin's smartphone apps. That's your tech news update. You can find more details at CNET.com/update. From our studios in New York, I'm Bridget Carey.