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Netflix Is Testing a Shuffle Mode for Our Chaos Future

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With film and TV production struggling to limp along amid the covid-19 pandemic, people looking for new entertainment at home are having to do some deeper crate-digging. Now, Netflix is testing a feature that could help you out when things get really dire.

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Users on Twitter first noticed the addition of a shuffle button on the Netflix homepage earlier this week with reactions ranging from “this is something I needed that I didn’t even know I need” to “who would ever use this?” In an email to Gizmodo, a spokesperson for Netflix confirmed that the shuffle button is real and the streaming giant has high hopes for it.

A spokesperson for the company told Variety that “Shuffle Play” is part of a worldwide test. The button appears for test users in one of three locations, and it queues up titles that fall into one of three categories:

  • shows or movies similar to ones you’ve watched previously
  • titles in genres you’ve viewed
  • or content you have saved in the “My List” section

The test started running last month, and the spokesperson said that Netflix hopes to “absolutely productize something.”

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The company has been trying to “productize” some kind of shuffle function for a while now, including a test for a random TV episode feature that it ran in April. Its stated reasons are to give users more discovery options and to give them a quicker way to jump into watching.

It seems unfortunate that Netflix is using yet another algorithm tailored to users’ viewing habits rather than pushing people outside of their comfort zones. The phenomenon of scrolling for half an hour through the same list of suggestions before giving up is a common trope, and the company buries a lot of its offerings. Vulture recently ranked Netflix’s original movies, and I was astonished to see it has over 400 feature films to its name, a ton of which have completely flown under my radar.

That raises another key point for Netflix: It should consider giving users the option to hit shuffle in specific categories. I might give the wheel a spin for films or anime. I don’t particularly want to jump into episode 8, season 3 of Ozark. But if the pandemic continues to throw a wrench in the production of new releases, I’ll probably get a lot more comfortable with the chaos button.

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Charge Your Phone Wirelessly With 50% off a Multifunctional LED Lamp

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White Wireless Charge Lamp | $18 | Amazon | Clip coupon + code ABC88699
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When you’re ready to turn in for the night, you don’t want to forget to charge your phone— especially if your mobile device doubles as your alarm clock.

With this wireless charger lamp, you can make this crucial step of your nightly routine even easier by just setting your phone on the wireless charging pad and… well, that’s all there is to it!

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Other functions include multiple lighting modes as well as a sleep timer option for auto shut-off of the light after 30 or 60 minutes.

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You can snag the black version for $20 using the same code—no coupon though, sorry.

Don’t sleep on this deal! Who knows how long stock or the coupon code will last?

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Keep That Hotdish Hot With 65% Off a Luncia Casserole Carrier, Only $11 With Promo Code

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Luncia Double-Decker Dish Carrier | $11 | Amazon | Promo code SDDU9S7F

It has been a long time since the days we could safely have a potluck or other gatherings, but we have a fantastic deal perfect for once those times return. These double-decker Luncia dish carriers can be had for 65% off when you add promo code SDDU9S7F at checkout and clip the coupon on the site (it’s just below the price). These holders fit 9″x 13″ sized baking dishes.

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That means you can insulate and keep two dishes of food warm for only $11 instead of $30. What’s more, your Luncia carrier will arrive by Christmas if you order today as a Prime member.

Just add promo code SDDU9S7F and clip the 5% off coupon to bring the price down to $11 for the blue or the grey option.

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Conquer Your Pup’s Dander and Fur With $700 Off a Cobalt or Charcoal Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum

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Bobsweep PetHair Plus Robot Vacuum & Mop (Cobalt) | $200 | Best Buy

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Allergies can be bad enough as the seasons change. Don’t let pet hair and dander add to that by vacuuming it up early and often. That chore is easier said than done— unless you have a robot vacuum to do the work for you. This lovely bright cobalt Bobsweep PetHair Plus robot vacuum and mop, only $200 today at Best Buy seems like an ideal option. That’s a whopping $700 off, by the way.

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You can get the same deal for the charcoal version of the robot vac, too. This model is not only specially made for picking up pet hair, it self docks and charges when it’s finished with the work.

It also comes with a mop attachment, so it can take care of those kitchen floors for you as well. Grab it while it’s still available for this fantastic price!

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