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Decision Making at Netflix

This introduction is the first in a multi-part series on how Netflix uses A/B tests to make decisions that continuously improve our products, so we can deliver more joy and satisfaction to our members.

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This introduction is the first in a multi-part series on how Netflix uses A/B tests to make decisions that continuously improve our products, so we can deliver more joy and satisfaction to our members.

Subsequent posts will cover the basic statistical concepts underpinning A/B tests, the role of experimentation across Netflix, how Netflix has invested in infrastructure to support and scale experimentation, and the importance of the culture of experimentation within Netflix.

Netflix was created with the idea of putting consumer choice and control at the center of the entertainment experience, and as a company we continuously evolve our product offerings to improve on that value proposition. For example, the Netflix UI has undergone a complete transformation over the last decade. Back in 2010, the UI was static, with limited navigation options and a presentation inspired by displays at a video rental store.

Now, the UI is immersive and video-forward, the navigation options richer but less obtrusive, and the box art presentation takes greater advantage of the digital experience.

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Facebook Reveals Its Video Camera Glasses

Facebook has revealed its first pair of “smart glasses” that contain two cameras for taking photos and videos.

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Facebook has revealed its first pair of “smart glasses” that contain two cameras for taking photos and videos.

The specs, called Ray-Ban Stories, are a collaboration with the luxury eyewear brand.

Facebook is expected to release fully-fledged augmented reality (AR) spectacles.

But Facebook’s head of AR and VR told BBC Click’s Chris Fox they were still in development.

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Ford Mustang: A Brief History in Zero-to-60-MPH Acceleration

Over the years, we’ve tested a plethora of American muscle cars and have been there for each drastic refinement since the 1960s.

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Over the years, we’ve tested a plethora of American muscle cars and have been there for each drastic refinement since the 1960s. Straight-line speed is one obvious improvement. And it’s unfair to describe muscle cars as one-trick ponies, as they’ve started carving up corners at speeds unthought of even 10 years ago. But, if you’re looking at a benchmark that accurately reflects how much a single model, such as the Ford Mustang, has improved over the past few years, you can’t go wrong with the old-fashioned zero-to-60-mph time*. It’s easily relatable and comparable, unlike a skid pad number or a Nürburgring lap time.

Thanks to our extensive history of gathering our own performance data, we have decades of revealing numbers captured by our editorial staff that not only offer a unique look into a vehicle’s evolution but also serve as a performance barometer of sorts for any given era. Jump in and flip through more than five decades of Mustang acceleration numbers pulled from some of the hottest (and not so hot) performance ponies ever strapped with C/D test equipment.

*Acceleration times using 3-mph rollout, not our current rollout standard of 1 foot with the exception of the newest 2020 Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 time.

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Samsung’s Folding Phones Keep Getting Better

For a while it seemed like phones were changing designs with every new model, but for the most part, phone makers have now settled on a design. Most phones look like a big screen with no buttons on the front, and from 10 feet, it’s hard to differentiate between them.

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For a while it seemed like phones were changing designs with every new model, but for the most part, phone makers have now settled on a design. Most phones look like a big screen with no buttons on the front, and from 10 feet, it’s hard to differentiate between them.

One of the benefits of settling on a design is the opportunity to have several years to improve “under the hood” features.

That’s one reason I’m impressed that Samsung has committed to the folding phone.

Samsung recently introduced the newest versions of the Galaxy Z Flip 3 5G and the Galaxy Z Fold 3 5G.

Outwardly, they look similar to last year’s models, but inside they are very much improved.

Folding screens

The Flip 3 and Fold 3 (as you might guess) are the third generation of Samsung’s folding phones.

The first generation had issues with debris getting into the screen fold, and the hinge mechanism wasn’t fully enclosed — you could see the inner workings under the screen.

This didn’t make for a very robust folding experience.

But Samsung didn’t walk away from folding phones. Instead, it doubled down, improved the design and now the third-generation folding phones are IPX8 water-resistant.

They can survive a 30-minute dunk in 5 feet of water, although Samsung still warns users about dust getting inside the hinge.

Most people want to know if the fold is visible on the screen.

The answer is yes, but depending on the view angle and what is on the screen, it does disappear.

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