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5 infuriating tech problems and how to fix them

From the looks of it, 2017 will be a pretty amazing year for technology. Everyday consumers are already talking about virtual reality, self-driving cars, and a limitless menu of on-demand services. "The future" really has arrived.

But even as digital tech gets more streamlined and powerful, some glitches keep popping up. Just when we think we have superhuman control of our lives, a device fails to work, and we have no clue how to fix it. Suddenly, we're as powerless as a kitten with a TV remote.

Before you call an expert, you may find a simple solution or at least a method you can use on your own. Here are five up-to-the-minute problems that have dogged some friends and colleagues recently, and ways I've found to remedy them.

Problem 1: Not being able to download Netflix videos

Netflix revolutionized television when it started its cheap streaming service in 2007. This one invention basically destroyed video rental stores and changed the way we enjoy home entertainment.

Now a decade later, Netflix is hustling to keep up with the industry it helped create. The next step: letting customers download movies onto their devices for offline playback.

It's an exciting new era for Netflix, but customers may wonder how they can save movies for a long flight. Here's what to do:

  1. Download the most recent version of the Netflix app on your smartphone or tablet. You need version 9.0.0.
  2. The "Download & Co" tutorial will pop up the first time you open the updated app.
  3. Shows and movies that are available for download will show a "download" icon, which looks like a down-pointing arrow. Tap this icon and your show or movie will start downloading onto your device.
  4. You can check your content's download progress by going to the My Downloads section.

Netflix isn't the only service that lets you download movies and TV shows to watch offline. Click here for the steps to download movies and TV shows on Amazon and Vudu.

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