If you're only here because you want to cut the cord and stop the rich, monopolistic cable overlords from siphoning your hard-earned money every month, I only have one thing to say to you: you've come to the right place.Look, we believe that paying for great TV shows and movies shouldn't cost more than your groceries, and that there's no better way to save some green every month than ripping that money-sucking cord out of the wall and delivering that long-winded "you're fired" speech to the cable company.We're here to help you make that next buying decision the best one possible by ranking the three best set-top boxes in two categories – for 4K TVs and for Full HD TVs – and tell you which one will best fit your home entertainment center.So how did we narrow down the field? We looked at the amount of content available on the system - not only the number of apps available, but the quality, too – as well as its feature-set, usability and potential to grow in the coming … [Read more...] about Best set-top box: the top six streaming media players for 4K and HD TV reviewed
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This is part of our Road Trip 2017 summer series "The Smartest Stuff," about how innovators are thinking up new ways to make you — and the world around you — smarter. I lean back against the gray, microfiber-lined cushions inside an egg-shaped pod, and prop my feet on the matching footrest. Black headphones fit snugly over my ears as a spa concierge taps on a Samsung tablet mounted beside me."This meditation dome is your personal retreat," the screen reads. "It is a space to calm your senses, relieve stress and align your mind and body."Exactly what I need. The concierge lowers an illuminated white dome over my body, making me feel like I'm inside a cocoon. I can see my feet peeking out from under the pod, warding off any sense of claustrophobia. The dome is bathed in a soft light from the LEDs, which glow bright green (a color that "stimulates inner peace," according to the brochure).A woman's soothing voice tells me to close my eyes. "Take the brief pause … [Read more...] about Try this meditation tech to fight tech stress. Seriously.
Now Playing: Watch this: Australia keeps refugees in radio silence 4:45 This is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Behrouz Boochani has been stuck on an island in the middle of the Pacific for the past three years. He's 7,000 miles from home and still far from the place he's trying to reach. His lifeline is a feeble internet connection that he says is slowly turning his hair gray. Still, he's only ever a few minutes away on WhatsApp. The political journalist fled Iran after his offices were raided and colleagues were arrested. Traveling to Australia to seek asylum as a refugee, Boochani arrived by boat in July 2013 on the remote Australian territory of Christmas Island, 1,000 miles off the coast of Western Australia. That's as far as he got. Not long afterward, he was transferred to Manus Island, Papua New Guinea (PNG) and was told by the Australian government he wouldn't be … [Read more...] about Disconnected and desperate: How Australia keeps refugees in tech limbo
Editor's note: Hungarians voted October 2 on whether to allow the European Union to set the number of refugees the country must accept. The EU wanted Hungary to take in 1,294 people, and said it would fine the country about $280,000 for each refugee it refuses. More than 98 percent of Hungarians who voted Sunday sided with the Hungarian government in wanting to keep out refugees. But less than 50 percent of the population went to the polls, nullifying the vote. This is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Sayed Mohsen Shah isn't like other refugees in the Horgos camp. Every night, the former Afghan merchant, who speaks five languages, hands his bulky portable battery charger to Serbian authorities. Every morning, they give it back, fully charged. It's the only way the government can reliably reach the democratically elected leader of the 400 to 600 migrants living in this dirty, … [Read more...] about For refugees on Hungary’s border, razor wire trumps tech
This is part of our Road Trip 2016 summer series "Life, Disrupted," about how technology is helping with the global refugee crisis -- if at all. Maria Booth and I sit at a table at Mälarpaviljongen, a gay-friendly bar and cafe in Stockholm. It's a sunny, breezy day on the Baltic waterway that surrounds the city. The cafe's floating patio bobs gently in Riddarfjärden Bay. We're talking about Facebook. She's worried about a change taking place in her country that she saw first on the world's biggest social network: People she knew were posting comments against immigrants, calling them criminals and drains on society. "It has become perfectly legitimate to say we should close our borders," says Booth, her voice tinged with disbelief. To my American ears, the sentiment seems commonplace -- especially in this election year. To Booth, it's unprecedented. For more than 70 years, Sweden has been a haven for people escaping war and persecution. In 1943, it gave asylum to 7,200 … [Read more...] about Social media’s echo chamber fuels migrant backlash in Sweden, Finland