Thursday, August 17, 2017

The Everyday Life Of The World’s Richest Person

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and CEO, became the richest person in the world just few days ago, passing Bill Gates with $90.6 billion to his name. Here’s what the owner of Amazon, The Washington Post and an aerospace company, Blue Origin, does every day to be this successful.

Bezos is a big believer in getting enough shut-eye. He wakes up every morning naturally, without the aid of an alarm clock.
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He always starts the day by sharing a healthy breakfast with his wife, the novelist MacKenzie Bezos.
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To spend quality time with MacKenzie and their four children, he never schedules early-morning meetings.
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Bezos is famously not big on meetings in general. He's said to meet with Amazon investors for only six hours a year.
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When he does call a meeting, Bezos employs a "two-pizza rule" — he never organizes a meeting where two pizzas couldn't feed the entire group.
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Bezos apparently used to be an occasionally explosive boss, but there are rumors that he has hired an executive coach to "help him tone it down."
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In general, he has set a "frugal" tone at Amazon, which doesn't throw perks like massages or free lunch at employees.
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Bezos has a taste for unusual dishes. During a meeting with Woot founder Matt Rutledge, he ordered octopus with potatoes, bacon, green garlic yogurt, and eggs for breakfast. "When I look at the menu, you're the thing I don't understand, the thing I've never had," Bezos said. "I must have the breakfast octopus."
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Bezos also has a fondness for food trucks. In 2014, he told Business Insider Editor-in-Chief Henry Blodget about a phenomenally popular truck outside of Amazon's headquarters. "It's out of control, actually," he said.
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There's one after-dinner ritual Bezos always adheres to: washing the dishes. "I'm pretty convinced it's the sexiest thing I do," he told Blodget.
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It's unclear whether Bezos has a workout routine. However, photos of the CEO at a recent conference elicited comparisons to Vin Diesel, as commenters noted his muscular appearance.
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Amazon now runs several popular original series, like "The Man in the High Castle" and "Transparent," but the Amazon CEO is a Trekkie. Bezos even made a surprise cameo in the 2016 film "Star Trek Beyond."
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Other than watching "Star Trek," Bezos has another space-related hobby: gliding about in a submarine looking for old NASA rockets. He often brings his kids along for the adventure.
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Bezos makes sure to get enough rest — he sleeps for eight hours every night.
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What’s the Cheapest Smart TV You Should Buy?

By   Dave LeClair  

The price of TVs varies wildly. You can be looking at thousands of dollars separating the cheapest models from the most expensive ones.
Shopping for a TV is anything but one size fits all. Someone who wants to watch their favorite sitcom from the 90s a couple of times a week will need something completely different from a gamer who watches the latest movies as they become available.The Best Netflix-Ready Smart TVs You Should Buy The Best Netflix-Ready Smart TVs You Should BuyLooking for the best Netflix-ready smart TV? We rounded up the best smart televisions that run Netflix without fuss. For as little as $135 to as much as $1,100.READ MORE
And that brings us to the big question: how cheap can you go on a smart TV? Is there a certain point where you’re sacrificing too much, or is it okay to get the cheapest of the cheap?

What Makes a Cheap TV Cheap?

Tv manufacturers need to cut some corners to get the prices down. Seeing as you’re reading an article about the most affordable smart TVs, I can safely assume that you want the TV you choose to have access to the internet so you can use Netflix, Hulu, and other online services. That cuts off the absolute cheapest models since they don’t come with those features (we offer a solution for that issue down below).Love The X-Files? 10 More Shows to Watch on Netflix Love The X-Files? 10 More Shows to Watch on NetflixThe truth IS out there. Unfortunately, The X-Files may not be. For anyone missing Mulder and Scully, here are 10 shows on Netflix fans of The X-Files will enjoy.READ MORE
The other quickest way to cut the price of a TV is to make it smaller. That said, with widescreen TVs, you’re going to want to look in the 40-inch range for a bedroom TV and the 50+ range for a living room TV. The exact size will vary depending on where you’re sitting, but you should plan to look for models in that size range and budget accordingly. I’ve always found that 32 inches feels too small.
Throughout 2017, just about every TV is either LED, LCD, or OLED. Within the cheap price range, you can forget about OLED, so you’re going to be looking at LED LCDs.
In the low-cost TV space, you’re also going to need to forget about getting HDR (high dynamic range) or 4K on your screen. While the price of 4K displays decreased sharply over the last year or so, lower resolution screens remain more reasonable.

What Should You Look For?

The first, and possibly most important, thing you should consider is the brand. No, I’m not saying buy Samsung over Sony or LG over Vizio. I’m saying buy one of those brands over no-name TV companies you’ve never heard of. Cheap or not, you want the TV to last as long as possible, and by sticking with reliable brands you’re going to get a warranty of at least a year, and you’ll at least have the confidence that the company will still be in business in a few years.7 Ways Tech Can Help You Survive this Summer 7 Ways Tech Can Help You Survive this SummerSummer's sunshine and warmth seems like a beautiful dream... until it arrives and you remember how gross sweat, heat, and humidity are. These tools will keep you cool even during the hottest months.READ MORE
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You should also go with 1080p on a 40-inch screen or larger screen. If you’re okay with getting a 32-inch display, you can get by with 720p, but with the rise in popularity, the price jump from 720p to 1080p is relatively negligible. As we said before, you really should look for a 40-50-inch TV in a bedroom and a 55-inch or larger TV for the living room. Another thing to consider is that you’re looking for a TV that’ll last you a few years, and since 4K isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, locking yourself into 720p puts you two resolution jumps back. If you want to stay in the budget range, you’re not going to get a 4K TV unless you find a sale.
With smart TVs, you’re obviously going to be using online streaming services, and all of the major ones are moving towards offering much of their content in 1080p (and a lot of it is even moving to 4K). The original argument against 1080p was always lack of content other than BluRay movies, but that’s not the case anymore. It’s worth it so you can make sure you’re taking advantage of the internet features you’re paying for.

Smart TV Models to Check Out

There’s a lot of cheap smart TVs out there (as most TVs include at least basic internet features), but the ones we’re going to look at offer an excellent balance of price and features.
TCL 40S305 40-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)TCL 40S305 40-Inch 1080p Roku Smart LED TV (2017 Model)Dimensions (W x H x D): TV without stand: 36.3" x 21.1" x 2.9", TV with stand: 36.3" x 23.4" x 7.8" BUY NOW AT AMAZON $269.99
This is not an exhaustive list of cheap Smart TVs, as I’ve left off the bottom of the barrel (Element, Westinghouse, Insignia, et al.) displays. TCL is generally in that category, but regarding value, the Roku OS pushes it up a notch. And no, the Element Fire TV Edition doesn’t make the list, as the 43-inch version costs more than any of the 50-inch models here.
Of course, you can go bigger, but the price will go up, and most companies offer the 55-inch and larger models with 4K displays, which raises the price even higher. In the medium screen size, any of the three TVs above should serve you quite well without breaking the bank.

One More Thing to Think About

Now that we’ve looked a few cheap smart TV models are that are worth grabbing, I’d like to throw a wrinkle at you real quick. If you’re even a little tech-savvy, a cheap option is to get one of the abundant connected media players for your existing TV (assuming you already have a TV that matches up with the stuff we talked about earlier).
We have plenty of articles on choosing those devices, including a comprehensive review of the Fire TVchoosing a Roku player that meets your needssetting up Kodi on a Raspberry Pipicking a pre-installed Kodi box, and plenty more. The Pi sells for around $35, a Fire Stick goes for only $40, and they jump up from there. You can get many of the features of a smart TV, but for less money.Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Game Controller Review & Giveaway Amazon Fire TV And Fire TV Game Controller Review & GiveawayAmazon launched the Fire TV, a media center device not unlike the Apple TV, but with gaming as perk.READ MORE
The drawback of going with an additional box is the loss of convenience. With a smart TV, you use the same remote, and you don’t need to change inputs. There are pros and cons on both sides, but it’s something to keep in mind when you’re shopping.

Watch Smart!

Whether you want to watch Netflix, Hulu, WWE Network, or just about anything else online, a smart TV can make it happen. You’ll pay a little extra for those internet features, but as we’ve shown you, there are plenty of choices out there that won’t break your budget.
What cheap smart TV do you recommend? Hit the comments section and let us know! 

5 Trustworthy Guides to Lose Weight and Keep It Off

By  Mihir Patkar

Everyone wants a magic way to lose weight quickly and keep it off. There is no easy way, unfortunately. And as we found out, science says diets are better than exercise if weight loss is the target (and not overall fitness).Diet vs. Exercise: What's Better for Quick Weight Loss? Diet vs. Exercise: What's Better for Quick Weight Loss?When you want to lose weight, there are two options Either you can start dieting or start exercising. Ideally, you should do both. But which of the two helps you lose weight faster?READ MORE
The question then is to figure out which diet is right for you. There are plenty of choices, like the ketogenic diet, paleo diet, intermittent fasting, and more. And these resources will make it simpler to choose.

1. Understanding Diets and Weight Loss

Reddit’s /r/LoseIt is a community of people trying to lose weight. Recognizing the confusion around several diets, they created a massive Wiki to explain everything. This explains each aspect of a diet, from counting calories to what a diet targets.Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss Subreddits Shed The Pounds: Subscribe To These 4 Weight Loss SubredditsHave you made a resolution to lose a bit of weight? Reddit is a great resource for this, with plenty of subreddits for those eager to reach a healthier weight.READ MORE
For example, you will come across low-carbohydrate diets quite often. In one table, Reddit’s wiki explains what you are and aren’t allowed to eat on different low-carb diets like paleo, Atkins, four-hour body, and more. Similarly, it explains why a low-carb diet works.
This should be the starting resource for anyone who needs to know about the various diet options available out there. You’ll get the science behind the diet, success stories from people, and independent views.

2. Quiz: What’s the Right Type of Diet for You?

If you don’t want to read anything and just find the right diet for you, try this quiz from the BBC. It will nudge you in the right direction to choose among three types: high-protein low-carb, intermittent fasting, or low-calorie recipes.
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BBC’s quiz asks you a series of questions to determine what type of eater you are. Be honest with yourself while answering, no one is judging you here. Your answers to the 12 questions will determine if you are a “feaster,” a “constant craver,” or an “emotional eater.”
It isn’t a comprehensive quiz and it’s best paired with one of the other resources here. Still, it will set you on the right path, and is an excellent example of the stunning interactive mini-sites BBC makes.5 Stunning Interactive Mini-Sites Made by the BBC 5 Stunning Interactive Mini-Sites Made by the BBCThe BBC showcases a stunning series of digital experiments. From knowing your body better to interactive chemistry experiments, you'll see it all here.READ MORE

3. DASH: The U.S. National Health Institute’s Diet Plan

There is a simple statistic to govern weight loss. You need to consume less calories than what you expend. With that principle in mind, the U.S. National Institute of Health designed a diet to lose weight and improve blood pressure.
dash national health institute's diet plan
DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) doesn’t have the strict restrictions that other diets enforce. Instead, it tries to help you make smarter nutrition choices, and control your intake. Depending on your gender, age, and lifestyle, it will chart out the best meal plan for you to eat healthy.
I would recommend starting with the six-page PDF on DASH, which covers the basic ideas and includes an eating plan and printable chart. You can follow this up with the DASH mini-site, where you’ll get weekly meal plans, heart-healthy recipes, and much more.The Best Websites for Dieting on a Budget The Best Websites for Dieting on a BudgetREAD MORE

4. NHS 12-Week Weight Loss Plan

The U.K. has its own National Health Services institution, with its own weight loss plan. Like DASH, this too works on the principle of calorie deficit. However, the NHS plan is much more comprehensive with a 12-week guide.
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The plan derives all of its information based on scientific institutions like the British Dietetic Association and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. You will first need to calculate your body mass index (BMI) and then put the guide’s recommendations in action.5 Remarkable Websites to Help You Understand Your Health & Fitness 5 Remarkable Websites to Help You Understand Your Health & FitnessDo you want to understand your body, and how exercise and nutrition affects it? These five quality websites will help you reach your fitness goals with education.READ MORE
The 12-Week Weight Loss Plan can be downloaded and printed as a PDF. There are also plenty of online tools like a calorie checker, a meal planning app, and much more.

5. Diet Detective: A Scientist’s Views on Diets

Charles Platkin, PhD, JD/MPH, is a renowned health expert and columnist. Diet Detective isn’t updated as regularly any more, but it is a resource full of insightful (and verifiable) answers to questions about diet, health, and nutrition.
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Platkin’s site includes interviews with other experts, analysis of studies and research papers, and other useful information. For example, he wrote a thorough explainer on the top-searched diets on Google, so you know exactly what each is about and their benefits or risks.
The Diet and Weight Loss section is what you should focus on primarily, but there is plenty of other great advice here, so don’t be shy to explore more. And like Platkin, there are other trustworthy fitness experts on the web you can check out.8 Fitness Experts On The Web With The Best Health Advice For You 8 Fitness Experts On The Web With The Best Health Advice For YouThe last thing you want to do is take fitness advice from someone who doesn't know what they're talking about. These experts are the ones to follow for tested veteran advice.READ MORE

Which Diets Have You Tried?

The effectiveness of a diet is going to be largely subjective. Of course, researchers conduct studies to find those that work best across large groups, so there is some science available. This video sums it up nicely:
Personally, I believe the best diet is the one that you’ll actually stick to. For me, the South Beach diet has worked on multiple occasions, so I can vouch for it.
What about you? Which diet have you tried and seen good results with?

The Everyday Life Of The World’s Richest Person

Jeff Bezos, the Amazon founder and CEO, became the richest person in the world just few days ago, passing Bill Gates with $90.6 bill...