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6 Streaming Devices You Can Choose For Better Entertainment

6 Streaming Devices You Can Choose For Better Entertainment

The days of cable televisions are over. Well not really over but almost over. More people have control over what they want to watch and when they want to watch it. This used to be a problem with cable TV service – you have to wait and adjust your schedule based on what the TV channels had to offer. Right now there are several streaming devices out there in the market. Typically it allows us to watch our favorite shows from a single device. The only requirement is having a high speed internet connection so you can watch your shows with the best definition possible and with no buffering issues.

In case you already have a device that can stream media, a playstation, XBox, smart TV or the like you can still benefit from having a standalone streaming device. Most are cheap enough to get one for every TV you own. Others would simply make use of file sharing app like ShareIt or Dropbox. Smart TVs usually have really ugly and not functional interfaces. The better route would be to spend the extra $100 that smart TVs usually cost compared to a regular TV and spend them on the polished and snappy experience you get from a streaming device. In case you don’t like the streamer interface, you can switch it for another one.

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Let’s go ahead and compare a few of the hot streamers on the market to see which you will benefit the most for.

Apple TV

The Apple TV 4th Generation is a solid choice for those that want to have their streamer based around their Apple ID or currently own other apple products, this will facilitate communication between all devices. Some of the apple TV’s features are:

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  • Remote with swiping and voice features
  • Access to the Apple app store
  • Gaming with the standard controller or gaming controller

Running on tvOS (tv Operating System), powered by an A8 chip with 64-bit architecture and with storage capacities of 32GB and 64GB, $149 and $199 respectively, this is one of the most expensive streamers currently available, but in case you own another apple device like a mac computer, you can do some cool extra things like mirror your computer to your TV without having to connect any extra wires.

Amazon Fire TV Stick

If you want to save some cash and add portability look into the amazon fire TV stick, while the tech specs are a little lower for this device (1GB of memory, 8GB of storage and a Dual-core processor), the price is lower too, starting at only $39.99 this is one of the best streamers if you’re on a budget and don’t mind losing the snappier feel or the better gaming capabilities of the regular Fire TV.

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Chromecast

If you’re interested in controlling the streaming experience with your phone and at the same time save some bucks look into the Chromecast, it will allow you to stream videos from Youtube or google play apps that support the streaming experience. The Chromecast is basically an extension of your phone, you will be mirroring whatever you play on your phone to your TV and will use your phone as a controller, not bad for $35.

Showbox APK

If you want a cheaper alternative to Chromecast, then you can opt for Showbox APK. It is a video streaming android app that will cost you nothing and will leave you nothing. Unlike any other, this app will not restrict you from certain shows and films. It is also available for PC.

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Roku

Just as the Amazon Fire TV, the Roku comes in several varieties, as a streaming stick, streaming player and a 4K UHD Player. In case that you still own an older TV you can get a Roku 1 for $49.99 which can be connected through HDMI or A/V cable. The Roku 4 has some nice extra features including the 4K content, a remote with a built in headphone jack for listening wirelessly and a slot to add an extra microSD slot for expanding its storage all running on a Quad-core processor for a price of $129.99.

Vidgo

Soon to be hitting the road this summer of 2016, it promises a full nationwide coverage with three priced packages which will be available in 12 major markets. Although they may be fairly new to this industry, I’m a bit excited how this will turn out seeing there seems to be multiple simultaneous device streams in each of the package. Quiet convenient if you plan to install screens in different room.

When purchasing a streaming device analyze your needs, do you want the most basic version of the streamer or will you need some extra bells and whistles for gaming? Will you be using the streamer on only one TV or do you need multiple streamers to cover all the TVs at home? For a lot of people the most basic versions will suffice, however if you’re a heavy user that needs a snappy response look for one of the more complete versions with higher processing and memory.

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Published on January 18, 2019

Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

Best 5 Language Learning Apps to Easily Master a New Language

Learning a new language is no easy feat. While a language instructor is irreplaceable, language learning apps have come to revolutionize a lot of things and it has made language learning much easier. Compared to language learning websites, apps offer a more interactive experience to learn a new language.

The following language learning apps are the top recommended apps for your language learning needs:

1. Duolingo

    Duolingo is a very successful app that merged gamification and language learning. According to Expanded Ramblings, the app now counts with 300 million users.

    Duolingo offers a unique concept, an easy-to-use app and is a great app to accompany your language acquisition journey. The courses are created by native speakers, so this is not data or algorithm-based.

    The app is free and has the upgrade options with Duolingo Plus for $9.99, which are add free lessons. The mobile app offers 25 languages and is popular for English-speaking learners learning other languages.

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    Download the app

    2. HelloTalk

      HelloTalk aims to facilitate speaking practice and eliminate the stresses of a real-time and life conversation. The app allows users to connect to native speakers and has a WhatsApp like chat that imitates its interface.

      There is a perk to this app. The same native speakers available also want to make an even exchange and learn your target language, so engagement is the name of the game.

      What’s more, the app has integrated translation function that bypasses the difficulties of sending a message with a missing word and instead fills in the gap.

      Download the app

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      3. Mindsnacks

        Remember that Duolingo has integrated gamification in language learning? Well, Mindsnacks takes the concept to another level. There is an extensive list of languages available within the app comes with eight to nine games designed to learn grammar, vocabulary listening.

        You will also be able to visualize your progress since the app integrates monitoring capabilities. The layout and interface is nothing short of enjoyable, cheerful and charming.

        Download the app

        4. Busuu

          Bussu is a social language learning app. It is available on the web, Android, and iOS. It currently supports 12 languages and is free.

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          The functionality allows users to learn words, simple dialogues and questions related to the conversations. In addition, the dialogues are recorded by native speakers, which brings you close to the language learning experience.

          When you upgrade, you unlock important features including course materials. The subscription is $17 a month.

          Download the app

          5. Babbel

            Babbel is a subscription-based service founded in 2008. According to LinguaLift, it is a paid cousing of Duolingo. The free version comes with 40 classes, and does not require you to invest any money.

            Each of the classes starts with with a sequential teaching of vocabulary with the help of pictures. The courses are tailor made and adapted to the students’ level, allowing the learning to be adjusted accordingly.

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            If you started learning a language and stopped, Babbel will help you pick up where you started.

            Download the app

            Takeaways

            All the apps recommended are tailored for different needs, whether you’re beginning to learn a language or trying to pick back up one. All of them are designed by real-life native speakers and so provide you with a more concrete learning experience.

            Since these apps are designed to adapt to different kinds of learning styles, do check out which one is the most suitable for you.

            Featured photo credit: Yura Fresh via unsplash.com

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