Tech Review: One Product You Need When You're Ready to Cut The Cord

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

Are you looking for to save money by cutting the cord to cable? The easy and trusted way to stream entertainment is with the Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player.


Chromecast is designed to make the most of the apps and entertainment already on your phone. Shows, movies, live TV, YouTube, photos and more. It’s all just a tap away from all of your family’s devices.

Just plug Chromecast into the HDMI port on your TV and to power and stream your favorite entertainment right from your phone with just a tap. Watch shows, listen to playlists, and more. And while streaming, you can still use your phone as you normally do. It works with the streaming apps you know and love.

Enjoy TV shows, movies, videos, songs, games, sports and more from over 2000 apps like Netflix, YouTube, YouTube TV, and HBO NOW. Find more at

Just say what you want to watch from compatible apps and control your TV hands-free, with Chromecast and Google Home working seamlessly together.

“Ok Google, play Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt from Netflix on my living room TV.” ¹

Upgrade your TV for less. Now expand your home entertainment without buying a new TV. It's so affordable you can get one for every TV in the house.

High-speed wireless connectivity with Chromecast. Built-in 802.11ac Wi-Fi connects to the Internet through your wireless home network (wireless router required and sold separately).

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¹ Subscriptions are required to view some content.

² Google Home, Chromecast, and compatible content required to cast to a TV using Google Home.

Web-based services and content require high-speed Internet service. Some services may require a subscription.

Upgrade Your TV With The Polk Command Bar

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Do you love music and use streaming services?  I know I do! I have a FireTV along with a few other popular smart home devices. I wanted a seamless way to improve my home sound without taking up too much room. I was excited to get to review and experience the Polk Command Bar available at Best Buy. 

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Let’s get to it here is what I love most about the features with Polk Command Bar.

1. The Built-in Amazon Alexa

Easily control, monitor and schedule your electronics using your voice.

2. Fire TV Compatible

HDMI ports designed and spaced to fit Fire TV and other wide HDMI streaming devices. Built-in USB port also powers original and 4K versions of Fire TV (where Fire TV is available).

3. Sleek appearance

Fits seamlessly along most HDTVs for a streamlined look.

4. Universal Compatibility

Included High-Speed HDMI and Optical cables ensure quick and easy setup and the low-profile 2" design won't block your TV's screen.

Other highlights:

Other 260W total output power

Provides quality sound for your favorite movies, shows, games and music.

Performance-tuned driver array, wireless subwoofer and Dolby/DTS surround sound decoding

Offer an immersive, room-filling home theater experience.

Bluetooth music streaming

Makes it easy to enjoy tracks stored on a compatible Bluetooth-enabled device (not included).

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Overall if you are looking to bring theater-quality sound to your living room then the Polk Command Sound Bar with Amazon Alexa Built-in might be just what you need.

Its performance-tuned driver array and wireless subwoofer create an immersive experience, while the integrated far-field microphones provide the ability to control it using your voice via Amazon Alexa. The built-in dual HDMI 2.0 inputs enable this Polk Command Sound Bar with Amazon Alexa Built-in to produce excellent 4K HDR content. Learn more & shop here:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What You Need to Know and How You Can Help

As National Breast Cancer Awareness Month begins, the American Cancer Society says remarkable progress against the disease should not obscure the significant challenges remaining.

The Facts:

Thanks to largely stable incidence rates, improved treatment,  as well as earlier detection through screening and increased awareness, a woman's risk of dying of breast cancer dropped 39 percent between the late 1980s and 2015, translating into more than 300,000 breast cancer deaths avoided during that time.

Despite that progress, there's much more to be done. Breast cancer is still the second-leading cause of cancer death in women, second only to lung cancer. There is still a large racial gap in mortality, with African-American women having higher death rates compared to whites, even as incidence rates are similar.

The American Cancer Society's estimates for breast cancer in the United States for
2018 are:

  • About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.

  • About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).

  • About 40,920 women will die from breast cancer.

  • While black and white women get breast cancer at roughly the same rate, the mortality rate is 42% higher among black women than white women.

At this time, there are more than 3.1 million people with a history of breast cancer in the United States. (This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.)

Risk factors:

  • Numerous studies have confirmed that alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer in women by about 7%-10% for each one drink of alcohol consumed per day on average. Women who have 2-3 alcoholic drinks per day have a 20 percent higher risk of breast cancer compared to non-drinkers.

  • Obesity increases the risk of postmenopausal breast cancer. Risk is about 1.5 times higher in overweight women and about 2 times higher in obese women than in lean women.

  • Growing evidence suggests that women who get regular physical activity have a 10%-25% lower risk of breast cancer compared to women who are inactive, with stronger evidence for postmenopausal than premenopausal women

  • Limited but accumulating research indicates that smoking may slightly increase breast cancer risk, particularly long-term, heavy smoking and among women who start smoking before their first pregnancy.

If you or someone you love are concerned about developing breast cancer, has been recently diagnosed, are going through treatment, or are trying to stay well after treatment, the American Cancer Society provides important information on these topics and more.


What the American Cancer Society is Doing

The ACS currently funds 155 multi-year grants focused on breast cancer totaling $60.2 million. We have played a key role in many of the advances against breast cancer, including funding early work that eventually led to the development of tamoxifen and Herceptin.

Join us and help save lives from breast cancer: Fundraise and participate in one of more than 250 Making Strides events or participate virtually at

The American Cancer Society's nonprofit, nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) is also working to make fighting breast cancer a national priority. ACS CAN is committed to ensuring that all women have the opportunity to receive lifesaving cancer screenings and services. Working in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., ACS CAN advocates for adequate funding for early detection programs that provide access to affordable breast cancer screenings and diagnostic services to low-income, uninsured and underinsured women.

To learn more about ACS CAN's advocacy work and to help make fighting breast cancer a priority in your community, visit

One Easy Way To Upgrade Your Kitchen Instantly

The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free.

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Isn't it time to make life easier? One way is to update your kitchen appliances with a new dishwasher.

Deals on appliances around during summer a great incentive to make those home improvements. Now's the time to upgrade that failing dishwasher with something new and shiny. 

We got some tips from Bosch, the World’s #1 Dishwasher Brand, on what you need to look for in a new dishwasher. 

1. Quiet 

Bosch is the quietest dishwasher brand in the U.S. with 18 sound reducing technologies. Plus there is an InfoLight ® lets you know it’s running. 


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2. Reliability 

Bosch is the most reliable dishwasher brand with the lowest repair rate according to a leading consumer publication. 

3. Design & Flexibility 

 Bosch offers a variety of designs and door handle are available to fit any kitchen. The 3rd rack adds 30% more loading area. The Adjustable Rackmatic™ rack provides 9 adjustable positions giving you maximum loading flexibility. 


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4. Performance 

Bosch owns 5 of the top 10 drying scores out of 160 tested dishwashers by a leading consumer publication. Condensation drying sets Bosch apart

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