Starring Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart in theaters 27th March 2015.
The PlayBox is the latest custom project from Ed Zarick, a hacker-maker who builds custom prototypes for game enthusiasts. In the past, Zarick has modified both the PS4 and Xbox One, turning each into their own laptop and even combining the Xbox 360 and Xbox One into a single package called the Xbox Duo.
While the PlayBox is technically a laptop, it’s huge even when compared to other gaming laptops. You also need to keep it plugged in, so unless you’re near an outlet, you won’t be using this beast on your next road trip.
You won’t be able to buy the PlayBox in store anytime soon, but if you’re interested in ordering one for yourself, you can request your own made-to-order PlayBox by contacting Zarick here.
The number of Americans struggling to pay medical bills fell last year for the first time in nearly a decade — the latest sign that Obamacare is making health care more affordable.
Sixty-four million people, or approximately 35 percent of the U.S. population, said they had trouble paying bills or were stuck paying off medical debt in the past year, according to a new survey by the Commonwealth Fund released on Thursday. That was down from 75 million people, or 41 percent of the population, in 2012. This marks the first time that figure has fallen since 2005, when Commonwealth started keeping track.
Commonwealth attributed the drop partly to expanded access to affordable health insurance made possible by Obamacare. The survey found that the number of uninsured Americans dropped to 29 million people last year, or 16 percent of the population, from 37 million, or 20 percent, in 2010.
The Commonwealth survey, which polled 6,027 U.S. adults in the second half of 2014, is in line with several other studies finding that the uninsured rate is falling.
“These declines are remarkable and unprecedented in the survey’s more than decade-long history,” Sara Collins, the lead author, said in a press release. “They indicate that the Affordable Care Act is beginning to help people afford the health care they need.”
As the chart from Commonwealth shows, the percentage of Americans reporting problems paying off medical bills or medical-related debt rose from 2005 to 2012. Rising health-care costs, stagnant income growth and the aggressiveness with which providers go after people who haven’t paid their bills all contributed to this growth, according to Commonwealth Fund president David Blumenthal.
The Affordable Care Act has reversed what had been a “deterioration” of the American health-care system, according to Blumenthal.
The survey also found that, for the first time since 2003, there has been a decline in the number of people putting off health care because of the cost. In 2012, a record 80 million people said they didn’t visit a doctor or clinic for a medical problem, didn’t fill a prescription, skipped a follow-up, treatment or test, or did not get needed specialist care, in order to avoid paying for it. That number fell to 66 million in 2014.
Medical-bill debt, which is often expensive and unexpected, can significantly harm people’s credit ratings, as a recent study from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau pointed out. Nearly 20 percent of credit reports are hurt by overdue medical bills.
A judge has revoked Chris Brown‘s probation but allowed him to remain free for now after the R&B singer traveled without approval for a concert and failed to complete community service on time.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge James R. Brandlin allowed Brown to remain free at least until a March 20 hearing when the judge will receive an update from probation officials.
Brown was ordered by probation officials in December not to leave Los Angeles County without permission.
The Grammy-winning singer performed in San Jose in Northern California recently without obtaining permission to travel.
Attorney Mark Geragos told Brandlin that his office incorrectly advised Brown he didn’t need permission to travel for the show.
Brown was supposed to complete 1,000 hours of community labor by the end of January, but he still has roughly 200 hours to complete.