Inside the homes of presidents

Inside the homes of presidents

Step into the homes of the leaders of the free world in “Houses of the Presidents.”

The book takes readers on a virtual tour of 22 presidential homes, with quick looks at 15 more. The houses range from modest childhood homes to grand estates filled with the trappings of success.

The tour begins with George Washington’s Mount Vernon, one of the most famous presidential abodes, and ends with a less familiar home, the one-story Texas ranch house where George H.W. Bush raised another president, George W. Bush.

Author Hugh Howard uses the houses as a device to relate the stories of the presidents and the forces that shaped them. Photos by Roger Straus III let us see how the presidents lived.

“Houses of the Presidents” is published by Little, Brown and Co. and sells for $40 in hardcover.

Plug-in device creates smart TV

Favi Entertainment’s SmartStick turns any high-definition TV into a smart TV. The plug-in device lets you browse the Internet, use applications and get access to streaming media services. You can also use it to stream media files wirelessly from a computer to the TV.

The device is a dongle that plugs into a TV’s HDMI input. Power is supplied via a cable that connects the device to a USB port on the television.

A mini wireless keyboard will also be available.

The SmartStick is expected to be available this month. The 4-gigabyte version is $49.99, and the 8-GB version is $79.99.

McClatchy Newspapers

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