Slow Cooked Turkey Breast

It’s Christmas, and one favourite Christmas dish is turkey.

What you need

  • 2 kg / 4 lb turkey breast, skin on, bone in or boneless
  • 1 head of garlic, cut in half horizontally
  • 1 onion (brown, yellow or white), unpeeled, cut in half
  • 5 sprigs of thyme (or 2 tsp dried thyme leaves)
  • Rub
    • 1.5 tsp garlic powder
    • 1.5 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 5 grinds of black pepper
    • 1.5 – 2 tbsp olive oil
  • Gravy
    • Chicken broth, for topping up liquid
    • 4 tbsp butter
    • 1/4 cup flour
    • Salt and pepper
    • Savoury

How to make it

  1. Place Rub ingredients in a bowl and mix to combine, it should be a wet paste.
  2. Pat the turkey dry all over with paper towels.
  3. Cover turkey with the Rub, using most for the side and top.
  4. Place the garlic, onion and thyme in the slow cooker.
  5. Place the turkey breast on top so it is elevated.
  6. Cook on high for 1 hour
  7. Cook on low for 6-7 hours.
  8. Remove turkey from the slow cooker and let it rest for 20 minutes before crisping the skin.

Gravy

  1. Strain the liquid into a measuring cup, top up with chicken broth.
  2. Melt butter in a saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Add flour and mix to combine. Pour about 1/2 cup of liquid into the flour mixture and mix until it forms a paste.
  4. Slowly add remaining liquid, stirring as your go.
  5. Use a whisk if required to make the gravy smooth.
  6. Simmer until thickened – take it off before it is as thick as you want because it will continue to thicken.
  7. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve with turkey.

Crisp the Skin

If you want to make your turkey skin crispy, then follow this step after cooking it in the slow cooker

  1. Preheat grill broiler to high.
  2. Place an oven shelf 30 cm / 1 foot from the heat source.
  3. Remove turkey breast from the slow cooker into a heatproof serving dish.
  4. Place on the oven shelf and broil for 3 to 5 minutes until the skin is crispy.
  5. Serve immediately with gravy on the side.
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Pebble reportedly falling behind on Kickstarter refunds following Fitbit acquisition

The sad story of Pebble’s demise may have just taken a turn toward the ugly.

In an article dated to December 13th, 9to5Google‘s Ben Schoon wrote that he and countless other Pebble Time 2 and Core Kickstarter backers had only received partial refunds from the company for their pledges.

In Schoon’s case, he put $179 USD toward the Time 2 only to get a $70 refund. In the week since that article went live, the company’s Kickstarter page has become filled with backers complaining that they’ve yet to see any money at all from Pebble.

That’s after Pebble said on December 7th, “Kickstarter will process refunds for all eligible pledges within one week.” Reading the company’s statement again, what’s notable about it is that nowhere does Pebble say it will refund backers in “full” or “completely.” Like with the company’s Kickstarter comment section, Pebble customers have taken to the December 7th update to say they’ve yet to see a refund from the company.

Source: http://betakit.com/pebble-reportedly-falling-behind-on-kickstarter-refunds-following-fitbit-acquisition/

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The iFixit AirPods Teardown

Apple EarPods were standard issue with iPhones released before the iPhone 7. So what happens when Apple releases a phone with no headphone jack? They release wireless headphones. Are the new Apple AirPods worth the wait? Only one way to find out. Ladies and gents, hold onto your headphones seats, it’s teardown time!

Alright, we’ve got Apple’s latest stocking stuffers on our teardown table, and it’s time to see what they’re made of. Here’s the scoop so far:

  • Each AirPod weighs 0.14 oz (4 g), while the charging case weighs 1.34 oz (38 g)
  • Each AirPod measures in at 0.65” × 0.71” × 1.59” (16.5 mm × 18.0 mm × 40.5 mm) while the charging case measures in at 1.74” × 0.84” × 2.11” (44.3 mm × 21.3 mm × 53.5 mm)
  • Utilizes Bluetooth technology and Apple’s new W1 chip for wireless connectivity
  • Uses microphones, optical sensors, and a motion accelerometer for in-ear detection
  • Beamforming microphones are coupled with an additional accelerometer in order to filter out unwanted noise
  • The AirPods alone can hold a charge up to 5 hours, while their charging case holds additional charge for up to 24 hours of listening time

Read the rest of the teardown, these are a pretty interesting set of wireless earbuds.

Source: https://www.ifixit.com/Teardown/AirPods+Teardown/75578

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Jason Snell answers all your burning AirPod questions

Jason Snell:

Apple’s AirPods are up for pre-order and arriving in Apple Stores next week. I’ve got a set in hand, and rather than jumping straight to the review, I thought I’d answer some of the most common questions I’m seeing about Apple’s new wireless earbuds.

Source: https://sixcolors.com/post/2016/12/airpods-your-burning-questions-answered/

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Tim Cook says ‘great desktop’ Macs are in the works

Apple CEO Tim Cook says the company’s commitment to desktop Mac computers remains strong, despite a glaring omission of the product line in a slate of recent MacBook announcements. Cook’s comments on the manner were posted to Apple’s internal employee message board, which were then obtained and verified by TechCrunch today.

Here’s what Cook had to say in response to a question about whether Mac desktops were strategic for Apple:

The desktop is very strategic for us. It’s unique compared to the notebook because you can pack a lot more performance in a desktop — the largest screens, the most memory and storage, a greater variety of I/O, and fastest performance. So there are many different reasons why desktops are really important, and in some cases critical, to people.

The current generation iMac is the best desktop we have ever made and its beautiful Retina 5K display is the best desktop display in the world.

Some folks in the media have raised the question about whether we’re committed to desktops. If there’s any doubt about that with our teams, let me be very clear: we have great desktops in our roadmap. Nobody should worry about that.

It’s unclear if Cook is referencing just the company’s iMac all-in-one line, or if he also intended his statement to include the Mac mini and the Mac Pro. But the lack of updates to all three is a genuine concern for fans of Apple’s desktop computers.

Source: http://www.theverge.com/2016/12/19/14017952/apple-ceo-tim-cook-imac-mac-pro-desktop-computers

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What I Learned about My iPhone After Switching to the Google Pixel

Khoi, Subtraction.com, on switching from the iPhone to the Pixel:

To be sure, it’s a terrific phone. It has a world class still camera that just about lives up to its hype, and to me the operating system has never felt as united with its hardware as it does in this phone.

As much as I tried though, after living with this device for several weeks I still felt that there were several stumbling blocks to jumping entirely to Android. Whether you consider it lock-in or value-add, Apple’s ecosystem is a powerful argument for sticking with the iPhone.

This is the standard argument I end up making almost every time I try to stick to Android.

Source: https://www.subtraction.com/2016/12/14/switching-to-the-google-pixel/

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The KoalaSafe Family Friendly Wireless Router

The KoalaSafe Family Friendly Wireless Router

KoalaSafe Family Friendly Wireless Router

I’m a parent, and I like to look at how to keep my daughter safer online, as well as being able to set schedules for when she’s allow to use the Internet, homework (or chore mode), etc.

I spent some time looking at various kids routers before deciding to go with the KoalaSafe and I’m happy with the result.

Once the router arrived, I plugged it into our existing router and used the iOS to pair it. Then I configured family members (in this case, my daughter), first by forgetting our main router from her eletronic devices and then by adding them under her name in the app as she connected. This part took about 10 minutes total if that since it also needed to download a new firmware update to the router.

Once that was done, I played with the settings, and they are nice, simple but nice.

There are various filters you can set for content, such as youtube, facebook, instagram, netflix, etc, and you can also create a schedule. The schedule has two modes:

  1. Primary mode: This is the mode for the rest of the day, and you can schedule when primary mode is active or not.
  2. Homework mode: This mode is used for what is set aside as homework (or even chore) time, during these scheduled blocks of time, the kids can only access certain websites, or even none at all.

You can also set filters for each mode, so if the schedule says homework time, then you can close out access to most websites, and have them open when it is primary time. You can also restrict the Internet ac

All schedules and filters are handled for each family member, or you can choose to use a universal schedule.

It’s also handy being able to hit a button and restrict Internet altogether, and it also lets you choose how often to restrict it for. To the opposite side, there is a parent mode which lets you enable Internet access for a fixed period of time.

What’s most handy though, is you can use the mobile app from anywhere you have Internet, and it will talk back to the KoalaSafe router at your home. So you can change the schedule, block Internet, add new filters from anywhere and it changes the router settings at home for you.

I highly reccommend checking out the KoalaSafe Family Friendly Router for yourself.

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Pebble Joins Fitbit, and shuts down operations

Eric Migicovsky:

Dear Pebblers,

Thank you all for being such loyal supporters and champions of the Pebble community and brand. You helped start something fantastic when you backed our first Kickstarter project (and shout-out to the first inPulse users). Since then, we’ve shipped over 2 million Pebbles around the world!

However—due to various factors—Pebble is no longer able to operate as an independent entity. We have made the tough decision to shut down the company and no longer manufacture Pebble devices. This news has several major implications, and we hope to answer as many questions as possible here

[..]

What you need to know

  • Pebble is no longer promoting, manufacturing, or selling any devices.
  • Pebble devices will continue to work as normal. No immediate changes to the Pebble user experience will happen at this time.
  • Pebble functionality or service quality may be reduced in the future.

I owned one of the first Pebbles, and loved it, and I later bought a Pebble Time when it came out and loved that too, but as time went on, I moved to an Apple Watch and the Pebbles went elsewhere.

I had no problems with the Pebble watches I owned, I just like the look and feel of the Apple Watch better, which is a common thing for most people I’ve know who owned Pebbles.

Source: https://blog.getpebble.com/2016/12/07/fitbit/

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