Sous vide cooking: It sounds fancy, but it’s actually one of the easiest and most reliable ways to cook. It’s the reason why many restaurants are able to put out delicious dishes with a consistent flavor.
All you need is the right equipment, and that hasn’t always been available to those outside the resto crowd. Now that the secret is out on sous vide, gadgets like the Curtis Stone Sous Vide Cooker & Beverage Chiller are letting home chefs prepare their meals in a whole new way.
Sous vide is French for “under vacuum,” and that’s the secret to the consistency. To use this device, all you do is put your beef, poultry or seafood into an airtight bag, then drop it into a pot of water. Clamp the cooker onto the side, select your temperature on the LED display, and wait. It’s that easy to get your entrees cooked evenly and all the way through, the same way every time.
With a simple switch, you can even turn this one into a beverage chiller for impromptu party coolers. Best of all, the Curtis Stone Sous Vide Cooker & Beverage Chiller is available now for 20% off the retail price. Read the rest
Microsoft has announced a vague intention to launch its xCloud game streaming service sometime in 2020, and dropped a double handful of new titles that will arrive on it and the existing Game Pass subscription. It seems that next year will indeed be the opening battle in the streaming wars to come. The announcements came […]
With the launch of iOS 13, Apple added perfectly timed live lyrics to its Apple Music app. Now Spotify may do the same. Several users in international markets are now seeing a similar synced lyrics feature in their Spotify mobile app, where lyrics scroll by in time with the music. The feature is powered by […]
Among the 50-plus new games that Microsoft is bringing to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service over the next year are ten Final Fantasy games. The list encompasses every single-player mainline game released in the series since 1997s Final Fantasy VII, including select spinoff games like Final Fantasy X-2, and Lightning Returns: Final Fantasy XIII. Microsoft included the games in a list of titles that will start appearing this holiday, and said that theyll be added over the course of 2020.
There have been a bunch of different remasters of these games over the years, and in most cases it seems like Xbox Games Pass subscribers are getting the most recent version of each title. There are the HD remasters of X and X-2, and youre also…
My kids draw every day. I try to join them for an hour or so on the weekends. We store our pencils in these Lihit Lab Teffa “book style” pencil cases (Currently on Amazon). Mine contains my pencils, charcoals, lead holder, erasers, snap-blade knife, and reading glasses. It’s not large, but it’s designed with “pages” to hold your stuff efficiently. Pens and pencils fit behind straps, and smaller stuff can be stashed in the mesh pouches.
Obsidian is a studio best-known for deep, intriguing role-playing games like Fallout: New Vegas and, most recently, The Outer Worlds. But the studios next release moves in a completely different direction. At X019 in London, Obsidian revealed Grounded, a survival game set in a suburban backyard where a group of four friends has to fend for themselves after being shrunk down to the size of an ant. Its a little different than what youre used to seeing from Obsidian, says director Adam Brennecke.
Grounded, which is the first new property from Obsidian since the studio was acquired by Microsoft, is a four-player co-op experience that can be played in both first- and third-person. Like most survival games, youll build a base, craft…
British video game developer Rare, creator of classics like Battletoads, GoldenEye 007, and Banjo-Kazooie,is revealing its next big game, Everwild, at Microsofts X019 event today. Rare is only providing a small glimpse at Everwild,but the brief trailer makes it look like its going to be some type of action adventure game.
Banjo-Kazooie fans will have been hoping for a sequel, or at least a new Banjo game, but Everwild looks more like Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. The world is full of different species of animals, all with Rares classic cartoon-style look and feel. Rare and Microsoft havent revealed much more about the game, nor when it will be released.
While Everwild is still early in development, we are…
Dontnod Entertainment, the developer behind award-winning episodic series Life is Strange, is working on a new narrative-based, true-to-life game called Tell Me Why. The game focuses on a pair of twins, Tyler and Alyson, untangling the memories of their troubled childhood.
Tyler and Alysons relationship will act as the backbone of the game as they navigate life in small-town Alaska. It will also tell the story of Tylers life as a trans man. The developer worked closely with LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD to help craft the character.
In a prepared statement, game director Florent Guillaume said that players will explore the identical twins different memories of key events and choose which memory to believe. Ultimately, the…
Microsoft has announced its Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals at its XO19 conference in London. The company will be offering the biggest discounts yet on Xbox One consoles, as well as price cuts on controllers and several games.
The deals will run on the Microsoft Store from November 24th to December 2nd (thats a few days earlier than other retailers will kick things off), but Xbox Game Pass Ultimate and Xbox Live Gold members will be able to access these deals even earlier, starting on November 21st.
Microsoft revealed earlier this year that its bringing its classic Halo game collection to PC, and adding Halo: Reach to the entire Halo: The Master Chief Collection. While the company has been running beta tests for Halo: Reach on PC in recent months, its now arriving on PC on December 3rd.
Microsoft is taking its time to get Halo on PC right, and that means games will appear in stages. Halo: Reach is the first, and the rest will follow in chronological order. Microsoft is also tweaking the games to include field of view sliders and make sure the mouse and keyboard controls feel good.
All six games in Halo: The Master Chief Collection can now be purchased in a bundle on Steam or through the Microsoft Store for $39.99, and Halo: Reach…
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Accessory maker TwelveSouth has a solid lineup of gadgets, many of which fill a niche that their products uniquely address — and address remarkably well. The AirFly Pro ($54.99) is a new iteration on one of those, providing a way to connect Bluetooth headphones to any audio source with a 3.5mm headphone jack. It’s being […]
Picking the right database can often be critical to the success of an application. Rather than taking the advice of vendors or using a database because you already happen to have it, its useful to consider the fundamental purpose and requirements of the data store.
These are the most important questions to ask when you are picking a database:
How much data do you expect to store when the application is mature?
How many users do you expect to handle simultaneously at peak load?
What availability, scalability, latency, throughput, and data consistency does your application need?
How often will your database schemas change?
What is the geographic distribution of your user population?
What is the natural shape of your data?
Does your application need online transaction processing (OLTP), analytic queries (OLAP), or both?
What ratio of reads to writes do you expect in production?
Do you need geographic queries and/or full-text queries?
What are your preferred programming languages?
Do you have a budget? If so, will it cover licenses and support contracts?
Are there legal restrictions on your data storage?
Lets expand on those questions and their implications.
The effort to move the development of open source Java to GitHub is gathering steam, with the arrival of a formal proposal to migrate single-repository OpenJDK projects to the popular code-hosting platform.
Graphic designer Reagan Ray compiled more than 100 logos of videogame consoles from 1976 to 2017. (Just a handful seen above.) Oh how I miss the days of the, um, Fairchild Channel F and the Bandai Playdia. Ray writes:
This list covers the second (1976) through eighth (present) generation consoles. According to Wikipedia, there were 687 first-generation consoles produced, so I decided that was a rabbit hole I didn’t want to enter. I had fun designing the page to look like an old video game ad or one of those posters that came in Nintendo Power. The TV screen borders even made me nostalgic for playing games on an old crappy 19-inch TV.