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We Rate the Best and Coolest High Tech Coffee Makers in 2019!

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If there are something geeks love more than the latest gadgets and gaming – it has to be coffee. How else are you meant to stay up all night playing FIFA! Just like many home appliances, smart coffee makers have WiFi online, with cool features released every month.

Not only do these smart internet-connected coffee machines look great, but they’re also affordable, high-tech and most importantly make great coffee!

Find below our coffee tech top list for this year.

#1 – Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker

Mr Coffee Smart Wifi-Enabled WeMo 10-Cup Optimal Brew Coffeemaker Review

Pros

  • Smart apps allow you to brew Coffee just the way you like (from your mobile device)
  • Stylish Stainless steel construction

Cons

  • High-end price
  • Large footprint won’t suit small counter-tops

If you want a great value coffeemaker from a trusted brand which is designed to provide exceptional performance, you can’t go wrong with the Mr. Coffee Smart Coffeemaker.

WiFi enabled and capable of being controlled to brew from its smartphone app. It’s the perfect coffee maker for any home with a ten cup brewing capacity.

#2 – Blossom One Brewer

Pros

  • Ultra high tech & high performance
  • Great looking
  • Keeps coffee at the perfect temp

Cons

  • Very expensive
  • Commercial-style product

There aren’t many homes in the world which could afford this coffee machine – with a price in the thousands. But any list of cool high-tech coffee makers has to include the Blossom coffee maker. Capable of holding your coffee at the ideal temperature for any bean, it tastes amazing. Its single-temperature brewing system removes bitterness, which is triggered by changes in temperature.

Stylish, with a commercial look, this coffeemaker has style and substance in spades. As well, it makes it easy to program the perfect cup, day in and day out.

#3 – Clive Ratio Eight Coffee Machine

Pros

  • Excellent heating element
  • One-button functionality
  • Easy to clean

Cons

  • Water measurements aren’t accurate
  • Isn’t cheap

If you want a high-end coffeemaker which offers tons of impressive style, as well as some convenient and practical features, you’ll benefit from learning about the Clive Ratio Eight Coffee Machine.

This style looks sleek, modern and fabulous so that it will look beautiful on a kitchen counter. It’s famous for producing drip-style coffee which tastes superb.

Crafted with a unique and sculptural blend of wood, metal, and glass, this classic coffeemaker will please those who want high performance and show-stopping, elegant style.

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#4 – Duo Coffee Steeper

Pros

  • Dual-chamber design
  • French Press-style results
  • Produces bold flavor

Cons

  • Mild coffee drinkers won’t like the ‘large’ taste

If you love French Press style coffee and enjoy owning a very stylish coffeemaker with minimalist design, you’ll enjoy the Duo model.

It’s in the mid to high-end price range, and it offers a lot of features which are appealing. Since this unique coffee maker comes with a mesh filter, you won’t need to invest in paper filters. This will save you money and energy.

As well, it produces bona fide French Press coffee taste and is very easy to use.

#5 – OXX Coffeebox

COFFEEBOXX Single Serve Portable Coffee Maker by OXX ReviewPros

  • Super durable – perfect for harsh conditions
  • Portable

Cons

  • None

This strong and rugged coffee maker feature an attractive, green and black design, as well as a single-cup system for convenient brewing. If you’re tired of drinking old coffee from a Thermos on the job or elsewhere, you’ll find that investing in this durable design is the secret of enjoying fresh coffee anytime.

It’s perfect for job sites. However, it’s so easy to use that it’s an excellent choice for almost anywhere. It converts into a portable box with a handle in no time flat, so it’s a cool coffee maker and an excellent choice for those who value portability.

#6 – Wilfa Precision

Wilfa Precision Coffee Maker ReviewPros

  • Designed by award-winning barista
  • Ultra-modern styling
  • Brews delicious coffee

Cons

  • One of the most expensive coffee makers on our list
  • Style won’t suit all kitchens

This coffee maker is designed by a barista who won the world championship in his field. It’s a style which offers ultra-modern brewing power, via its automatic filter brewing system. You’ll find that this unit keeps temperatures perfect and creates designer coffee taste in no time flat. It will also look dazzling on a kitchen counter.

This unit includes a high-quality pump for durable and dependable performance. This is one of the cool coffeemakers. Unique coffee makers are out there, and this one is a style to be proud of.

#7 – Bruer Slow Drip Cold Brew Coffee Maker

Pros

  • Makes Coffee Fast!
  • Can brew up 10 oz at one time

Cons

  • Cold Brew only

If you’re in the market for a high-tech coffee maker, you may want to consider this Bruer-brand design. It’s one of the coolest coffee makers around, thanks to its slow drip, cold brew design. If you love iced coffee drinks, you’ll find that this attractive and sensible design provides exceptional performance.

While it’s a bit costlier than some coffee makers, it’s an excellent coffee maker for those who want to extract every bit of flavor from ground coffee.

One of the best-looking coffee makers on the market.

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#8 – Chemex Ottomatic

Chemex Ottomatic Pulsing Water Dispenser and 6 Cup Coffeemaker Set ReviewPros

  • Unique design
  • One-button performance
  • Makes great coffee

Cons

  • Style won’t suit all kitchens

This luxury coffeemaker makes it simple to manage key brewing features, including pre-infusion and water temperature. It also has a hot plate which will keep coffee at the right temperature, without burning it.

Incredibly stylish, this coffeemaker doesn’t look like the others, and this may be a good or bad thing, depending on your taste. It’s a showpiece and very artistic regarding design.

Also, it brews excellent coffee, and it’s easy to use and maintain. While it is pricey, it’s one of the coolest coffeemaker styles. It’s for discerning customers who don’t mind investing in quality.

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Everything You Need to Know to Become a Pokémon Go Expert! [Infographic]

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become_a_pokémon_go_expertYou can only be on top of your game by rubbing shoulders with the very best!

The popularity of Pokémon Go has spread all over the world, and the world-wide acceptance keeps growing. More and more countries are catching the fever as well!

Personally, i have been addicted to Pokémon Go since it debuted in July. I also have a bag of tricks that can help you become the very best at Pokémon Go.

Here is our beginner’s guide (with Infographic) to get you started!

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How to Find and catch Pokémon

Parks with multiple PokéStops should be your favourite place

Pokémon is almost everywhere you look. But to find lots of Pokémon, try a highly populated area. Even though you can find Pokémon in Cities, playing at parks is an awesome idea. Playing at saltwater beach parks for instance, gives you an incredible Pokémon catching experience.

You can get different types of Pokémon from different terrains. Parks that feature multiple PokéStops can offer you abundant play options, giving you all the Poké Balls you need when you are hunting. We have learnt from experience that PokéStops give you more Pokémon, especially when a lure is attached.

Hunt in the company of friends

The appearance of Pokémon is never hidden, so anyone can see it, and catch it if they want. You are sure to enjoy hunting, whether in pairs or groups. It gives you an opportunity to have an awesome chatting time with friends while hunting for Pokémon. What is more? The task of finding that three-footstep Kadabra becomes a shared and fun responsibility.

Play safe.

Safety first! Avoid moving around by yourself to a lure-enabled PokéStop when it’s dark. You do not want to get hurt. Hunting in pairs or groups is a smarter way to go! You may also want to do your hunting in areas that are properly lit, with a car parked within a short distance. Some of the most amazing Pokémon hunting I have done was by wandering the neighbourhood, with my dogs as companions. Sometimes, i did not even have to leave my house.

Your radar ring can help you in finding Pokémon

In the process of wandering the world, ensure you are armed with your avatar. Your avatar has a little pulsing, glowing ring. Using the ring as your personal radar, you can tell when a PokéStop or Gym is nearby . The avatar also pulls zero-footprint Pokémon into the open.

When you succeed in tracking a Pokémon to zero steps, it must be really close by. Your radar field should bring it into the open once you have stood there for a while. That said, finding wandering Pokémon does not mean you have to lurk around your neighbours flower pots or jump their fence. It may interest you to know of a current bug in the game which prevents Pokémon from showing beyond three footprints. This means that your radar field may pull out Pokémon displaying three footprints.

Fluttering leaves is linked to random Pokémon spawns

Pokémon players have a thing for green fluttering leaves, and it is easy for them to believe this means there is a Pokémon there. From experience, those leaves point to a Pokémon spawn point, and if you stay long enough in that vicinity, creatures your radar map failed to pick “may” just start appearing .The word is “may” , and it is not a hundred percent guaranteed. Kindly bear in mind that the fact that there are fluttering leaves around, does not necessarily mean you have found the current Pokémon you are hunting. Finding that Drowzee would take more than a few fluttering leaves.

Parking lots are a great place to quickly catch a lot of Pokémon!

The reason may not be so clear, but Pokémon seem to love spawning in parking lots, especially if they are near PokéStops. There was a time I even found close to six common Pokémon in the lot by our local grocery shop. I have also had the same luck around many gas stations.

Turn off AR when catching Pokémon

Seeing that Pikachu spawn right there on your coffee machine is awesome! The thing is though; AR (augmented reality) could make it difficult for you to catch those creatures. You would also run out of power.

The best thing to do is to switch it off!

Pick up bonuses as you throw Poké Balls

Ok, you need to catch a Pokémon. Your ball must land inside the shrinking ring around them and hit the Pokémon’s nose, or maybe its head. Do you know, however, that there are special catch bonuses that give you a better chance of keeping a Pokémon locked inside the Poké Ball and prevent it from breaking free?

Whatever bonus you are looking to kill, do not forget to tap and hold on the Poké Ball to start the ring cycle. Once it has been started, simply toss your ball until the ring is at the correct point. The Pokémon might attempt to make some sort of ring-breaking movements, just keep holding your Poké Ball. There is no way you would lose your ball as long as you hold on to it.

Better Poké Balls and razz berries are great for capturing Pokémon

Finding a rare Pokémon, or one that has an unbelievably high CP in the wild, may prove difficult for your standard-issue Poké Balls to contain. Another way to go about this is once you reach level 6, use Razz Berries, and gradually introduce Great and Ultra Balls in improving the chances you have to contain these wild creatures.

Once you have administered Razz Berries, you can use them to lull the Pokémon, kind of. It is possible you miss a throw, but your chances of catching the Pokémon until you hit them would have increased. In a situation where you catch them with an off-throw, and they escape, try feeding them another Razz Berry.

It is okay for your game to crash or hang when catching a Pokémon

Your game can crash or even remain frustratingly hanging after you have caught a Pokémon. You need to prepare your mind for this possibility, and it is no cause for alarm. Game developer Niantic’s servers often have a lot of overload to deal with, and your Pokémon could be left high and dry in its Poké Ball. You can simply quit the game forcefully before re-opening it. As a result of this crash, you might catch the Pokémon automatically, or it will remain spawned and be waiting right there for you.

PokéStops and the world

Avoid crazy hours

Playing at lunchtime could be fun, but you might want to explore an early morning time or evening play to avoid the rush of the afternoon hours.

Ingress can help you find PokéStops

Many of the maps featured in the previous game, Ingress, have been used by Niantic in populating PokéStops and Gyms in the Pokémon Go world. This means that this Ingress’s map system can also be used in deciding where your hunting efforts should target precisely. Note that the Portals you see on Ingress’s map can also serve as pointers to PokéStops.

Too lazy to hunt? Drop lures at local bars and shops

In case you are looking for lazy Pokémon-catching tips, you can attach lures to a local tea shop or fast- food restaurant, then fold your arms and wait. On a normal day, there should be a new Pokémon spawning inside the Lure every 3-5 minutes, or you might just be lucky and a rare Pokémon would appear. If you like, you can use incense to stack this. You need to know however, that Incense will spawn an increased number of Pokémon when you are actually walking through the world, in fact, you can get up to 1 within a minute. If you are stationary however, it might take you about 5 minutes to get a single one.

Be tactical with your Stardust and Candy approach!

As a newbie, boosting and evolving your first Pokémon might seem like a good idea, but I’m going to have to advice you wait. You will soon pass this stage, and when you do, you are sure to find lots of higher-level creatures.

These ones usually become much more powerful when evolved.

Evolve mainly higher-level creatures

You will find a level ring around your portrait as you power- boost your Pokémon. Their level is indicated by the amount filled in the ring, while your own max level is indicated on the ring’s far right side. The closer they are to your level, the more likely you will get a much-higher evolved creature.

Lucky Eggs should be used before an XP spree or evolving Pokémon

You can get lucky Eggs as level rewards and you can also buy from the Shop. They are great for doubling the personal Trainer XP you collect for 30 minutes. They can also be used to increase your level as you catch multiple Pokémon. These eggs will be more useful however, when you are evolving Pokémon.

500XP is what you should ordinarily get for evolving Pokémon. If you have a Lucky Egg enabled, you get 1000XP each time. Got a ton of Pidgeys? Simply evolve them into Pigeottos, using just 12 Pidgey Candy .

Hatch your egg by moving it around your room

Now, in case you are tied up with something, and the walk to get your 9.8km/10km egg to hatch is impossible, you can move your phone around your bedroom or place it on your office desk and move it back and forth. Once your trainer moves, it should tell if you are in a place with unsteady GPS signal that can help you trick the game into thinking you are moving around. Your egg will eventually hatch as you continue to move your phone back and forth.

Although you would be risking breaking your phone- yes, you can put it on a dog, ceiling fan, or record player.

Gym battles and teams

Prepare for battle by matching up Pokémon with their opposing types

If you find yourself in a situation where you are under- matched against an opposing Gym, you can still find your way around it. What you need to know is how to match up an opposing Pokémon’s type as well as element. Once you have succeeded in doing this, you would have succeeded in damaging their Gym’s Prestige. The secret is to match up an opposing Pokémon’s type and element. Every creature has a primary type, and this primary type often matches up to some kind of element. Just like it is in the real world, there are elements that are more successful than others.
GamePress’s Pokémon Go page contains a roster of the most powerful Pokémon you are allowed to evolve for each type.

Start each battle by dodging

Our Android Central pal Russell Holly let me in on this awesome trick, ad I’m going to let you have it too. Swiping left or right to dodge when a battle starts, gives you an extra attack or two ahead of your opponent. Smaller, quicker types like Eevees, have quick burst attacks and dodges. They can effectively take down a big creature, giving them little or no time to react.

Snipe a neutral gym

If you are unable to fight a gym battle personally, or you are on a trip with a friend who’s exhausting all their powerful Pokémon in beating an opposing gym, wait till the gym has been won, and it has become neutral white, then you can easily drop your Pokémon in.

You can re-capture a gym of yours which an opponent has been trying to take down if you are really fast, and you can add your most powerful Pokémon to the neutral gym once all of your opponent’s high-level creatures have become weary in the process of defeating the gym.

Add Varied Pokémon types to a friendly gym

If you need to add a Pokémon to a gym that is already friendly, try to vary up the kind of Pokémon you need to add. Even though an all-Fire gym of Vulpixes and Flareons might look awesome, it is not so safe with a trainer with Water and Ground-type Pokémon.

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What are the Pros and Cons of Rooting Your Android Device?

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The case for (or against) rooting your Android device

android-994910_960_720Since Android is a Linux-derived OS, it was only natural for power users and tinkerers to look for ways to root the corresponding devices, in order to alter them or enhance their functionality. In the beginning, doing so was quite simple with most devices.

Several tools and apps existed that could root the majority of Android phones and tablets in just a few minutes.

However, as Android evolved, gaining root access has lost part of its shine, but also became a much more challenging task.

So, how is rooting today going to help you? Maybe the risks outweigh the benefits? And why is it so hard to root certain devices? Read on to find out.

What are the the Pros of rooting your Android device?

Acquiring root access in Android is similar to running Windows through an admin account. You have unlimited rights into accessing the system directory and altering core function of the OS itself. Part of the rooting method is the installation of a usage manager, with SuperSU being the most popular at the moment.

These tools safeguard your phone’s root access; every time an app requests access at this level, the root manager prompts for your approval.

pros_and_cons_of_rooting_android_deviceBut, what kind of rights does root access grant you? For starters, you will be able to hide or uninstall any annoying apps that are built into the system, which you would like to remove but can’t under normal circumstances.

Rooting your device enables you to run tools like Titanium Backup, through which you can completely remove or hide the said app. The same tool can also perform manual backups of application or game data, which you can then transfer to other devices.

Remote accessing your device is another task that requires root in order to become available. Another useful feature that needs rooting is ad-blocking software because it manipulates the OS’s hosts file to prohibit access to a list of known ad servers.

Finally, there is Xposed Framework, which is a category of its own. You need to root your device in order to install Xposed, but after that, it takes over without asking your approval in order to perform low-level functions, such as UI modification and system-level additions. Although getting Xposed to work on Lollipop took a while, there are now builds available that are adequately stable.

What are the the Cons of rooting your Android device?

tablet-1442900_960_720Since root access grants total control of the operating system to the user, it’s obvious that careless actions can have dire consequences. By design, Android is resilient to misuse through a normal user profile. As a SuperUser, though, it’s not hard to break things by installing suspicious apps or by altering system files.

Moreover, rooting inherently violates Android’s security model, because apps with root access have elevated governance over your system. In any case, extra caution is required when you install stuff to your device.

Since Android 5.0 Lollipop, system updates for Nexus devices can only work or completely unmodified devices, due to a change in the way the OTA file is processed by the OS.

The new method patches the whole system directory as a single task, so the presence of unexpected files or any modifications will result in a verification failure, cancelling the update.

Besides Nexus devices, almost all other Android devices that receive an OTA update will see their root wiped out, and the root method blocked from re-installation. If root is something you can’t live without, chances are that you will be stuck on older versions of the OS, with no options to update, and you’ll be forced to wait for a new rooting method to emerge, or a modified (pre-rooted) update.

Why is it so much harder to root Android devices now than before?

If you have had a fair amount of experience with Android so far, you should have noticed that it’s now way harder to root newer devices than what it used to be. A few years ago, there were tools and apps available that could universally root almost any device in a matter of minutes, but that’s a thing of the past now. Since the Towelroot exploit in 2014, there hasn’t been another universal root-granting patch.

smartphone-1283016_960_720The reason behind Google’s haste to patch such exploits in such a hurry is that, in essence, these are security risks that expose your system to malicious users and software, which can result in data theft. So, patching the system is the responsible thing to do.

Android has evolved into a more secure OS, requiring more work to circumvent that security in order to acquire root access. This exchange has resulted in root exploits of increasing complexity. Thus, rooting now may require side-loading of files over USB, extensive use of the terminal, or outright flashing of modded files.

It is so hard to discover, test and create such exploits, it’s no wonder that many popular devices are still impossible to root at the moment. That doesn’t mean that such exploits don’t exist, but they cost too much in terms of effort and time to be handed to the community for free. For instance, if you are a regular visitor of XDA, you might have noticed the so-called “bounty threads,” where users donate large amounts of money for a working root method.

Although this strategy bears fruit from time to time, nevertheless it remains too hard to claim these donations; moreover, a solid exploit of the sorts actually cost a lot more than a few thousand dollars.

It is a common secret among Android security testers and researchers that forensic and security firms are actively looking for non-public exploits. This means that a modder could make several times more money than collecting an XDA bounty, by selling an exploit to such companies. For instance, a universal rooting method like the ones used a few years ago, could well worth dozens of thousands. And most people wouldn’t pass on such an opportunity for pennies.

So should you do it?

If you’re a fan of tinker with tech toys, you should take this into consideration when you buying a phone. Don’t choose something (praying) root method will be released soon. Quite often you will be waiting for an exploit patch.

Devices that are relatively friendly to root like Nexus phones and tablets are always a sensible choice. They have boot-loaders which can be unlocked, and then rooted very quickly. They also have system images which can be downloaded very easily to restore your device if the root goes wrong. The usual warning about using care installing apps still applies.

If you’re not familiar with Android in-built tools, and how to diagnose and repair issues with it’s command line, research beforehand (better to be prepared). Rooting your devices can be a lot of fun, and really change the way your devices functions. But it can also lead to frustration, or in the worst cases financial cost, as you try to fix issues caused by modding.

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