Looking to up your cooking game? The first step is always making sure your kitchen is stocked with all the essential tools. New York Times food writer Melissa Clark does a whole lot of cooking—so she’s sharing her top three kitchen essentials that make cooking and baking so much easier.
Opting for a mini mandolin is a lot easier than using a full-size mandolin. “I use [it] almost every day,” says Melissa. “I don’t know about you, but whenever I try to slice something really thinly with a knife, I get uneven pieces. This mandolin makes the pieces super even and it goes really fast.”
Melissa also suggests getting a mandolin glove to keep your fingers protected, although you can also use a dish towel—or some mandolins come with a little plastic piece to help protect your fingers. Just be careful not to cut yourself.
“Using a smaller whisk works so much better when you have a small amount of liquid. [These are perfect for] a salad dressing or a little pot of hot cocoa or if you’re making yourself some oatmeal,” says Melissa. “What’s so great about these is I can hold them in my hand and get a lot of control and I can whisk really quickly , which is nice.” Plus, they’re really inexpensive and super cute!
Say goodbye to dry cakes due to mis-measured flour. “This [digital scale] will guarantee you a perfect result,” says Melissa. “It is so much easier for baking, because instead of using measuring cups and measuring spoons and making a big mess, I can mix everything in my baking bowl and it’s a lot more precise. ”
In a world submerged by economic, social and ecological crises, health emerges as the number one priority for people. Everyday life has become so stressful that it takes its toll on our well-being.To stay alert and in sync with everything, we are glued to our phones, making plugging off a real mission. Physical activity is a real struggle.
Luckily for us, there’s also a whole branch of technology, helping us navigate this rugged terrain. The Recursive compiled a list of 7 health tech gadgets developed in Southeast Europe with a mission – to take better care of our bodies and minds. From wristbands, to headbands and glasses, these health tech gadgets aim to help us understand our hearts, brains and needs better, in order to lead a better life.
Health tech gadgets developed in Southeast Europe
Name: Zeit Medical
Year of founding: 2019
Headquarters: California, United States
Founders: Orestis Vardoulis and Urs Naber
What it does: The company developed a headband for people to wear while sleeping. The wearable monitors the impulses of their brain. The software analyzes those impulses and it can detect a few hours early if a stroke or seizure will happen. It is advised to be worn by patients prone to neurological injuries.
The band can be set to call for help as soon as possible if even the smallest danger is detected. The latest round of investmentin total of €1.8M was raised by American VCs SeedtoB and Digilife in 2021.
Name: COME ON
Year of founding: 2015
Headquarters: Sofia, Bulgaria
Founders: Aleksandar Dimitrov, Branislav Nikolic
What it does: The company developed glasses which project blue light for 20-30 minutes, imitating natural sunlight, improving the human internal body clock. The specific light sends signals to the brain, through the retina, and then makes changes in the creation of the sleeping hormone – melatonin. Users experience better sleep, boosted energy levels and reduced jet lag effects in a natural way. The goAYO app provides personalized therapy, with science-based guidance, to help customers reach their goals for a healthier lifestyle. When downloading the app, they complete a simple test which helps the software get an idea of the body’s usual rhythm, the unique wake/sleep cycle, and from then on it makes recommendations for changes in their routine.Their latest round of investment is €190K in total, and was raised by Eleven Ventures.
Year of founding: 2021
Headquarters: Sofia, Bulgaria
Founders: Ilko Simeonov and Ivan Tsvetkov
What it does: Glasses with bluetooth connection and installed camera to help visually impaired people orientate better when outside, but also read text and call a friend, if needed. The little speakers on the glasses enable people to hear the text they had scanned before with the glasses’ camera. It uses a specific software, available both in English and Bulgarian.
Name: ECG for Everybody
Year of founding: 2016
Headquarters: Novi Sad, Serbia
You’re unlikely to be mistaken for a member of the Hells Angels on the Cake sa. Quiet and friendly-looking rather than leather-jacket-sexy, this new release from Swedish startup Cake is Still a lot of fun to zip around on.
The brand is by Stefan Ytterborn, a former Ikea employee and founder of action-helmet brand POC, who saw a gap in the market for green off-road motorbikes that can smoothly traverse the bumpiest of sand dunes and hairiest of mountain paths. There are several sa models to choose from: the sa Plus requires a motorbike license and maxes out at 90kmph, while the sa Flex – really a moped – can be used with a regular driving license but has a top speed of 45kmph. The Plus can travel about 84km, and the Flex 92km, between charges. Meanwhile, the new sa Work comes in Plus or Flex form; it’s basically a beefier update, boasting a 50 per cent bigger battery capacity than the originals.
All are low-slung, weigh less than 100kg and possess dirt bike-style wheels and stellar suspension. What the sa lacks in speed it makes up for in ease of use. It’s activated by entering a passcode on its handlebar-mounted screen; a companion app has GPS and can track your riding stats.
The best bits? The brand calls sa a “Swiss Army knife on wheels”, which is about right: it’s a versatile machine that has a mule-like carrying capacity and can be furnished with various attachments, from surfboard racks and extra seats to, as of this month , colorful windscreens. And once at your destination, its battery can be used to fire up personal devices, including phone, laptop, small stove and coffee machine. (If you intend to power several gadgets, and bigger appliances, I’d recommend the Work and/or the optional second battery.)
Pick from attachment packages such as the Carry (rack, basket, waterproof bag) or the Max (power converter, baskets, cargo net), or build your own. Cake sa, from £7,850, Work version from €8,850, ridecake.com
Walk on water
Philip Werner, Awake’s founder, calls electric surfing a “totally new sport”. Participants do not require Oahu-like waves for an adrenaline rush; they need only grip a handheld remote that Werner calls a “dynamite stick”. The new Rävik S 22 is Awake’s zippiest model yet. The jet-propelled board has a response time of 0.02 seconds and a top speed of 57kmph. It’s less buoyant than its predecessors, enabling sharper turns, and making it slightly more difficult for beginners to embrace than the Rävik 3, but novices should still be able to stand up within an hour or so. It lasts about 20 minutes with the standard battery, and can be ridden on waves as well as in sleepy bays. Awake Rävik S 22, from €12,900, awakeboards.com
With the TravelR, Colorado upstart RovR is a challenging market behemoth Yeti for
It’s now available in preview as part of the AWS IDE Toolkit, which means developers can immediately use it right inside their preferred IDEs, including Visual Studio Code, IntelliJ IDEA, PyCharm, WebStorm and Amazon’s own AWS Cloud 9. Support for the AWS Lambda Console is also coming soon.
Ahead of today’s announcement, Vasi Philomin, Amazon’s VP in charge of its AI services, stressed that the company didn’t simply create this in order to offer a copy of Copilot. He noted that with CodeGuru, its AI code reviewer and performance profiler, and DevOps Guru, its tool for finding operation issues, the company laid the groundwork for today’s launch quite a few years ago.
“I think the technology is at a point where we thought it was the right time to do it,” Philomin said. “And it fits nicely with the other pieces that they have. It’s been a journey and we’ve just done different parts at different times.”
Internally, Amazon has been testing the service with only a small number of developers — mostly in order to keep the announcement under wraps.
The company notes that the system continuously examines your code and comments and even takes your own coding style and variable names into account. Using this contextual information — and where your cursor is — it’ll then generate its own custom code snippets.
It’s worth noting that CodeWhisperer does some things different from the likes of Copilot. For one, while most of the code that the system generates is novel, every time it generates code that is close to an existing snippet in its training data, it will note that and highlight the license of that original function. It’s then up to the developer to decide whether to use it or not. This should alleviate some (though maybe not all) of the copyright concerns that maybe come with using a tool like this.
Another factor Philomin stressed is security. Based on Amazon’s own experience managing large codebases and doing debriefs after things go awry (using its formalized “correction of errors” process), as well as its experience with CodeGuru, CodeWhisperer will scan the code for potential security issues.
“Security is always important in AWS and so we want to make sure that the code we generate is secure,” Philomin said. “Now obviously we’ve generated the code and the developer can change it — and so CodeWhisperer has the capability to say: run a scan on the current source file. It will … scan and … tell you any
The programming language Rust has been growing in popularity over the last couple of years. In its latest developer industry report, analyst firm SlashData stated that Rust has “nearly tripled in size in the past 24 months, from just 0.6M developers in Q1 2020 to 2.2M in Q1 2022.”
The Rust Foundation recently announced its Community Grants Program 2022, which has a budget of $625,000. The plan is to give selected Rust maintainers a grant of $12,000 each. In an AMA (Ask Me Anything) video last month, Rust Foundation Executive Director Rebecca Rumbul said that the grants won’t just be for current maintainers, but to encourage new people to join the project too. “We want to reward people who are already here and who are already doing good work,” she said, “but we want to ensure that Rust is sustainable and that requires a pipeline of people coming through, being able to learn.”
To find out more about Rust’s growth — and why it is increasing being preferred over traditional programming languages like C and C++ — I conducted an email interview with Rumbul.
TNS: SlashData says that Rust is “the fastest growing language community”. What’s driving this rapid adoption? Is it coming at the expense of older programming languages, like C/C++?
Rumbul: I think there are a number of factors in the growth — the language itself is interesting, challenging and satisfying to build in. The security and memory safety enables people to create with a lot of confidence. The maintainer and contributor community are inclusive and supportive, and Rust is also a great choice for developers looking to enhance their professional prospects, as demand for Rust developers continues to increase.
I’m not sure yet that this growth is at the expense of other languages — we find that Rust users are typically people who are already very familiar with languages such as C++.
I was interested in this comment in the SlashData report: “it is mostly used in IoT software projects but also in AR/VR development, most commonly for implementing the low-level core logic of AR/VR applications.” I’ve been fascinated by the rise of 3D web apps (aka metaverse) this year — why is Rust better than other options for the core logic in these kinds of apps?
A complete AR/VR application can be written in multiple languages. For example, you may use C# and Unity to implement the graphics. Rust is a great option for the underlying core logic of the application because of its safety profile (eg, catching bugs before runtime and memory safety), availability of libraries (crates), and its ability to create efficient binaries, which may be important for the clients where you want to deploy the application.
in an open source software security plan presented to the White House last week by The Linux Foundation, it states that “memory safe languages such as Rust, Go, and Java” are increasing preferred over the likes of C and C++.