The Best Oven Safe Food Storage Containers For Easy Meal Prep And Storage

Looking to downsize, organize, and optimize your kitchen? Oven safe containers can replace some of your dishes, make prep easy, and make cleaning a breeze.

Most kitchens are filled with cheap, plastic Tupperware for storing and reheating leftovers. But that’s about all the use that you’ll get out of a plastic container. But just think, if you had oven safe containers, then you could prep, bake, refrigerate, and reheat using a single container. You can also use oven safe containers to help organize your cluttered fridge, or to replace some of your dishes.

But not all over safe food storage is created equal, and some containers may be more useful to you than others. For example, if you’re looking to organize your fridge, then you’ll want to buy a uniform set of rectangular containers. That way, you won’t waste a bit of space. If you’re trying to bring your lunch to work every day, then you’ll want a container that has a strong lid — maybe even a lid with a steam valve.

There’s a lot of variety in the world of food storage containers, so we’ve taken the time to find the best oven safe sets for everybody’s needs. Some of these sets may seem a bit expensive, but keep in mind that a good set of ovens safe containers will serve you for years and years, so the investment’s well worth it.

Pyrex 18-Container Storage Set ($35)

If you’re trying to build or replace your storage collection, then why not go with the king of food storage? Pyrex, a brand that’s become synonymous with oven safe containers, makes fantastic containers that are easy to use, clean, and store. And since Pyrex lids are replaceable, you can expect to use their containers for years and years.

Just keep in mind that these Pyrex containers are kind of the everyman’s storage. They’re not specifically designed for organizing your fridge, or prepping meals, or for taking steaming hot food on the go. If you’re looking for storage containers that are especially great for organizing, then you need a set of uniform rectangular containers. If you want tupperware that can replace your bakeware, then you should look for large, handled containers. See what I mean?

Anchor Hocking TrueSeal 10 Container Set ($19)

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How Dark Mode Can Extend Battery Life on OLED Phones

Did you know your phone might last longer if you use apps with darker interfaces? It’s true! Well, sometimes—it’s complicated. It depends on the technology in your screen, and whether or not your phone’s software takes advantage of it. 

It’s All About The OLED

It’s obvious that brighter screens use more electricity, and manually lowering the brightness is a good way to get more battery life out of any mobile device. But that’s only part of the equation. For the most part, phone screens use two different kinds of technology for their screen panels: LCD (liquid crystal display) and OLED (organic light-emitting diode).

LCD screens have been around for a long, long time, and have been the primary technology for electronic displays of all kinds ever since the switch from big, boxy CRT monitors and TVs in the late 90s and early 2000s. Today’s LCD screens use a light-emitting diode (a tiny, electrically-powered light) to shine light through a colored grid of pixels, each one containing red, green, and blue cells. This combination of technology is called LED-LCD, or sometimes just “LED screen” for short. That makes the next bit a little confusing.

An organic LED (OLED) uses a building process that combines both the pixel grid and the backlight into a single element: each pixel is emitting its own light. There are a lot of advantages to this, including superior contrast ratios, more vivid color saturation, and better efficiency. But for our purposes, the big draw is that if a pixel on an OLED screen is displaying a completely black color, it’s actually turned off—that portion of the screen isn’t drawing electricity at all. That’s a huge improvement over a more old-fashioned LCD (and LED-LCD), which needs to power the entire screen no matter what image it’s displaying.

A close-up of the RGB matrix on an OLED screen.

Phone manufacturers know this, and they’ve started to take advantage of it. Motorola got the trend started with its Moto X back in 2012. The phone used an “always on” display mode to show notifications, a clock, and a battery meter, with small white text on an otherwise black screen. The always-on screen used a tiny amount of electricity in this mode, less than 1% an hour, thanks to the power advantages of dark interfaces on an OLED panel. Similar always-on display notification tools are now common on Android phones.

How Much Battery Life Can Dark Interfaces Save?

Having a nearly all-black screen can save a ton of battery life. But of course, using a conventional app means that a good portion of the screen is displaying text or images, and OLEDs don’t have significant power savings unless the pixel they’re showing is completely black. So how much power can you save?

More than you might think. Google explored this question as it was developing a darker look for Android in general and its own apps in particular. According to a presentation Google made to developers at its conference, the new dark mode in YouTube can save between 15% and 60% of battery life versus the typical white-backed user interface, depending on the overall brightness setting of the screen.

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How to back up your Linux PC with BackInTime

Looking for an easy system backup solution for your Linux desktop? If so, you may be interested in BackInTime. It’s a basic system backup tool for the Linux platform. Its primary purpose is to make it easy to create a backup of a Linux computer with little effort.

Install BackInTime

BackInTime isn’t a default application on any popular Linux distribution. So, before we get into how to use it, we’ll need to go through the process of installing it.

To get the app working, open up a terminal and follow the instructions that correspond with the OS you are using.

Ubuntu

Installing the app on Ubuntu doesn’t require a third-party PPA. However, you won’t be able to access the program unless you enable the “Universe” software repository. To turn on “Universe,” open up a terminal and enter the command below.

sudo add-apt-repository universe

With Universe now enabled on Ubuntu, you must run the update command.

sudo apt update

Ubuntu is up to date and Universe is enabled. Now it’s time to install the BackInTime system backup tool on your Linux PC by entering the Apt command below.

sudo apt install backintime-qt4

Debian

On Debian Linux, it is possible to install the application directly from the official software sources.

sudo apt-get install backintime-qt4

Getting BackInTime from the official Debian software repositories is satisfactory enough if you’re an average user. With that said, Debian is further behind on updates than other distributions, so keep that in mind.

Not happy with how far behind Debian packages can sometimes be? Do yourself a favor and follow our guide to set up Debian Backports! It’ll help you get the latest software on older versions of Debian Linux.

Arch Linux

If you check the official Arch Linux software repositories, you’ll notice that the BackInTime application is absent. For whatever reason, the Arch maintainers decide not to provide the app, and it’s a bummer.

Due to the Arch Linux repositories not officially supporting the app, the Arch community has created an unofficial AUR package. It downloads the source code, compiles the program and gets it going under Arch Linux.

To get the app working on your Arch PC, open up a terminal and follow the step-by-step instructions below.

Step 1: Install the Git and Base-devel packages on your Arch computer so that you can install AUR packages manually.

sudo pacman -S git base-devel

Step 2: Clone the latest AUR snapshot of the BackInTime PKGBUILD file.

git clone https://aur.archlinux.org/backintime.git

Step 3: Move the terminal session into the newly cloned “backintime” folder using the CD command.

cd backintime

Step 4: Using the makepkg command, generate an installable Arch package for BackInTime.

Please keep in mind that when building packages with makepkg, problems can happen. If you run into issues, read the BackInTime AUR page for guidance.

makepkg -sri

Fedora

Using Fedora Linux and need to install the BackInTime backup application? If so, launch a terminal session and enter the DNF command below.

Note: As of now, the app is available on Fedora 27-29 and Rawhide.

sudo dnf install backintime-qt4

OpenSUSE

The app is available on OpenSUSE. If you’d like to install it, use the following Zypper command in a terminal window.

sudo zypper install backintime-qt4

Configure BackInTime

The first time that the app launches, you’ll see a prompt that says that the program isn’t configured. Select the “No” option to dismiss the message.

After dismissing the message, the main window will appear. In the main window, locate “where to save snapshots”  and click the browse button next to it.

In the browser, navigate to your “Home” folder. Then, click the “New” and create a folder called “snapshots.”

Using the file browser, select the new “snapshots” folder for the app to use.

Once you’ve set up the backup folder, return to the app’s user interface and locate the “Include” tab. Then, click the “Add folder” button and add /home/username as the folder to backup.

Note: don’t want to create a backup of only your home folder? Go to the “include” section and add any directory you like!

When you’re done setting up folders in the “Include” tab, select the “Exclude” tab. In the “Exclude” area, select “Add folder” and add the “snapshots” directory we created earlier. Click “OK” to save the configuration when finished.

Creating a system backup

Making a system backup with BackInTime is easy. To start the process, open up the application by searching for “BackInTime” in your application menu.

Inside the app’s UI, locate the “Snapshot” menu at the top of the window and click on it. Then select “take snapshot” to create a new backup.

Restoring a system backup

Need to restore a snapshot? You can easily do it by selecting “Restore,” then restore to /home/username/.

Don’t want to restore to the home directory? Select one of the other restore options inside the menu!

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How to sync steps from an activity tracker to Pokèmon Go

One of the major shortcomings that Pokèmon Go had when the game was first released was that you had to have it open all the time in order to track any distance you had walked. This was a huge drain on your phone’s battery. Android users were able to work around it with rooted devices but the fix didn’t always work. That limitation has been removed though. Not only can the app read the number of steps you’ve taken from your device’s various sensors, you can also sync steps from an activity tracker to Pokèmon Go.

Requirements

This will work for any activity tracker that;

  • Supports Apple Healthkit or Google Fit
  • Can sync steps data directly or indirectly to your phone via its health app

An activity tracker must meet all of the above requirements in order for this to work.

Connect activity tracker

Some activity trackers can sync steps data directly to Apple Health or Google Fit. Others require their own proprietary app to be installed on your phone and you must sync the data to the app. The app then connects to either Apple Health or Google Fit and adds the steps data.

Since there are a lot of activity trackers out there, we can’t go into detail on how to connect each one however, all manufacturers have directions for syncing the data to your phone, whether it’s an iPhone or an Android phone, on their website. The activity tracker’s own app will also walk you through the steps in some cases.

Adventure Sync on Pokèmon Go

One you have your activity tracker connected to your phone, and sending data to its health app you need to enable Adventure Sync on Pokèmon Go. This feature allows the app to connect to the stock health app on your phone, and read steps data from it.

Open Pokèmon Go and tap the Pokèball at the bottom of the screen. On the next screen that opens, tap Settings. Scroll down the Settings screen, and enable Adventure Sync. You will then need to grant Pokèmon Go permission to read data from the stock health app. Once that’s done, the game will be able to ready steps that are synced from your activity tracker to the stock health app as well as steps recorded by your phone’s sensors, and add the distance traveled accordingly.

If you want to know what good this is since it won’t let you catch any new Pokèmon, the answer is: eggs. You can hatch eggs with the app closed, and just your phone or activity tracker counting your steps.

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