1. Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor Reviews

    The Breville 800JEXL is a tough, durable centrifugal juicer with large capacity and high RPM. The three-inch feed tube allows whole fruits and vegetables to be inserted without pre-cutting, and the pulp container has an extra-large 3.2 quart capacity. The juice jug holds 1.1 quarts and has a froth separator. The Breville 800JEXLhas a reinforced titanium cutting disc and micro-mesh strainer permitting efficient extraction of juice and nutrients. The high speed is 13,000 RPM, and low is 6,500 RPM. The dual knife blade assembly and stabilized cutting mechanism ensures smooth operation. To guarantee safe performance, there is a safety lock mechanism. A unique feature is the Assist Plug with a hole in the end to permit easy removal of the power cord from the outlet without pulling on the cord. Overheating is prevented by an overload protection button, and the power cord wraps around the feet and snaps into place for easy storage.

    When shoppers for the Breville 800jexl review the unit’s features, they find a lot to like about it. The extra-large feed capacity allows fruits and vegetables to be fed into the unit without preliminary chopping, making prep quick and easy. A food pusher is included, and even carrots, apples and cucumbers can be juiced together in the wide feed shut. The high capacity is matched by the size of the pulp container and juice jug, so large amounts of juice can be processed before the containers need to be emptied. A speed selector table is included to help the user select the proper speeds for various fruits and vegetables. To make the clean-up easy, a plastic bag can be placed in the container to catch the pulp. The juice jug has a handy plastic cover to prevent spattering. The double knife arrangement and filtering system are more than a convenience, permitting the extraction of more juice, vitamins and minerals and thus yielding more nutritious juice than other juicers. The 1,000-watt motor ensures that the Breville juice fountain elite 800jexl is capable of handling any of your juicing tasks.

    When shoppers for the Breville 800jexl review the negative features, they will find that they are few but possibly significant. Because the unit has a solid steel casing, it is bigger and heavier than many juicers, which may make it difficult to use for the very young or old. There are also cheaper units out there, and though they do not perform as well as the Breville 800jexl juice fountain elite, price considerations may outweigh performance for some. Another possible downside to the Breville 800jexl juice fountain elite is that it is not capable of juicing very fibrous plants such as wheat grass. Cleaning up after using the Breville juice fountain elite 800jexl is a bit of trouble, since the filter mesh gets clogged with pulp and must be emptied and rinsed. The company’s literature claims that the juice jug included with the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor is safe for dishwashers, but some customer reviews claim that it melts in some machines. To be safe, it should be rinsed in the sink or make sure you put it on the top rack and don’t use the high heat setting on your dishwasher.

    For most consumers, the Breville 800JEXL Juice Fountain Elite 1000-Watt Juice Extractor offers more good points than bad ones. Its large capacity allows a large volume to be juiced in a short time, and the size of the feed tube makes preparation fast and easy. The unit’s high efficiency means that maximum nutrition is extracted from fruits and vegetables, which translates into more food value for the money you spend. Even foam is saved and channeled into the juice jug, so nothing is wasted. In settings where small children are likely to be present, safety is ensured by the overload protection mechanism and stability is provided by the safety locking arm. Cleaning must be performed regularly, but is relatively easy with just dish detergent, warm water and air dying. A nylon cleaning brush is included to remove the pulp from the filter mesh. Soaking with hot water and lemon juice may be needed for tough pulp buildup, but can usually be done easily in just a few minutes. For those who love juice and consider it part of their daily nutrition the 800jexl just might to the tool you need .

  2. New Samsung Galaxy Interface

    The interface on the Samsung Galaxy S4 isn’t an officially new release of TouchWiz, the Korean brand’s name for its Android overlay, but it does bring a whole host of new features to the Galaxy range, working best on the S4.

    It’s built on top of Android Jelly Bean 4.2, which means there are several significant upgrades from the previous version, found on most of the other top-end Galaxy devices and, crucially, ahead of the likes of the HTC Oneand the Sony Xperia Z.

    One gets the feeling Samsung has delayed Android 4.2 for the Galaxy S3 simply so it can offer differentiation with the new model – things like split menus mean you feel like you’re greeted with a different phone, despite both the S3 and S4 doing roughly the same thing.

    Samsung Galaxy S4 review

    So, for instance, in the drag down notification bar, you’re now greeted with two icons in the top right-hand corner; one takes you to the internal settings from anywhere in the phone, and the other gives you quick shortcuts to turn elements within the S4 off and on.

    This is an idea Google pushed with the new iteration of Android, and works well. However, it’s a little redundant here, as the phone already has these in a long line in the notification bar. You can also edit these quick toggles too, so it means that you’ll rarely push the other button to get the full list.

    Android 4.2 promises further smoothness upgrades too, and while this works on the likes of the Nexus 4, we’re not sure what it’s really added with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

    Considering that this phone is running the quad-core Qualcomm 600 chip, clocked at 1.9GHz and combined with 2GB of RAM, we would have expected this phone to run faster than anything we’d ever seen before.

    While that is true for the most part, it’s only a touch more than we’ve seen on the Galaxy S3. Apps will open and close faster, but elements like the time taken to open the multi-taking menu (triggered by holding down the home key from anywhere in the phone) still take a beat to activate.

    It makes us hanker for the octa-core processor that other parts of the world are getting - the reason being that 4G can’t apparently be added to that chip very easily, so we have to make do with a quad core option. It’s not as simple as saying that other version is twice as fast, as it’s essentially two quad core chips doing different tasks when needed, but there’s no doubt that the other version is faster.

    In case you’re wondering, there are two versions of the Galaxy S4: one with the Exynos 5 octa-core, and this one (model number GT-1905) that has the Qualcomm Snapdragon quad core. This version is clocked at 1.9GHz, which means it runs faster in general - however, the octa core has two sets of four cores, with one for day to day stuff and the other for heavy lifting, such as photo processing and such.

    While we’re miffed we don’t have the option of this other version (it’s smashed the benchmarks in many tests) there are questions about whether the battery will hold up as well as the device flicks between the two quad core processors inside - it could improve efficiency or deplete it, depending on the implementation, so perhaps bigger isn’t always better.

    Samsung Galaxy S4 review

    The general Android / TouchWiz interface is still the same as ever: this means that you can throw as many widgets and apps all over the seven home screens that you like. It’s still a great way of doing things, and since Android Jelly Bean has been used you can now flick items out of the way just by dragging them onto the screen and holding them in the place you want.

    What is interesting is that Samsung still hasn’t added the functionality to drag and drop app icons on top of one another to create a folder. We’re pretty sure Apple is trying to patent such an idea, but given rivals have managed to use this method (such as HTC with the One) we’d have expected Samsung to do the same.

    It’s not a big deal, but having to drag an app to the top of the screen, create a folder, name it, then drag other apps in is a bit of a hassle.

    One area that has been changed massively from S3 to S4 is the lock screen. Firstly, there’s a new way to mess around with this UI: where once you could only touch the screen and watch the water ripple around, now you can choose to have your finger trigger a little light that hovers under your finger.

    Combined with the S4’s improved screen technology that’s been super-boosted, in terms of sensitivity, to enable you to use gloves with it, you can now hold your finger a centimetre or so above the display and watch the light flicker along under your digit. It’s not a big thing, but one that we found ourselves constantly playing with like tiny children.

    The lock screen, thanks to the Android 4.2 update, now enables you to have widgets on there before you open the phone, enabling music control, remotes to display and messages to preview.

    While there are some useful implementations of these (the music player is really handy to have, and can be resized by dragging the track list up and down) others, like favourite apps, really don’t help as much. You can still thankfully have all the lockscreen shortcuts, which means you can interact in the same way as before. To open the phone into a widget you just tap it then swipe below. We initially wanted to criticise the phone for this, but after a few days it really becomes second nature.

    Samsung Galaxy S4 review

    We would say the blocky nature of the UI really isn’t attractive. It basically adds a load of features into a previously simple experience, which may or may not please some people. Thankfully, all this is switched off by default - and you can even have your own message saying hello every time you open the phone.

    It’s clear that Samsung has toed the Google line in using Android 4.2 on the Galaxy S4, as this lock screen functionality is straight from the search giant’s design board (with a few Samsung design ideals placed on top).

    It’s also present in the menu system, which, rather than one long list of all your options, is divided into four screens: Connectivity, My Device, Accounts, and More. It’s a neat way of packaging things all up, but it can be hard to hit the categories on the top given the size of the screen.

    The interface on the Samsung Galaxy S4, to the uninitiated or the Galaxy S2 user looking for their next upgrade, is great. It has loads of innovative ideas and works blazingly fast. We can see why some people find TouchWiz a little cartoony and convoluted at times, but in our eyes this is a great combination of power and simplicity in a smartphone.

  3. How to bring the Google Play store on the Kindle Fire HD

    There are plenty of complimentary things you can say about the Kindle Fire HD. “It has a stellar collection of apps,” unfortunately isn’t one of them. Amazon has customised Android to within an inch of its virtual life and banished Google Play in favour of its own Amazon Appstore. Take a stroll down its digital aisles and you’ll find the selection somewhat underwhelming — there’s no Gmail, no Dropbox, no Instagram.

    The good news is you can get access to Google Play and everything within it, as long as you don’t mind a little bit of hacking. When I say a little bit, I mean it will instantly void your warranty with Amazon.

    Amazon App Store on Kindle Fire HD
    Amazon’s Appstore doesn’t offer the range of Google Play.

    As with any advanced customisation of this type, CNET can’t be held responsible for your exploits. Nevertheless, the changes aren’t difficult to make and you shouldn’t run into any problems that can’t be solved with a quick Google query and some poking around on Android forums.

    First and foremost you’re going to need a rooted Kindle Fire HD, otherwise Google Play won’t be able to access the key system files that it needs. The best place to learn how to do this is the guide I previously published. You’ll also need to install the USB drivers for your Kindle Fire HD, which we covered in the same article. Once that’s done, you can press on.

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    1. Collect your files

    Google Play interacts with your device on a pretty fundamental level — it needs to know who you are, which apps you’ve installed and how you’re going to pay for them, for instance. With this in mind you’ll need to copy some essential files over to your Kindle before installing the Play Store app itself.

    Not for the first time, I’m indebted to the Android community for the files required — visit this thread and download the archive package listed in step 2 of the first post. Extract these files to a folder on your system that you can easily access.

    If you’ve not already done so, install ES File Explorer on your device. This is available from the Amazon App Store and enables you to easily transfer files and launch applications. You’ll also need to make sure two key Kindle settings are turned to ‘On’ in the Settings — ‘Allow Installation of Applications’ (on the Device screen) and ‘Enable ADB’ (on the Security screen). Everything should now be ready to install Google Play.

    2. Transfer and prepare

    Connect your Kindle Fire HD to your computer and it should appear as two separate entries in the Device Manager section of Control Panel (see the screenshot below). If you didn’t use this guide to root your device, pay particular attention to the USB drivers section.

    Kindle Fire HD drivers
    If your Kindle appears twice in Device Manager, you’re all set.

    Using Windows, copy the three files we downloaded earlier — namely Vending.apk, GoogleServicesFramework.apk and Gplay3.8.17.apk — over to the Download folder on your Kindle.

    Kindle Fire HD APK files
    Three rather dull-looking files that can magically install Google Play.

    Next, launch ES File Explorer on your Kindle Fire HD. Tap the menu icon and choose ‘Settings’ then ‘Root Settings’. Tap the check box by ‘Root Explorer’, then ‘Yes’ and ‘Grant’ on the dialogue boxes that appear. Tick all of the boxes on screen, if they’re not already — Root Explorer, Up to Root, Mount File System, Backup System App and (un)install apk automatically. If you cannot follow these steps as described, it’s possible your device hasn’t been properly rooted.

    Kindle Fire HD ES File Explorer
    You’ll need to tweak the advanced settings in ES File Explorer.

    3. Go go Google Play

    Return to the file view in ES File Explorer and head to the Download folder, where we copied the APK files earlier. Tap GoogleServicesFramework.apk to install it (you’ll see a brief confirmation message), then tap the ‘Select’ icon to enable you to select files rather than launch them. Tap Vending.apk, then tap the ‘Copy’ icon. Navigate to the /system/app folder (you’ll need to go up to the root folder first) and paste Vending.apk in. Reboot your Kindle Fire HD.

    Back in ES File Explorer, long press on Vending.apk in /system/app. Choose ‘Properties’ then tap the ‘Change’ button — make sure read and write are checked for User, and read is checked for Group and Other. Tap ‘OK’ twice to clear the dialogues, then tap Vending.apk to install it.

    Kindle Fire HD market
    Sign into your Google Account using the newly installed Market app.

    Exit ES File Explorer and launch the main Apps link from the Kindle Fire HD home screen. Tap the new Market app and sign in using your Google Account credentials. It’s important that you sign in using the older Market app first — if you encounter a ‘Can’t establish a reliable data connection to the server’ message, try rebooting the Kindle and/or disconnecting and reconnecting to your Wi-Fi signal.

    If you’ve activated two-step verification on your Google Account (and you really should), you’ll need to visit your account security page on the Web to generate a specific one-use password for the Market app, rather than using your standard Google password.

    Kindle Fire HD market
    The old-fashioned-looking Android Market means you’re nearly there.

    If everything has worked, you should be met with an old-fashioned Android Market screen. To upgrade to the latest version of Google Play, head back to the Download folder in ES File Explorer and launch the last APK file, Gplay3.8.17.apk. Google Play can then be launched from the Apps page on your Kindle Fire HD. Happy downloading!

    Kindle Fire HD market
    Success! The Google Play store is yours to browse through.

    A few footnotes: the steps above should work with the latest versions of Windows (7 and 8) and the most up-to-date Kindle Fire HD firmware, but this is not an exact science. Some apps may not install because they think they’re incompatible with your Kindle Fire HD — you can still load them using another Android device or an emulator

    In addition, a future Kindle firmware update may break the customisations you’ve made — an app such as DroidWall can be used to prevent these updates from happening automatically.