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Reason #1 To Get Epicurious iPhone App: Entire Contents of Big Yellow Cookbook

Reason #1 To Get Epicurious iPhone App: Entire Contents of Big Yellow Cookbook

The big yellow Gourmet cookbook is one of my go-tos for weekend dinner planning. Now the entire contents of Ruth Reichl‘s culinary bible are on a free iPhone app—one that makes shopping lists for you.

It’s great—you either search for recipes you already know (from the pages of Gourmet, Bon Appetit and a bunch of other Conde Nast-y pubs), or you browse the featured dishes—25,000 in all, including cocktails too. Once you’ve settled on a recipe, click the plus button to add it to your favorites, or better yet to your shopping list. Add all kinds of recipes to the shopping list, and it organizes all of their ingredients for you in a logical way for shopping: Produce, Meat & Poultry, Condiments, Canned Items, and so on. Already have salt? Just clear that bastard off the list and move on.

There are two things I don’t particularly like: For one, you can’t adjust the size of your recipe. You can’t even add it twice, as if to double it. You can add as many recipes, but you can’t double one.

The other thing I don’t like is that it’s hard to browse subcategories. I select “Side” from the Meal/Course browse menu, fine. I get 4364 results. I type in “rice” and it’s whittled down to 490. Are these going to be the same basic set every time, in the same order? Maybe searching “rice” and “cashews” or something might whittle it down more, but there should be some middle ground, a randomizer, or like one of those other iPhone apps, a place to list all that you have in the fridge, so that it can suggest a dish. Maybe it’s there, or coming soon. I’ll keep looking, because it’s free, and I already love it. [iTunes link via Wired]

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Skype on iPhone, finally…

Skype on iPhone, finally…

I’ve been waiting for Skype on iPhone for at least a year… I’m a Truphone user, but I’m not happy with it, it doesn’t work very well in terms of call quality. I hope the official version would be as good as the desktop application.

Skype

Skype

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Using Delicious on the iPhone

Using Delicious on the iPhone

DeliciousHere’s a great video on how to use Delicious on your iPhone. Sure their are apps to allow you to view your Delicious bookmarks, however these apps do not allow you to save Safari bookmarks to your Delicious account. With no cut-and-paste, this can be a problem. No more.

Watch this video.

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Review: The Wall Street Journal Mobile Reader for iPhone

Review: The Wall Street Journal Mobile Reader for iPhone

Wall Street Journal Mobile Reader for iPhone

It’s been a while since I’ve seen a noteworthy new iPhone newspaper app.  The last couple I can recall were both European titles and both very well done – El Pais from Spain, and the UK’s Telegraph.

Last night though, a brand new native iPhone app for the Wall Street Journal hit the App Store. The Wall Street Journal Mobile Reader for iPhone is a new entrant in this category that’s sure to grab a lot of attention and – if it’s done right – a lot of loyal iPhone readers.

I spent a fair amount of time with the app last night and this morning, and I’m very impressed so far.  Hit the jump for some of my thoughts, and lots of screencaps showing off the rich content this app offers …

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Shortcut to Phone Favorites

Shortcut to Phone Favorites

Did you know that if you if double-click the Home button on the bottom-middle of your iPhone it will take you to the Phone Favorites page?  This is a fast way to access the phone numbers of people you call frequently.

To set the names in Phone Favorites simply bring up contact names in the Contacts app and choose “Add to Favorites” on the bottom of the Contacts page.

Add to Favorites

You have the option of changing the action of double-clicking the Home button.  Besides taking you to Phone Favorites, you can set it to take you to the iPod app or back to the first Home screen.

This last option is useful if you have several pages of apps and want a quick way to move to the first page.  To change the double-clicking action from Phone Favorites choose Settings|Genera|Home Button.

iPhone Home Options

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emailing a URL on the iPhone

emailing a URL on the iPhone

Unfortunately, the iPhone still does not have a basic cut-and-paste feature which makes many basic tasks we take for granted on our Macs and PCs much more difficult than need be.  Have you ever found a great website and wanted to email the web address to a friend?  Well you can’t simply copy the address and then paste it into an email, but there is another way.  Another simple way to do just this.

How to mail link on the iPhone

In Safari you’ll notice a plus sign in bottom bar of your browser. Press this button and a menu will pop up.

email URL on iPhone

The menu allows you to to add the web page to your bookmarks, add an icon for the webpage on your Home Screen or to Mail a Link to this Page.   Pressing the Mail Link to this Page will fire up the email app with the URL filled in the body of the email and the subject line will contain the title of the webpage.

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How to do a Soft Reset and Hard Reset on the iPhone

How to do a Soft Reset and Hard Reset on the iPhone

We all love our iPhones.  These elegant little devices are so much more than just a cell phone.  They are full-fledged computers in a small package.  Unfortunately, like a computer they sometimes slowdown, freeze or just need a little kick in the boots to get going again.  The easiest way to accomplish this is to do what’s called a Soft Reset.  Don’t worry, none of your apps or settings will be lost.  A Soft Reset will simply clear the iPhone’s memory, reset all of the operating system software routines and allow things to start fresh.  Just like we often turn off our Macs or PCs from time to time, it’s often a good idea to do the same with our iPhones.

Soft Reset on the iPhone

To do a Soft Reset simply press and hold the Home button and at the same time press and hold the Sleep button.

iPhone Soft Reset

A red arrow with the text “slide to power off” will appear.  Slide the red arrow to complete the soft-reset.

Hard Reset — Turning the iPhone Off

You can completely power the iPhone down by doing a Hard Reset.  Press and hold the Home button and the Sleep button at the same time for at least ten seconds, until the Apple logo appears.  None of your apps or settings will be lost.  This is a good way to conserve power and also to completely reset the iPhone.  This might be necessary if a buggy app crashes.

Note: if you press and hold the Home button, but press and release the Sleep button the iPhone will save a screenshot of your current view.  Click here to see a full explanation of how to take a screenshot on the iPhone.

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Saving an iPhone Screenshot as a Photo

Saving an iPhone Screenshot as a Photo

Do you want to save a screenshot from your iPhone for use as wallpaper or perhaps to mail to a friend to brag about how many cool apps you have?  I recently learned of a cool trick to do just that.  Simply hold down the Home button and then press and release the Sleep button.

iPhone Screenshot

If your sound is on you’ll hear a click once the screenshot is saved.  The screen will also flash on and off for a brief second.  Your screenshot is now saved in the Photos app where you can email it to a friend, use it as wallpaper, transfer it to your Mac, etc.

Note: do not hold down the Sleep button for a prolonged time.  Simply press and release it once while holding down the Home button.  If you also hold down the Sleep button the iPhone will think that you want to do a soft-reset.  Click here for an explanation of the iPhone Soft Reset Tip.

We would love to hear of any other fun tips you have found.

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iPhone Battery Saving Tips