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The countdown to Turkey Day has begun! Whether it’s your first time cooking Thanksgiving dinner for the family or you’re an old pro, it doesn’t hurt to have a few tools in your belt. Wouldn’t it be great to have a mobile app that actually planned your preparation schedule and synced with your calendar? Thanksgiving: A Bon Appétit Manual boasts a good selection of inspiring recipes, technique demo videos, clever tips and menu planning functionality to help you execute your menu like a pro.

Is this free app worth checking out? Read on for the full breakdown.


Summer has officially arrived! It’s time to dust off the barbeque and get grilling. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Grilling from Dash is a free app with 50 recipes for “cookout classics,” from burgers to coleslaw to ice cream sandwiches. Dash is a food magazine insert found in newspapers, distributed by Parade, featuring content from magazines like Bon Appétit, Epicurious and Gourmet.

The app features 7 themed menus, such as Fiesta Mexicana, Fourth of July and a Kid’s Party. Learn how to build a charcoal fire, make your own barbeque sauce and cook the perfect burger, whether it’s beef, black bean or salmon. Grilling from Dash is a beautifully designed app with tons of fun features that enthusiastically embrace all that mobile has to offer. Before you start throwing block parties and grilling by the pool, you’ve got to download this free app.

Ready to get grilling? Keep reading to learn more.


The magazine industry will readily acknowledge that it hasn’t adapted well to the digital landscape. To try and play catch-up, some of the biggest publishers in the game have teamed and created Next Issue.

Next Issue functions much like Apple’s Newsstand by aggregating digitized versions of print content. But unlike Newsstand, all the magazines in Next Issue are available within one app, so you don’t have to hop from one application to another to read your favorite rags.

It’s a great idea with lots of promise, but one big issue hinders it from reaching its full potential. Let’s talk about it after the break.  (more…)