Being a Pro member gives you access to BigOven's recipe scanner, which lets you take photos of your cookbooks, hand-written note cards, and other printed out recipes and add them to your collection thanks to a combination of optical character recognition (OCR) and real people behind the scenes reviewing the scans. However, they're not free, even with a Pro membership. Signing up for Pro gets you 25 free scans, but after that they're generally a dollar per scan. That can add up if you have a lot of recipes to enter, but then again, you can enter them manually if you prefer. You have to ask, which is more valuable, the time or the money? … [Read more...] about The Best Apps to Manage Your Recipe Collection
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Chrome OS also doesn’t support launching external applications from browser links, which runs very contrary to how Android apps handle links. For example, if you were to click this link for Fallout Shelter on an Android device, it will open directly in the Play Store so you can install it with one tap. On Chrome OS, it will open in the browser. You can technically install it remotely from the web Play Store, but that’s not ideal. Sometimes this behavior breaks things entirely, like with Slack’s “magic sign-in” that relies on launching the Android app from a link you receive in your email. … [Read more...] about Android Apps for Chrome OS Are Here, and They’re the Future of Both Platforms
For example, while you won’t be able to see Carrot Weather’s list of IAPs on its App Store product page anymore, you’ll see them listed out on this page in your web browser—for now. Scroll down until you see the “Information” section, and any IAPs an app has should appear at the bottom. You can’t click anywhere to learn more about them, but you can at least see that they exist, and then research whatever information you need to about an app’s premium add-ons. … [Read more...] about Why You Should Look Up an iOS App’s In-App Purchases Before You Buy It [Updated]
It also illustrates how crowded the mindfulness space is becoming—and how developers like Erez will have to add more bells and whistles to differentiate themselves, now that Apple has basically branded Breathing™ and integrated it into its device. “Mindfulness is very personal,” Erez said. “The notion that breathing is important isn’t something new or novel, but each of us is inspired by different things.” … [Read more...] about Is Apple’s New Meditation App More Full of Shit Than Deepak Chopra?
Windows users might have lost their free, covers-the-basics video editor when Windows Movie Maker was retired, but the macOS crowd still has iMovie—perfect for when you want to give your recorded clips a little bit of polish, but you don’t want to part with any money for a full video editing package (and wouldn’t make use of most of its features anyway). … [Read more...] about These Are the Free Windows and macOS Apps You Should Be Using
It’s amazing it took us this long to add one of our all-time favorite apps to the pack, but it’s here: F.lux is a genius little app that sits in your system tray and change the color temperature of your monitor based on the time of day. As the sun sets, it gives your screen a slightly orange tint so you aren’t taking in all that blue light that can disrupt your sleep and cause eyestrain. And research suggests that reducing your exposure to blue light at night will help you sleep better. It’s a little off-putting at first, but trust us: give it a week and you’ll never be able to go back. … [Read more...] about The 2016 Lifehacker Pack for Windows: The Essential Windows Apps