Luckily, there are plenty of recipe apps for iOS to get you started. New York Times food guy Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything ($4.99 iPhone, $9.99 iPad) can teach you -- well, how to cook everything. Instructions are clear, and the recipes are simple enough for beginners, and delicious enough that you’ll keep coming back to them as your skills grow. Ratio ($4.99, iPhone) is based on Michael Ruhlman’s book of the same name, but it focuses on the building blocks of cooking.
Long-distance relationships are tough, but when you snag somebody way, way out of your league, you gotta make it work somehow. Luckily, technology means you never have to go too long without seeing your significant other.
Remember that quote by Aristotle, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” He’s right. Jerry Seinfeld kept a calendar to get him to write new jokes daily -- every day when he’d sit down and write he’d mark a big red X over that day on a yearly calendar hung on his wall. Once those X’s start to chain up, “Your only job is to not break the chain. Don’t break the chain.”
Most of the time, a one-person party just isn’t a party -- at least not a fun one. And sadly, that’s true with the iOS version of You Don’t Know Jack, which pretty much ruins an otherwise wonderful, evilly clever game by forcing it into a single-player-only coffin.
Money might not be able to buy happiness, but a lack of it can sure bring a whole lot of misery. If you’re willing to spend a few bucks sensibly in the App Store, sticking to a budget will be easier, and you’ll be flashing that several-hundred-dollar smile in no time.
Before you can work out your monthly budget, you’ll need to map out your expenses, starting with recurring bills. For complete control of your financial burdens—including a sortable calendar, cloud syncing, and due-date notifications—grab your unpaid bills, a copy of BillMinder ($1.99 iPhone, $4.99 iPad) and start inputting.
Look, we all could use a little extra money. Unfortunately, jobs are hard to come by. And if you’ve already got one, it’s even harder to find additional work at times you’re actually capable of working. The good news is that, thanks to your iOS device, you can quickly find people who are willing to pay for menial things. Our favorite among them is Gigwalk (free), which lets you earn extra money while you’re out and about.
Over half the MacLife staff is out of the office today, no doubt soakin' up the sunshine and having all kinds of fun. And we're here putting the finishing touches on another installment of Price Drop, so your weekend can be as good as theirs -- thanks to some generous iOS app developers who have slashed the prices on these handy helpers and cool games to help you kick back. Most of the apps in this week's roundup are even free! Free, like our lucky, lucky coworkers...
Free news aggregator Taptu isn’t just universal in the sense that it comes with native versions for iPad and iPhone. It also aims to be a truly universal aggregator, letting you read your Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn streams, plus RSS feeds from Google Reader, Bing RSS, or any thousands of sites around the web.
You’re in luck. Plenty of apps for OS X and iOS can give your children something to do -- and think about -- besides blasting zombies while your hands are full. Finding the right ones will take some investigation, but we can get you started.
Occasional snoring might be cause for good-natured joking, but long-term, heavy snoring is often no laughing matter. Left unchecked, it can become a thorny issue in relationships, and might even be a sign of sleep apnea, a potentially serious medical condition. While you should definitely consult your doctor if you or your significant other is concerned about an ongoing problem, the resources at sites like WebMD.com, the Mayo Clinic (mayoclinic.com), and MedicineNet.com can help you understand more about your symptoms and how to take steps -- like sleeping on your side and avoiding alcohol before bedtime -- to prevent another noisy night’s sleep.