Posts Tagged ‘Food & Drink’

Get a Free App Each Week Through ‘Starbucks’ for iPhone

Wednesday, April 10th, 2013

Starbucks expanded its “Pick of the Week” program to iOS apps in 2011, offering cards with download codes in its stores for patrons to get paid apps for free. As reported by CNET, Starbucks is now offering the ability to download the Pick of the Week app directly through its Starbucks iPhone app or through the Starbucks Digital Network, the free Wi-Fi network available in its stores.

In the iPhone app, you can now see the Pick of the Week app in the Messages section. Within that message is a download button that will generate a free redemption code for you behind the scenes and take you right to the App Store app to download the current week’s offering. Once you enter your iTunes password to complete the redemption, your download will begin.

This week’s Pick of the Week is Rovio’s Angry Birds Star Wars for iPhone, which is a nice start to kick off the expansion of Starbucks’s partnership with Apple. Even if you don’t frequent Starbucks, it’s totally worth it to download Starbucks for iPhone and join the the company’s loyalty program (which is free) just so you can receive the messages and get the Pick of the Week app each week.

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Butterball Brings You Thanksgiving Recipes Galore in ‘Butterball Cookbook Plus’

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Are you gearing up to cook a Thanksgiving feast and need some recipes to add to your kitchen repertoire? Or are you looking for a fancy new dish to impress those in-laws? Whatever the case, Butterball (yes, that fine purveyor of turkeys and other poultry products) has your back with Butterball Cookbook Plus for iPad and iPhone.

Butterball Cookbook Plus has 250 recipes to guide your preparation of bite-sized appetizers to a whole turkey all the way through to dessert. You can also download new virtual recipe bundles every month for free or purchase new recipe packs through the app’s virtual store.

Butterball Cookbook Plus comes from the same developers who brought you iCookbook Plus, and that means it includes an excellent feature that can be super handy while you’re putting your cooking skills to the test: voice commands. You can enable the voice command function while looking at any recipe and then simply say “next” to go to the next page of the recipe, “back” to go back a page, and other commands to control the app’s timer functions and scroll up and down through ingredients lists. I don’t know about you, but I am one messy cook and the ability to avoid touching my iPad to turn virtual pages while I have assorted foodstuffs all over my hands is a total bonus.

Beyond the voice command feature, Butterball Cookbook Plus can also generate a shopping list for you based on the recipes you select, hold on to your favorites in your own virtual recipe box, and even plan an entire meal by marking several recipes at once with the Meal Builder feature.

Butterball Cookbook Plus hit the App Store late last month and costs $4.99. It’s definitely a good purchase to give you some new ideas for holiday meals. Or to keep you from embarrassing yourself in front of your mother-in-law with a green bean casserole dish that didn’t taste quite right and may or may not have made some dinner guests sick. Not that I’d know anything about that personally. That totally happened to a, um, friend of mine. Yeah. That’s it.

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Starbucks iPhone App Gets Passbook Compatibility

Thursday, October 4th, 2012

Although it was featured during Apple’s media events earlier this year when demonstrating Passbook, the Starbucks app wasn’t compatible with the new feature when iOS 6 was released last month. The Seattle-based coffee house chain tweeted that the update would come before the end of September but missed that deadline by a few days with the the update hitting the App Store last night. Version 2.4 of Starbucks adds Passbook and iOS 6 support and a few other changes and bug fixes, though it’s oddly lacking optimization for the iPhone 5’s larger screen still.

When you use the updated Starbucks app, you can add your registered Starbucks gift or Gold card to Passbook through a new menu option in the My Cards tab. Once you complete this process, you’ll see a virtual version of your card in Passbook complete with a code that the cashier can scan to complete your purchase and your card balance in the top right corner. If you designate favorite stores in the Starbucks app, these will be carried over to Passbook and you’ll get a push notification when you get near one of these stores if you’ve turned on “Show On Lock Screen” on the back of the card in Passbook.

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I went to a local Starbucks today to try it out (all in the name of work, I swear) and it worked flawlessly. I received an alert on my lock screen once I pulled into the parking lot telling me I was near one of my favorite Starbucks stores and the cashier had no problems scanning the code in Passbook. A few moments later, the balance in the top right corner of the Starbucks card in Passbook updated to show my updated balance, newly reduced thanks to my purchase of a grande Chai Tea Latte.

I have heard this isn’t working well for everyone, with one unfortunate user seeing his reward status get bumped back to a lower level completely after using Passbook at a Starbucks. So keep an eye on your balance and reward level just in case.

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Make Coffee with Your iPhone and the Scanomat TopBrewer

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

You can now add the ability to make coffee to the list of Real Things you can do with your iPhone beyond controlling the temperature in your home, checking your blood glucose level, and monitoring the temperature of your grill. Scanomat, the Danish purveyor of fine coffee brewers, has released a companion iPhone app that will control its TopBrewer tabletop coffee brewer so you can order up a perfect cappuccino while you’re in Bluetooth range.

With the Scanomat app you can finally brew coffee directly from your iPhone. Our latest product, the beautifully elegant TopBrewer, offers an innovative way of choosing your favourite beverage. No keyboard is needed as you control the TopBrewer wirelessly from your iPhone or iPad. Our video on YouTube has been seen by almost a million viewers and we are very satisfied by the response we have received so far on the product. ” says CEO of Scanomat Kim Vibe-Petersen.

Scanomat created a demo video to show off the TopBrewer, featuring the iPhone app very briefly at about 0:15 in:

The TopBrewer app is free and works with the iPhone 3GS and later, 3rd-generation iPod touch and later, and all iPad models. It requires iOS 5.0 or higher and has been optimized for the iPhone 5’s 4-inch display. In order to even use the app, you’ll need a TopBrewer to go with it, of course. The TopBrewer will be available first in Europe and the Middle East and then in the US within a few months. Pricing has not yet been announced but you can expect it to cost more than just about any other home coffee brewer you can find.

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Dunkin’ Donuts Mobile Payment App Arrives for iPhone

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Dunkin’ Donuts, the restaurant chain focused on coffee and breakfast delights, released an iPhone app yesterday that lets you make purchases using the app at participating stores in the US. The Dunkin’ Donuts app also lets you locate restaurants, browse the menu of food and beverages available, and send gift certificates to others via text message, email, or Facebook.

With this app, Dunkin’ Donuts, which had more than 7,000 restaurants in the US at the end of 2011 and serves more than 3 million customers every day, finally goes toe-to-toe with competitor Starbucks which released its own mobile payments iPhone app nearly three years go.

As with the Starbucks app, you need to be enrolled in Dunkin’ Donuts’ free rewards program and have a reloadable “DD” gift card associated with your account. Once a card with available funds is associated with your account, you can access it within the app and flip the virtual card to reveal a barcode that can be scanned by the cashier to pay for your purchase.

Dunkin’ Donuts is free to download and requires iOS 4.3 or higher and works on the iPhone 4S, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS, 3rd-generation and higher iPod touch, and all iPad models (though it lacks an interface optimized for the iPad’s larger screen).

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(Yes, I know I said before that we’re focusing on back-to-school apps this month but coffee can help increase energy levels and productivity, right? Though I didn’t pick up my own 1-cup-each-morning coffee habit until after college since I was not aware of its magical qualities at that time, I’m sure that many current college students rely on it.)