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Cooks Illustrated iPhone app: please help get it on Android!

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Hi everyone, I've been trying to get people to help with this on another site. I thought other members here might also be interested. I hope that's okay. smile.gif

Cooks Illustrated has a really cool free app for the iPhone, but has not (yet) provided an Android version. If you are an Android user who is also a fan of Cooks Illustrated / America's Test Kitchen, please send them an email asking for an Android version:

appsupport[at]americastestkitchen[dot]com

(This is their official email for the app and it's posted clearly on their website, so I'm not giving anything away by providing this.)

Here's the link to their app site, so you can see what's included. Like I said, it's pretty cool. I think it would be a great tool for the kitchen and for when you're shopping for groceries.

http://www.cooksillustrated.com/apps/

Thanks!

UPDATE: I've just been informed that this is in fact not free, it costs $36 per year. I'll leave it up to you to decide if it's worth it. (I already have paid access to the site, so I'm not sure now if I want this.)
Edited by austincook - 6/17/11 at 5:40pm
post #2 of 11

Hmmmm.

 

Never had a cellphone, let alone an I-phone.  Don't need one, probably never will.  I have, however, had many people walk straight into me whilst staring/playing with their stupid box walking in malls or supermarkets. (good thing they don't chew gum at the same time...) I've had more than one car crash into me because the driver was so stupid as to text or play with his phone while driving.

 

Guess you could say I have a very low opinion of I-phones.

 

Needless to say,  I've never needed an "app", or for that matter, ever used one.  I do, however, use a very oldfashioned " grocery list" when I shop--doesn't need charging, no monthly bills or contracts neither. 

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post #3 of 11
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You forgot to tell me to get off your lawn. ;-)

But seriously, I think what you're referring to applies more to children using smartphones as toys, not adults using them for work. I'm 47 and I've found that my HTC smartphone has enhanced my ability to do business significantly. If I'm out getting supplies and need to look something up, I don't have to run home to my computer. It has saved me a lot of time, money, and hassle. Having access to CI's content customized for smartphones would be extremely valuable.

Then again, I'm in Austin. We're pretty comfortable with new-fangled gizmos like cellphones. smile.gif
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... Having access to CI's content customized for smartphones would be extremely valuable.

Not on my "line"!

 

IMHO, there is NO reason to be using phones, cell phones, smartphones, or even computer(s), other than POS, during service.

 

Now, for home cooks, it might be useful...
 

 

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Wow, are Friday nights "Troll Night" on ChefTalk, or are you really that stupid that you actually thought that I was implying a smartphone is appropriate to working on the line? I'm pretty sure I was specific about smartphones being a management tool.

Thanks for crapping up my thread, guys. I apologize for mentioning a technology that was invented after 1900. Next time I find a nifty contraption in the Sears & Roebuck catalog, I'll send you a telegram.

Mods, feel free to delete this thread. Obviously I'm wasting my time here.
post #6 of 11

Sorry AustinCook, You are listed as Owner/Operator, you're posting under Cooking Equipment, and I totally missed the intent of your post.

 

Yes, Cooks Illustrated is an excellent resource.

 

Yes, I use an iPhone, but I don't use it for research, that's what my office is for. My desktop and laptop take care of those needs.

 

No, I do not use the iPhone during service, nor do I permit others to do so.

 

And as far as an iPhone for management, sorry, there's too much going on that requires my attention during service for me to divert my attention away from the job at hand.

 

BTW, you do not have a computer at your establishment?

 

 

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post #7 of 11

Austincook.

 

Meh, maybe you're right, I am trolling, didn't know if you were one of those web-geeks trying to sell "Group-coupons" on this site or what. 

I'ts Friday night, been here since 7 in the morning and it's just past 10 now, finished mopping the floors because the person I hired to help me (and trained up for the last 4 days) kept slipping off to the john with her phone, texting her friends about what time she'd get off work.  3rd warning too.  Oh well...

 

I got mixed feelings about C.I.  Have a collection going back to the late 90's, stopped it around '07.  Some very good articles in there, a lot of intelligent stuff, a lot of research and thought into some of those articles, but it's unbalanced.  Face it, the U.S. is the only country in the world now that still uses the Imperial system.  I am a professional and use a scale for everything--as do all professionals the world over.  C.I still refuses to acknowledge these two points, the go as far as to acknowledge that scaling out flour with a scale is accurate, but still give everything else in volume, imperial mesurements. Besides, after you've collected and read the mag for over ten years, you start to see the cycles all over again.

 

Well got to go back to work now.  The R.C.M.P. (royal cndn mtd police) are still trying to round up all those Stanley Cup rioters with  their trusty hoses and red serge tunics.   If only we had cell-phone cameras and surveilance cameras............

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post #8 of 11
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I'm sorry, too, guys. It's also been a long day here, even though it was supposed to be my day off.

foodpump: I can certainly see why the imperial measuring would be frustrating for you, since you're in Canada. Not so much of an issue here, of course. I usually "guesstimate" my measurements anyway, except when baking. That's pretty much the Southern way of cooking, lol.

I think my main reason for liking CI is that they don't take advertising, so I tend to trust their reviews and reporting. I also like their approach of deconstructing a recipe to see what really does and doesn't work. I don't always agree with them, of course, especially when it comes to Texas, Southwestern, and Mexican cuisines. Actually, now that I think of it, I usually find them most valuable and trustworthy when it comes to cuisines other than those three. I'm completely self-taught, so there's a few blank spaces in my food knowledge.

PeteMcCracken: First, I apologize for the "stupid" remark. I honestly thought you guys were trolling the new guy. Still, no excuse for being that rude.

That said, since you do have an iPhone, please tell me you're not neglecting to take advantage of the fact that you have the entire internet sitting in your pocket! biggrin.gif What I've been doing is using my smartphone (an HTC with Android) to do things like check market prices on-the-fly, communicate with customers and vendors, and look stuff up on Wikipedia and Google immediately instead of trusting myself to remember it when I get back to my PC. I also decided last year to go back to school full-time (working just on the weekends now) to finally complete my degree, so of course it's an invaluable resource there, too.

This will probably sound silly, but I honestly don't know how I ever survived without my smartphone. Once I learned how to use the thing, it has become incredibly efficient to be able to access the internet right where I am instead of having to run to the office or break out the laptop. It's so valuable, in fact, that I'm probably going to get a tablet now that Asus has jumped into the game.

Okay, I have to get some sleep. Cheers, fellas. And Peace. smile.gif
post #9 of 11

Sorry AustinCook, my laptop is far faster and easier to use than my iPhone and a h3ll of a lot cheaper for internet access in my area.

 

I've had a portable computer/printer since long before PCs and Apples, started in the early 80s with  a NEC100 and Kaypro 10

 

Maybe the "cloud" will change my approach, we'll see.

 

Perhaps you missed my comment, my laptop is easier to get to than my iPhone and it has a h3ll of a lot more storage space! Besides, my ordering, recipe management, and inventory control are on my network.

 

Different strokes for different folks

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post #10 of 11

AustinCook, have you taken a look at LogMeIn ?

 

It is a FREE app for Android/iPhone or other computers to be able to access your home/office computer from anywhere.

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post #11 of 11
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Oh yeah, very cool app. Also, in regards to your comment about preferring your laptop, that's exactly why I'm leaning towards the Asus tablet. For me, having to unfold my laptop and find a place to set it is a hassle, but I admit that a smartphone screen can be cramped, even my 4.5" HTC. A tablet seems like the perfect compromise.
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