Meal Prep is a Breeze with These Thanksgiving Apps

Thanksgiving Apps
Does Thanksgiving meal prep stress you out? Or are you one of those people who looks forward to a day of homemade delicious food all year long? Are you in charge of setting the table and looking for ways to impress your family and friends?

Figuring out what to make and how much to make can be a challenge for some people. However, thanks to technology, Thanksgiving meal prep is a breeze. From the turkey to cocktails, table decoration ideas and more, this list has been designed to help you from start to finish with décor and recipe apps for Thanksgiving.

  • Todoist

Cooking an entire feast for several people in one day can be overwhelming. Organize yourself with the free app Todoist. Create and share to-do lists and reminders with yourself, and even delegate to-do items to family and friends. Todoist has a “Smart Schedule” feature, making scheduling tasks a breeze, from food shopping to invitations.

  • The Coupons App

Finding deals on food, decorations and even Black Friday specials has never been easier. Download this free app and save on thousands of items at retail stores in your area. This app also includes restaurant coupons, saving you money while eating out once the Thanksgiving festivities are over and the chaotic holiday season begins.

  • Hobnob Invitations & Text RSVP

Take the stress out of inviting guests to dinner this year with this free app. This app allows you to make a group, create and send invites out and receive RSVPs all in a matter of minutes from your iPhone® device. Send photos and keep the group you’ve made, making future event invites easier. You can also go back and check all events and photos you have shared with the group.

  • Food Network in the Kitchen

Mix things up this year and incorporate new flavors to your Thanksgiving spread. Instantly access Food Network’s most popular recipes from famous chefs such as Giada De Laurentiis, Bobby Flay or Guy Fieri . . . all for free on your iPhone device or iPad® tablet. This is not your average recipe app.

  • MixCocktails

This free app is home to hundreds of cocktail recipes, conveniently categorized by type of drink. Discover some fun holiday recipes such as their Boozy White Hot Chocolate, Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum Cocktails, or even their Pumpkin Cheesecake Martini. Thanksgiving apps never tasted so good!

  • Yummly

Do you or your guests have specific dietary needs? Yummly is a free app that lets you easily search through thousands of recipes with filters to meet your specific needs. If you are cooking for 20 people, some of which require gluten free food, for example, you can search with that criteria. Yummly offers meal recommendations, nutritional tracking and instructional videos. This is a whole new spin on a recipe app.

  • Pandora

Don’t just whistle while you work, cook to the rhythm of your favorite artists for free with Pandora. Pandora plays music for hours on end based on artists or genres of music you choose, meaning you won’t have to stop and play DJ during the busy hours of the day.

  • Craftsy

Find fun craft, cooking and décor ideas, lessons and instructional videos on this free app! Whether you’d like to learn how to crochet, decorate cakes, woodwork or create simple crafts for decorating your dinner table this holiday season, look at the thousands of ideas available on this app to get ready for your Thanksgiving celebration.

  • SharetheMeal

Lastly, while you celebrate what you are thankful for, consider giving to those less fortunate with this app. SharetheMeal allows you to see where your donations go, and makes it easy to donate. Giving thanks takes on a whole new meaning when you are able to share with others.

We encourage you to plan ahead and download these apps to simplify your life as you prepare for Thanksgiving this year. Whether you are looking for recipe apps because you are eager to try something new or you need some tunes to keep you going in the kitchen while everyone else is gathered around the TV watching football, this list has it all.

Need someone to fix your iPhone device or iPad tablet screen before you start downloading these Thanksgiving apps? Don’t give it a second thought. Bring your phone or tablet to your local Experimac for a screen repair, no appointment is necessary.

Killer Halloween Apps: Our Top Picks

Halloween AppsAre you looking forward to spooking family and friends this Halloween? Have you been planning your costume for months? Are you attending a party? Well, the countdown is on.

Here are Experimac’s top picks for the best Halloween apps for iPhone® devices and iPad® tablets.

  1. Glympse

Trick or treating can be a lot of fun, but it also brings up safety concerns. Keep your trick or treaters safe this Halloween by downloading Glympse, a free tracking app that allows users to sync and share their location in real time with approved “friends.” Set the app up for the time frame your trick or treaters plan to stay out, have them select you as a recipient and easily track them on your iPhone device, iWatch® device or iPad tablet. You can also request them to send their location via text, email or social media accounts.

  1. Halloween Spooky Sound Box

Looking for terrifying sound effects to use for a party or prank? Look no further! This free iPhone app offers 50 horrific sound effects, including spooky voices, Halloween music, or gruesome sounds.

  1. Craftsy

Halloween is the perfect opportunity for crafting and getting creative. Whether it be making costumes at home, baking, or making decorations for a party, Craftsy is a great free app for learning “how-to” when it comes to home-made Halloween fun. You can find ideas, kits, supplies and even online classes with this app. There is even a feature for asking questions and interacting with class instructors, making Halloween crafting easy for even the most inexperienced of crafters.

  1. Ghost Observer

Become your own ghostbuster with this fun and free ghost hunting app. Detect paranormal activity while using the camera feature on your iPhone device and hear them talk to you! There’s a translator feature, ghost radar and even a Ouija board included with this app.

  1. Foodie

Be sure to stay on top of your Halloween treat game this year by downloading this free app. Whether you need dessert, party or drink ideas for upcoming Halloween festivities, Foodie has detailed instructions and images to help you. Keep this app downloaded on your phone even after the Halloween fun is over, as this app keeps up with all holidays meaning good eats all year long.

  1. Zombies iMake

Halloween can be a scary time for young ones. Help them overcome their fear of monsters and ghouls with this free iPad app. Zombies iMake allows for users to create their own virtual monsters from a collection of colorful clothing and body parts. Users can even utilize the camera feature and add loved ones’ faces to their monsters, as well as add customizable accessories.

  1. Halloween Backgrounds and Wallpapers

Get into the Halloween spirit and enjoy the season with free Halloween backgrounds and wallpapers. Choose from a variety of images, themes and styles.

We are just as excited about Halloween as you are so start downloading these great apps and get ready for all sorts of ghoulish fun. If you have any trouble with your iPhone device or iPad tablet, don’t hesitate to bring it in to your local Experimac store for a full diagnostic check. We do not want you to miss out on any opportunity to get ready for Halloween fun.

iPhone® Device Water Damage: What To Do If Your iPhone Device Gets Wet

Let’s be honest with ourselves – we love our iPhone devices! They keep us connected to our close friends, family and the world at large. And we pay a lot of money to keep connected. What happens when these beloved devices get wet? Well, in most cases, panic sets in fast.

If you have ever witnessed a friend being thrown into a pool with their phone in their hands or if you have ever dropped your phone in a puddle on a rainy day, you know all about that panic. Water can make an iPhone device useless fairly quickly. Important components can become damaged and in most cases, water damage voids any warranty that you may have. Before panic sets in, there are a few steps that you can take to prevent lasting water damage to your iPhone device.

Think About the Liquid

You might find yourself enjoying a relaxing weekend at a friend’s pool or on a great tropical vacation one day. Keeping this in mind, the water found within lakes and rivers or even the ocean contains minerals and small grains of dirt and sand. Once your phone dries, these particles can cause more damage to your iPhone device components. Bringing it in to Experimac of Glen Allen and letting our local experts dry and clean your phone will ensure that all these foreign particles are not a problem in the long run.

Rice Is Not King

Although many have tried it, do not bother putting your iPhone device in a bag of rice. Dry, uncooked conventional rice will do nothing to help your phone dry out. If it turns back on after being put in the rice, it had nothing to do with the rice. You pretty much wasted the cups of rice your put your phone into as well as some very valuable time.

Act Quickly! Power Down, Dry It Off, Leave It Alone

As the panic sets in, it is critical to remove your iPhone device from the liquid right away and power it down immediately. Water and other liquids can short-circuit electronics so you don’t want it soaking in the water. Immediately turning off your iPhone device will minimize the chances of internal components being short circuited. If applicable, remove and dry the SIM card as well. Resist the urge to power your iPhone device back on! Instead, dry it off with a clean cloth focusing on the headphone jack and charge port.

Grab your iPhone device and head to Experimac of Glen Allen; we will immediately get the ball rolling with our unique process. The sooner you bring the phone in to our location, the greater the chance that we can save your phone. This is critical because the more time passes, the more likely it is that components inside your phone may begin to corrode as a result of their exposure to water. We will assess the extent of the iPhone device’s water damage and see if there is any way that we can save your phone. Our first step is to carefully dry any excess liquid and then we gently scrub and remove any corrosion found on and inside your iPhone device. We will then remove the logic board and soak the phone in 91% or higher isopropyl alcohol for at-least 15 minutes to clean and dry it out thoroughly. This is why bringing in your iPhone device right away can make a world of difference.

Find Comfort In The Fact That All Is Not Lost

If we are not able to save the device, we have a large inventory of pre-owned iPhone devices at reasonable prices that you can purchase to replace your damaged iPhone device. Remember that if you’ve been backing your phone up on the iCloud® service or on your Mac® computer at home, you should have nothing to worry about because all of your beloved contacts, photos, etc. should be there and can be moved into your new phone easily.

Get Familiar With Your Warranty

Take a moment now, while your phone is working well, to review the terms of your warranty so you’ll know what you’re entitled to if you’re ever in this situation. Water damage to your iPhone device voids your manufacturer’s warranty including any additional AppleCare® warranty coverage you may have purchased. Some third party insurance companies will cover submersion, spills, and accidental drops. If you are covered, consider filing a claim with your insurance company. Again, taking action quickly and bringing your phone in to Experimac Glen Allen right away can be the critical factor! So remember, when you or someone you know has the awful experience of watching their much loved iPhone go for a swim, Experimac’s local experts are here to save the day!

iPad® Device Water Damage: What To Do If Your Tablet Gets Wet

One of the most common culprits of damage to your iPad device is something we all use on a daily basis: water. It may splash innocently on your tablet as it rests on a table in your kitchen or submerge it completely as it falls out of your bag into the pool while on your weekend getaway.

You may have heard that the common antidote to water damage is to place your device in a container of rice to supposedly dry it out. However, this technique is not effective, especially if the water has seeped deep into your device. What’s worse, waiting for the rice to magically dry out your iPad device can unfortunately lead to corrosion or even worse damage. The best response to tablet damaged by water is to get it to a repair shop like Experimac Marietta as soon as possible. Doing so can mean the difference between repairing your iPad device, or having to get a new one.

At Experimac Marietta, we specialize in repairing Apple® products so you can feel confident that we are experts at repairing iPad devices. By bringing in your iPad product immediately after it has been damaged by water, you will receive a quick and thorough examination of your device to assess how deep the damage is and prevent it from further damage. The device will be opened and carefully dried to assess whether or not corrosion has begun. If so, components may need to be cleaned or replaced.

Our Apple experts will fix your tablet in a respectable time frame, sometimes even within the same day or hour that you bring it in. We also offer a 90-day guarantee on all repairs so you can count on us even after you leave the store. Our guarantee works like this: if something breaks, we will repair or replace the defective part at no cost to you. Can you ask for more?

Water damage to your iPad device is a frustrating situation, but one that can be resolved if you act fast. So toss aside that bag of rice and contact our Apple experts at Experimac Marietta if your tablet is in need of repair from water damage.

Laptop Repair Near Me: St George Your Local Apple® Experts

Many computer owners fear that their home computer will break and they won’t know how to repair it. Laptop computers are even trickier to repair than their desktop counterparts. The hardware needed is small, in some cases special tools are needed, and it is not always clear what is broken before you open the machine up.

Macbook Pro® laptops are expensive machines that offer a lot of great options for individuals with a wide range of needs. For example, web and product designers use Apple products because of their simple design and advanced software. Business owners use Apple products because of how easy it is to sync all of their devices and have easy access to thousands of apps to track time, pay employees, communicate with clients and more all through their App Store® service.

But what happens when your expensive Macbook Pro laptop breaks? Trying to repair it at home can be a risky venture. Macbook Pro laptops are known for their thin bodies, making them easy to transport and carry around. But packing all of that technology into a small body is tricky so any accidental slip of a tool and you can cause even more damage to your machine.

There are a lot of common issues that can arise with your laptop. Here are some:

  • Stops charging even when plugged in
  • Cracked notebook case
  • Fan not running
  • Keyboard not responding
  • Damaged LCD screen

At Experimac St George, we know how to repair these products precisely and without disturbing the inner workings in the machine.

Bring your faulty or broken Apple laptop, including Macbook Pro laptop or MacBook Air® laptop into your local Experimac center today! Our trained technicians will inspect your Apple machine and let you know what the costs will be to repair it.

If your Apple laptop is beyond repair or if you’re just looking to purchase a pre-owned Apple laptop, stop by our St George store. We offer a wide range of Apple products that were previously owned and loved.

Tablet Screen Replacement Service: What to Do if Your iPad® Screen Gets Cracked

iPad tablets are pricey and we often depend on them for a lot of things – managing our schedules, keeping up with the news, editing photos to share with family, and more. A cracked iPad screen can turn a useful and much-needed tool into an expensive paper weight pretty fast.

iPad screens are made of glass and are often fragile, so even the simplest drop or bump can shatter the screen. Before you get upset and begin to panic, you have many options when it comes to repairing your broken iPad screen.

How Bad Is the Damage? Can You Live With It?

Not every crack will make your iPad device useless. Some cracks can be dealt with, depending on their location and size. But it should be noted that a small crack will spread over time so as soon as you can repair it, you should bring it to Experimac Cumming for a quote.

Another important thing to look for is LCD damage. Take note of pixilation, distortion, contrasting colors, etc. If you are not sure, an Experimac technician, specially trained in Apple® products, will guide you through an examination of your tablet’s damage.

Back it Up

Before you come into Experimac to have your iPad device repaired, back up all the data to your computer or iCloud® service. This will ensure that your pictures, messages, and app purchases are accessible should you need them.

Should You Get a New iPad device?

Sometimes, the cost of a repair to you might be more than the value of your old iPad device. Fortunately, Experimac Cumming sells pre-owned iPad products at a reasonable price. Experimac will even purchase damaged iPads devices from our customers. The money you gain from your old iPad can be used to purchase a pre-owned one right here at Experimac Cumming.

Bring your iPad product into Experimac Cumming today! Our trained technicians will assess the damage and provide an honest quote for repair.

iPad® Device Water Damage: What To Do If Your Tablet Gets Wet

One of the most common culprits of damage to your iPad device is something we all use on a daily basis: water. It may splash innocently on your tablet as it rests on a table in your kitchen or submerge it completely as it falls out of your bag into the pool while on your weekend getaway.

You may have heard that the common antidote to water damage is to place your device in a container of rice to supposedly dry it out. However, this technique is not effective, especially if the water has seeped deep into your device. What’s worse, waiting for the rice to magically dry out your iPad device can unfortunately lead to corrosion or even worse damage. The best response to tablet damaged by water is to get it to a repair shop like Experimac Columbia as soon as possible. Doing so can mean the difference between repairing your iPad device, or having to get a new one.

At Experimac Columbia, we specialize in repairing Apple® products so you can feel confident that we are experts at repairing iPad devices. By bringing in your iPad product immediately after it has been damaged by water, you will receive a quick and thorough examination of your device to assess how deep the damage is and prevent it from further damage. The device will be opened and carefully dried to assess whether or not corrosion has begun. If so, components may need to be cleaned or replaced.

Our Apple experts will fix your tablet in a respectable time frame, sometimes even within the same day or hour that you bring it in. We also offer a 90-day guarantee on all repairs so you can count on us even after you leave the store. Our guarantee works like this: if something breaks, we will repair or replace the defective part at no cost to you. Can you ask for more?

Water damage to your iPad device is a frustrating situation, but one that can be resolved if you act fast. So toss aside that bag of rice and contact our Apple experts at Experimac Columbia if your tablet is in need of repair from water damage.

Updating the iOS® Software on Your Device: Experimac Bend, Your Local Apple Experts

One great feature of iOS devices is that their software is constantly being updated. But this feature can also be troublesome for iOS device owners. There are times when the iOS update is difficult to install or when it is incompatible with the music and video files on the device. Other times, data may be accidentally erased from the device when an owner tries to update the software. So what is an iOS device owner to do to avoid these issues?

First, you should take some vital steps before attempting to update the software on your iOS device. Here is some information to remember before updating:

  1. Make sure your device is compatible with the newest update. Currently, iPhone 4S® devices, third generation iPad® tablets, and fifth generation iPod Touch® devices and all newer models of these devices are compatible with the latest iOS update.
  2. Create space for the installation. An update takes up a lot of space on your device, so you may need to delete some data or unused apps to make room for it.
  3. Back up your data first by syncing your device to the iTunes® software, iCloud® service, or both. That way, even if something goes wrong during the update, your data will not be lost.
  4. Update iOS apps beforehand. By making sure there are no app updates pending will eliminate potential problematic compatibility issues with the newest version of iOS software.

Taking these steps can help ensure updating your iOS device will run smoothly. However, many people may still not feel comfortable updating the iOS software on their own because of the risk of losing their data and media. This is why it can be best to take your device into an expert repair shop like Experimac Bend to complete the software update. Our experts will take a thorough look at your device and make sure everything is compatible with the latest update before moving forward. They will walk you through the process so you feel comfortable with the changes being made on your device and will ensure that your software is updated.

So if you have questions about an iOS update, head in to Experimac Bend today. Our experts will get you started on the right path to updating your device properly and will make sure you keep all your media and data in the process.

Tablet Screen Replacement Service: What to Do if Your iPad® Screen Gets Cracked

iPad tablets are pricey and we often depend on them for a lot of things – managing our schedules, keeping up with the news, editing photos to share with family, and more. A cracked iPad screen can turn a useful and much-needed tool into an expensive paper weight pretty fast.

iPad screens are made of glass and are often fragile, so even the simplest drop or bump can shatter the screen. Before you get upset and begin to panic, you have many options when it comes to repairing your broken iPad screen.

How Bad Is the Damage? Can You Live With It?

Not every crack will make your iPad device useless. Some cracks can be dealt with, depending on their location and size. But it should be noted that a small crack will spread over time so as soon as you can repair it, you should bring it to Experimac Carrollton for a quote.

Another important thing to look for is LCD damage. Take note of pixilation, distortion, contrasting colors, etc. If you are not sure, an Experimac technician, specially trained in Apple® products, will guide you through an examination of your tablet’s damage.

Back it Up

Before you come into Experimac to have your iPad device repaired, back up all the data to your computer or iCloud® service. This will ensure that your pictures, messages, and app purchases are accessible should you need them.

Should You Get a New iPad device?

Sometimes, the cost of a repair to you might be more than the value of your old iPad device. Fortunately, Experimac Carrollton sells pre-owned iPad products at a reasonable price. Experimac will even purchase damaged iPads devices from our customers. The money you gain from your old iPad can be used to purchase a pre-owned one right here at Experimac Carrollton.

Bring your iPad product into Experimac Carrollton today! Our trained technicians will assess the damage and provide an honest quote for repair.

Tablet Screen Replacement Service: What to Do if Your iPad® Screen Gets Cracked

iPad tablets are pricey and we often depend on them for a lot of things – managing our schedules, keeping up with the news, editing photos to share with family, and more. A cracked iPad screen can turn a useful and much-needed tool into an expensive paper weight pretty fast.

iPad screens are made of glass and are often fragile, so even the simplest drop or bump can shatter the screen. Before you get upset and begin to panic, you have many options when it comes to repairing your broken iPad screen.

How Bad Is the Damage? Can You Live With It?

Not every crack will make your iPad device useless. Some cracks can be dealt with, depending on their location and size. But it should be noted that a small crack will spread over time so as soon as you can repair it, you should bring it to Experimac Richmond for a quote.

Another important thing to look for is LCD damage. Take note of pixilation, distortion, contrasting colors, etc. If you are not sure, an Experimac technician, specially trained in Apple® products, will guide you through an examination of your tablet’s damage.

Back it Up

Before you come into Experimac to have your iPad device repaired, back up all the data to your computer or iCloud® service. This will ensure that your pictures, messages, and app purchases are accessible should you need them.

Should You Get a New iPad device?

Sometimes, the cost of a repair to you might be more than the value of your old iPad device. Fortunately, Experimac Richmond sells pre-owned iPad products at a reasonable price. Experimac will even purchase damaged iPads devices from our customers. The money you gain from your old iPad can be used to purchase a pre-owned one right here at Experimac Richmond.

Bring your iPad product into Experimac Richmond today! Our trained technicians will assess the damage and provide an honest quote for repair.