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Recipe Mode

As far as I know, there is no official “Recipe Mode” but that’s what I call my setup for keeping my phone or tablet clean, visible, and on(!) while I follow a recipe.
Three steps:
  1. Place your device in a clear, resealable plastic bag. (Nothing more pleasant than peanut butter on the phone). The touch screen will still work through the plastic.
  2. Prop up the device so you can read the recipe; anything on the counter will do, including the wall.
  3. Turn the automatic sleep/lock function off temporarily so the recipe will stay on the screen.*
*On an iPhone or iPad, tap “Settings > Display and Brightness > Auto Lock > Never” to keep the screen from going dark. On an Android phone, tap “Settings > Display > Screen Timeout > Never” (or long enough to follow your recipe).

When you are finished cooking, be sure to change your display time back to where it was so you don’t run down your battery.

Of course you can always print the recipe and work off the paper copy, but some on-screen recipes may be YouTube videos or include helpful video demonstrations which must be viewed on screen.

If you are thinking, “I could have used this information last week while cooking for the Passover/Easter holidays,” just think how much more you will appreciate it when Mother’s Day rolls around!

Sharing eBooks

Ebooks are genius!
Read books on your vacation without taking up more space than the phone or tablet you were already packing. Continue reading on one device where you left off on another device. Choose your print size, screen brightness, and page orientation. Awesome.

But what about sharing an ebook with your spouse? Not so easy.

Or is it?

If you purchase an ebook from the Apple Store or the Google Play Store, the book is owned by the account the device is registered to — your Apple ID or Google Account. If you and your spouse do not share the account, you cannot share the books. For your spouse to read the same book without also buying it, he/she would need to read it on your device, or sign out of his/her account and sign into yours (this has many downsides and limitations; it is not at all practical).

However, if you purchase ebooks from Amazon (for the Kindle or Kindle app) or Barnes and Noble (for the Nook or Nook app), you can register your separate mobile devices to the same Kindle or Nook account — without impacting other phone functions — and share the books in different devices without re-buying them. And you can delete a downloaded book from one device without deleting it from other device(s).
Happy sharing!