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Best Apps for in 2014 for City Dwellers on the Go - Best Apps for Parking, Food, Maps, Payments, and more!

. Wednesday, August 20, 2014
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There are so many apps out there, it's getting kind of ridiculous. My iPhone now has 6 screens full of apps and I don't want to delete any of them since they all can serve a purpose in the future. Some are just for entertainment, while other's solve a very real problem in your day to day life. Since I'm sure a lot of other people are facing the same problems as I am, I've decided to make a list of the best apps that help city dwellers live life a little bit easier. From ordering food in New York to finding cheap parking in Chicago and everything in between. Below is the list of apps that we think every city dweller should download.

Best App to Find Cheap Parking - SpotHero

Find parking (let alone cheap parking) in large cities like Chicago and New York has always been a challenge. But thanks to a bunch of new parking apps, the process has gotten a whole lot easier and not to mention cheaper! 

SpotHero allows you to search for parking spaces near you (or a specified location) and reserve the spot for as long as you would like right on the mobile app. It's a great idea because it make's it so much easier when you're heading downtown, to a concert, ball game, or any other event where you know that parking spots are going to be hard to find. But it's even better when you take into the consideration the prices. A lot of garages are a whooping 50% off on SpotHero which makes it a must have app for any city dweller. 

Although other competitors are in more locations and offer basically the same service, SpotHero does everything a little bit better, so that's why it gets the nod as the top app for find free cheap parking on the go. A very close #2 was SpotHero's main competitor, ParkWhiz. It has been around for much longer and even raised more money than SpotHero recently. But since it's been around for so much longer and still hasn't become the market leader brings up some question marks. 

Honorable Mentions:

Best App to Get Food - GrubHub

The GrubHub app is the most complete and easiest to use app to get food delivered right to you in a few clicks. You can search for restaurants near you or you can choose what type of cuisine you are in the mood food and be presented with a list of options. 

It's simple to order once you find a restaurant that looks good to you.

Use coupon code "E" to get 15% off any order over $10.

Download on iOS or Android.

Honorable Mentions:

Best App to Get Around - Uber

This one pains me the most to post. I have a love-hate relationship with the Uber app. But thinking about it, I really couldn't give any of the other apps the nod in favor of Uber and it's not going anywhere after getting a quarter of a billion dollars from Google last year. 

I'm a Lyft guy myself, but Uber is really cornering the market in most cities and continues to innovate. It was also just released that it would be venturing into a delivery service. Uber Corner Store will be able to deliver stuff from your favorite stores at a click of a button.

Download on iOS or Android.

Honorable Mentions:
  • Lyft - A friendlier Uber
  • Hailo - Hail real taxis
  • Curb (Formerly Taxi Magic) - Hailt taxis and professional drivers

Best App to Get Paid - Square

The Square app might be best known as an app for small businesses and merchants, but it is also a great way to get paid back from your friends, accept payments at a yard or garage sale, send money to your children at college, pay for group gifts, and a lot more.

Simply download the app and input your banking information and you can start accepting credit card payments with a simple swipe of a credit card as soon as your free credit card adapter arrives in the mail. 

Amazon recently announced it was also entering the mobile payments space with their Amazon Local Register app which is offering a limited 1.75% charge (compared to Square's 2.5%) to accept credit cards. It's certain to make an immediate splash with the name recognition and cheap transaction fees. 

Download on iOS or Android.

Honorable Mentions:

Best App to Find Your Way  Around - Waze

You've probably used some of the features of Waze without actually realizing it. See, Google Maps uses the accidents reported on Waze and incorporates them into their Google Maps.

But Waze has a bunch of other helpful features that make it stand out from the rest.

You can see reported locations of police, chat with others, and share you locations with your friends to see who's on their way or not.

Another good advantage of using Waze is that they do a magnificent job updating the app to correct issues and problems (i.e. Pretty much the opposite of Apple Maps) so you can feel confident you are going the right way.

Download on iOS or Android.

Honorable Mentions:

Watch Under the Dome Online Streaming for Free

. Saturday, August 2, 2014
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There seems to be thousands of places to watch the hit CBS show Under the Dome online. But how do you know which ones are legit or not? It's hard to tell the difference. But we're here to help you find the best places online to watch this great TV show online for free!

Most people would probably assume that they could just go to CBS.com and simply watch it from there. But those people would be mistaken. Amazon has an exclusive agreement with the show and new episodes are streamed on Amazon only.

How to watch Under the Dome online for free?


If you don't have an Amazon Prime membership, click here for a free month trial.

If you already have an Amazon Prime membership, go to the Under the Dome page and start watching right now!

Just follow the steps above and you'll be watch full episodes of CBS's hit TV show, Under The Dome, in no time! It's 100% free and legal. Check it out today!

5 TV Shows You Should Be Watching Right Now - July 2014

. Friday, July 25, 2014
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Utopia (UK) | Channel 4


Not to be confused with the US reality TV show experiment happening in September, Utopia (UK) is an amazing scripted TV show that is currently airing on Channel 4 in the United Kingdom. It's not available in the US right now, but there are plenty of places to find it online. The TV show follows a group of people that discover a manuscript for a graphic novel which leads them to a shadowy future. If you like sci-fi and dramas, you will LOVE this show. Give it a try!

Where can I watch it online?
Channel 4 for UK residents

How many episodes does it take to get hooked? 
One episode should do the trick.

Nathan For You | Comedy Central


I'll admit that when I first saw the previews for this show, I was not impressed and had no plans to actually watch the show. That would've been a real shame since Nathan For You is probably one of the most clever and funny comedies out there right now. It stars an awkward 20-something, Nathan, that just graduated college and goes around helping local businesses with their marketing approaches. He suggests (and surprisingly pulls off) some of the craziest marketing ideas ever.

Where can I watch it online?
Full episodes of Season 2 are available on Comedy Central

How many episodes does it take to get hooked? 
If you don't like the first episode, you probably won't like the rest. But, if you like the first episode, you'll LOVE the rest.

Masters of Sex | Showtime


It seems like there's a new overtly sexual drama popping up every season nowadays. Last season, it was Showtime's Masters of Sex and things are not slowing down for it one bit. The second season just started earlier in July and it took off right where it left off. It's no surprise that the show continues to be a hit, since recent reports have said that Showtime is banking on sex rather than violence for it's future. Judging by the success of this show, that's probably a good bet.

Where can I watch it online?
Showtime or the Showtime Anytime App

How many episodes does it take to get hooked? 
Give it 2 episodes to see if you like it or not. If you still don't like it after getting to know the characters and style, it could just not be your thing.


Suits | USA Network

Suits has been on for awhile, but if you're like me, you never really gave it a try for one reason or another. After doing just that recently, I really encourage you to do the same. It's about a college dropout (with an amazing memory) that somehow gets a job at a fancy law firm in NYC.

Where can I watch it online?
Full episodes of Season 4 (the newest season) are available on usanetwork.com and hulu.com

How many episodes does it take to get hooked? 
This one is tricky. You may have to watch a few episodes to get attached the the characters and the style to really start enjoying it, but you should be pretty intrigued after the first episode.


The Killing | Netflix


The new season doesn't start until August 1st, 2014, but that just makes it a perfect time to binge watch the first three seasons on Netflix. AMC's cult hit has everything a drama lover will want. Action, mystery, drama, character development, and everything in-between. Not sure how such a good show faced cancellation twice in it's short history, but we are sure glad Netflix stepped in to save the last season.

Where can I watch it online?
Full episodes of the 3 seasons are available on Netflix. New episodes start August 1st

How many episodes does it take to get hooked? 
If you don't like the show after the first episode, it may not be for you.


Complete List of the New Weird Al Yankovic's Videos from "Mandatory Fun"

. Thursday, July 17, 2014
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'Mandatory Fun' Album Cover
Weird Al Yankovic's new album 'Mandatory Fun' is currently #1 on the Amazon and iTunes charts. It's no coincidence that he's ruling the charts at the same time his videos are going viral all over the internet.

What's really interesting is that Weird Al has used a few different websites to host his videos. The trouble is that it's hard to find a complete list of all the new videos in a single place. That's where ButterBlog comes in. Below you'll find ALL the videos from Weird Al's new album, 'Mandatory Fun'. As new videos are posted, they will be added below as well.

So without further ado, below are the music videos from Weird Al Yankovic's new song. Get weird!

“Weird Al” Yankovic - Handy (Parody of “Fancy”)


Weird Al proves that he is still handy will all sorts of tools and construction tactics in this music video parody of "Fancy" by Iggy Izalea.


"Weird Al" Yankovic Music Video: FOIL (Parody of "Royals" by Lorde)

A hilarious music video that parodies the song "Royals" by Lorde. In the video, "Weird AL" tries to show all the beneficial (practical and impractical) uses of everyone's favorite foil; Aluminum.


"Weird Al" Yankovic - Word Crimes (Parody of "Blurred Lines")

People with poor English might not get this new track from Weird Al. It's all about words, punctuation, and all sorts of grammar. Particularly, it's about how it's seems to be abused a lot more nowadays. (I hope I didn't make any grammatical errors in this description...)


"Weird Al" Yankovic - Tacky (Parody of "Happy")


The first video that Weird Al released for his new album is sure to delight. It's chalk full of celebrity cameos, funny one liners, and that Weird Al quirkiness we've all been missing for so long.



"Weird Al" Yankovic - Sports Song



The Sports Song isn't exactly a parody of a certain song, but just of college anthems in general. While many people are saying that this isn't the best song on the new album, it sure brings back memories of old Weird Al songs.



"Weird Al" Yankovic - First World Problems


First World Problems is another non parody song by Weird Al. But it's still a lot of fun. He mentions all the first world problems that effect a lot of us. The funniest joke (intentional or not) is that this video takes forever to load and cannot be embeded sometimes. If the video doesn't load above, trying watching it on PopCrush. Gotta love first world problems...



"Weird Al" Yankovic - Lame Claim to Fame


Three days in a row of non-parody songs from Weird Al continues with 'Lame Claim to Fame'. A song about a bunch of things that would be really lame to be famous for. No surprise here, Kim Kardashian is mentioned.


We'll be adding each new video that get's posted. But there's no need to wait to listen to all the songs download the entire album on Amazon today!

Stream and Watch the World Cup 2014 Online for Free - How to Watch the World Cup Online

. Wednesday, June 11, 2014
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So you want to watch the 2014 World Cup online and you don't have cable? We've got you covered.

If you are the United States, the best way to watch all 64 matches of the World Cup is to use WatchESPN.

But chances are (if you are reading this article), you don't have or have access to cable. So this option might not be the best. In that case, there are still a few alternatives to watch the World Cup streaming online.

The next best option is to use Univision's website or mobile apps on iOS and Android. This option is not available in other countries (other than the USA) and is broadcast in Spanish. But should work well for anyone wishing to watching the matches streamed live in the US.

If none of the options above work for you, you'll have to step into the gray area of the internet to satisfy your World Cup streaming needs.


Keep Track of Recipes and Recipe Changes with ForkingRecipes.com

. Friday, April 4, 2014
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ForkingRecipes

Have you ever used GitHub? If not, it's basically a place where programmers and software developers upload their code to make it easy to share and collaborate. It also lets users see all the changes and updates made to the programs and code.

It makes it a lot easier for developers to see where changes have been made and maybe more importantly WHEN changes have been made.

ForkingRecipes takes the same premise and applies it to food recipes. It's a recipe depository where you can favorite recipes to be made aware of when changes are made to them. If you cook often, you know that recipes can change hundreds of times before it's "perfected". This is why this website could be extremely beneficial for any foodie or a person that likes to cook.

Check it out and update your recipes with ForkingRecipes today!