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The best iPhone meal delivery apps for lunch and dinner

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Not everyone has the time or energy to come up with dinner ideas after a long day, whether you live alone or have a family to feed. And while takeout and food delivery are great, it can get expensive eating out all the time. Plus, you may have a restricted diet or watch what you eat.

An alternative to coming up with dishes to make or ordering fast food is a meal kit. And of course, you can get these delivered to your door. You can pick the meals you want, receive the ingredients, get instructions for cooking or heating, and you’re set. No more, “What’s for dinner?” or “Would you like fries with that?”.

Check out these terrific meal kit delivery apps for iPhone and then let us know which one you like the best!

The best food delivery apps for iPhone to satisfy any craving

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Food delivery has come a long way since the days of only being able to get pizza or Chinese brought to your door. Now, there are services that will head to fast food, fancy, or deli-style restaurants to bring once undeliverable goodies to your door step.

When you can’t go out but are having a Big Mac attack or a hankering for your local eatery’s soup of the day, you can still get those foods you crave.

Here are the best food delivery apps for iPhone that help you eat the treats you seek.

The Spoke makes it simple to find TV shows, movies, and restaurants you’ll love

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The Spoke - Search Socially app makes it easier to find TV shows and movies that match your interests. Better still, the app shows you where you can watch that content in just a few steps. It also offers reviews and information on local restaurants and similar establishments. Not surprisingly, The Spoke app also includes a social component that lets you share your likes and dislikes with others. Here's a brief look at The Spoke. 

Food ordering with ARKit: believe it or not, this burger is virtual

Apple's new ARKit framework for building immersive augmented reality experiences for iPhone and iPad is getting major support from enthusiastic developers ahead of iOS 11's public release in the fall, with a new food-ordering technology demo showcasing the benefits of seeing near photographic-quality virtual foods on your plate prior to ordering.

Stanford study praises Apple Watch’s heart rate monitoring, calorie counting needs more work

A new medical study from Stanford University focusing on consumer fitness tracker reliability, published Wednesday in the Journal of Personalized Medicine, has crowned Apple Watch the king of heart rate monitoring while pointing out shortcomings in its calorie counting feature.

“People are basing life decisions on the data provided by these devices,” Euan Ashley, DPhil, FRCP, professor of cardiovascular medicine, of genetics and of biomedical data science at Stanford said in a statement.

The study included 29 male and 31 female volunteers who wore several fitness trackers like Basis Peak, Fitbit Surge, Microsoft Band, MIO Alpha 2, PulseOn, Samsung Gear S2 and Apple Watch. The study pitted the wearable gadgets against FDA-approved equipment.

The participants were asked to complete a total of 80 physical tests, including such activities as cycling, running and walking. They compared data against an FDA-approved 12-lead electrocardiograph for measuring heart rate and clinical-grade indirect calorimetry, which determines calories burned by measuring oxygen and carbon dioxide expelled when breathing.

Heart-rate monitoring via Apple Watch achieved the highest accuracy across measured modes of activity with an error rate of two percent, followed by Basis Peak and Fitbit Surge.

Samsung's Gear S2 had the highest heart rate error rate at 6.8 percent.

Researchers set an acceptable error rate at five percent, meaning Samsung's device fell just outside the study's acceptable buffer.

All fitness devices they tested fell short in calorie counting.

In terms of determining the amount of calories burned, Fitbit's Surge was the most accurate device with an error rate of 27.4 percent. PulseOn was the least accurate tracker in terms of calorie count with an astounding error rate of 92.6 percent. Apple Watch had an error rate near 40 percent while Microsoft Band came in at around 33 percent.

Low-impact activities like sitting caused the most inaccuracies with an average error rate of 52.4 percent compared against high-impact activities, such as walking and running.

This is due to the differences in how people exercise. “People are so variable,” Ashely said. “Some people walk smoothly and others waddle along, and that has an impact."

“The heart rate measurements performed far better than we expected, but the energy expenditure measures were way off the mark,” she added.

“The magnitude of just how bad they were surprised me.”

Each of the tested devices uses its own proprietary algorithm for calculating calorie burn, which could explain the wildly differing readings in terms of energy expenditure rates.

Google Maps for iOS gains food delivery support, plus codes & more

Google Maps for the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch yesterday received an interesting update in the App Store. The new version brings out a few enhancements such as integration with popular food delivery services, support for plus codes—identifiers for locations that don’t have their own street address—and other perks. These new features require Google Maps 4.24 for iOS or later, which can be downloaded free of charge from the App Store.

Facebook gains food/ticket ordering, collated friends’ recommendations for restaurants

Facebook today announced a new update for its iPhone and iPad mobile app focused on discovering new things in the world around you, deciding what to do or where to go and connecting with local businesses in easier and faster ways.

For starters, the app will now automatically collate recommendations for restaurants that your friends post on the service, identify posts asking for recommendations using artificial intelligence and even help you make reservations or appointments from within the app.

Square’s new Caviar app lets you order food from top-rated eateries

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey's mobile payment startup, Square, earlier this year purchased Caviar, a food delivery service, for a reported $90 million. On Thursday, the company released the official Caviar iOS app in the App Store.

Featuring crisp dish photos, real-time tracking of your order from counter-to-door and more, Caviar makes it easy to order food from your favorite local restaurants right to your door, from the palm of your hand using your iPhone or iPad.

You could be using your iPhone to pay for your burgers next month

Bloomberg is reporting this afternoon that Burger King, the second-largest burger chain in the US, is introducing an app next month that will allow customers to pay for their Whoppers with smartphones. The outlet says the move is part of an ongoing effort to lure in young diners.

According to a company spokesman, the program will launch in early April in select stores, and should be available in all of Burger King's 7,000+ American locations within a "few months." The chain is also looking at adding the ability to order food and drinks for in-store pickup...

Foursquare now lets you order in from local restaurants

A fresh update to Foursquare’s free iPhone and iPad application has enabled an interesting new feature: from now on, whenever you fancy a bite - be it breakfast, lunch or dinner - you can use either the mobile app or the web interface at foursquare.com to find nearby restaurants that accept orders from Grubhub Seamless, the popular U.S. based online food ordering company.

You'll notice a new GrubHub or Seamless icon when browsing a place in Foursquare. Just tap it to place your order through GrubHub Seamless. To retrieve a list of nearby restaurants that will bring food to you and your hungry friends, simply search for 'delivery' (example: 'taco delivery')...

Yelp updated with new SeatMe feature for making restaurant reservations

Folks looking to take advantage of the holidays this week by venturing out to their favorite eating spots may want to check out the latest version of Yelp. The iOS client was updated today with a new feature that allows you to make restaurant reservations from within the app.

The new feature is the direct result of Yelp's summer acquisition of SeatMe, a tech start-up that developed a solution for making online reservations at popular food and drink locations, and reduces the friction between discovering a great place on Yelp and experiencing it...

Meet the Range, an iOS food thermometer for smarter cooking

If you're something of an epicurean but with non-chef-level cooking skills, this will be godsent. A new project by the Russian startup that brought us a five-sensor iPhone life monitor dongle, the Range is an iOS food thermometer used for candy making, roasting and other types of high-temperature cooking projects.

There's more to this accessory for smarter cooking than meets the eye so jump past the fold for the full reveal...