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All Shook Up!!

All Shook Up!!
by Gary Woods

If you've got an iPhone you know that there are a lot of programs which have just been released for your little beauty. One of the coolest I found is the free Urbanspoon ( This piece of software looks like a slot machine with 3 wheels and helps you find restaurants.

Once you launch Urbanspoon the first of the three wheels is for location and is filled with nearby neighborhoods. The second wheel is for food categories and the third wheel is for price range. To start your trek for a great meal you gently shake you iPhone and the wheels start spinning. If you don't like the results you can shake again or if you like part of the results and not other parts you can tap the lock under the selection you like and then shake again to come up with other opportunities.

Once you've narrowed down your selection to a particular restaurant you can tap the name of the restaurant to get the phone number, address and the percentage of Urbanspoon members who gave it a positive review.

The only part I didn't like about Urbanspoon is that once you quit the program all your results are erased. But, if you have short term memory loss like me you can send the information about the restaurant to yourself via an email or text message. So what are you waiting for, get out there and start shaking your iPhone?

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc