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TechBits: Perfect Pop (7.17.13)

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There are many apps out there that can be a big help in things you do every day.  Perfect Pop is not one of them.

It's designed to help you stop the microwave before your popcorn burns.  You simply place your iPhone next to the microwave while the popcorn is heating up, then watch the animated icons- which will indicate the perfect time to stop the cycle.

The TechBits crew tried out Perfect Pop, but found it imperfect.  Two out of Three bags of popcorn got burned.

But there's a bigger problem.

This app really isn't needed by most people.  Listening to your popcorn as it pops, and pulling it out when the pops slow down (just like it says on the bag) is a much more reliable way to prevent burning.  In fact, watching to icons to see how they behave during the popping can even distract you from actually stopping the cycle at the optimal time.

Granted, there could be a good use for it.  Deaf people (or people with other hearing problems) may not be able to hear the popping, so it could help them- if it worked a little better.

In its defense, the microwave we used was  a little noisy.  A quieter model may give better results.

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