Mobile Future

When cell phones gobble

All right, your smartphone won’t really gobble, at least unless you download a cool ringtone. But as Thanksgiving approaches, here are a few reasons to keep your smartphone handy.

If you’re traveling, WorldMate or TripCase are free apps that can help you with flights delays and missed connections.

If you need kitchen help, Butterball has once again ramped up its mobile offering, including texts that offer tips on thawing, turkey size and cooking temperatures. Meanwhile the Food Network’s newly launched “In the Kitchen” app has 45,000 recipes, including a special section on Thanksgiving.

Want to do a little pre-Black Friday shopping while watching the game? As AOL’s WalletPop reports, “Mobile shoppers can still get the same bargains – or even better deals – than the fearless shoppers who brave the crowds and long checkout lines of traditional brick and mortar retail outlets.” Try RedLaser, which Bob Tedeschi at The New York Times just called “a perfect shopping companion” because it allows for easy price comparisons.

 Finally, if you head outside for a game of touch football or a 5K run, you can still catch the Macy’s Parade through a mobile video app.

Happy Thanksgiving!