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AmazonFresh Delivers Your Local Food, Poses Serious Threat to Grocers

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When it comes to keeping up with our fast-paced culture, convenience is key. This is particularly true with everyday tasks like grocery shopping. See, sometimes just making the trip to buy your daily diet of Swedish Fish, Hot Cheetos and Vitamin Water (gotta keep it healthy, yo) can be a big pain. Lucky for us, the folks over at Amazon have offered us a handy solution: AmazonFresh.

Via AmazonFresh’s site or mobile app, customers can browse and buy groceries and home essentials, plus the usual products like books and tech gadgets, all with the tap of your finger. The service even includes deliveries from local markets, bakeries and restaurants.

At the moment, the service is only available for the Los Angeles and Seattle area. In the meantime, grocery stores should watch out for this online competition looming on the horizon. The concept of being able to order groceries from the comfort of one’s home is not one to be taken lightly, especially when presented in a simplified, appealing fashion. Check out a peek of the “grocery aisle” below to see what we mean.

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Excuse us while we hole up in the office eating Hot Cheetos, watching Netflix and never seeing the light of day again. Thanks, Amazon.

PicThx AmazonFresh

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Your Smartphone Wants to Eat This Pizza Compass

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Pizza has a tendency to be elusive when it’s 3 am on a Saturday. The bars have closed and you and your pals are craving greasy, cheesy, pepperoni-laden pizza. Too bad every joint you can think of is either closed, doesn’t deliver past midnight or you can’t remember its name (because the last time you went there you were equally as drunk as you are now). Shoot. If only you had a magical pizza compass to show you the way.

That would be genius, right? Before you start scribbling this idea down in your moleskine, hold up — there’s already an app for that.

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The Pizza Compass,  “the exciting new life-affirming app that helps pizza get to your mouth,” features a map of nearby pizza shops. Simply choose a restaurant and spin the slice to figure out what direction to head in. This “No Frills, Just Pizza” app also lets you know if a joint is open or closed using a green or red bar located at the bottom. If a spot is near enough for you to smell baking pies, the slice will begin steaming. Genius.

Artist Daniel Blackman, who developed the new app with the help of  Brooklyn agency Oak Studios, told Gizmodo that the they wanted to “create an app that would change human kind for the better, while eating pizza.” A noble thought, if we ever heard one.

Pizza Compass 99 cents @AppStore

H/T + PicThx Gizmodo

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This Cocktail-Making Robot Lets You Order On Your Smartphone

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Do you lack mega talent in the cocktail-making department? Getting the whole pouring/mixing/shaking thing down juuust right is pretty tough, but fret no more my friends. Bartendro has come to the rescue.

This awesome robo invention comes to us from Party Robotics, and it basically does all the dirty drink work for you. Simply place your cocktail order on a smartphone or device via app (whaa?!), place your glass under the gadget’s spout and the booze bot pours out a perfectly-proportioned cosmo or any other drink you fancy.

The thing is, in order to make the Bartendro a purchasable product, this Kickstarter project needs monetary support. So if you agree our society will undoubtedly benefit from the addition of a robotic bartender, then what are you waiting for?! Dig out that wallet, and donate to the cocktail cause.

H/T The Awesomer + PicThx Kickstarter

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Five Guys Burgers & Fries Is Now Taking Orders From Android Phones

With over 200 new restaurants opening in 2011 and over 350,000 burgers sold daily, there’s bound to be a waiting game if you plan to get your eat on at a Five Guys location this year. For those of you on a tight schedule, the Five Guys team has dropped an Android App that allows you to input an order from your phone and pick it up when you get to the store!

The process is simple and the app is free from the Android Market. Simply launch the app, find the closest location, place your order (you’ll have to create a new Five Guys account so it will save your info), and then go pick it up! You’ll be able to skip the line and head straight to the order pickup counter in store, just tell them your name and they’ll hand you your food.