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You Can Actually Buy A Working BANANA PHONE

A phone with appeal.

No better pun could describe what potentially will be the most sought-out food-themed gadget to hit the markets: the banana phone.

Created by a group aptly named Banana Phone, the device is shaped like the bright yellow fruit beloved by monkeys and humans alike.

The phone is actually a bluetooth enabled handset that connects to your smart phone. Once paired with your device, it’s able to receive and make phone calls. Through Siri/Google Assistant, you won’t even have to dial.

One percent of phone profits will to towards Gearing Up For Gorillas, a nonprofit that focuses on the conservation of the rare mountain gorilla in Virunga National Park.

The banana phone is estimated to cost a suggested retail price of $50 once it goes on sale, but you can back it for $40 on the company’s Indiegogo page, where you can also find more information about the product.

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Chick-fil-A Will Give You Free Ice Cream If You Ditch Your Phone

Chick-fil-A is giving customers free ice cream if they can refrain from using their phones. Y’know, for the sake of family and conversation.

The fast food chain recently added cardboard “chicken coops” for patrons to drop their smartphones or devices into during the meal. They’re calling it a challenge.

Here are the rules:

1. Turn all family cell phones to silent and place in a cardboard cell phone coop that they provide.

2. Eat your food without your phone distracting you.

3. When you’re done, let the cashier know that you were able to complete the challenge and they’ll give you an Icedream cone.

The promotion will be available at all participating Chick-fil-A locations.

Sure, everyone’s on the honor system. Though we’re sure a few customers who slip will still try for that free cone.

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Technology

Apparently Rice Does Nothing, Here’s How To Fix A Wet Phone

If you’re one of the millions of Americans that have dropped your phone in the toilet while trying to take one of those timelessly sexy bathroom selfies, then this message is for you.

There was a study conducted September 2014, showing that putting your wet phone in a bowl of rice DOES NOT work.

In fact, just leaving out to dry and doing nothing is more effective than the rice method, although still not a very effective method overall.

 

"Shhh! Be quiet and don't...move... They can sense movement."

 

Your reality as you know it has been shattered, I know.

I’ve dropped many a phone into a variety of pools, bowls, sinks, basins, puddles and even rivers.

I’ve used a bowl of rice to try and remedy the situation nearly every time. Thinking back on it, I now realize that none of those phones survived, even after placing them in their round little rice coffins, except for one that only went halfway into the toilet before I saved it. But that doesn’t count, it barely got wet.

TekDry, the company that released the study, conveniently has a phone rescue program that assures customers that if they can get their hands on your wet phone within 48 hours, they can fix it.

But not everyone can get to their fancy service within that 48-hour window, so here are some more practical tips for the next time you fall asleep in the jacuzzi with your phone in your hand, or that clumsy friend we all have spills their Barefoot Moscato all over it:

  • Don’t put your phone in a bowl of rice. It has a better chance of survival if you leave it outside to dry naturally.
  • If it falls in saltwater, rinse it immediately. The saltwater will do much more damage to the phone than regular water.
  • Don’t blow dry it, microwave it or put it in the oven. Yes, some people have to be told not to put their phones in the oven. The intense heat could warp some of the more fragile parts of your phone.
  • Turn your phone off immediately and don’t charge your phone. Unlike Sonny and Julian from Big Daddy, water and electricity do not go together like lamb and tuna fish.
  • Remove as much water as possible from the outer surface of the phone with a towel or napkin.
  • Don’t be a dumbass. Hold onto your phone, butterfingers. Grow up, Peter Pan! Count Chocula!

You may now go back to using your excess rice for pelting newlyweds and blowing up pigeons.

Picthx: Star Hub, MPora

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Hit-Or-Miss

This Artist Recreated Popular EMOJIS Using Real Life Objects

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Peechaya Burroughs, an Austrailia-based graphic designer, created a series of popular emojis using everyday foods and items. As part of Instagram’s recent ‘Emojis In The Wild’ project, the artist visually recreated the iconic images at an uncanny accuracy.

From balloons to paper, the cute emojis you text your love ones everyday have been reimagined and brought to life.

You can check out her work on Instagram and follow for new ones. Pretty beautiful stuff.

 

 

A photo posted by peechaya burroughs (@pchyburrs) on

 

A photo posted by peechaya burroughs (@pchyburrs) on

 

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New iPhone App Will Publicly Shame You If You Use Your Phone At Dinner

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When eating dinner, one of our biggest vices is having our phones out on the table. Between taking photos of our food, constantly checking social media, or texting others while we eat, it’s become pretty obvious we’re addicted. Turns out there’s an app that’ll shame you into putting your phone away and will continue to do so until you get into the habit of keeping it away during meals.

Called Dinner Mode, the iOS app allows users to enter an estimated time they’re expected to dine. The app asks users to place their phones face down on the table while they eat. If they manage to make it through the entire meal, they’re congratulated.

However, if they fail to leave the phone untouched, the app will verbally and visually remark on how lousy of an eating companion they’re being.

Yikes. It’s like eating dinner with a parent.

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‘Reserve’ App Completely Manages Your Restaurant Experience

Reserve-App

The fine-dining experience can often leave you flustered if you’re new to that world. Usually, things like recommendations and reservations can be a tad overwhelming. Because relying on technology is all the rage now (Black Mirror, anyone?), there’s an app that will completely take the wheel of your fine-dining experience. It’s called Reserve.

From recommending a restaurant to dine in to making a reservation for you, Reserve takes care of everything. The app will also pay for you and pretty much show you a night on the town. It kind of sounds like Reserve is taking you out on a date. Which is exactly what’s happening. If you bring someone along, they’ll more than likely be third-wheeling it.

The only work you’ll have to do is a few finger swipes and chewing your food. You might also have to put out, after.

Reserve can be found on both iPhone and Androids.

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Starbucks Tests Order and Pay App That Eliminates Waiting In Line, Possibly Even Cashiers

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The biggest deterrent t0 ordering coffee at a Starbucks is the lines. In an age when we’re constantly refreshing our social media feeds, nothing slows us down like waiting five minutes for the dude at the cash register to decide what he’s in the mood for. Things would be much easier if you could order and pay ahead of time.

Luckily, a few folks in Portland are on the cusp of that new world order.

Starbucks is currently testing an order and pay function for their mobile apps that lets “coffaholics” order ahead of time and pay straight from their phones. They’re calling it, of all things, Mobile Order and Pay.

That means customers no longer have to wait impatiently in line to order their lattes. They’ll just roll in and pick up their drinks.

Does this mean that cashiers will no longer be needed? With tons of folks already paying for their coffee with either a Starbucks card or their phone, we could possibly see a decline in cashiers.

With plans to introduce the new app function city by city, Portland is the first beta city to have it available for testing. The coffee company is also working on making the app available for Android phones.

Here’s to a future where we won’t have to interact with another human just to get some coffee. Though we wonder if “e-buckers” will be allowed to use the bathroom.

h/t + Picthx Wired

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This App Tells You When Your Groceries Are Expiring

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Sometimes it can be tough keeping track of all the stuff in your fridge. You’ve have no clue when you bought those mangoes and those tomatoes have been hiding in the back of the veggie crisper since last year’s 4th of July party. Either start throwing out the unquestionables, replace that baking soda, or get an app to keep tabs on everything.

Looks like there’s one for the latter. Aptly named “The Fridge,” the new app keeps track of your perishable foods so you’ll have an idea of when they’ll go bad. Provided you don’t mind taking the time to log everything, you can have complete awareness of the freshness of your food. Also, might as well use it as an excuse to clean out your refrigerator while you’re in there.

The Fridge app comes from Steven Masuch of Zanopan Design Corporation and is available to purchase for $1.99 at the iTunes store.

H/T Design Taxi