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KFC Releases Its Own Smartphones To Celebrate 30th Anniversary In China

KFC could be out to prove itself the most tech savvy chicken joint in the world by going all-out for its 30th anniversary in China. It’s no secret KFC has been at the forefront of innovative items, like the phone charging Watt-A-Box meal deal or their edible finger nail polish — that actually tasted like chicken.

Now, KFC has announced that it is selling 5,000 units of a new, limited edition 30th Anniversary Colonel Sanders themed smartphone, that some are dubbing, “KFC’s iPhone Killer.

In celebration of KFC’s arrival to China back in 1987, the YumBrands! chicken giant has partnered with Huawei Mobile — a Chinese telecommunications company also founded in 1987 — to announce a smart phone already being sold online, at KFC “TMall” retailer for 1099 yuan, or $161.90 USD, according to the KFC Weibo page.

The Huawei X Kentucky Fried Chicken 30th Anniversary Phone is a, “limited edition line of Huawei [Enjoy] 7 Plus,” according to Fortune. The bright red device has a laser cut image of Colonel Sanders on the back along with the year “1987.” The phone features a 5.5-inch touchscreen, with 720 x 1290 pixels, along with Android 7 software.

The special anniversary device comes with a preinstalled version of the Kentucky Super App.  While it’s still a bit unclear what the Kentucky Super App is, the video, which was posted by Branding In Asia, shows users controlling the music inside KFC locations, which seems cool.

KFC is probably a long way from competing with Apple in terms of cellular devices, but there’s no question who makes the better chicken. However, this limited time release raises the bar on what should be expected from KFC, and other fast-casual eateries in the future.

Happy 30th KFC China, you’ve earned it.

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KFC’s New Meal Box Will Actually Charge Your Phone While You’re Eating

KFC has been very experimental in 2016. From tweeting a NSFW ad that obviously conceptualized a dude getting a hand job on a couch, to developing a line of edible nail polish that actually tasted like chicken, KFC’s been bringing the heat. With that said, KFC’s newest item is even more outside the box.

Well, actually, it is the box.

Aptly titled, Watt-A-Box, KFC India’s newest limited edition item is a 5-in-1 box featuring a chicken sandwich, a few chicken strips, a side, a beverage — and a phone charger. Yes, a phone charger.

The box has a USB port on the side and it supports both Android and iPhone smartphones, however, its reliability has already been questioned in various reports, stating that charger can’t hold a true charge.


Yum! Brands, KFC’s parent company, probably picked up the fact that no one talks to each other while having a meal together anymore.

That’s so 2015.

So in order to avoid any awkward silences or just to make sure KFC guests now have the opportunity to keep Snapchatting, or posting their KFC meals to Instagram. At least that was KFC’s plan.

Apparently, battery loss is a huge issue in the Indian community.

Featured image: KFC Youtube


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.


New Foodmento App is Basically Yelp Mixed With Instagram


Another day, another food app to distract diners from enjoying a hot meal. The latest smartphone app to hit the market, Foodmento, is described as “a hybrid between Foursquare/Yelp and the #foodporn hashtag on Instagram”. Confused? Let us elaborate.

Basically, this app can be used to search for your favorite dishes around the world. How users use Yelp to search for specific types of food or restaurants, Foodmento lets people comb through user submitted photos to find a specific dish. The dishes are ranked by customers using the app so users can see at a glance how popular the food is. What’s particularly great about this app is how it has been integrated with other apps. If a user finds a dish they’re interested in trying Foodmento offers directions via Google Maps, reservations via OpenTable, and even takeout using Seamless where restaurant where the dish is offered, making it simple for users to stop drooling over food porn and start grubbing on it for themselves.

Besides locating dishes this app also helps to start a dialogue between pals when users find a restaurant that a friend has previously visited or checked into. Both users receive a notification so they can start chatting about their favorite dishes and how they enjoyed the restaurant.

Foodmento is currently available in the Apple App Store.

H/T + PicThx Eater


This $199 Smart Cup Knows What You’re Drinking

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Have you ever poured yourself a beverage and thought to yourself, “I wonder just how much sugar and other crap I’m drinking”? Well, you could take five seconds and read the nutrition label but ain’t no body got time fo’ that, enter Vessyl.

Created by a biomedical student this 13-ounce smart cup recognizes nearly any drink you put into it and can sync to your smartphone to give you a report on the nutritional breakdown (sugar, fat, calories, protein, and caffeine) of anything you put in the cup and even tracks your drinking habits. Yes, it even knows when you’ve given your coffee the Irish treatment. In fact, it can recognize the how weak your coffee is. The Vessyl can even tell the difference between Cool Blue and Glacier Freeze Gatorade, sorcery!

With an extensive database of drinks to choose from it’s impressive that the smart cup can recognize your drink in about ten seconds. On the cup itself you’ll see a general category such as “juice”, “coffee”, or “beer” but open your app and you’ll see the specific drink as recognized by Vessyl, such as Heineken or Mango Madness Snapple.

Aside from just telling you what drink Vessyl lets you set goals to track your daily water intake, watch your calories, sugar intake, etc. Pre-orders are only $99 right now but that’s a lot better than the $199 price tag Vessyl will retail for in Spring 2015.

H/T + PicThx The Verge


Get Your Doughnut Fix in Any City With Doughbot App


Doughnuts have gotten pretty fancy in the last few years. No longer are we limited to plain ol’ long johns, crullers, and glaze. Now we have gourmet concoctions like the white truffle doughnut or pastry mashups like the cronut taking over the doughnut game. With all these bougie doughnuts popping up at specialty bakeries around the country, don’t you wish there was a way to find the nearest shop to get your gourmet fix? No I’m not talking about Yelp, we’re talking about an all doughnut app. Enter Doughbot.

Making its Apple Store debut last month, Doughbot searches through Yelp listings, Instagram photos, and Yahoo’s search engine to find you nearby doughnut shops. Each listing displays photos and reviews from Yelp along with directions to ensure you arrive at your doughy destination.

The app will cost you $0.99 but can you really put a price on your doughnut love?

H/T + PicThx First We Feast


The Uber of Pizza: App Wants to Bring You Pizza at 3 AM


We’ve all been there. It’s late at night and we start to get the pizza cravings. Between finding a place thats open, much less a place that delivers so late, it’s pretty tough to get your pizza demands met before you fall asleep. At 3 am you’re either too tired, drunk or lazy to pick it up.

PizzaTheApp, was created so that late-night pizza pains could be met with ease. Simply open either the app or the website and choose which of the five ingredients (pepperoni, mushrooms, sausage, olives and bell peppers) you’d like to add to your large 16-inch pizza. There are only five ingredients available so that things will run smoothly between pizza places. Customers just input their delivery and credit card info and pay through Stripe.

The app uses an algorithm that scours a database of 15 pizzerias in San Francisco that have 3-star and above Yelp reviews. It then matches you with the best one depending on location, hours of operation and pricing. The charge will include tax, delivery fees and a $3 tip for the driver.

While the app sounds almost too good to be true, the possibilities are delicious.

H/T Medium


Egg Minder Keeps Track of How Many Eggs You Have Left in Your Fridge


Do you ever go to the market and find yourself standing in front of the egg display for a good five minutes while you try to remember whether or not you needed eggs? Well then the Egg Minder might be for you.

The Egg Minder is a smart egg tray that tracks how many eggs you have and also how old they are. The tray wirelessly syncs to a smartphone app so you can check in on your egg situation even on the go. When the tray is opened a blinking LED light will signal you to the oldest egg in the bunch, when that egg is removed a new light will appear beside the next longest egg. The app will also alert you with a notification when you’re running low on eggs or when your eggs are about to expire.

With a price tag of $49.99 this invention may seem unnecessary but if you’re constantly scrambling to remember how many eggs you have then this tray might just be for you.

Egg Minder, $49.99 @ Quirky + GE

H/T + PicThx Laughing Squid