If You Love Food, If You Love Startups, If You Want to Save Mula…

There’s nothing better than finding that one app you can’t live without.

But your favorite app is different depending who you are. Runners love their exercise apps, and photographers can’t go anywhere without the photo editing apps.

There’s one type of person, though, who doesn’t have a favorite app. That person is the manager, chef, or owner of an independent restaurant. Although I don’t work in the industry, hearing the stories of what these individuals go through on a daily basis – just to order supplies – made me empathize with their plight.

Did you know that to order supplies one person at a restaurant has to run around the kitchen, scribble notes on paper, and spend hours on the phone? But they never really know how much they’re spending… until the invoice comes. Ugh! It’s an archaic process that should be banished in our technology-driven world.

That’s when I discovered a startup called Orderly. They agree with me – it’s about damn time for an upgrade in the restaurant purchasing process.

In a snapshot, Orderly is a technology app that lets independent restaurants monitor their food spend, track invoices, and order supplies – right from their tablets or phones!

Why is this a big deal? Restaurants can finally throw away the old-school clipboard to save time, save money, and get back to what they love – creating the wonderful dishes we all know and love.

Best part is, the app’s UI is so easy to navigate and use. Training? Nada. Setup? Piece of cake.
If you or someone you know is in the restaurant industry, definitely let them know about this awesome app. After all, we all have a favorite app we use on a daily basis. It’s time to spread the love!

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Modern day friendships: Little to no effort required

If I read one more article describing the detrimental effects of social media on modern day friendships, I may just tweet about it.

There are a plethora of arguments that claim that our media-based world is redefining the concept of friendship, but in actuality, humans are becoming too self-absorbed to be able to sustain true friendships. We blame the advancement of technology instead of looking toward the heart of the issue: the users of technology.

There is no doubt that the social media landscape has changed the way we communicate. As of March 2013, Facebook reported having 1.11 billion users, Twitter, 200 million users and Instagram, 100 million users. Don’t blame the trend; blame the trendsetters.

Facebook, Instagram and Twitter are not to blame for the decreasing value of friendship. These social media websites are not forcing people to depersonalize their relationships. But human beings will always look for a scapegoat.

In the past, friendships were taken as seriously as romantic relationships. Aristotle explained it best when he wrote, “Friendship is a single soul dwelling in two bodies.”
Today, people have exchanged this concept for self-promotion and the appearance of having friends. We no longer perform the simplest expressions of friendship by giving another person our time, trust and thought. Instead, we prefer likes, favorites and retweets.

We mistakenly believe that our mere physical presence serves as a sufficient dedication of our time to another individual. A friend deserves uninterrupted time and attention, not the leftover scraps of energy that remain at the end of the day.

To give a part of oneself to another individual through verbal expression – to open up one’s soul, to trust another person – is now terrifyingly difficult. The number of people who can actually be trusted is diminishing because of the number of people we blindly welcome into our lives via staged profiles. Our egos seem to deduce that if we don’t get X number of likes, we aren’t attractive, intelligent or fill in the blank.

When a friendship requires more effort than we desire to put forth, it is thrown aside because we subconsciously know that there are 1.11 billion other people out there who are in search of another effortless Facebook friendship.

It is easier to be distant friends with 100 people than it is to be meaningful friends with one. With a multitude of friends, relationships become about what you can receive instead of what you can give.

If our friendship is devoid of sacrifice, then consider us strangers. If the question, “What can I do for this individual?” isn’t popping up inside our heads, then we are unaware of how friendship works.

I grew up under the label “popular,” but it was really a less sophisticated epithet for “people pleaser.” It appeared as if I had a lot of friends, but in reality, all I had was lists of acquaintances. People thought that they knew me because of a shared class, sport or town – common interests that initiate a friendship but should never determine one.
I felt it necessary to divide my time amongst these “friends” because I was afraid of being alone – as if not having a person by my side at all times meant that I was incapable of being loved, or that having a Friday night to myself meant that I was a loser.

Today, my solitary moments are my highest-valued moments. I can count my close friends on my hands, and I’m not afraid to admit that staying in on a Friday night would be the highlight of my hectic week.

I can be that way while actively posting from my Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts. If I am having a problem with a friendship, I don’t attribute it to an online medium, but rather, I accept that the problem is rooted in personal differences.

It is time to stop observing the communication problem and start administering a solution. Social media is here to stay, and maybe the solution is as simple as relearning how to be a friend. How ironic is it that the more complex the world becomes, the simpler the concepts we forget?

The SmartPhone App That Helps You Overcome Addiction

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What if I told you that the cure to some of the most detrimental addictions could be in the palm of your hand? Your SmartPhone, that was thought to just improve the quality of your life, now has the potential to save it thanks to the new application, DTOX.

Created by well-known interventionist, Rae Dylan, DTOX is designed to help individuals struggling with dependencies  such as smoking, drugs, binge eating, and much more. The application not only tracks your progress, but allows you to connect with others for support.

How exactly does it work? The key features to the program include: a day counter, daily alerts and e-mails, and a log of cravings to record mood changes over time. The app also has a social network option to help build a support community. There is a Facebook and Twitter option for sharing accomplishments and Fan Club members receive alerts on their friend’s progress.

DTOX lets the individual witness change. For the first year, DTOX takes a picture every 30 days to create a photojournalistic log. With this you will be able to see change month by month in your physical and emotional countenance.

DTOX also works as a personal motivator. Every day an inspiring email with a relevant quote or message is sent to help you throughout your struggles. A mobile alert is also sent reminding you of your progress. Still in need of more support? You can also connect with your friends to track each others progress. You can even build your own customized Support Community to follow along with others who are going through the same issues.

Look in the Health and Fitness section on your smartphone’s app store. The app is currently being sold for $3.99, which seems like a small price to pay for a life dependency-free.

“We are in this together” rings the DTOX motto. Addictions are hard to overcome, and DTOX is there to make that journey to change a bit easier. This application makes sure that whenever or wherever your cravings strike help is only a push of the thumb away. With the DTOX  app, now you really can’t live without your SmartPhone.

March Madness: No Longer Just For Guys

March Madness: No Longer Just For Guys

Whether or not you are typically a basketball fan, the month of March may have you tuning in to every game. They don’t call it “March Madness” for nothing. People of all ages make brackets regardless of their knowledge of the sport. Check out this new video software Popcorn, as one family makes March Madness a family affair.

How do Americans remember? A social media experiment

As I expressed in my last post, many are still suffering from the effects of the September 11th attack that occured over a decade ago. Many Americans claim to “never forget” but how exactly do people remember? In looking solely to social media, I was curious to see exactly how others remembered 9/11 yesterday. Here is what I found: was-9-11-properly-remembered