safety first


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I just learned about this App called SafeTrek and the concept of it is awesome. In a real emergency, you don’t always have time to pull out your phone and dial 911. This app allows individuals to be proactive in their safety by bridging the gap between doing nothing and calling 911 in an unsafe situation. It’s really easy to use, too. When you hold down the SafeTrek safe button, a user is able to passively connect to police. If nothing unexpected happens, a user simply inputs their unique 4-digit pin to cancel an alert from being sent (to police). If a situation takes a turn for the worse, a user simply releases the safe button without typing in their pin number and is connected to police.

The concept of SafeTrek is awesome. Having the ability to put safety first in a big metropolitan city is always a plus. Keep in mind you can download this app for Apple or Android.


how do you spend them?

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Addicted to your iPhone? Maybe it’s not really a joke anymore. A newly released app called Moment will show us just how true that statement may be. Designed to promote a healthier balance between our real lives and those lived through the small screens of our digital devices, Moment tracks how much you use your phone each day, helps you create daily limits on that usage, and offers “occasional nudges” when you’re approaching those limits.

So what are you thoughts on this app? I feel like my personal limit will be extremely higher than others…but that doesn’t mean I am willing to change. Also consider this, who is this app for? If a twenty-somethings were to download this app, it would be to see how much they are actually on their phone, but we might not be the correct demographic for this app. Last thing I need is an app that runs in the background (draining my battery) to tell me I’m using my phone too much.

At the end of the article on TechCrunch, they put in a quote from the app’s creator, Kevin Holesh who built Moment for himself after realizing how much his digital addictions were affecting his real-world relationships. They go on to say, “for Holesh, the effect has been pronounced. He used to spend 75 minutes per day on his iPhone. Now, he spends just 40.”  Um….75 minutes? Pfft. I don’t know if I should laugh or what, how did you spend 75 minutes on your phone and now just 40 when you are a creator of an app?


tip & baristas

do you leave one?

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Tipping is more confusing than ever. In some countries, tipping is looked down upon. Here in America, it’s looked down upon if you don’t tip or if you leave a “bad” tip but shouldn’t a tip correlate with the service you received? Let’s face it, times have changed. Americans got used to tipped and settled on some basic rules.

Basic Rules

  • $1-2/bag for skycaps, bellhops, doormen, and parking valets if they handle bags, $1 per coat for coatroom attendants, $1 per diner at buffets, $2-5 per night for housekeeper, $5-10 for concierge (only if they arranged tickets or reservations), $1-3 per bag for grocery loaders (not in all areas of the US). Doormen who merely open doors are not tipped, unless they call a cab or provide another service. Parking valets are paid upon pick-up $3-5, depending upon much effort is required to retrieve a vehicle.
  • For waiters at sit-down restaurants, bartenders, barbers/hairdressers/attendants at beauty salons, taxi drivers, tour guides, and food delivery folks, the tip should be calculated as a percentage of your total bill as follows: 10% usually means you aren’t totally happy, 15% usually means all was acceptable, 20% for excellent, over 20% for outstanding. 15-20 percent is considered standard in most communities.
  • For ski instructors, tipping 15 percent for adult groups and 10 percent for private clients is pretty standard.

In addition to all of the other “rules” we have to keep straight, there is potential for another to be added: Baristas. As a former barista of a mom and pop-shop, it was more an accustomed norm to receive tips. At my coffee shop, we didn’t rely on tips we had a normal wage.

Last week, Starbucks released a new App where you have a digital tipping option. Because the payment system is handled digitally, customers can tip the Starbucks barista up to two hours after buying a drink. Instead of tipping before tasting their cappuccino, users now have more than enough time to decide if the beverage merits a tip. The system will push out a tip notification after each eligible transaction.

Of course, I tip my barista every so often, but I don’t make it a frequent thing. Now that a tipping option is added to my iPhone App, I don’t see why it would make me more willing to tip them.

I want to hear you thoughts! How do you feel about the option to tip on your app? Is this taking the power of tipping too far? By adding a tipping feature, is this pushing tips to be more of a requirement rather than optional?