28
Jul
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Earlier this year, UPS Mobile received a big bump in functionality, which was a nice change for an Android app that really didn't have to do all that much. The app puts tracking information front and center, as it should. Why else does anyone even check UPS online?

Now the app has received a 4.1 update that lets users track packages without having to manually juggle all of those tracking numbers.

07
Jul
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Some of you have probably been coveting Google Shopping Express, the service which delivers groceries and other items from local retailers directly to your door on the same day, ever since it launched. But with an extremely limited rollout in only certain areas of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and New York City, it's not exactly widespread. A report in ReCode says that Google plans to spend a huge sum of money, as much as $500 million, to give the shopping service a true nationwide rollout, covering major urban areas from coast to coast.

15
May
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Some places offer delivery and some don't. This is the way things are, sure, but that doesn't make life any easier for the busier (or lazier) among us. There's an itch to be scratched here, and Postmates steps in to handle it. The service turns any restaurant or grocery store into one that's able to deliver to your door. It does this by paying people to read your shopping list, pick everything up, and bring it to you.

08
May
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When a product on Amazon says it takes two days to arrives, Sunday typically doesn't count. Hey, that's no jab against the company, as this is standard practice in the shipping industry. But now Amazon is expanding Sunday delivery to fifteen cities, giving millions of customers the chance to see this new delivery date show up at checkout.

The lucky metropolitan areas are as follows:

  • Indianapolis, IN
  • Lexington, KY
  • Louisville, KY
  • New Orleans, LA
  • Shreveport, LA
  • Cincinnati, OH
  • Columbus, OH
  • Oklahoma City, OK
  • Philadelphia, PA
  • Austin, TX
  • College Station, TX
  • Dallas, TX
  • Houston, TX
  • San Antonio, TX
  • Waco, TX

The cities are concentrated in only a handful of states, with six of them situated in Texas alone.

05
May
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If most of your exposure to American culture comes from television and movies, you might get the impression that everyone in the country lives in New York or LA, with just New Jersey and some cattle spread thin in the middle. The people who do live in New York and LA seem to think that's the case anyway. Coastal urbanites, Google is ready to indulge your fantasies: Google Shopping users on Manhattan Island and the western portion of Los Angeles now have access to the Express delivery service.

20
Mar
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We've all been there: you're hours deep in a friendly get together, poker game, or Android Police podcast. Suddenly disaster strikes - your spirits run out, both literally and figuratively. If you've got the brand new Drizly app for Android, you can resupply your booze in under an hour without ever having to leave the house. Unfortunately, this incredible service is only available in very specific parts of Boston, Manhattan, and Brooklyn for the time being.

07
Feb
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Anyone looking to have food delivered to their doorstep has plenty of options these days, and you don't have to fire up Yelp (or dial a phone number, psh) to do so. Foodler is another online delivery service that has made its way over to Android. The app connects you to local restaurants, some of which may not deliver on their own, and might just save you money in the process.

30
Jan
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This is 2014. We may not have flying cars, hoverboards, or self-drying jackets, but dammit, we can find new and lazier ways to eat good food. Take GrubHub (and its BFF Seamless) for example: a centralized repository of restaurants that will be more than happy to bring you food in the middle of an 8-hour League of Legends binge. Today the combined company is teaming up with Foursquare, so you don't even have to visit their website to get your grub on.

28
Jan
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You know what sucks? The outdoors. All those people, the light, the strange sounds – no thanks. But you can only subsist on delivery food for so long. Postmates is a service that promises deliveries of just about anything you want, and there's a new Android app to go with the service. The catch is that you can only use Postmates in San Francisco, New York City, Seattle, and Washington DC for the time being.

02
Dec
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We almost certainly won't have hoverboards or flying DeLoreans in 2015, but Amazon is aiming to give us the next best thing: crazy-fast package delivery via flying drones. Yes, people, welcome to the future. Though there are obvious hurdles to overcome before these autonomous delivery robots become a reality, Amazon hopes that one day, "Prime Air vehicles will be as normal as seeing mail trucks on the road today."

Eccentric Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos announced the Prime Air plans on the December 1st episode of 60 Minutes.

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