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Here are the "scent receptors" where you can preview the olfactory samples that will be available via the oPhone app.

Have you ever seen someone’s Instagram photo of a freshly-baked cake and thought,“ I wish I could smell that right now”? It’s not the Jetsons, it’s the near future. Presenting the oPhone Duo: a device that brings you the scratch n’ sniff selfie. The oPhone is a gadget that will allow users to send scents directly to someone else’s smart phone. You can choose from over 300,000 scent combinations in the oPhone’s “aromatic vocabulary.” The product is still in development, but it has quite a lot of supporters on the crowd funding website IndieGoGo.

So, how does it work? The device contains a “virtual world of aromas” like orange, espresso, chocolate, and thousands more. The app is connected to oSnap, the app that is available for download now and allows users to send scents. The aromas last for hundreds of uses until they run out (kind of like an ink cartridge).

If all goes well, the product will be set to launch in April 2015. Until then, the oNote team (creators of the oPhone and oSnap), have set up “scent hotspots” around the country where you can try out the scents yourself.

For the latest happenings in the food and drink world, visit our Food News page.

Joanna Fantozzi is an Associate Editor with The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter@JoannaFantozzi


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Do You Have a Stiff Neck? Try These Simple Remedies

With so many of us gazing into computers or staring down at our smart phones most of the day, it’s no wonder data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that nearly 20% of us have experienced neck pain within the past three months.

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A stiff neck typically is the result of muscles weakening over time from poor posture or misuse, says chiropractor Andrew Bang, DC.

Looking down at your computer monitor all day can cause the muscles around the neck joints to tire and become overstretched. Driving for long periods of time or looking at your smart phone can have the same effect. If you’re doing this day after day, it can add up and can displace your neck joints.

“When your neck muscles become weak and you try to turn your head, the joint no longer moves smoothly because it’s now out of place,” Dr. Bang says. “Often the joint catches on something, either pulling a muscle or hitting the nerve irregularly, or maybe both.

“Then you’ll have instant pain and your body has a protective spasm. Your body doesn’t want you to get hurt more, so it will clench, causing you to feel like you can’t even move — and leaving you wondering what you did to injure yourself.”

Stretching can keep pain at bay

Putting your monitor at eye level, sitting up straight and avoiding tilting and twisting your head down or to the side while you’re on the computer can help you avoid neck pain. When you’re driving or looking at your smart phone, be sure to take frequent breaks and avoid having your neck bent forward for long periods of time, Dr. Bang says.

The key to relief for a stiff neck is proper stretching and manipulation, Dr. Bang says. Here are some stretches you can try at your desk or in the car that may help you to avoid a stiff neck:

  • Roll your shoulders backwards and down 10 times.
  • Squeeze your shoulder blades together 10 times.
  • Push your head backwards into your car head rest or hands and hold for 30 seconds.
  • Bring your ear to your shoulder 10 times on each side.

Take care when you sleep

Dr. Bang says if your neck is bothering you, you also should pay attention to your sleep positions. Sleep only on your side or on your back – never on your stomach, he says.

“When you sleep on your stomach, often you will end up twisting your head one way or the other for hours at a time,” Dr. Bang says. “Sleeping on your stomach also can affect your low back because your belly sinks in to the bed if you don’t have enough support.”

For minor, common causes of neck pain, try these simple remedies:

  • Apply heat or ice to the painful area. Use ice for the first 48 to 72 hours, then use heat after that. Heat may be applied with warm showers, hot compresses or a heating pad. Be sure not to fall asleep with a heating pad or ice bag in place to avoid skin injuries.
  • Take over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen or acetaminophen.
  • Keep moving, but avoid jerking or painful activities. This helps calm your symptoms and reduce inflammation.
  • Do slow range-of-motion exercises, up and down, side to side, and from ear to ear. This helps to gently stretch the neck muscles.
  • Have a partner gently massage the sore or painful areas.
  • Try sleeping on a firm mattress without a pillow or with a special neck pillow.
  • Ask your health care provider about using a soft neck collar to relieve discomfort. Don’t use the collar for a long time. Doing so can make your neck muscles weaker.

If the pain gets in the way of your daily activities, Dr. Bang says to call your doctor.

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2. Inbox zero! For real.

If your smartphone or tablet inbox is flooded with emails and you’ve got a gihugic number looming at the bottom (I’ve been over 130,000 before!), you need Liz’s awesome inbox zero trick. Don’t worry, you’re not actually deleting the emails. You’re just moving out of the inbox so you can deal with them later. Or never, in my case.

Still, just seeing that little red number on my phone’s home screen drop from 130,000 to zero makes me breathe a whole lot easier.


The New Food Apps You Don't Want to Miss

People often use their smart phone even while eating now. Photo: Thinkstock

With just over 140 million smartphones in the U.S., having an app for that is basically a prerequisite to being a cutting-edge company. Even traditional brick-and-mortar businesses are launching all kinds of crazy apps. Last week, Domino's announced a new app partnering with Ford that will let you order a pizza directly from your car with a few voice commands via the Ford Sync AppLink.

And, certainly, nowhere is a hotter spot for tech companies and startups than the Bay Area. Combine that with San Francisco's love of food and all things hipster -- artisan toast anyone? -- and the food apps coming out should be nothing short of mouth-watering.

While the food delivery app space remains the most crowded, there are plenty of other food apps hitting the market as well. As 2014 gets underway, we're taking a look at some of the food apps that should be big in the new year. Here are a few of the most exciting and best new apps.

FoodieTV offers short programs about food and travel for the casual, interested viewer. Photo: FoodieTV

FoodieTV: A new video app, FoodieTV provides five short videos each week about different tastes, cooks or places. The three- to five-minute shows are supposed to be TV-quality -- better than your average YouTube upload. Each week centers around a theme to form an "episode" that can be watched in pieces or all together, on your mobile or streamed onto your TV with an AppleTV. The hope is to capture mainstream interest in food and travel that isn't just recipes and insider coverage of the industry. Available in the Apple app store.

Make a pact to eat more vegetables with the Pact app. Photo: Pact

Pact: Originally launched a GymPact a year ago, the app has relaunched this year as Pact with new dieting features. Make a "pact" to eat more vegetables, log your meals in a diary or exercise. You then choose a penalty to pay if you don't fulfill your pact. For example, $5/day could be automatically deducted from your Paypal account if you fail to eat your vegetables. But, if you do meet your goals, then you can earn back money in rewards paid out of the pool of money from people who have not. While cheating is possible, posts and check-ins are required to meet your requirements. The eating more vegetables goal -- which has its own group -- requires uploading a picture of your vegetables and other members can vote it down if it doesn't appear to be real vegetables or if you don't seem to have eaten them. (Selfies!) Available in the Apple app store and the Google play store.

Leftover Swap: Launched in August (so still relatively new), Leftover Swap lets you do just that: swap leftovers. Have leftover food? Take a picture and post it on the app. Other users can then either barter for your leftovers, take them off your hands for free or offer up a donation for anything particularly tasty-looking. The founders aren't sure how to make money yet and the San Francisco Health Department has already raised concerns. Selling food requires a permit and selling leftover food is a health department no-no. But, the goal is to help eliminate some of the huge amount of food that is wasted every year. Available in the Apple app store.

FoodieQuest lets you pit your food photos against your friends' food photos and earn votes. Photo: FoodieQuest

FoodieQuest and Epicurator: Taking pictures of your food is so last year, so over. These two apps want to make photography of your meals cool again -- and more fun. FoodieQuest, which was supposed to launch out of beta in December but is still in the works, has made food photos a game. Compete against friends with your photos, earn votes or search by city. Epicurator launched at the end of the summer and is a cross between Yelp and Instagram. Post pictures of your food and rate the meal from "Bleh" to "Foodgasm." It's basically a digital way to say, "I'll have what she's having." FoodieQuest is coming soon to the Apple app store. Epicurator is available on the Apple app store.

TellSpec: One of the craziest and, if it works, most exciting technologies (and sort of an app) that could come out this year uses a small laser to scan your food and then uploads all the nutritional data about what you're eating to an app on your smartphone. TellSpec showed off a beta version at the Consumer Electronics Show last week and plans to go to beta testers in April. The goal is for the laser, essentially a raman spectrometer, to measure the composition of what you're eating and give you detailed information about the ingredients -- even those not listed on the label -- and more in-depth nutritional information. As more people use the scanner and app, the database of foods will grow. Right now, the company is using the $380,000 it raised on IndieGoGo and the $1 million it just received in seed money to make the scanner more lightweight and useable and to fine-tune the app.

These are certainly not all the food apps available or even all the new ones. Please share your favorite food apps in the comments.


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One of the benefits to creating an account is the ability to add recipes from your computer. If you come across one that strikes your fancy, copy the URL, then go to Prepear's website.

After you log in, click "Add a Recipe" in the top-right corner.

Enter the URL inside the "A Web Recipe" field, then click "Get the Recipe."

Your recipe will then autofill, and you can adjust everything as you would on the mobile interface. When you're happy with everything, scroll to the bottom and click "Keep Going" to go to the final page.

On the last page, simply click "Save Recipe" to save it. You can also change some of the values like prep and cook time if you want, but don't feel like you need to.


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Easily take stunning aerial HD photos and video selfies, edit them right in the app and then share them instantly on your favorite social media platforms.

Capture photo & video selfies like never before

AirSelfie aerial cameras are perfect for taking stunning HD selfies, group shots and videos from a unique perspective that is impossible with a handheld camera - the air. No more hassling with ridiculous sticks, awkward arm positions or handing your camera to strangers, let AirSelfie gallery capture the perfect photo or video.

It flies itself… seriously

Manually flying AirSelfie aerial cameras is incredibly easy to master. Or click-on AutoFly where you press one button and your AirSelfie launches, flies out a few feet, finds you and takes photos or continuous video of you doing whatever you're doing . . . all by its little old self.

Powerful editing within the AirSelfie App

The AirSelfie app stores all of your images and video in an easy to manage Gallery where you can organize your memories into a favorites folder and customize them using the complete suite of image editing functions right in the app. Zoom, rotate and crop or adjust brightness and contrast until your image is picture perfect. Plus add type, overlays, filters and/or stickers to really give your images a personal touch!

Share on social media right from the AirSelfie app

Once you have your image just right you can instantly and seamlessly post it to your favorite social media platform with the click of a button without ever leaving the app! Create cool and entertaining Instagram Stories like never before and watch the likes come flying in. iOS users can also live stream to either their Facebook page or YouTube channel in real time!

Fits in your pocket

AirSelfie aerial cameras are the smallest and lightest in the world. About the size of your smartphone and the weight of a golf ball they don’t need to be registered at any agency. Slip an AirSelfie in your pocket and you’ll be set to capture spontaneous moments of fun and adventure anywhere you go!


Selfie-stick etiquette: 6 tips for taking great shots (without being a nuisance)

With everyone from President Barack Obama to busloads of tourists wielding selfie sticks, people across the country — and globe — are either enamored of, or fed up with, what one some are calling “selfish sticks.” (And, more recently, Cinnamon Toast Crunch introduced a "selfie spoon" for those interested in capturing, yes, breakfast selfies.)

On a national parks road trip, Stacey Servo of Louisville, Kentucky, and her husband, Amadore Delatorre, joined the crowds at Yellowstone's Old Faithful to watch the geyser erupt. “All these people get there early to get a view,” Servo told TODAY, “then people from the back come through and push their selfie sticks in front of them, blocking the view.”

The extendable rods used to get a smartphone or camera far enough away for a selfie are rampant in popular tourist destinations. At least half the visitors to Paris have them, photographer Krystal Kenney told TODAY. “Paris is the mecca of selfie sticks because anywhere there's a tourist attraction there's a guy standing around selling them,” she said. “It's normal now it's like having an iPhone.”

Kenney, who takes photojournalistic style shots of travelers through vacation photography company Flytographer, has watched the selfie-stick phenomenon explode in the last year.

“I've seen people almost take someone's head off at a museum,” she said. “I’ve even seen people answer their phone with the selfie stick still attached.” As a result of this poor selfie-stick etiquette, a number of museums are declaring them verboten.

The sites banning the sticks, including the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, join ranks swelling around the world places ranging from Carnival parades in Rio de Janeiro to Disney parks have said no to the stick-enabled selfie.

But maybe it's time to ease up on the selfie-stick bashing. “There's an overall hatred of the idea of taking pictures of yourself,” said photographer and TODAY social media manager Anthony Quintano. “The second you hear the word selfie stick everyone is turned off.”

But they have uses beyond the maligned selfie. Quintano uses his monopods (as they're technically called) to get unusual or difficult perspectives, such as shots over a ledge, or far above a crowd.

It's not the tool that's the problem, he said, but people. “A lot of people don't have respect for each other," he said. "Tourists, they just want the photo."

Kenney agrees. “A lot of people get to the monuments and are just excited and immediately pull out the stick,” she said. “They see the landmark and have to get that photo. Nothing else matters.”

Working the #SNL40 red carpet was EPIC! My selfie stick made the rounds. pic.twitter.com/Nh06o1QGYq

— Anthony Quintano (@AnthonyQuintano) February 16, 2015

The real trouble comes, Quintano said, when too many people whip out their sticks. "When you have a hundred people it gets a little crazy,” he said. Selfie sticks aren't going anywhere though, he promised, so we'd better learn to play nicely. In fact, we need to get ready for the next big thing, which could be even more dangerous. Watch out for selfie drones, aka “dronies,” coming soon to airspace near you.


Are You Addicted To Your Smartphone?

A new study shows Smartphones are potentially addictive, and researchers have suggested that they should come with a health warning.

If you have your smartphone next to you all the time – even when you sleep – then perhaps it’s time to question what this level of attachment means.

Could you step back if you wanted to? Or is your smartphone use starting to get out of control?

This recent study, published in the International Journal of Cyber Behaviour, Psychology and Learning, found that the more you use your smartphone, the higher the risk of being addicted.

Researchers also looked at the psychological effects of smartphone use, and reported that psychological traits linked to smartphone addiction include narcissism and neuroticism.

Co-author of the study, Dr Zaheer Hussain, said: “Higher scores of narcissism (excessive interest or admiration of oneself and one’s physical appearance) and levels of neuroticism (negative personality traits including moodiness, jealousy, envy and loneliness) were linked to smartphone addiction.”

The study also suggested that smartphone use encourages narcissism, even in non

When we think about some of the behaviours we commonly use our phones for – including taking selfies and posting status updates on social media – you can see how these kind of behaviours could start to develop.

Only a few years ago, our behaviour in relation to our phones was extremely different. Selfie only came into popular use as a word in 2013. Before that? We didn’t really take them …

Do you ever look up from your phone? Photograph: Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images

The research by the University of Derby highlights important issues around persona and identity. In a digital world these are changing psychological issues that are rightly being explored, as we agonise over profiles and are ever aware of the image we're presenting of ourselves via status updates.

Many of us are a lot more addicted to our smartphones than we think. For example, could you go to the corner shop without your phone? Could you switch it off for an hour? How does it make you feel when you are without your phone?

Often, it’s easier to observe behaviours in other people than notice behaviours in ourselves. Try this out. Watch how other people around you use their smartphones. Notice how frequently they check them. Does their level of use seem healthy to you?

The recent study at the University of Derby found that 13% of participants were addicted to their smartphones. The average user spent more than 3 and a half hours a day on their phone.

Researchers suggested that smartphones should carry a health warning so that users know they are potentially addictive.

There is also evidence that smartphone use can have a detrimental effect on communication with the people right next to you. Less communication and a breakdown in communication were some of the issues participants in the study raised. Some participants also said smartphone use distracted them from many aspects of life including work and studying.

Our relationship with technology is complex. And as it’s something most of us use every day, it’s worth exploring this relationship.

Does using your smartphone bring out certain behaviours in you? Are you in control of your use?

By raising our awareness, we can work towards staying in control, and maintaining healthy digital use.

Frances Booth is author of The Distraction Trap: How to Focus in a Digital World. To get your free first chapter of The Distraction Trap, and for more productivity tips, join her mailing list here