Are you a Starbucks fiend who can’t start your day without one of its delicious caffeine-infused drinks? Well if you’re really dedicated, you can get a free drink from Starbucks every day of the year as long as you’re an unethical jerk who is willing to own 365 different Starbucks cards and lie about your birthday on 364 of them. More →
The most unavoidable cup of coffee in the United States just got more expensive.
The Associated Press reported on Monday that Starbucks will be raising its prices nationally once again, bumping the price of all affected drinks up by 5 to 20 cents. Small and large brewed coffees will jump by 10 cents, which brings the grand total of a large cup of coffee at Starbucks to $2.45.
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Americans love their fast food. Sometimes it doesn’t even matter what outlandish form the food takes, as evidenced by some of our recent fast food stories: Hot Dog Bites Pizza? Deep Fried Big Mac? Chicken Biscuit Taco?
Yes, we consume some truly horrifying fast food creations, but you might be shocked to learn that the American Customer Satisfaction Index’s (ASCI) Annual Restaurant Report 2015 shows that U.S. citizens are gradually becoming less satisfied with fast food on the whole. More →
Can’t have enough of Starbucks Frappuccinos? Well, you’re in luck, as the company has just unveiled six new drool-worthy flavors that it’s adding to its impressive collection, including Red Velvet Cake and Cotton Candy. More →
Next time you order your Caramel Ribbon Crunch Crème Frappuccino at Starbucks – or any other exorbitantly priced coffee that tickles your fancy – don’t forget to wirelessly charge your smartphone, assuming your device has such charging capabilities, and assuming you’re making your coffee beverage purchases in the United States. More →
Starbucks has been caught storing user names, passwords and even location data in clear text in its iOS payment app since mid-November, although it appears the company has been aware for a while of the security risk, ComputerWorld reports. The data can be seen by anyone with access to an iPhone after connecting the device to a computer – a jailbreak isn’t even necessary to get the data. More →
Google just raised its profile as an ISP in a big way among espresso-swilling hipsters as the company announced on Wednesday that it has become the official Wi-Fi provider for all 7,000 company-operated Starbucks franchises in the United States. The new Google-enabled Wi-Fi will replace AT&T’s Wi-Fi offerings in Starbucks locations over the next 18 months, and Google is pledging that Starbucks customers will “be able to surf the web at speeds up to 10x faster than before.” And there’s even better news for Starbucks customers in Kansas City and Austin, Tex. — Google says that Google Fiber-connected Wi-Fi hotspots will be up to 100 times faster than old Starbucks Wi-Fi hotspots.
In a blog post that announced PayPal now has 100 million active accounts, PayPal president Scott Thompson also discussed the future of the mobile payment space. “We believe that by 2015 digital currency will be accepted everywhere in the U.S. – from your local corner store to Walmart,” Thompson said. “We will no longer need to carry a wallet.” As part of that goal, the company has asked five residents in the San Francisco Bay area to use digital currency for all of their purchases and, presumably, PayPal will pick up the tab. While we love Thompson’s optimism, that sounds like a tough task. Google recently announced its Google Wallet application, which will allow customers to use a Nexus S smartphone to purchase goods at a number of retailers, but you’d still be hard pressed to find anywhere that accepts it as payment for the time being. We suppose they could use a PayPal debit card — but that would still require a wallet. Oh well, there’s always Starbucks. More →
Are you Android users jealous of all of your friends using their iPhones to buy frappuccinos? Take a sigh of relief — on Wednesday Starbucks launched its Android application that will allow you to walk into one of 6,800 Starbucks or 1,000 Target locations and buy your choice of coffee without having to reach for your wallet. When you’ve made your selection, all you have to do is hold your phone up so that the barista can scan a special barcode presented on your phone’s screen. The best part? You can refill your Starbucks card directly from the app itself. It’s available for free in the Android Market now for devices running Android 2.1 or newer. More →
Love strutting your stuff to that sassy barista at your favorite Starbucks? Starting today, you’ll be able to swipe your iPhone, iPod touch, or BlackBerry at almost all Starbucks locations to pay for your coffee (or delicious reduced-fat Cinnamon cake). The program had been piloted in California and many New York stores and allows you to use the Starbucks Mobile Card iPhone app to add your Starbucks Cards, track rewards, and also reload your cards from your phone. How easy is it to use to pay that Trenta Caramel Frappuccino? Just tap “touch to pay” in the app, hold it up to the scanner at the register and you’re off and running. Or slowly reconsidering ordering a 31oz blended coffee and beverage. Going to give it a go? Let us know, alright? More →
Thanks to a partnership with Bell, Starbucks Canada has announced that it will be joining its American brethren in offering free Wi-Fi to all customers come July 1st. A one-click login system means that passwords and users names are not required. Anyone planning to waste away Canada Day holed up in a Starbucks with an iPad and Frappuccino in hand?
P.S. Are we the only ones that find it odd that Starbucks would take the time to mention that its free Wi-Fi is perfect for people who are unemployed? More →
According to their latest tweet, Starbucks will be opening up their Wi-Fi to everyone. No registration and it’s 100% free. Not bad, Seattle, not bad.
We’re very excited to announce that coming July 1st: Free. 1 click. No registration WIFI at all US locations! :-)