8 Companies That Improved the Way We Do Ordinary Things

Technology has changed our lives, for better and for worse, and here are just a few examples of companies that have reinvented the way we do some completely ordinary things. This is by no means a complete list, as there are innumerable events in the App Age that have reshaped a number of our everyday activities. The companies on this list were not always the first to do what they have been credited with, but they certainly made it popular.

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1. Paying for coffee

While buying a coffee or other drink on the road is nothing new, how some of us pay for it has changed. Starbucks (NASDAQ:SBUX) has an in-app pay option, making it possible to buy a latte with just a smartphone in hand.

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2. Ordering dinner

Back in the old days, if you wanted delivery of any cuisine, ordering by phone was the only way to go. Now, ordering online is an option thanks to websites like GrubHub (NYSE:GRUB), where participating local restaurants sign up to get your order.