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Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 6:45 AM
      

Parking App Lets Drivers Pay Via Cell Phone

Paying the parking meter and displaying a receipt in your car window will soon be a thing of the past. Read »

Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014 at 10:17 AM
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By Alexandria Fisher

New App Offers "Apartment Inspection" for Chicago Renters

New App Offers

Chicago renters can now use an app to determine if an apartment is up to code for their living standards. Read »

Tuesday, Oct 8, 2013 at 10:36 AM
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By David Wolinsky

App Shout-Out: Don’t Have a Scanner? Try TurboScan

App Shout-Out: Don’t Have a Scanner? Try TurboScan

A few years ago my printer got busted. Not thinking, I chucked it out instantly. It was $50 and the tray to hold paper was broken off by a cat who lives in my apartment. She’s a tiny five-pound cat, and somehow... Read »

Tuesday, Jul 9, 2013 at 12:48 PM
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By Tyler Wilken, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Trading an App's Instant Gratification for its Long-Term Success

Trading an App's Instant Gratification for its Long-Term Success

Groupon spent $613 million on user acquisition over the nine months leading up to their IPO. Unfortunately, most app developers tend to have slightly less cash on hand. From conversations with fellow... Read »

Tuesday, Jun 4, 2013 at 4:48 PM
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By David Wolinsky

What Small Developers Can Learn from “Angry Birds”’ Success

What Small Developers Can Learn from “Angry Birds”’ Success

Once upon a time, “Angry Birds” was just a little-known game on the App Store. Eventually, though, well, I don’t need to tell you about what’s become of the title by Finnish computer game developer Rovio... Read »

Tuesday, Apr 30, 2013 at 1:26 PM
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By David Wolinsky

How to Temper Expectations About Your New App

How to Temper Expectations About Your New App

I’ve written plenty of times about what’s involved with building an app or commissioning an outside team to help on that endeavor, but not really much on how to manage expectations when you’re building one.... Read »

Friday, Feb 22, 2013 at 1:32 PM
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By Adam Fridman, Edited by: David Wolinsky

How Apps Can Generate Great Marketing Buzz

How Apps Can Generate Great Marketing Buzz

Recently, Zero Motorcycles released a highly anticipated, first-of-its kind app for its loyal fans. The electronic motorcycle manufacturers successfully designed a way to give users the ability to control their... Read »

Monday, Feb 11, 2013 at 11:53 AM
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By David Wolinsky

App Shout-Out: Unclutter (Mac Only)

App Shout-Out: Unclutter (Mac Only)

Most days, when I clock in to start working, I check my calendar to remember what I have to do that day (interviews, calls, meetings and etc.) and then make a to-do list. I used to use GTD app Wunderlist, but... Read »

Friday, Apr 5, 2013 at 12:36 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Why Transit Apps are Revving Up

Why Transit Apps are Revving Up

Obviously, Matt Carrington, the director of marketing at Taxi Magic is a little biased, but the numbers tell the tale, too: Every fall, the new iPhone comes out, the weather gets worse and people want to take... Read »

Thursday, Oct 11, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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By David Wolinsky

When to Update Your Mobile App

When to Update Your Mobile App

Congratulations! You’re on the iTunes app store or Android’s store! You’re just like everyone else who’s there cluttering up the digital shelves, too! All sarcasm aside, it is a victory just getting an app made... Read »

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Daily Deals

Daily Deals

Learn from the original daily deals site, Groupon.

Pets

Pets

Some officials have estimated the City of Chicago's dog population to be somewhere around 500,000. Add in all the cats, fish and birds and you've got yourself an industry just begging -- and barking -- to be...

Social Media

Social Media

Social media offers traditional business minds a 12-6 curve ball. But we can help.

Fashion

Fashion

There are plenty of questions for a fledgling fashionista to answer. Never fear: We've got the goods.

Marketing

Marketing

Good luck making a dent in the public conscience if you don't have marketing and branding plan to get your message out.

Food Business

Food Business

Experts say 90 percent of new restaurants fail in their first year of operation. You want to be the 10 percent that makes it. But how?

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David Wolinsky David Wolinsky is a freelance writer, lifelong Chicagoan, and reasonably handsome business-study scion.
Kim Vatis Kim Vatis joined NBC5 News in 1997. She currently Anchors the weekend morning newscasts, is general assignment reporter and special projects reporter for the 10 PM newscasts.
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