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Friday, Sep 7, 2012 at 5:37 PM
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By David Wolinsky

App Shout-Out: Camouflage (Mac Only)

App Shout-Out: Camouflage (Mac Only)

Hey guys. So, every once in a while we try to write a post about an app that’s pretty cool and helps businesses be more streamlined, more focused and more better. It’s been a while since we’ve done these, and it... Read »

Saturday, Jun 30, 2012 at 12:46 AM
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By Alexandra Clark

Metra Introduces 'Rail-Time Tracker'

Metra Introduces 'Rail-Time Tracker'

Metra unveiled a new feature Friday to make traveling easier for riders and entered the digital age. Read »

Monday, Jun 25, 2012 at 4:04 PM
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By Lindsay Smith

Emanuel: New Apps to Hold City Accountable

Emanuel: New Apps to Hold City Accountable

Chicagoans may find requesting and tracking city services a little easier to do, directly from their smart phones. Read »

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 at 10:47 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Why No One's Buying Your Mobile App

Why No One's Buying Your Mobile App

Last May, I did a two-part series on how to get yourself set up with an iPhone app developer. Well, that's only half of the equation: What good is an iPhone app if no one's buying it? It's no good at all, but... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 27, 2011 at 5:42 PM
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By Brad Spirrison, Edited by: David Wolinsky

All Hail the Taxi Share App

All Hail the Taxi Share App

All hail Taxi Share Chicago, an innovation in shared commuting and one of the top mobile apps released by a Chicago-based developer in 2011. Read »

Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011 at 8:50 PM
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By Brad Spirrison, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Local App Developer Connects Kids with Santa

Local App Developer Connects Kids with Santa

Many of us grew up dialing cheesy 976 telephone numbers to try to get a few words with Santa Claus before Christmas. Of course, hearing the same canned message every time we called (for a quarter, at that),... Read »

Tuesday, Nov 29, 2011 at 11:56 AM
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By David Wolinsky

Manning Productions on Using New Media to Reach Niche Audiences

Manning Productions on Using New Media to Reach Niche Audiences

Unfortunately, there isn't really a non-stodgy way of introducing a full-service, digital creative agency, but Chicago's Manning Productions, founded in 1985 comes awful close: "we're an agency that uses design... Read »

Friday, Nov 18, 2011 at 7:51 PM
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By Brad Spirrison, Edited by: David Wolinsky

Locally Made Black Friday Apps

Locally Made Black Friday Apps

For at least a dozen years, savvy shoppers have turned to the Internet -- rather than newspaper coupons -- to find the best deals on Black Friday. Today, the smartest way to spend the national shopping day is to... Read »

Friday, Nov 11, 2011 at 4:51 PM
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By David Wolinsky

Home-Professionals-Hiring App Redbeacon Expands into Chicago

Home-Professionals-Hiring App Redbeacon Expands into Chicago

The way things are going, in an ideal world, we will never need to speak to one another to accomplish anything in our day-to-day. And that's a good thing: Doesn't your jaw get tired talking to people? Read »

Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011 at 10:22 PM
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By Carlise Newman

Parking Website Wins $5,000

Parking Website Wins $5,000

SpotHero, a website for connecting drivers with parking spots, wins in first round of Apps for Chicago contest. Read »

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