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June 5, 2013 | By Riley Blevins @Riley_Blevins and RedEye
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story called the GoLakeview app the first to highlight a specific neighborhood. There are apps for other Chicago neighborhoods available as well. RedEye apologizes for the error. Lakeview and Lakeview East Chambers of Commerce have partnered to launch GoLakeview, an app available for download through iTunes or Google Play stores. The app offers a variety of features, including a calendar of community events, news, parking information and location-based searches of area businesses.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 28, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts @Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
Tinder, the mobile dating app that brings unlimited booty call possibilities to your phone, has done wonders for the world of hookups. It's the ultimate in immediate gratification - swipe right to attempt to connect; swipe left to reject - designed to keep singles coming back to the candy store for more. It's efficient, it's fun and - since you have control over who can message you and Tinder accounts are connected to users' Facebook pages - it's relatively safe. So what could possibly go wrong?
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NEWS
March 6, 2012 | By Taylor Ervin, RedEye
Since Mayor Rahm Emmanuel took office last year, the city has increased the amount of data that it has released to the public. Enterprising software developers have taken that data and turned it into useful mobile phone applications like Plow Tracker and Buster, the CTA bus and train tracking app, but a recently launched website called openchicago.org hopes to takes the idea one step further. The social media site, which launched about two weeks ago, aims to connect local software developers with aldermen and other developers in their area to create hyperlocal neighborhood specific applications.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Jen Kim @thisjenkim and For RedEye
Meet Glance, a brand-new app coming soon to a sex-app store near you. The $1,500 Google Glass experience is hitting the sheets, making you a sort-of boudoir Scorsese. Bam chicka bam bam. Have you ever wanted to have sex with Glass? Probably not. Yet students in London apparently did, which is why they created an app that allows you to see what your partner is seeing during sexy time - and presumably non-sexy time. Oh, yes, you get to capture every angle, every weird nook and cranny.
NEWS
July 10, 2012 | Harry Huggins and For RedEye
When RedEye heard about Greater Good Studio's new CTA app Kickstarter campaign , we instantly thought of a few suggestions we think should definitely be part of the perfect CTA app, including: > > A smell-o-meter that rates incoming buses on how much they reek. I'd gladly wait five minutes for the next one if it means avoiding a day of smelling like Mr. Onion Rings' B.O. > > Walking directions that give the most covered pathways (by trees or awnings), for days when it starts raining and you're already a mile away from home.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Jen Kim @thisjenkim and For RedEye
Meet Glance, a brand-new app coming soon to a sex-app store near you. The $1,500 Google Glass experience is hitting the sheets, making you a sort-of boudoir Scorsese. Bam chicka bam bam. Have you ever wanted to have sex with Glass? Probably not. Yet students in London apparently did, which is why they created an app that allows you to see what your partner is seeing during sexy time - and presumably non-sexy time. Oh, yes, you get to capture every angle, every weird nook and cranny.
NEWS
April 12, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @kbernot, RedEye and RedEye
Somewhere between hailing a taxi and bumming a ride from a friend, there's Sidecar. The ride-sharing app, which is based in San Francisco but has expanded to other cities including New York, Boston and L.A., arrived in the Chicago market about a month ago and now has more than 50 drivers in the city. The iPhone- and Android-compatible app connects passengers who need a ride with everyday people who have extra space in their car. "We're definitely not a taxi service," said Lisa Frame, the community manager for Sidecar Chicago.
NEWS
February 25, 2013 | By Erin Vogel @eringejuice and For RedEye
For anyone who uses the CTA to get around Chicago during the winter, it's important to have a good idea of when the next bus or train is coming before leaving your apartment or work in order to avoid freezing to death while waiting at the bus stop or train platform. Luckily there are a lot of programs and apps you can use to track buses or trains from your computer or smartphone, including the CTA's BusTracker, AnyStop Chicago, Chicago Transit Tracker and HopStop. RedEye even has its own mobile transit tracker app. But DePaul...
NEWS
May 15, 2013 | By Doris Dadayan, @dorisdadayan and For RedEye
I have a shameful confession to make (and, uh, this is just the first of many): I downloaded the Lulu dating app to see what this new form of cyberstalking is all about. Ah, rating men like they're restaurants on Yelp. Fun! I mean, sure I've rated guys before. One of them works for T-Mobile, and he replaces my phone every time I crack the screen. It's the least he can do for a good customer service rating, right? Oh, but Lulu is a totally different way of rating men. According to the website, the app is "the smart girls' app," and when a guy tries...
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
What WOULD you say? A new Facebook app developed by Princeton students in a 36-hour hackathon is making the rounds, and it's eerily accurate at copying how users talk on the social networking site. What Would I Say asks users to login using their Facebook, and using fancy terminology like bigram and unigram probabilities, trains a “bot” to mimic any given users way of speaking. Past comments and status messages are mashed up, and the results range from dead-on accurate to hilariously bizarre.
NEWS
February 6, 2014 | By Molly Fedick, @mylifeasmolly and For RedEye
Tired of swiping right to no avail? New dating app Hinge could be the answer to your problems - or the start of more. I put both to the test to see if tried-and-true Tinder held court against the new kid in schoo - I mean, within your geographical radius. Tinder How it works: If you've been living under a rock or have just emerged from a long-term relationship (so, pretty much the same as living under a rock), Tinder is Generation Y's answer to dating: rapid-fire physical judgment followed by bitter disappointment at the person's weird way of holding a fork.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 5, 2014 | By Julia Borcherts and For RedEye
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SPORTS
December 26, 2013 | By Courtney Jacquin and RedEye
Being a sports fan is serious business. Lifelong friends and business partners Ross Karel, Todd Heyden and Jason Kreiter know that firsthand. "We're sports guys," said Heyden, 30, a founding partner of Lock. As sports guys, they figured there was a fan experience missing for a younger, fast-paced generation. "We just wanted to build something that would change the reputation of what fantasy [leagues] had become, something that was so time consuming that there's a reason only a minority of sports fans are playing fantasy," Heyden said.
NEWS
November 19, 2013 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
What WOULD you say? A new Facebook app developed by Princeton students in a 36-hour hackathon is making the rounds, and it's eerily accurate at copying how users talk on the social networking site. What Would I Say asks users to login using their Facebook, and using fancy terminology like bigram and unigram probabilities, trains a “bot” to mimic any given users way of speaking. Past comments and status messages are mashed up, and the results range from dead-on accurate to hilariously bizarre.
NEWS
November 11, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Fed up with the multiple taps it took for his Ventra card to work, Michael Askew turned his problematic taps into a problem app. Askew, 35, this month created an app for iPhones called “Ventra Fails.” CTA riders can record when and where their Ventra cards fail. The CTA announced last week it is slowing its transition to Ventra, a new fare payment system, while system operator Cubic works out glitches that have ranged from long customer service waits to delayed mailings of cards to slow processing time once a Ventra card has been tapped.
NEWS
October 17, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Even some 800 miles away, in Brooklyn, N.Y., Jason Corbin couldn't help but hear about Chicago's struggles with increasing violence. “On the East Coast we turn on the news and the first thing we hear about is Chicago,” said Corbin, 32, a native of Long Island. As a firefighter and police officer, Corbin felt an obligation to keep the public safe, even if the distance between the two cities made it seem impossible. But as a self-proclaimed “tech guy,” he knew just the way to make it happen.
NEWS
August 14, 2012 | Amanda Boleman and For RedEye
As most Chicagoans know, parking in the city can be an absolute nightmare. Lucky for us, there is a group of people out there who want to make it easier. Enter FasPark. Founded by artificial intelligence professor Eyal Amir, 42, of Lakeview East and technical architect Sergei Kozyrenko, 30, of Lincoln Square, FasPark is a Chicago-based, real-time parking locator service that provides driving directions for finding street parking. After a six-month stint living in Tel-Aviv in 2007, Amir saw how hard parking could be for both residents and visitors, prompting his idea.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
As anyone's who stood outside a club in snowy, rainy or windy Chicago weather can attest, waiting in line sucks. Frequent clubgoers and friends of the club promoter might have a free pass, but a new app called Own the Night hopes to extend the VIP treatment to regular clubgoers - provided they have a sufficient bank account. Billed by founder Kevin Yu as a "black card for nightlife," the Own the Night app aims to reward affluent partygoers with perks such as no cover, VIP admission and free drinks at Chicago clubs and bars.
NEWS
September 20, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
So you have an idea for an app that uses city data, but you don't know where to go with it. Head to one of these data-driven events. > > Social Media Week, through Friday socialmediaweek.org/chicago Using data and social media to deliver better city services is one of the themes of Social Media Week, an annual series of workshops and panels about trends in social and mobile media. > > Urban Sustainability Apps Competition, Oct. 18-20 cnt.org/events/reinventing-chicago-2013-urban-sustainability-apps-competition Competitors form teams and use city and Center for...
SPORTS
September 3, 2013 | By Courtney Griffin and RedEye
Are the Wrigley rooftops the best view of the diamond, or the most overrated seats in town? Is the United Center floor the place to be to catch the Bulls in action, or just a little too close for comfort? Debates like these are alive and well at RateYourSeats.com, a Chicago-based startup founded by Keith Hanson, a West Loop resident whose bad seats at a White Sox game three years ago prompted more than bad memories - they proved life changing. After his less-than-notable experience, Hanson, 28, left his job in the pharmaceutical...
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