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September 19, 2012 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
“A buddy of ours was the first one to do it, and he passed away so we just kind of do it in his honor,” Gregory Thornton said. The "it" he speaks of probably isn't what you'd expect. It's not a ritual or a rite of passage, at least not in the traditional sense. He's with two of his friends on a busy corner of Michigan Avenue, and he's prepared to stay there for days to wait out Apple's newest product, the iPhone 5.  The phone hits stores on Friday, and 23-year-old South Side resident Thornton and his friends have been waiting since 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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February 10, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Long live Flappy Bird.  The infuratingly difficult iPhone game may have been taken off app stores by its creator , but it isn't stopping diehards from trying to get their fix. Since its removal from the Apple App store and Google Play, dozens of iPhones with the game preloaded on them have popped up on Ebay, and there are some insane bids for the items.  Currently, 65 bidders have driven one iPhone up to more than $90,000 , with dozens...
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November 13, 2011 | By Ryan Smith, For RedEye
Being punched in the face for an iPhone is not pleasant. Regrettably, I'm one of the growing number of victims who can say this from personal experience. A couple of weeks ago, I was mugged on a quiet afternoon in my cozy Old Irving Park neighborhood. I made the mistake of entering what I call The Smart Phone Zone - in which I tried to walk, listen to a podcast and tweet at the same time. Meanwhile, two large men in hoodies silently sprinted up to me from behind. Before I had a chance to turn around, one of them began punching me in the head and knocking me to the ground while the other kicked...
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November 20, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A Chicago woman was arrested Monday afternoon at the North Avenue Apple Store after she was accused of using a stolen identity to buy and begin using an iPhone. Conniecia Holloway, 28, of the 4300 block of South Oakenwald Avenue, was charged with aggravated identity theft after she entered the Apple Store in Lincoln Park and used identifying information from a 67-year-old man from South Carolina to purchase a $700 iPhone, county prosecutors said. She then activated WiFi on it using his Verizon account information, according to court records.
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July 11, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
He wanted to hide the evidence, but he wasn't quick enough, according to prosecutors. Police arrested a man Wednesday evening for stealing a car from a Grand Avenue parking valet after they traced him to an empty lot in Greater Grand Crossing with a tracker from an iPhone left inside the car, according to court records. The man was found trying to hide the phone in a dirt hole not far from the car, the police report said. Darius Binion, 20, of the 1400 block of East 71st Street, was arrested for possession of a stolen vehicle, driving without a license, and...
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September 7, 2012 | Stephen Markley
While I certainly consider myself a pretty tech-“hep” individual, I usually refrain from writing about the latest gadgets, gizmos, and internet trends because let's face it, there's barely any readership for that kind of thing. After all, what kind of jerks are going to argue about the silly differences between cellular phones? Having said that, I recently discarded my Samsung “slidey-phone” for an iPhone. Suspect punctuation aside, I have to say, this iPhone is quite remarkable.
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 industry to create RateYourSeats.com, a site...
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September 20, 2012 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
Guess I was totally wrong. When I heard the iPhone 5 had racked up millions of preorders in the first 24 hours and lines were forming outside of some Apple stores a week before Friday's launch, I half expected to read that it was magic. But I scoured the features list and unfortunately, no, the iPhone 5 won't grant you the power of flight, decode your pets' languages (they all really just constantly say "feed me" anyway) or persuade that cute bartender to give you his/her phone number.
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July 8, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The first rule of protecting your iPhone from theft? Don't walk around with your earbuds in and your music turned up. An Andersonville woman did just that on the steps of her apartment Sunday afternoon, state prosecutors said, and a teenager seized the opportunity to take her phone. Kevin Phelon, 19, of the 900 block of West Lakeside Place, was arrested Sunday evening a few blocks South of the Berwyn Avenue apartment, and charged with theft. According to the police report, he twisted the...
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April 26, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A 31-year-old woman was just trying to hail a cab on North Michigan Avenue on Tuesday morning when a man allegedly slapped her in the face and took her iPhone. "You want to fight me?" the man asked the woman, according to the police report, before pushing her into rush-hour traffic. The report said he also threw her iPhone on the ground, cracking the screen, before running off. Mark Latter, 25, of Lakeview was charged with robbery and aggravated battery in the incident. He did not appear at...
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 industry to create RateYourSeats.com, a site that pairs...
NEWS
July 11, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
He wanted to hide the evidence, but he wasn't quick enough, according to prosecutors. Police arrested a man Wednesday evening for stealing a car from a Grand Avenue parking valet after they traced him to an empty lot in Greater Grand Crossing with a tracker from an iPhone left inside the car, according to court records. The man was found trying to hide the phone in a dirt hole not far from the car, the police report said. Darius Binion, 20, of the 1400 block of East 71st Street, was arrested for possession of a stolen...
NEWS
July 8, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
The first rule of protecting your iPhone from theft? Don't walk around with your earbuds in and your music turned up. An Andersonville woman did just that on the steps of her apartment Sunday afternoon, state prosecutors said, and a teenager seized the opportunity to take her phone. Kevin Phelon, 19, of the 900 block of West Lakeside Place, was arrested Sunday evening a few blocks South of the Berwyn Avenue apartment, and charged with theft. According to the police report, he twisted the...
NEWS
June 24, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
When an Englewood man walked into a Lincoln Park apartment realty office on North Clark Street Sunday afternoon, he said he wanted to rent an apartment, according to state prosecutors. But when the realtor left his office to get the man an application, he allegedly stole an iPhone from the office desk and bolted. Marckell Giles, 20, of the 57000 block of South Aberdeen Street, was arrested Sunday afternoon on Diversey Parkway for stealing the realtor's iPhone, minutes after he left the...
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June 12, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
State prosecutors said a trio of South Shore robbers were caught yesterday after they posted images of their bounty on Instagram. Robert Huddleston, 18, one of at least three alleged robbers who took an iPhone and a pair of Nike Kevin Durant gym shoes from an Auburn Gresham man, was arrested yesterday afternoon. According to the police report, he and at least two companions assaulted a man in the neighborhood and pulled his shoes off his feet. Before fleeing, one man allegedly said to the victim, "And give me that...
NEWS
April 26, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
A 31-year-old woman was just trying to hail a cab on North Michigan Avenue on Tuesday morning when a man allegedly slapped her in the face and took her iPhone. "You want to fight me?" the man asked the woman, according to the police report, before pushing her into rush-hour traffic. The report said he also threw her iPhone on the ground, cracking the screen, before running off. Mark Latter, 25, of Lakeview was charged with robbery and aggravated battery in the incident. He did not appear at...
NEWS
June 12, 2013 | By Rachel Cromidas, @rachelcromidas and RedEye
State prosecutors said a trio of South Shore robbers were caught yesterday after they posted images of their bounty on Instagram. Robert Huddleston, 18, one of at least three alleged robbers who took an iPhone and a pair of Nike Kevin Durant gym shoes from an Auburn Gresham man, was arrested yesterday afternoon. According to the police report, he and at least two companions assaulted a man in the neighborhood and pulled his shoes off his feet. Before fleeing, one man allegedly said to the victim, "And give me that phone," before taking his iPhone as well.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
There are pockets of digital space that won't let us forget about what we need to do. We dutifully set alarms, punch in information about meetings and sift through emails about dreaded family reunions. Calendars used to hold reminders about the things we most looked forward to, now they're used almost exclusively to remind ourselves of our obligations. But the team behind the Chicago-based iPhone app Lovendar hope to change that. “The idea was born out of a personal need,” said Ellona Ferson, 33, project manager and...
ENTERTAINMENT
January 15, 2013 | By Zara Husaini @zarhus and RedEye
There are pockets of digital space that won't let us forget about what we need to do. We dutifully set alarms, punch in information about meetings and sift through emails about dreaded family reunions. Calendars used to hold reminders about the things we most looked forward to, now they're used almost exclusively to remind ourselves of our obligations. But the team behind the Chicago-based iPhone app Lovendar hope to change that. “The idea was born out of a personal need,” said Ellona Ferson, 33, project manager and founder.  Apps that help singles find love are everywhere...
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Ryan Smith, @ryansmithwriter and For RedEye
Guess I was totally wrong. When I heard the iPhone 5 had racked up millions of preorders in the first 24 hours and lines were forming outside of some Apple stores a week before Friday's launch, I half expected to read that it was magic. But I scoured the features list and unfortunately, no, the iPhone 5 won't grant you the power of flight, decode your pets' languages (they all really just constantly say "feed me" anyway) or persuade that cute bartender to give you his/her phone number.
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