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November 16, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Need to know how crowded John Barleycorn is right now? Or whether there are more women than men at Vertigo Sky Lounge? How about the average age of patrons at Schoolyard Tavern? If you're in Chicago, there's an app for that. SceneTap, a mobile and web application that launched in Chicago in July, uses cameras to gather information for its facial detection software, which provides real-time stats on the age, sex and number of patrons in more than 50 bars in Chicago. While the app does not reveal any identifying information about patrons (no identifying photos or video is posted...
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November 16, 2011 | By Emily Van Zandt, RedEye
Need to know how crowded John Barleycorn is right now? Or whether there are more women than men at Vertigo Sky Lounge? How about the average age of patrons at Schoolyard Tavern? If you're in Chicago, there's an app for that. SceneTap, a mobile and web application that launched in Chicago in July, uses cameras to gather information for its facial detection software, which provides real-time stats on the age, sex and number of patrons in more than 50 bars in Chicago. While the app does not reveal any identifying information about patrons (no identifying photos or video is posted...
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November 20, 2011 | By Stephen Markley, For RedEye
After attending the infamous "Oops" Republican debate in Michigan, I've come to two conclusions: First, President Obama will win a second term, and second, I'm going to need a left eyebrow transplant after raising it so many times in what I call "confusiohorror. " As I watched from the media filing center in an auxiliary basketball court, I was struck by just how divorced the rhetoric espoused by that collection of losers and half-wits was from the reality of the challenges we face - those still screamed in the streets by the evicted Occupy movement.
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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.
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April 26, 2012 | By Megan Crepeau, for RedEye
So you want to start a budget. Specifically, you want to start a budget that doesn't make you run sobbing into the overpriced embrace of the nearest Anthropologie . Well, I can't actually promise that, because any time you come face to face with your actual spending numbers, it's going to be a shock. What I can do is scour the Internet for the best budgeting software. I had one requirement: they had to be free. No sense spending money trying to save money, right? Generally, online budgeting falls into three categories: software that pulls numbers straight from your...
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November 22, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
Ventra, the CTA's new fare payment system, has seen "improvement in nearly every performance area since Nov. 5," but "much more progress [is] required," according to a progress report the CTA released today, its first since the agency slowed its transition to the controversial system earlier this month. The CTA said an upgrade to rail software helped Ventra readers process train rider taps in 2.5 seconds or less 99.7 percent of the time since Nov. 11. The CTA said it is making similar upgrades on buses, where some riders have reported lengthy boarding times...
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January 30, 2014 | By Mick Swasko, @swasko and RedEye
Bitcoin isn't a traditional payment method, and that comes with risks. Know what you're getting into. 1. Your digital wallet should be secure. Bitcoin warns that "great security concerns" are a tradeoff for some of the currency's benefits . The site suggests using trusted providers and doing research before choosing a digital wallet, exchange or any other provider that deals in Bitcoin. 2. A dollar is a dollar. But with Bitcoin, prices can be shaky. Bitcoin itself describes the currency as a "high-risk asset.
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February 19, 2013 | By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink and RedEye
Most aspiring DJs with a few turntables and some editing software fantastize about broadcasting their creations to the kind of crowds that Bassnectar and Flosstradamus draw. For a second year , Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival will give one amateur the chance to climb on stage and do it by competing in the festival's DJ competition . This June's Spring Awakening is the second year for the electronic festival at Soldier Field, which has expanded to three days to accomodate 75,000 attendees.
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September 6, 2013 | By Tracy Swartz, @tracyswartz and RedEye
The CTA said Friday it is working to resolve a glitch that won't allow riders to enter rail stations through some auxiliary entrances after they've tapped their Ventra cards. CTA spokeswoman Tammy Chase said the "very limited number" of issues with some of the 64 high-barrier gates stems from the CTA running two fare collection methods -- Ventra and its current systems -- simultaneously. All CTA riders will be able to use Ventra starting Monday. The CTA is phasing out its other fare collection systems by the end of the year.
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April 10, 2014 | By Leonor Vivanco, @lvivanco and RedEye
Chicago Public Library cardholders will be able to download free movies and magazines through the library's new website, launched on Thursday. The new website , which appears to be inspired in design by Pinterest, has a browse tab near the top that will direct users to Zinio and Hoopla . Users will have to sign up to access those programs by entering their library card number. Cardholders can download magazines such as The Beer Connoisseur, Billboard, Cosmopolitan, Esquire and ESPN through Zinio.
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September 19, 2013 | By Matt Lindner @mattlindner and For RedEye
Nobody cares about your cellphone. Nobody. Social media is a place where people talk about the banalities of their existence, with 99.9 percent of personal posts being nothing more than trivial drivel aimed at entertaining strangers. The other .1 percent is a forum where news is disseminated and discussed (yes, these numbers are accurate. I counted). Most of the 99.9 percent is fairly benign, whimsical and generally not the slightest bit irritating. Discussions about current events advance discourse about issues the world needs to be talking about.
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