March 6, 2012 |
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.
April 26, 2012 |
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...
November 22, 2013 |
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...
January 30, 2014 |
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.
February 19, 2013 |
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.
September 6, 2013 |
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.