Posts in category "Apps"

Winter is coming. Should you try Instacart?

Winter is coming. Should you try Instacart?
“Oh, it’s the greatest,” my friend said. “Like having a personal shopper for groceries. And you can order from multiple stores at once. You will love it.” I’d been lamenting the fact that my car was in New York (long story), and that hauling groceries in Chicago’s plunging temps was getting tricky (walk-up, kids). Her recommendation?... Read more »

Fundraising for your child's school? Meet Shoparoo

Fundraising for your child's school? Meet Shoparoo
If you have a child in school you’re now at least two weeks into the new school year, and likely already bombarded by fundraising pleas. Gift wrap! Pencils! Frozen food! Schools are urging our kids to sell them all, to grandparents and family friends and anyone else they can find. There’s another way, though, one... Read more »

Meet the whiskey discovery mobile app for the everyman

Meet the whiskey discovery mobile app for the everyman
Whiskey, like wine, can be a polarizing drink. There’s a huge range of quality. What appeals to one person might not taste great to another. And expertise doesn’t come quick. But as of last week, would-be whiskey drinkers can breathe a sigh of relief. There’s a new app on the market designed to help you... Read more »
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These 3 new apps can make you smarter

Can digital media make you smarter? It may deliver information galore, easily accessible with no end in sight, but spend all your time reading about the Kardashians and you probably won’t boost your IQ. Three new apps, however, are all about making their users more knowledgable, whether they’re researching puffins, the environmental sustainability of Chicago,... Read more »

Mad Men Yourself and create your da Vinci portrait with these TV-themed apps

Mad Men Yourself and create your da Vinci portrait with these TV-themed apps
I got an email this week from the makers of a little app called Elf Yourself. You’ve seen it, I’m sure – it comes around every Christmas courtesy of OfficeMax, and it allows users to insert themselves into a personalized seasonal video. According to Oddcast, the app’s technology provider, the numbers from the most recent... Read more »

Fast or slow, the future of e-reading - and everything else - is mobile

Fast or slow, the future of e-reading - and everything else - is mobile
Have you heard about Spritz? The Boston-based startup found celebrity this week in a series of news stories about its new speed-reading app. In an effort to make communication “faster, easier, and more effective,” Spritz created a tool that shows readers words one by one. It relies on a concept called “rapid serial visual presentation”... Read more »
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When new and old media collide, the best of paper comes to tech

When new and old media collide, the best of paper comes to tech
Our relationship with new and old media is complicated: as much as we applaud and embrace the former, we can’t seem to leave the latter behind. We read ebooks, but print books are still “the foundation” of our lives as readers. We create digital photo albums that mimic the real thing. And although we love... Read more »

Search gets social with new Jelly app

Search gets social with new Jelly app
“Everyone’s mobile, everyone’s connected, so if you have a question, there’s somebody out there who knows the answer.” This is the concept behind Jelly, a new search engine that uses social media connections to help you find what you’re looking for. Co-founded by Biz Stone – the co-founder of Twitter – the mobile app launched... Read more »

Don't miss a thing in 2014, thanks to BeeReminded

Don't miss a thing in 2014, thanks to BeeReminded
The first few weeks of 2014 promise to deliver a smorgasbord of entertainment. There’s the Golden Globes, the Grammy Awards, the Winter Olympics, and the Super Bowl. The Monuments Men is coming to theaters, and a new season of Girls is coming to HBO. There’s a lot happening offline, too: Restaurant Week in Chicago, Madison,... Read more »
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