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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 »

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 »

New Chicago tourism site uses selfies to tell the story of a Windy City landmark

New Chicago tourism site uses selfies to tell the story of a Windy City landmark
The massive stainless steel sculpture in Millennium Park may be called Cloud Gate, but everyone knows it as The Bean. It’s a Chicago landmark and a beacon for tourists and locals alike. And now The Bean is starring in its own social media campaign. In an effort to “tell the story of the landmark through public... Read more »
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Visualizing the Web

Ask around and you’ll find that the World Wide Web encompasses 1.8 billion pages. Or is it a trillion? There are, some say, a billion sites online. There could be less. The count might have been 759 million in 2013. Now? That’s anyone’s guess. To say that the size of the Web is hard to... Read more »

Step into Storyboard Cafe, a new community connecting readers and writers online

Step into Storyboard Cafe, a new community connecting readers and writers online
Move over, Goodreads: today marks the launch of Storyboard Cafe, a new Chicago-based online community for readers and writers that aims to improve on the book development process and help readers find great new content online. Founded by tech entrepreneur Kerris Lee with the help of half a dozen developers, writers, and strategists, the concept... Read more »

The secret world of the Web: Internet Easter eggs

The secret world of the Web: Internet Easter eggs
For many, this Easter weekend will mean painting, hiding, and hunting eggs. It’s a tradition that’s more storied than it appears, a custom steeped in symbolism that spans the globe and crisscrosses cultures. It’s even spread to the Web, where the notion of the Easter egg has adopted a whole new meaning. Online it’s a secret... Read more »
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Interactive features: The new face of news

Interactive features: The new face of news
Remember when getting your daily dose of news meant waiting patiently ’til morning for a limited selection of stories in print? Interactivity in the context of newspapers was relegated to turning pages with ink-stained fingers. You could share the news with your friends…by clipping articles from whisper-thin paper and delivering them by hand. Interactivity and... Read more »

25 years of the World Wide Web: A look back at famous sites the way they used to be

Courtesy of Berkley Lab, this is Tim Berners-Lee's original proposal for the World Wide Web. What would a diagram of the Internet look like now?
This week marked the 25th anniversary of the World Wide Web. As a concept, the Web was first proposed by computer scientist Tim Berners-Lee in March of 1989. At the time he was working with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, which in pop culture circles is known for its role in the Dan Brown novel... Read more »

New from Google: Maps of the sea floor, earthquakes, polar bears

New from Google: Maps of the sea floor, earthquakes, polar bears
Before MapQuest and Apple Maps and Google, my family had a printed world atlas bound in burgundy leather. The thing was as big as a card table and had to be kept on the top of the bookshelf, but it came down often to help with homework and indulge travel fantasies. The maps in the... Read more »
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2014 will be known as the year of the Visual Web

2014 will be known as the year of the Visual Web
Predictions for the future of media in 2014 are flying. Google is anticipating a focus on mobile. CNET reports Amazon is on its way to becoming a “media powerhouse” with streaming movies and original Web series. Digital storytelling through video and image-based platforms like Vine and Instagram is expected to increase. What do these predictions have... Read more »
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