Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Blendr and Grindr are apps designed for men to meet other men or woman to meet men. But what happens when your underage teen is flirting with someone twice his age?
- Lisa barr
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
By Lisa Barr I'm an optimist, a Cup Half-Full person. There are, however, a few things I really hate - and topping my list are pedophiles/predators. Nowhere are they more prevalent but online, on apps, in chat rooms, and I'm learning ... on blogs (but that's another story). For those who have been following my blogs these past six months, you know two things about me: If something is dangerous or hurtful to kids - I will expose it. If something hurts our relationships -- you will find it here on this blog in the raw, no holding back. The other day, a Mom contacted me, and proceeded to tell me a story about how her gay cousin, who is in his late 40s, was visiting her from out of town, and they were having dinner. She noticed he was staring …
Tuesday, November 27, 2012
Two men thought they were buying 10 Apple iPhone 5s, but instead were robbed at gunpoint. Police said the individuals meet through Craigslist.
Buyers looking for a good deal through Craigslist this holiday season may want to take some extra precaution after two men were robbed of $5,000 at gunpoint in Skokie on Nov. 8. The victims meet their suspect through a local ad on Craigslist. The two men told police they were supposed to buy 10 Apple iPhone 5s, but were robbed after meeting the suspect, who went by the alias "Tyrone," police said. The three met in the 9100 block of Ewing Avenue and introduced each other via shaking hands. However, the deal went south when the suspect pulled out a black semi-automatic pistol and said, “you have five seconds to give me the cash or I will shoot you,” the report stated. The suspect then removed $5,000 in cash from the victims and fled the …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
This video tutorial will show users how to upload photos using their iPhone or Android smart phones using our free Patch app.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Contributing photos to Skokie Patch is fun, easy and best of all, gives you the power to contribute your awesome photos to the site. This video tutorial will show you how to upload a photo using the Patch app for the iPhone (our Android app is called Patch Places) If you have an iPhone or an Android smart phone, you can download our free Patch app by clicking here for iPhone or here for Patch Places for Android phones. After downloading the app, you can carry your hometown Patch anywhere you go and use the app to take and upload photos directly to any story, directory listing, announcement or contest that's on your local Patch. It all starts by downloading the free app and signing up for a free account. Do not forget to sign up for our …
Monday, July 9, 2012
A group of teens targeted and assaulted four different people who were using an Apple iPhone over a four day span in Skokie.
Skokie has seen three violent-robberies during a four day span after a group of teens allegedly targeted and robbed people who were using an Apple iPhone during the last week of June. Of the three incidents reported, police have charged three juveniles who allegedly attacked or stole a person's iPhone. In one instance, a man talking on his iPhone in the 7800 block of Lamon Avenue was attacked after three black teenagers - described to be about 16 to 18-years-old - broke away from a crowd of about 20 people and punched him in the face on June 24 around 4:30 p.m. The man fell and lost his phone, police stated. The man managed to escape, however, and fled toward the 4900 block of Hull Street where he told family and friends what happened. …
Sunday, March 4, 2012
Evernote's mobile app lets you record audio notes, photos and text.
I'm sure you've experienced it too: Someone recommends a time-saving mobile app to you. And life is busy, so you put off trying it out. But when you finally download it, you can't imagine life without it. That was my journey to Evernote, the all-in-one brain in your pocket. Now, as an editor for Patch and an (occasional) author, I'm always taking notes. I take photos of places I want to visit again, jot down memorable quotes and talk to myself on my audio recorder almost constantly. Before Evernote, I'd use the iPhone's built-in yellow pad Notes program or, most recently, Genius Scan (a very good scanner app) to keep track of my thoughts. Evernote (which is free for the iPhone and Android) made them both seem redundant very quickly, …
Sunday, February 26, 2012
This week's review includes a look into the TonePad and Songify apps.
I am not musically inclined. Or, rather, I'm not much anymore. When I was a teen, I played trumpet in a touring jazz band, but my ability to hit a high C has long since past. Which, I suspect, is why I'm in love with the free TonePad and Songify iPhone apps. With TonePad, there's no instrument to learn, or even music to read. You simply open the app up and run your finger across a field of dots--and voila, music! Now, it takes a little tinkering before you're making anything but pleasant-sounding noise (the simplicity of the program makes it difficult to create pure cacophony). But once you start lining up dots (aka, notes) in vertical lines, the player recognizes them as chords. You can build on the chords and the progressions to create…
Sunday, October 23, 2011
The apps Downtown Oak Park, HopStop and MetroPulse are reviewed.
This week: A couple of quick hits on Chicagoland apps, starting with… Downtown Oak Park: I don’t know why more suburbs don’t have their own apps. This one, released by Evanston-based SweetPerk, was commissioned by a downtown business group to offer shoppers events listings, attractions, deals and business listings. The good news: It’s simple to use and looks great. The bad: The content is underdeveloped. A few days ago, there were no events lists and thus far, only one attraction: The Frank Lloyd Wright Home & Studio. Given time, though, this could be a killer app. Right now, the architecture is there—but the app needs furniture. PS: SweetPerk also has released Passport for Downtown Evanston, with plans for similar apps for Naperville and…
Sunday, October 16, 2011
Starbucks' iPhone app is robust and useful — but in need of streamlining.
This job takes me to a ton of coffee shops. Mobile journalism means mobile offices, and for me, that means local cafes and caffeine dens. Oftentimes, I find myself at Starbucks locations for hours on end, which is why I was excited to try out the Starbucks iPhone App. What does it do? For starters, the mapping function allows you to not only find the Starbucks near you, but also its hours, which is handy for us suburban nighthawks. You can also buy drinks by scanning your phone, which deducts money from gift cards you've stored in there. And you can keep a log of your favorite caffeine addictions (mine: chai latte — but does that even have caffeine?) Earlier: Eliminate Rewards Cards Clutter with CardStar Other features let you browse food …