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Twitter restricts access to lawmakers’ deleted tweets

6/4/2015
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The nonprofit organization Sunlight Foundation has been keeping track of the tweets politicians didn’t want you to see anymore. The site, called Politwoops, saved the tweets deleted by lawmakers. For the past three years, it tracked thousands of blunders and position changes. It also helped track how Twitter was being used for political discourse. But last week, Twitter suspended Sunlight’s access to its information, shutting down Politwoops. The move raises questions about how the social...

Duration: 00:07:07


What Evanston is learning a month after launching its open data portal

5/11/2015
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Chicago has gotten a lot of attention for its open data efforts, but cities around the region are also getting into the space. Evanston launched its open data portal in February and is starting to see how citizens are using the information and where to go next. Luke Stowe, Digital Services Coordinator for the city of Evanston, joins us with more.

Tech Shift: Software allows parents to monitor their kids’ smartphones

4/29/2015
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Would you spy on your kids? What if it kept them out of trouble? There are a number of programs on the market that give you an inside look at your child’s smartphone, like TeenSafe. It allows parents to monitor their kid’s text messages, phone calls, social media posts, and even provides a history of the smartphone’s location. Ameeta Jain is the co-founder of TeenSafe and she joins us to talk about her software.

Duration: 00:06:35


Tech Shift: Tracking venture capital investment in Chicago

4/21/2015
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The amount of venture capital investment in Chicago startups is on the rise. Or maybe not. Depending on how you crunch the data, the first quarter of this year was either lackluster or spectacular. Regardless of how the numbers break down, hundreds of millions of dollars in venture capital are flowing to companies in our city every year. So, where’s all that money going? And what effect is it having? Jason Heltzer is a Chicago-based VC who’s a partner at Origin Ventures. He also teaches at...

Duration: 00:07:32


U.S. Technology Chief pushes for diversity in tech

4/20/2015
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On Friday April, 17 the Chief Technology Officer of the United States brought fifty tech organizers from around the country to Washington for a meet-up at the White House. The idea was to spark a conversation about how communities can get citizens more involved in technology. Demond Drummer of Smart Chicago, attended the event and joins us to talk about the meet-up and what his organization is working toward locally in Chicago.

Duration: 00:08:02


Tech Shift: Etsy launches IPO

4/16/2015
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Online craft marketplace Etsy’s IPO is making headlines as it now has its own stock. At ten years old, Etsy went public as one of the web’s biggest craft bazaars and was valued at about $3.5 billion. Millions of people use the site to buy and sell homemade goods and vintage items. Wall Street Journal reporter Telis Demos explains how even Etsy’s IPO managed to keep that artisanal feel, and why it might be difficult for the company to keep doing that and make a profit.

Duration: 00:06:30


Cyberbullying and threats plague messaging app, Yik Yak

4/15/2015
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If you haven’t heard of Yik Yak, you’re not alone. The messaging app is meant to be used exclusively on college campuses. Going through a Yik Yak feed feels like going through tweets or Facebook statuses, except the posts are anonymous. The app bills itself as a sort of online bulletin board where people can “find their herd,” but in practice, it can read more like the wall of a men’s bathroom. The app has become a breeding ground for racism and sexism, and many feel it fosters an...

Duration: 00:07:23


MLB releases Statcast, a new way to look at baseball statistics

4/13/2015
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Want to know exactly how fast an Anthony Rizzo line drive is? Or how far a Jose Abreu home run goes? Now, we may be able to find out. For the 2015 season, Major League Baseball quietly released a new set of numbers that have analysts very excited. Ben Lindbergh is a staff writer at ESPN’s Grantland and has studied the possibilities of the new data. He joins us with details.

Duration: 00:07:57


Time to review the Apple Watch

4/8/2015
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The Apple Watch doesn’t come out until the end of April but reviews for the wearable technology are rolling in. Lauren Goode is Managing Editor of Reviews and Product Coverage at Re/Code and joins us with the latest.

Duration: 00:07:28


Tech Shift: App helps doctors and med students communicate about diagnoses

4/7/2015
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Social media is everywhere and there’s a platform for almost everything including diagnosing an illness. Doctors and medical students now have an app to help them communicate with their peers for second, third, even fourth opinions. It’s called “Figure 1,” and it’s been called the “Instagram for doctors.” Max Fitzgerald, a resident at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, uses the app and joins us to explain how it works.

Duration: 00:08:58


New app lets users delete sent text messages

4/6/2015
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A popular Gmail feature is the “undo” button. You send an email and if you’re in that few-second window, you can recall that email you just sent. Now, there’s an app for texts that does the same thing. It’s called “On Second Thought.” The app’s inventor, Maci Peterson, joins us in studio.

Duration: 00:05:42


Tech Shift Week in Review: Tech companies take a stand in Indiana, Airbnb c

4/3/2015
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We highlight the week’s top tech stories. This week, tech companies take a stand in Indiana, Airbnb expands to Cuba, popular chat service “Slack” gets hacked, and Divvy asks the public to vote on its bike data challenge. Jacqui Cheng, Editor in Chief of The Wirecutter & The Sweethome and Adam Hecktman, Microsoft’s Director of Technology and Civic Innovation for Chicago join us in studio to wrap up the week in tech.

Duration: 00:11:03


Tech Shift: Tech community donates more than $1 million to Rahm Emanuel’s c

4/2/2015
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Google’s Eric Schmidt, Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg, Tesla’s Elon Musk and Groupon co-founders Brad Keywell and Eric Lefkofsky have all donated to Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s campaign. Donations from Silicon Valley and Chicago’s tech community add up to more than $1 million. WBEZ’s Chris Hagan has been reporting about the mayor’s relationship with those donors and he joins us in studio with more.

Duration: 00:07:25


ComEd to use drones to inspect power lines

4/1/2015
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Drones are coming to Chicago this summer and they might just be flying in your neighborhood. ComEd has received approval from the FAA to use drones for power line inspections. It all starts in the south suburbs this summer. ComEd will use drones crafted by students and professors at IIT, the Illinois Institute of Technology. With cameras attached to them for video and photos, the mini flying machines are expected to provide an in-depth look at power line failures. Matthew Spenko is an...

Duration: 00:06:26


Tech Shift: German startup chooses Chicago as its U.S. base

3/31/2015
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Here in Chicago, space is hard to come by, whether it’s a little nook on the “L” during rush hour, or the lack of storage space in your vintage walkup apartment. But one German startup is trying to fix the latter. In 2014, Rob Rebholz and his co-founders launched SpaceWays, a personal storage company. It’s an online service that will pick up your stuff, store it for you, and even provide boxes for you to pack it up in. Chicago is the first U.S. city to get the service and co-founder Rob...

Duration: 00:05:43


German startup chooses Chicago as its U.S. base

3/31/2015
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Here in Chicago, space is hard to come by, whether it’s a little nook on the “L” during rush hour, or the lack of storage space in your vintage walkup apartment. But one German startup is trying to fix the latter. In 2014, Rob Rebholz and his co-founders launched SpaceWays, a personal storage company. It’s an online service that will pick up your stuff, store it for you, and even provide boxes for you to pack it up in. Chicago is the first U.S. city to get the service and co-founder Rob...

Duration: 00:05:43


The State Decoded project wants to simplify your search for civic data

3/30/2015
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When was the last time you went to Google for the source of information about a city of Chicago law? Well, there’s a better place to help you with that. The State Decoded project works to make it easier for citizens to find laws for states and cities. Last week the group launched, with the Chicago Clerks Office, a new version of ChicagoCode.org. The site simplifies access to Chicago’s municipal code. Seamus Kraft, executive director for the OpenGov Foundation, which runs State Decoded, tells...

Duration: 00:06:36


The importance of diversity in STEM fields

3/26/2015
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Today, the American Association of University Women group released a study that finds women make up just 26 percent of the computing workforce and 12 percent of the engineering workforce. Usually when people talk about the gender gap for women in science, technology, engineering and math, they often refer to numbers from the AAUW. But the report doesn’t just harp on the sad state-of-affairs, it also offers solutions. Christi Corbett is a senior researcher at AAUW and co-author of the report,...

Duration: 00:06:51


Tech Shift: Government Technology Foundation hopes to make Cook County more

3/25/2015
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Tomorrow, the Government Technology Foundation launches in Chicago with an event designed to bring together more people in the private sector with chief information officers for Lake County, Cook County and the city. The person behind the initiative is Poonam Gupta, who is doing tomorrow’s event after staging several similar events in the suburbs. She joins us in studio.

Duration: 00:06:30


Tech Shift: CPD wants to keep cell phone tracker information a secret

3/24/2015
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The Chicago Police Department has spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on stingrays. Not the animals, but the tech gadgets. “StingRay” is the brand name for so-called cell-site simulators, which can be used to secretly intercept cell signals. The CPD is using them to track suspect’s phone calls. The police department says StingRays are used only for serious criminal investigations, but some citizens aren’t so sure. The city is spending a pretty penny on lawsuits to keep information about...

Duration: 00:05:45

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