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The problem with Apple Watch alerts

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There are many things Apple could improve on the Apple Watch, and alerts are high up on the list. But not all of this is Apple’s fault. It’s up to the content provider to know what kinds of alerts work on what device. It’s not good enough to repurpose content …

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Thanksgiving dinner with the homeless

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This will be the 6th year where I deliver Thanksgiving dinner to Chicago’s homeless. I think it’s important that I share this story with you. I remember thinking back in 2010 about the leftovers that often go to waste after a big holiday meal. You always say you’re going to …

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The Friday Fix: Nov. 20, 2015

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Welcome to the Friday Fix, where I share random thoughts to ponder before the weekend. So here’s the real Chicago weather forecast for tonight and Saturday. There’s a winter storm warning for heavy snow that may or may not stick. Accumulations could range from 1-6 inches downtown to as much …

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‘My name is Earnest. Please help me’

What if you could make someone’s day for $4.30 and you only had to walk 10 steps out of your way? Would you do it? I was on the treadmill at the gym, which is across from a very popular and crowded breakfast place and a Dunkin’ Donuts. When I’m …

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Today for lunch, a 2.48-mile walk

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Today for lunch, I had a 2.48-mile walk. I was able to get some sunshine and be rained on a bit all in the span of 42 minutes. I was thinking of grabbing a cup of soup from somewhere, but I really needed to clear my head more than I …

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Problem with Apple Weather app on iOS

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There’s something weird happening with the Apple Weather app for iOS, the stock one that you have probably replaced with a better one anyhow. But I digress; accuracy matters no matter what the situation. My wife gets the credit for noticing it first. Note the photo to the left and …

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I love my Apple Watch, but …

Let me start by saying that I love my Apple Watch. I love glancing down and instantly seeing the temperature. I love reading and responding to text messages without having to remove my iPhone from my pocket, even if responding via Siri is far from perfect. I love knowing the …

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Chicago Marathon 2015

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If it’s October, it’s time for the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. Each year I go out to watch, cheer, photograph – and this year Periscope for the Chicago Tribune. 45,000 runners, and I’m always amazed and inspired by all of them. Think about it. What were you doing this …

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Homeless in Chicago: Show some kindness

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I recently had the opportunity to take a staycation. I don’t often take time off of work, and usually when I do it coincides with a planned trip somewhere. But this time, I just wanted some time to rest, think and reflect. In the mornings I found myself at my …

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Why the Facebook Year in Review app sucks

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Based on my newsfeed, I would think the worst thing Facebook has ever done was to release this “Year in Review” app. Not the worst thing, but it is pretty shitty. Let me get one thing out of the way first, because it’s important: You do not have to post …

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