Last summer, Rep. Joe Atkins (D-Inver Grove Heights) was hanging out with his son at the Big 10 Restaurant in Dinkytown when, without thinking twice about it, he set his smartphone down on a table."My oldest son said something like, 'You trying to get us killed?'" Atkins recalls. "He had a roommate, ... More >>
Forget pick-pocketing. The street crime of today is "apple picking" -- thefts that target smartphones like Apple's iPhone.It hit at the University of Minnesota campus, which has seen a high-profile wave of violent robberies targeting students' phones and laptops. And last week, it hit at the Mall of ... More >>
"I have a lot of respect for what is already there and assume the decisions the band has already made are legitimate."
What's your damage? Minneapolis authorities have made it easier for you to tell them by launching a 311 mobile app yesterday. Minneapolis residents can now report issues like potholes, broken street lights, and graffiti through a free application on iPhone and Android phones without calling 311 or l ... More >>
Early this year, we told you about how violent crime in Minneapolis reached a 28-year low in 2011. But while violent crime citywide has been on a downward trajectory, it has risen dramatically downtown through the first five months of this year.According to a Star Tribune report, from January 1 thro ... More >>
Gigwalk debuts in the Twin Cities next Monday.Gigwalk is a temp agency designed for the smartphone age. No longer does finding temp work in the Twin Cities meaning filling out a paper application, traveling to an office somewhere to drop it off and perhaps have an interview, then waiting indefini ... More >>
Aren't these phones cool? Thieves think so too.Attention, idiots who walk down dark Minneapolis streets at night while obliviously staring at your fancy phones -- thieves are out there, and if the opportunity presents itself they may leave you iPhone-less.A police alert issued this afternoon by t ... More >>
Dennis CriderThough the Academy Awards are often dominated by big-name films with huge budgets, director Debra Granik's family drama/rural crime thriller Winter's Bone (2010) caused quite a stir on the awards circuit last year. The film grabbed four Academy Award nominations, two Independent ... More >>
Your parents might be watching.First came word that the Legislature was considering a bill that would make it a crime to drive while being a high school drop out. Now we find out there's n smartphone app for parents to track their teens' lousy driving habits. This ultimate tool for helico ... More >>
Al Franken wants Apple, Google at privacy hearings.Sen. Al Franken is wading ever deeper into the controversy over whether smartphones are secretly tracking their user's locations. As chairman of the Privacy, Technology and the Law Subcommittee, he's calling on Apple and Google representati ... More >>
Steve Jobs, the object of Al Franken's ire.We took note yesterday that Sen. Al Franken has fired off a nastygram to Apple boss Steve Jobs over published reports that iPhones and iPads were tracking and storing the movements of their users for some purpose yet to be revealed. Now we're wonder ... More >>
It's 1961, and life is goodWe're mad about the Twin Cities. Why? Because it's 1961, and it's a great time to be living the American Dream.Like the TV series Mad Men, this year's Best of the Twin Cities issue takes you back 50 years: Two new sports teams--the Twins and Vikings--are playing at Metr ... More >>
Tim Pawlenty can tweet and talk at the same time, right?The joke about the late President Gerald Ford was that he couldn't walk and chew gum at the same time.The joke on Tim Pawlenty coming out of this year's CPAC conference is that he has somehow managed to tweet and talk at the same time.Epic m ... More >>
Chino Latino's eye in the skyParasole prides itself on pushing the envelope when it comes to advertising, and its latest Chino Latino campaign is definitely apt to raise some eyebrows...and smart phones. The marketing team, led by Kip Clayton, cooked up a plan that uses QR code technology to tran ... More >>
Check in on Facebook, get free Chipotle!Is Foursquare so last July? Chipotle is partnering with Facebook Places to offer free burritos this Saturday. Here's what you need to do: Check in at any Chipotle location on Saturday using Facebook Places (or navigate to touch.facebook.com on your smar ... More >>
Owners Matthew Foust and Evan Olcott were members of 12 Rods
Kenneth Kratz the sexting DA says he's going to resign.Kenneth Kratz, his long career as district attorney career in a shambles after admitting to sexting a domestic abuse victim, has apparently bowed to the inevitable. His attorney says he will resign. The news may spare Kratz what surely w ... More >>
Cheese curds and smart phones mix at the State FairHere's a fun way to get your geek on this year at the Minnesota State Fair: Navigate your way to the fair's smart phone web application. Let's say you want to find cheese curds -- not that this much of a problem at the fair, but stay with us ... More >>
Local hip-hop group the Abstract Pack just dropped the first of two experimental music videos that were created using only an iPhone, and the result is surprisingly retro-inspired. The Pack's Dean "Rastar" Brewington says that using his phone to film the video had its advantages: "What I loved abou ... More >>
Heading to Grand Old Day on Sunday? Load up your iPhone with this free app, which maps out the locations of all the stages and allows you to browse bands and set times. (And for those non iPhone users out there, see below for the old-school set times, all written out on a blog post like it's 2007 ... More >>
popular local art calendar gets an iphone app!
Want to know who's playing the Cedar? There's an app for that.
Mix cocktails like the pros with whateva you got in your bar.
After a dip into the social media universe last summer with Facebook, the Minnesota State Fair has now entered the Twitterverse. Cue Twighlight Zone music.