I write about mobile technology, social media, music, diversity, & pop culture. I'm also the publisher of thelearnedfangirl.com

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The Musician's Guide to Snapchat

While video- and photo-sharing networks like Vine or Snapchat may seem nonessential for musicians, don’t overlook them.

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Everything Indie Musicians Need to Know About YouTube Music Key

There's a bit of confusion (from both musicians and fans) about what YouTube Music Key actually is and how it's different from Google Play, Spotify, and other music steaming services. Here's what you need to know.

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The Evolution of Geek Rock

What exactly is geek rock and what elements are necessary for an artist to be in the genre? Is geek rock a musical style or an aesthetic?

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Interview – Heidi Hinder: Making Money More Social

Inspired by a brief residency at the Royal Mint, UK-based artist Heidi Hinder became fascinated with society’s emotional and social connection to money, more specifically, the role that physical currency plays in an age where digital financial transactions are increasingly the norm.

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Tech Cocktail

5 Fantastic Foodie Apps for the Life is Beautiful Festival

If you’re anything like me, a tech-obsessed, modern foodie, you seek an immersive experience with your food.

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Tech’s Diversity Problem Isn’t Just About Education

It's been a revealing summer for Silicon Valley. Over the past couple of months, global tech behemoths from Google and eBay to LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook have been rolling out data to the public on the demographic breakdown of their workforces.

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Tech Cocktail

Kickstarter is now a Public Benefit Corporation

Kickstarter Focuses Its Mission on Altruism Over Profit

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Hands On With the new Moto X

The original Moto X was a fantastic midrange smartphone, but can the new Moto X really compete with best of Android?

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In Memoriam: Frankie Knuckles, 1955-2014 | Newcity Music

"He was born in 1955 in The Bronx as Francis Nicholls, but in so many ways Frankie Knuckles belonged to Chicago."

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The Case for the Mini Album | Wondering Sound

What exactly *is* a mini album? Isn’t it basically just an EP with a superiority complex?

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My Slow, Difficult Shift Away from Facebook

The new social order that FB has created has its own headaches– intrusive updates to the algorithm where you see posts from friends of friends that you don’t care about, getting ugly pictures at cocktail parties tagged, dumb political flame wars with crackpot exes, passive aggressive fights about party invitations...

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Tech Cocktail

The Internet of Things Explained by Maria Thomas

You hear so much about the Internet of Things (IoT) from tech blogs and journalists, including Tech.co. It’s a buzz topic for sure, but still shrouded in a lot of mystery for many of us.

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Built In Chicago

1871 gets $2.5 million from state for expansion

The expansion project will provide more room to house companies that have outgrown their current space within 1871 as well as space to support new startup incubator projects and venture capital firms.

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Tech Cocktail

Making Payment Technology Fun By Making It Simple and Seamless

A workshop on payment technology is probably the last place you’d imagine jokes. But Justin Woo of PayPal had jokes in spades at his appropriately -titled workshop “Making Payments Fun” along with PayPal startup advocate Sneha Menon.

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Projecting a Spectacle: Candystations' Deborah Johnson

Johnson approaches her visual style as “the highest of the lo-fi, using these really sophisticated programming languages and tools — but it doesn’t look like Pixar; it looks like a child did it.”"