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    Celebrity dog Jiff entertains WGN Morning News anchors

    Remember internet star Jiff the adorable Pomeranian? This pup from the northern suburbs of Chicago is now a full blown celebrity! WGN’s Marcus Leshock interviewed Jiff about three years ago, just when he was starting out. He now has over 2.5 million Instagram followers and tons of celebrity pals. He was even in one of Katy Perry’s music videos. Here’s how you can follow Jiff: Facebook jiffpom: Instagram @jiffpom: Snapchat: jiffpom

  • Protecting social media accounts in death: Experts offer advice

    Think about how much time you spend on social media. Think of all of your photos, videos, memories. All of those posts, notes you’ve written, tweets you’ve tweeted. Have you thought about what should happen to them when you’re no longer with us? Experts say that question is becoming more and more important. Evan Carroll is the author of Your Digital Afterlife. His mission is to get people talking about what they want to see happen to their digital domain. […]

  • HANDS ON: Motorola’s Moto 360 smartwatch

    “OK Google, TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER.” Motorola has created the Soldier Field of smartwatches. It’s like a giant spaceship came out of nowhere and landed on your wrist. To the casual passerby it might look out of place, but get inside, and you start to fall in love with the thing. THE SPECS The Moto 360 is the first Android smartwatch to sport a round face – and it’s a BOLD round face. It features a 1.56″ 320×290 display […]


    Smarter Shots: Apps and gadgets to improve your smartphone video

    Last week, we ran through some apps that help you take better photos. On today’s WGN Morning News, we’re talking video. We’ll be running through some apps and gadgets that can spice up your smartphone video. I will post the video segment here after it airs, for now, here is a quick list of everything we’ll be talking about! Ultrakam (iOS Only) – The 2K video app for iPhone Horizon (iOS Only) – No matter how you are holding your […]

  • What is it like to be a sign language interpreter at a music fest?


    Super Selfies: Apps and gadgets to help you take better photos

    On Thursday’s morning news, I’m tackling Pat Tomasulo’s favorite buzzword – SELFIES! The smartphone self-portrait craze is nothing new, and if you’ve been on Facebook/Instagram lately, you know that it doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. Developers and gadget makers are getting in on the action, creating different apps to help you set your photos apart from others. We’ll be running them down in my segment and will post it here after it airs. Here is a list of some […]


    THUNDERBIRD: Holiday World unveils launched wing coaster

    By Marcus Leshock | WGN Morning News Feature Reporter After 66 days of hype, the day was finally here. Holiday World in Santa Claus, Indiana had more than 2,500 viewers glued to their live stream as the unveiled plans for next year’s new attraction – a $22 million launched wing coaster designed by Bolliger & Mabillard. While a wing coaster is nothing new (Chicago has X-Flight in its backyard at Six Flags Great America), THUNDERBIRD will mark the first “launched” […]

  • FIRST GOLIATH POV: See what it’s like to ride the new wooden roller coaster at Six Flags Great America

    By Marcus Leshock | WGN Feature Reporter and Senior Roller Coaster Enthusiast UPDATE: The Daily Herald has posted an official POV from Six Flags Great America. According to the post, the video was shot Thursday during a test run at the park. I’m not sure if this is the same video that was posted onto the Theme Park Review channel, but it looks pretty similar. You can watch the park’s video here. END UPDATE. So here it is, Theme Park […]

  • Biggest Blackhawks Fan: Paul Bunyan statue gets a giant hockey stick

    By Marcus Leshock | WGN Morning News It’s that time in a playoff run when my inbox starts filling up with all kinds of interesting things. A few days ago, it was a series of photos from lifelong Blackhawks fan Jack Dwyer. To support his favorite team, Jack and his uncle Scott built an enormous hockey stick…for a Paul Bunyan statue. The Giant Statue sits on top of Guardian Auto Rebuilders in Evergreen Park. He used to hold a hatchet, […]

  • Phony Following: How to spot a Twitter account with fake followers

    By Marcus Leshock | WGN Morning News It seems like just yesterday we were all watching Ashton Kutcher become the first Twitter user with one million followers. But today, a million followers is nothing. It’s estimated that Twitter has more than 800 million registered users. As that number continues to grow, so does another problem – many of these accounts aren’t run by real people. So why do these fake accounts exist? For profit. A quick Google search led us […]


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