Aubre Andrus

Aubre Andrus

Technology & Business Writer

Content strategist for brands and startups. Freelance journalist covering technology, geek, social media, small businesses, startups, entrepreneurship, productivity, marketing, finance, and travel.

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Global Lego Scavenger Hunt

The brilliant folks at CERN had a master plan before the Google Street View team arrived at their massive research institution. It involved gorillas, aliens, and Hawaiian dancers – well, Lego versions of these characters.

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The Ultimate Lego Build

There have been a lot of epic Lego starships in our time. Like the 10,000+ piece Star Trek II U.S.S. Reliant or the 110 pound Battlestar Galactica Valkyrie made from 42,000+ bricks. Don’t forget about the 70,000+ brick replica of the Firefly Serenity.

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Lego Braille Printer

If I told you that someone made a fully-functioning Braille printer out of a Lego Mindstorms kit, you’d be impressed. Now what if I told you that inventor was a seventh grader? Now we’re talking.

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Lego Might Let You 3D Print Bricks

Whether Lego likes it or not, there are 3D printers pumping out bricks in households around the world. (Interested? Check this out.) But the company might actually be OK with that – at least someday.

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How Freelancers Make Money and Tell Stories With Snapchat

When the announcement came late last year that Instagram was now bigger than Twitter, as reported by CNBC, those who once scoffed at the photo-focused network started jumping on board. But as usual, there’s already another up-and-comer ready to take the spotlight: Snapchat.

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10 Key Things Marketers Need to know About Snapchat's Discover

“This is not social media.” So says Snapchat’s end of January blog post announcing the launch of the app’s newest feature, Discover. They’re right—the news platform is a far cry from the social media beginnings of the increasingly valuable app.

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10 Places Moonlighting Entrepreneurs Love to Burn the Midnight Oil

Call it a side business, a second shift, or a night job. For entrepreneurs with a typical nine to five — whether that's as a student or a full-time employee — moonlighting is a challenge. Not only are moonlighters launching a startup after traditional work hours and often on little sleep, but they're also building a dream without a dedicated office space.

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10 Quick and Easy Digital Marketing Tools for Authors

Regardless of whether you're self-published or have a Big 5 publisher behind your book, all authors are doing the same thing: promoting themselves and their book. While marketing takes away time from what we authors do best — writing — it's a necessary evil.

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5 Experienced Crowdfunders Share Their Best Campaign Advice

Running a successful crowdfunding campaign feels a bit like winning the lottery. The results are all over the board: instant successes, slow and steady fundraisers, unfunded flops, and underdogs that rise to the challenge just in the knick of time. But all of these campaigns have one thing in common: Success or failure, they were learning experiences.

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5 Ways Writers Can Break Out of the Tired Old Social Media Box

Aubre Andrus approached overused social networks as if she’d never heard of them. You could say she wrote her own chapter on social media marketing. Here's how.

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7 Ways to Deal With A-Hole Facebook Fans

Social media managers know what’s up — with thousands of fans on a Facebook Page, there’s bound to be at least one who ruins the fun for everyone. He shoots down every post, is the first to call out a typo, and loves incorporating profanities into even his most positive comments.

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Cash or Credit? Prepaid Debit Cards Offer a Mix of Both

Prepaid debit cards, once a rarely used alternative financial product, are approaching mainstream popularity. Americans loaded more than $64 billion onto prepaid debit cards in 2012—double that of three years earlier—about 12 million people are using this banking alternative at least once a month, according to a 2014 study by the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Celebrate Thalia Hall's Resurrection with Beer, Beats & Old-Time Punch

Until someone invents the time machine, we can only imagine what it was like to live in the past. But Thalia Hall makes that easy. This Pilsen landmark was the heartbeat of Chicago’s Bohemian immigrant community way back in the 19th century — and after sitting empty for decades, it’s back in business.

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Decide if Auto Leasing Is Right for You

The average person drives about 12,000 miles per year. How many miles do you drive? This is just one question to answer before you commit to an auto lease contract. There are undoubtedly benefits to leasing a car. For one, drivers have the opportunity to experience a luxury vehicle for relatively low monthly payments.

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Döner Men Truck to Hit the Streets Tomorrow

The German street food-inspired truck Döner Men will make its debut tomorrow at noon at the University of Chicago campus. Get your currywurst and döner kebab fix as well as a sip of Club-Mate, a German natural energy drink that is only sold a few places in the United States.