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January 29, 2012
So now it is time for Maryland to tax apps for your iPhone or computer ("Want an app? Could be a tax for that," Jan. 26). Of course, no thought about cutting unnecessary expenditures or "entitlements" for the "new Americans" from the Democrats. It's all about votes. To heck with the real citizens of Maryland. And there is serious talk about Gov.Martin O'Malleyfor the national scene. He is far worse than what we have now. F Cordell
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By Ian Duncan and The Baltimore Sun | October 3, 2014
A Towson University student was arrested this week after he allegedly threatened on social media to carry out an attack at the college that he said would be "Virginia Tech part 2. " Matthew David Cole, 18, was charged Thursday with making threats of mass violence and disturbing the operation of the school. He posted $100,000 bail and was released from jail Friday. "A thorough investigation is continuing, however, at this time it has been determined that there is no longer a threat to the university community," officials wrote in an email to students and staff.
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By Sarai Brinker | March 28, 2013
What it is: A sweet 4-in-1 app that's a treat to play. Kids can bake, decorate and “eat” cupcakes, whoopie pies, mini cupcakes and cake pops from scratch or from a box. Your little pastry chef can choose from more than 30 cupcake flavors, 70 different types of frosting and 100 different types of candy and nut toppings. The interface is intuitive enough for a toddler, but could easily keep a tween in the “kitchen” for quite a while, too. Why it's fun: This app replicates the entire baking process, so kids don't just decorate - they slice the butter, sift the flour and pour in the vanilla, too. After cupcakes come out of the oven and get their one-of-a-kind makeover, complete the presentation by selecting a color-coordinating plate.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Sean Welsh and The Baltimore Sun | October 1, 2014
No need to worry about how you're going to watch that Orioles game while in the office Friday afternoon. There's an app for that. Much like during the World Cup this summer, sports fans can multi-task at the office thanks to the web and apps for your tablet or smart phone. American League Division Series games between the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers will air on TBS - and for those stuck in the office on Friday, on www.tbs.com and via the Watch TBS app. According to TBS, "Fans will be able to access the games whenever and wherever they desire by logging in with the user name and password provided by their TV service provider.
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April 2, 2014
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BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | August 12, 2014
Walmart now has an app that says its prices really are the lowest. The discount giant has launched a web and mobile app that compares prices at rival stores and, if a competitor's price is lower, gives shoppers electronic gift cards for the difference. Walmart calls it the Savings Catcher. Here's how it works: -Go to www.walmart.com/savingscatcher or the Walmart app. -Enter the receipt number  at the bottom of your Walmart receipt. -Enter the date of the shopping trip.
NEWS
October 18, 2012
As a longtime resident of Main Street in Historic Ellicott City, I support parking meters on Main Street and understand their purpose. As a resident, I have rarely parked my vehicle on Main Street during business hours in order to free up a spot for a tourist to come spend money and enjoy our fantastic little town. It's a minor inconvenience for the greater good. I believe the new system that will allow visitors to use their smart phones or computers to locate available spaces will be a benefit to all ("Parking plan splits Main St. merchants," Oct. 14)
FEATURES
by Sarai Brinker, For The Baltimore Sun | October 30, 2013
Make your own winter wonderland. This very merry sticker app encourages kids to use their imaginations to create their very own holiday sticker books. Kids drag and drop their “stickers” into one of several winter scenes. Kids decorate Christmas trees, build their own snowmen, dress Santa and his elves and even string up the Christmas lights. When they are done creating their scenes, kids can hit the “play” button and watch their creations come to life. It combines the fun of stickers, paper dolls and storytelling and weaves it all in with favorite Christmas and winter traditions.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Wesley Case, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2012
Dan Deacon's live shows have always incorporated the crowd, whether it's a dance battle among fans or a call-and-response chanting session. But now he's taken the crowd interaction a step further with his first app. Available for iPhone and Android systems, the free app turns a user's phone into a color-changing glowstick. The app - developed by Deacon and other Wham City members including app-programmer Keith Lea, Patrick McMinn, Alan Resnick and Robert O'Brien - is available now, and it doesn't require Wi-Fi or data usage.
FEATURES
By Sarai Brinker | May 23, 2013
What it is: A travel app designed for kids ages 3 to 7 that allows them to pack their bags and enjoy the travel season by exploring worldwide destinations like London, Cairo and Moscow.  After kids learn how to pack a suitcase according to weather, they drive to the airport, navigate security lines and board their flight.   Little travelers claim their luggage and are off to see the world! After a busy day of sightseeing, kids can snap a few photos and create a postcard to send back home.  Why it's fun: The perfect app for a kid to play leading up to a summer vacation, Frequent Flyer builds anticipation of traveling while giving parents an opportunity to prepare and a context in which to share their own travel experiences.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | August 12, 2014
Walmart now has an app that says its prices really are the lowest. The discount giant has launched a web and mobile app that compares prices at rival stores and, if a competitor's price is lower, gives shoppers electronic gift cards for the difference. Walmart calls it the Savings Catcher. Here's how it works: -Go to www.walmart.com/savingscatcher or the Walmart app. -Enter the receipt number  at the bottom of your Walmart receipt. -Enter the date of the shopping trip.
NEWS
By Luke Broadwater, The Baltimore Sun | August 3, 2014
A few months ago, Gov. Martin O'Malley grew frustrated with state government's lack of creativity on the environment. He challenged his staff to look for new ideas to help the Chesapeake Bay. In response, 80 bright minds from around the state — from precocious high-schoolers to CEOs of technology companies — hunkered down over the weekend at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater for a Chesapeake-oriented marathon programming competition,...
NEWS
By Barbara Pash | July 31, 2014
In the next few months, it will be a snap to find entertainment news and venues in Towson thanks to the Towson Chamber of Commerce. The chamber is designing an online application, a one-stop shop of everything you want to know about what's happening, who's doing it and how to get there in downtown Towson. The application, downloadable for smart phones and android devices, will be free to users and to the businesses, chamber members or not, that will be in it. Brooke Bianchetti, assistant to the chamber executive director, is designing the app. "We expect to launch it in the next two to three months," she said of the approximately $10,000 to $12,000 project.
NEWS
By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | July 15, 2014
More people in Baltimore than any city in the country search Google for information on getting criminal records expunged, but activists found the the results offering advice on how to wipe clean old arrests pretty unhelpful. So, they decided to launch their own app to walk people through the process in the hopes that simplifying how expungement works could help people with arrest records get jobs. A beta version of the app, Expunge Maryland,  went live this week . Users of the app can either pull their records from the judiciary's case search system, or follow instructions on how to get their complete rap sheet from the state.
NEWS
By Danae King, The Baltimore Sun | June 13, 2014
The online messaging service Snapchat will pay Maryland $100,000 to settle allegations that the company falsely claimed that images sent over its system would be deleted permanently after they were viewed. The company denied the allegations. According to a statement on Snapchat's blog, the agreement "concluded with Snapchat admitting no violation of any federal, state or local law. " The settlement also says the company must take steps to stop users under 13 from using the service, through which Snapchat says users can privately message photos and videos that expire after a time limit set by the sender.
BUSINESS
By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2014
When app developer Mindgrub Technologies outgrew its space for the umpteenth time, CEO Todd Marks did what any good tech entrepreneur would do - he turned to Google. An analysis of his employees' commutes using Google Maps and Google Earth led Marks to Locust Point, and the former Phillips Seafood headquarters. Mindgrub set up shop there three weeks ago and is set to get an official welcome from Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and a group of city small business leaders Wednesday. "We're really growing fast and we need to attract a lot of talent," Marks said, adding that many of the young professionals Mindgrub is seeking to recruit already live in the city and want to stay there.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 27, 2014
When Eric Meyer's car was booted last year after being ticketed one too many times in Canton, he thought, "Man, there must be a better way to find parking. " So, the 24-year-old began brainstorming with friends over pizza and beer at Verde Pizza. They conceived of a smartphone application that would allow neighbors to alert each other to open parking spots, and got family and friends to invest. On Tuesday night, Meyer will host a Harbor East launch party for the app, called Haystack because "anyone from Canton, Fells Point or Federal Hill knows that finding parking can be like finding a needle in a haystack.
BUSINESS
By Kevin Rector, The Baltimore Sun | May 21, 2014
The rideshare company Uber has launched services in Annapolis, despite having threatened to leave Maryland over potential regulatory changes. The company, which connects users of its smartphone app to drivers looking for fares and handles all associated transactions electronically, already operates in Baltimore. It opened all its services - uberX, UberBlack and UberSUV - to the Annapolis market Wednesday. Shwetha Rajashekara, Uber's general manager for Maryland, said the company has watched interest in its app grow in Annapolis and thought this weekend, with Naval Academy events underway, would be a good time to launch in the state capital.
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