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Gus G. Sentementes | March 19, 2012
Apple today announced what many were expecting, given its huge war chest of around $100 billion in cash: future stock dividends and a stock repurchasing program. The company released the news in a conference call early Monday. It's amassed a huge pile of cash in recent years thanks to the runaway successes of its iPhone and iPad, a smartphone and a tablet, respectively, that are dominant in their categories. Apple said it plans a quarterly dividend of $2.65 a share sometime in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012, which begins in July.
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By Francois Furstenberg | September 9, 2014
On behalf of Baltimore's stakeholders, I want to express my thanks to Gregory E. Thornton, the new chief executive officer of Baltimore City Public Schools, for his inspiring words (" Much work to be done ," Aug. 25). In case you're wondering, the stake I hold is a house I recently bought in East Baltimore. It's a big row house, built in 1875, so I don't exactly hold it - really it holds me - but I guess that part isn't so important. Let me get to the point: CEO Thornton tells us he will run the city schools like a business.
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By Gus G. Sentementes | gus.sentementes@baltsun.com | January 28, 2010
You would be able to play games, read electronic books, listen to music, watch movies and choose from nearly 140,000 smart-phone applications - all while on the go with Apple Inc.'s new iPad. The question is whether you would want or need such a device, and be willing to pay $499 or more for it. After months of hype that culminated in days of water-cooler speculation, Apple unveiled Wednesday the highly anticipated iPad, essentially a personal computer contained in a portable flat-panel touch screen.
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By Ethan Renner and For The Baltimore Sun | August 4, 2014
1984 brought us another presidential term for Ronald Reagan, the Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, the return of "Jeopardy! to television" (with Alex Trebek as host), and the birth of Hulkamania, Katy Perry, Scarlett Johansson, LeBron James and Ethan Renner. But perhaps most notably, at least for the purposes of this recap, 1984 featured the debut of The Macintosh, Apple's first machine that targeted the everyman, with an eye on taking down IBM. Its arrival at the end of the last episode, and the memorable Super Bowl commercial that announced its introduction, form a prominent backdrop for the season finale of "Halt and Catch Fire.
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By Arthur Hirsch, The Baltimore Sun | August 29, 2013
Maryland State Police warn: beware of fake Apples. In a raid last week at Arundel Mills in Hanover, police confiscated hundreds of counterfeit Apple products being sold at the Cyberion store and the ST Tech Pros kiosk, according to state police. The haul, valued at more than $89,000, included bogus iPhones and parts, iPad replacement screens and fake Apple product ID stickers. Police are warning consumers to beware of what they're buying, and will present the results of their investigation to the Anne Arundel County State's Attorney for consideration of possible charges in the case.
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Gus G. Sentementes | September 10, 2012
It's looking like this Wednesday, Sept. 12, is the day that Apple will likely unveil its fifth iteration of its blockbuster iPhone mobile device. I've been largely tuned out from all the buzz in recent weeks because, really, you don't really know what Apple is going to debut. But I dipped my toes in the rumor waters today, to get up to speed, and here's what I pulled up from the depths: * The iPhone 5 will supposedly have a mini-dock connector -- not that wide port we're all used to, according to SlashGear . That could mean all of us will need to go and buy new speakers and other accessories that are compatible with our new iPhones.
BUSINESS
March 3, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO - As Apple Inc.'s iPhone faces stiffer competition in the lucrative market for smart phones, the company is going after one of its main rivals with patent lawsuits claiming theft of touch screen technology and other features. The complaints cover a slew of models made by Taiwanese phone maker HTC Corp., including the Nexus One, G1 and myTouch 3G - all using the free, rival Android mobile operating software from Google Inc. Non-Android phones include HTC's Touch series. Patent cases can take months or years to resolve.
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By Gus Sentementes and Baltimore Sun reporter | October 14, 2010
From the BalthTech blog: Big news for fans of Verizon's wireless network: It'll be getting the Apple iPad starting Oct. 28. You'll be able to buy the iPad at 2,000 Verizon Wireless stores nationwide. (Is this the precursor to Verizon getting the iPhone next year, as recent reports suggest?) Interestingly, consumers won't have access to the iPad 3G. Instead, if you want one from Verizon, you could buy an iPad Wi-Fi version plus a Verizon MiFi mobile hotspot. The hotspot uses Verizon's 3G network and generates a Wi-Fi hotspot that you can then use the iPad with.
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By Scott Klinger | April 9, 2012
Apple has gone on a very public tax strike. Months after reporting the second-highest quarterly profits in U.S. history, America's favorite company is refusing to bring home more than $60 billion of offshore funds in protest of the taxes it would have to pay. Apple paints its predicament as unfair. Yet Apple's funds did not build up offshore because its iPhones, iPads and Macs are so much more popular overseas than they are at home. Though more than two-thirds of its retail stores are in the United States and Apple sells more products in the U.S. than in any other nation, it reports to shareholders that it made 24 cents in pre-tax profit for every dollar of sales in the United States, compared to 36 cents profit on every dollar of sales abroad.
BUSINESS
April 6, 2010
After months of marketing hype that had fans grabbing their wallets this weekend, Apple announced Monday that it sold more than 300,000 of its new tablet computers on Saturday - a one-day total that topped the 2007 debut sales tallies for the original iPhone. Analysts predicted shoppers would snap up more than 4 million units by the end of the year. The Cupertino, Calif.,-based company also said that, as of 12:01 a.m. Sunday, consumers users had downloaded more than 1 million applications - the small programs users can add to their devices - and nearly 250,000 ebooks from the company's iBookstore online marketplace.
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June 25, 2014
The majority of police officers in Baltimore City are brave men and women who work hard to keep us safe and are underpaid for their efforts. However, in every basket there are a few bad apples. The two officers that killed someone's pet dog last week are not good cops ( "Baltimore police suspend another officer in dog killing," June 19). They are sadistic monsters and potential serial killers in waiting. The one who held that poor, already restrained animal is just as guilty as the one who took the knife across its throat.
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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.
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May 20, 2014
Susan Reimer 's column on elevator etiquette omits the cardinal rule of etiquette I saw riding a multitude of elevators over the years in New York City ( "Elevator etiquette dropping fast," May 16). In Class A office buildings like the Chrysler Building, men - in that hard-boiled, the faster-the-better city - have preserved an act of unexpected politeness. No gentleman steps into an elevator before a lady in New York. Ladies board first. How 1886! Eileen Pollock, Baltimore - To respond to this letter, send an email to talkback@baltimoresun.com . Please include your name and contact information.
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By Julie Scharper, The Baltimore Sun | April 14, 2014
Stevie Wonder just called to say I love you, Baltimore, over the weekend. The musician ate dinner at The Land of Kush , a vegan restaurant in Seton Hill, on Saturday, according to owner Greg Brown. "His bodyguard introduced me to Stevie and said, 'Stevie Wonder would like to have dinner with you,'" Brown recalled. The star said he had recently started eating a vegetarian diet, Brown said. Wonder, who was with his niece and the bodyguard, ordered vegan barbecue rib tips, a rice and vegetable medley, split pea soup and candied yams, Brown said.
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By Meekah Hopkins | February 11, 2014
I ♥ apples, but it's pretty difficult to find a drink that incorporates the fruit well. (In other words, doesn't make it taste like a disgusting Jolly Rancher-infused swill of sugar.) So it's a bit of a surprise that I've managed to find one now, in the dead of winter, and at Riptide by the Bay in Fells Point, of all places. Actually, the laid-back bar, known more for crab deals in the summer, has a pretty nice cocktail program going on. And its Hot Spiked Homemade Apple Cider ranks high on the list.
NEWS
January 14, 2014
The county executives from Baltimore, Montgomery and Prince George's counties went to Annapolis today to present a united front in an effort to get the state to commit to a long-term, enhanced funding stream to help them build and renovate schools. Though they did not make it an explicit part of their pitch, the unmistakable subtext for lawmakers was the state's decision last year to commit to just such an arrangement with Baltimore City. If the state was willing to commit $20 million a year to support more than $1 billion in construction borrowing for the city, why not for three counties that together comprise 44 percent of the state's schoolchildren?
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By Dave Rosenthal | October 23, 2012
At Apple's big news conference to introduce the iPad Mini , the company also showed off changes to its iBooks app. The new version, available as a free download, will allow continuous scrolling of books, as an alternative to page-turning -- a computer-age shift in the reading experience. Standard page-turning was somehow comforting, as though deep inside the computer a book lived. So I'm not sure how much I'll like the scrolling feature. Will it seem too much like the reading I do at work?
BUSINESS
By New York Times News Service | December 30, 2006
Apple Computer exonerated its chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, yesterday of any wrongdoing in a stock options backdating probe. In a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Apple said that while its investigation revealed that the company's stock option procedures "did not include sufficient safeguards to prevent manipulation," Jobs did not benefit financially from any questionable stock awards. As a result of the internal investigation, Apple said it would record $84 million in expenses related to the options awards.
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Robert L. Ehrlich Jr | January 12, 2014
FACT: New York City's Bill de Blasio ran on a progressive platform of "tax the rich," government welfare-ism and strident unionism in his successful bid to succeed Mayor Michael Bloomberg. OPINION: Mr. de Blasio is the new hope and change for America's depressed liberals. He is the anti-Giuliani, an aggressive progressive intent on remaking NYC into a progressive mecca. It's all back to the future - a David Dinkins era redux replete with familiar class envy rhetoric. Such a vision should strike fear in the hearts of any and all who live, work, visit or play in the Big Apple.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Evan Siple and By Evan Siple | November 19, 2013
Can a Margarita be seasonal without being summery? It seems by its very nature to be a warm-weather drink. Lip-smacking tart, heavy on the booze with or without a salted rim, the Margarita conjures beachfront images of fun and sunsets in far-flung locations. But the folks at Canton's Tavern on the Square are trying to flip that script and make a fall version of the time-honored cocktail: the Apple Cider Margarita. I know, I know. It seems like a reach. The sour mix is still there, as is, of course, Patron Resposado.
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