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By Bradley Shear | October 11, 2012
As a parent of a child who will be entering the Maryland public school system next year, I was troubled to learn that some Maryland public schools are utilizing a program called PalmSecure to scan the palm and vein patterns of our children to pay for school lunches. School officials claim that this system is needed because a palm scan takes less time than asking a child to scan a meal card or utilize old-fashioned cash and coins. While school officials allege that the palm and vein images of our children are not stored, once data are created electronically they are saved in some type of identifiable format that may be utilized in the future for purposes that were never initially imagined.
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BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | June 13, 2012
The worldwide entity that acts as a traffic cop for Internet domain names, ICANN , today released a list of hundreds of proposed top level domain names that could supplment the current 20+ suffixes in use, such as .com, .org., .net, .org, and .xxx. ICANN billed it as likely the biggest expansion ever of the Internet domain system. It's a veritable gold rush for major companies to lock up domain names that mirror their companies or their product names, such as .Apple and .Android.
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | June 11, 2012
My eyes, I can't see. My ears, they're ringing. What's that? Apple did what? Yeah, Apple dropped a big concussion grenade on us today, especially Google and the GPS makers. CEO Tim Cook & Co. unveiled a ton of new goodies at Apple's annual developer conference today in California. First off, hardware. New MacBook Air and a New MacBook Pro . With retina display. So you'll be able to see pixel-perfection with every image. And a solid state hard drive on the MBP, which at least theoretically means a faster, lighter, thinner component.
BUSINESS
By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | June 9, 2012
Imagine being able to walk into every boutique, salon and bar in Fells Point without leaving your desk. Or, from the comfort of your couch, touring every restaurant in Little Italy before making a reservation. If Frank Clark has his way, eventually everyone with an Internet connection will be able to virtually visit every business in Baltimore. No, in Maryland. "Our job is to shoot everything," Clark said recently as he photographed a game shop in the Historic Savage Mill. Clark is a "Google-trusted photographer," one of three contractors so titled in the state.
FEATURES
By Dave Rosenthal | May 23, 2012
Today's Goodle Doodle honors the birthday of Robert Moog, the engineering genius and music pioneer who brought us the synthesizer. It's one of those super-creative doodles, allowing you to play the mini-synthesizer, warping notes in various ways. You can even record your music. For a breakdown of the synthesizer's main components, including mixers and oscillators, the Moog company's chief engineer has offered a video introduction. And here's an entertaining video primer that will help you adjust all those funny-looking knobs.
NEWS
May 4, 2012
Dan Roderick used the optimal words to describe his opinion of pit bulls: Inherently dangerous ("Pit bulls: Own them at your risk," May 1). I just finished a Google search on the breed, and I must say that the evidence against these animals is telling. What is shocking are the comments by pit-bull owners, which ranged from being proud of the dogs' ability to intimidate to blaming the victims of dog attacks. Google's data shows that pit bulls are inherent fighters. They are leading breed involved in attacks, with Rottweilers second.
NEWS
Gus G. Sentementes | May 2, 2012
People have wristbands to declare their affiliation and support of different groups or causes -- think "Livestrong", the yellow wristband campaign by cyclist Lance Armstrong that raises cancer awareness. But if you wear a new wristband designed by Baltimore's MissionTix, what affiliation are you declaring? I'll tell you: Your right to par-tay in da' club. The new wristband is a wearable and re-usable "ticket" for concerts that you want to attend. Users can just buy new tickets and their wristband gets "re-charged.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | April 30, 2012
Week Five was at the Baltimore Farmers' Market was a whole lot like Week Four but sunnier and warmer. Spinach, asparagus and strawberries were the headline attractions again, but there was more of them, and farmers said there will be even more next week. There was one big seasonal debut on April 29. Soft-shell crabs were available for the first time this year the the Baltimore Farmers' Market from A & R Seafood, $11 for two whales, $7 for two primes. Whales are 6inches and bigger, primes are between 5 and 5 1/2 inches.  A & R Seafood shares a table with Salt River Lobster, the guys with the weekly trivia question.
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | April 4, 2012
Google is slowly releasing more and more information about its Project Glass , a revolutionary effort to meld computing technology with glasses. Imagine being presented with information about the world around you as you experience it with your vision. In some ways, it seems these Google glasses, which will run on the Android mobile platform, is a way for Google to leapfrog past the smartphone as the go-to digital device for many. If you had glasses that were "smart," you'd probably use your smartphone a little less.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2012
Online privacy issues jumped to the forefront Wednesday in Maryland as the attorney general challenged Google Inc.'s new privacy policy, a few days after a pair of Baltimore attorneys filed a class-action lawsuit against Facebook Inc. for allegedly tracking users who ventured off its online social network. Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler sent a letter to Google that demanded a meeting in a week about the company's changes to its privacy policy, which gives the Internet company deeper access to users' data across its services, such as Gmail and YouTube.
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