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Gus G. Sentementes | March 7, 2012
Apple's CEO, Tim Cook, is on stage in San Francisco talking about iPad stuff. I'm following Engadget and Gdgt blogs for live blogging, and I'll post key details here as they come. * Cook announces a new Apple TV, with 1080 (HD) capability. New user interface. Photo Stream support, meaning you take a pic with your iPhone and it automatically appears on your TV (through Apple TV). Also, you can generate Genius playlists off your movie choices in iTunes. * iPad: Cook says, via Gdgt: “We've sold almost 15.5 million iPads last quarter alone.
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February 11, 2014
Baltimore County schools are set to move ahead with a five-year, $150 million plan to put a laptop or tablet computer in the hands of every student, even though the effectiveness of such devices as learning tools is far from proven. School officials say they need to keep up with technology that allows students to become "24/7 learners" who can compete successfully in the 21 s t -century global marketplace. Yet the experience of school systems elsewhere suggests the initiative is also fraught with risk and uncertainty, and we wonder whether it's wise for county officials to rush into such an expensive project.
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Gus G. Sentementes | June 19, 2012
Microsoft on Monday unveiled a nice looking tablet computer called Surface , or rather, a pair of devices that are targeting the tablet market currently dominated by Apple and Android. Surface looks pretty cool. I like the thin tactile keyboard that also doubles as a screen cover. You get the impression Microsoft beat Apple to the punch by adding a keyboard with this design, which Apple first introduced with its own Smart Cover a couple years back. Microsoft is positioning the device as one that's good for both consumption and creation.
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By Leonard Pitts Jr and By Leonard Pitts Jr | January 16, 2014
Perhaps you've heard of the Fourth Amendment. That's the one that guarantees freedom from unfettered government snooping, the one that says government needs probable cause and a warrant before it can search or seize your things. That guarantee would seem to be ironclad, but we've been learning lately that it's not. Indeed, maybe we've reached the point where the Fourth ought to be marked with an asterisk and followed by disclaimers in the manner of the announcer who spends 30 seconds extolling the miracle drug and the next 30 speed-reading its dire side effects: To wit: "Fourth Amendment not available to black and Hispanic men walking in New York, who may be stopped and frisked for no discernible reason.
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Gus G. Sentementes | March 7, 2012
Apple is expected to unveil the latest version of its category-busting tablet computer, the iPad, today at a product launch in California, starting at 1 p.m. EST. in San Francisco . Various reports say Apple will not call it the iPad 3, but rather: the iPad HD, presumably to signify the improved screen resolution. The iPad has been a smash success for Apple, paving the way for a new class of "PC" products that are in some ways better than laptops (at least per this CNET article .)
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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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Gus G. Sentementes | September 18, 2012
Just when you thought Apple had done enough damage to your wallet, the maker of the hit iPhone and iPad mobile devices may soon be releasing what I'm gonna call a "tweener" -- a mini iPad that's smaller than the original one, but bigger than the new iPhone 5. Engadget and other tech news sites are citing a report in Taiwan's Economic Daily News that says Pegatron, an electronic device manufacturer, snagged 50 to 60 percent of the mini iPad...
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By Gus G. Sentementes | February 29, 2012
It's that time of year again -- the time when Apple gathers a gaggle of handpicked reporters and bloggers to unveil a big new gadget. It's happening March 7th again -- the unveiling of the latest iPad. Who knows if it will be called the iPad 3, or maybe the iPad 2S? I'm expecting a faster device and a way-nicer touch screen. The touch display will probably burn your retinas as you stare into it. (That's a joke, not a product warning.) Here's what people around the tech web are saying about the iPad 3: * ZDNet has a good breakdown of predictions and expectations.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 15, 2010
While Apple Inc. is enjoying the early success of its iPad tablet computer, the tech giant has once again captured the imagination of those looking to make a buck from its latest gadget. Among them are the creative workers at Fastspot, a Baltimore interactive design firm that built a new digital game for the device months before they even had it in hand. When the iPad went on sale this month, their "Jumbalaya" word game was one of the first applications available in Apple's iPad App Store.
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By Matt Vensel | October 21, 2011
Each morning, Monday through Friday, I'll hook you up with reading material to skim through as you slug down coffee and slack off at the start of your workday -- that way I'll have an excuse to do the same at the start of mine.     Running it back: The Ravens have joined the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the only teams in the NFL that are using iPads for playbooks . ... Safety Tom Zbikowski hasn't been cleared for contact yet . ... Joe Flacco doesn't think he is taking too many hits . ... An industry source says the Orioles are expected on Friday to ask the Los Angeles Dodgers for permission to interview assistant general manager De Jon Watson . ... The Texas Rangers rallied in the top of the ninth inning to beat the St. Louis Cardinals, 2-1, in Game 2 of the World Series.
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By Kristine Henry,
The Baltimore Sun
| December 10, 2013
My daughter was in a play this past weekend. She'd worked really hard on her lines, and my husband I were very excited to see the production but were trying to act somewhat cool so as to not make her extra nervous. The big night came. The costume was on. The congratulatory flowers were purchased. The house lights went down. The tension built. And then? It was iPads as far as the eye could see. Now let me tell you, it's hard to watch a show when so many people in front of you are holding up iPads, which display what they are filming, so it's like sitting in the dark and looking out at a sea of brighly flickering televisions that people are hoisting above their heads.
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By Pete Pichaske | August 7, 2013
Alaina Grubb, 31, wanted to do something stimulating and fun with her young niece and nephew the other day, so she took them to the county library in Woodlawn. Seriously. The library. Specifically, the Arbutus woman took Hayden Grubb, 5, and her 4-year-old brother Lincoln to Storyville, an elaborate, interactive, "magical town" designed for young children from newborns to 5-year-olds. "It's great, a wonderful resource, and they love it," said Grubb, standing in the town's play kitchen watching Hayden arrange plastic pizza slices in a tray and Lincoln stack colorful dishes in a sink.
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By Jeff Barker and The Baltimore Sun | February 13, 2013
Every Maryland athlete is being given an iPad. The school says the iPads are to be used to aid the students in their educational missions. The iPads' distribution provoked curiosity and concern among non-athletes - particularly the backers of Terps teams recently eliminated because of budget issues. Maryland, which has more than 500 intercollegiate athletes, said funding for the iPads (the replacement value for each is $600) came from the NCAA Student-Athlete Opportunity Fund.
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By Dave Rosenthal | January 2, 2013
I don't know about you, but watching the movie "Lincoln" sent me to the bookshelf and Internet to learn more about political wrangling over the adopition of the 13th Amendment. The movie was a great political science lesson, but it was obvious that Steven Spielberg's epic was a big-screen CliffsNotes version of history. It was imposible to include all of the back stories involving Cabinet members and members of Congress. For example, I wanted to know much, much more about why legislators in my home state of Connecticut voted against the amendment.
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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?
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Gus G. Sentementes | October 22, 2012
Has Apple gotten lousy at keeping secrets these days? The tech press is abuzz with speculation that the company which birthed the iPhone and the iPad will be coming out with an in-between device, an iPad mini. The mini is expected to be smaller than the iPad but larger than the iPhone, and presumably go head-to-head against other similar devices from Amazon (Kindle Fire), Google (Nexus 7) and other manufacturers. What's interesting is that Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 8 later this week, plus its own tablet competitor, Surface, on Friday.
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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?
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Gus G. Sentementes | October 22, 2012
Has Apple gotten lousy at keeping secrets these days? The tech press is abuzz with speculation that the company which birthed the iPhone and the iPad will be coming out with an in-between device, an iPad mini. The mini is expected to be smaller than the iPad but larger than the iPhone, and presumably go head-to-head against other similar devices from Amazon (Kindle Fire), Google (Nexus 7) and other manufacturers. What's interesting is that Microsoft is expected to unveil Windows 8 later this week, plus its own tablet competitor, Surface, on Friday.
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Gus G. Sentementes | September 18, 2012
Just when you thought Apple had done enough damage to your wallet, the maker of the hit iPhone and iPad mobile devices may soon be releasing what I'm gonna call a "tweener" -- a mini iPad that's smaller than the original one, but bigger than the new iPhone 5. Engadget and other tech news sites are citing a report in Taiwan's Economic Daily News that says Pegatron, an electronic device manufacturer, snagged 50 to 60 percent of the mini iPad...
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By Chris Korman, The Baltimore Sun | August 13, 2012
When Ravens safety Bernard Pollard got to the NFL, he noticed the veterans playing a card game in their downtime. And then he saw the sums of money being wagered. "I've seen people dropping $70,000 or $80,000," he said Monday after practice. Pollard hopes Bourre, an app released Friday that he conceived and paid for, will introduce fans to the game without their having to risk any real cash. Available for download on Apple products — iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch — for $1.99, Bourre represents the culmination of a long-ago dream hatched during hours spent playing video games with a teammate in Texas.
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