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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.
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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.
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BUSINESS
Liz F. Kay | September 2, 2011
I'm wearing my Watchdog hat while I explain this bonus Consumer Website of the Week: Baltimore's new 311 app and website. If you've got an iPhone or an Android handset, you can download the free Baltimore 311 app . Use it to report problems such as potholes, street lights that are dark or malfunctioning traffic signals, or check on service requests that you've already submitted. The app allows people to submit photographs of the problems along with the descriptions, which is really powerful --- inspectors might be able to make some judgments about the issue and send the appropriate equipment as a result.
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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | December 21, 2013
Straight from the '90s, Furby is back on store shelves this holiday season, along with classic toys that never left: Barbie, Hot Wheels and Elmo, to name a few. But more than ever, tech-related playthings are elbowing their way onto the traditional toys' turf. IPads landed on the National Retail Federation's most popular toy list for the first time this year. Even the reintroduced Furby, an electronic hamster-like robot that learns English, now interacts with a mobile app. Children "like what they see when they see their parents play with their iPads, and kids want their own share of that," said Kathy Grannis, a spokeswoman for the retail trade group.
BUSINESS
By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | June 12, 2012
Safeway, with 30 Baltimore-area stores, is launching a new online and mobile shopping tool Wednesday that offers customers access access to hundreds of digital coupons and weekly specials and allows them to download personalized deals to their Safeway rewards card. The program called "Just for U" can be accessed online or via a new Safeway mobile application for iPhone or Android smart phones. Customers can sign up, either at the Safeway.com website or by downloading the mobile app, with their email address and Safeway Club Card membership.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | July 27, 2012
Baltimore city is looking for someone to develop a mobile app that helps people reduce their risk of heart disease. The city is one of four chosen by the  theU.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesto take part in a contest dubbed The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge that includes creation of the app. The app should help consumers take a heart health risk assessment and find places to get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked. It will then provide a way for patients to use the results to work with a doctor to develop a plan to improve their heart health.
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | August 10, 2012
Good news for all you earnest economy watchers out there. The U.S. Census Bureau today released its first mobile app called "America's Economy. " The Census built the app with some nifty features, such as notifications and social sharing to Twitter and Facebook. Now you can spread the joys and pitfalls of the U.S. economy with friends, family and followers! You'll have easy access to the following 16 key indicators: Advance Monthly Retail Sales; New Residential Construction; New Residential Sales; Construction Spending; International Trade; Advance Report Durable Goods; Business Inventories; Manufacturers' Goods; Monthly Wholesale; Homeownership Rate; Quarterly Services Survey; QFR - Retail Trade; QFR - Manufacturing; Gross Domestic Product; Personal Income and Outlays; Unemployment Rate.
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Lorraine MIrabella | September 27, 2013
Wake up to some free coffee on Sunday, which apparently is National Coffee Day. Some retailers are offering freebies, but keep in mind some may be at participating locations only or require a mobile app. For the more than three quarters of Americans who drink coffee, according to the National Coffee Association, here's a list compiled by the MrFreeStuff.com website. Krispy Kreme: The doughnut shop is offering free 12-oz. cups of coffee or specialty drinks for $1 on Sunday.
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | March 29, 2012
Four Baltimore startups were chosen to participate in the inaugural accelerator program launched by the Emerging Technology Center, the city's main technology business incubator. The news, announced Thursday, couldn't come at a better time for the city's tech scene. Millennial Media Inc., a mobile advertising firm that started as an ETC incubator company, went public today on the New York Stock Exchange, in a bid to raise more than $130 million to fuel its worldwide growth. Local entrepreneurs seem eager to feed off the momentum that Millennial's IPO is expected to bring to local technology companies.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Richard Gorelick and The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2011
Here's the letter that Open Table sent to its restaurant partners at 5:25 today - RG Dear Valued Restaurant Partner, We wanted to alert you to a problem we had with our automated reservation confirmation, change and reminder emails last night. Some of the reservation emails sent last evening prior to 9:41 PM PST erroneously mentioned in the text that the reservation was eligible for a 30% discount. We are in the process of resending corrected emails to those diners affected.
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Lorraine MIrabella | September 27, 2013
Wake up to some free coffee on Sunday, which apparently is National Coffee Day. Some retailers are offering freebies, but keep in mind some may be at participating locations only or require a mobile app. For the more than three quarters of Americans who drink coffee, according to the National Coffee Association, here's a list compiled by the MrFreeStuff.com website. Krispy Kreme: The doughnut shop is offering free 12-oz. cups of coffee or specialty drinks for $1 on Sunday.
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Lorraine Mirabella | May 1, 2013
Sports apparel maker Under Armour is launching its third "What's Beautiful" online fitness competition for women, the company said Wednesday. Women compete by setting fitness goals and chronicling the journey in an online forum. Under Armour will select the three most inspirational women, who will win all-expenses-paid fitness retreats to Costa Rica. The competition will be hosted through a mobile app and a microsite  where women can share videos, photos and diary entries and view content featuring Under Armour athletes and professional trainers.
EXPLORE
By Jennifer Broadwater | October 12, 2012
Visitors to Maryland -- and those wanting to explore more of the state they already call home -- can consult a new book showcasing the state's scenic byways and a mobile application that serves as a guide to the area's Civil War trails. Both items are part of the state's effort to boost tourism. Since 2007, Maryland has seen a 26-percent bump in visits -- amounting to an increase of 7.2 million visitors over the five-year period, according to a national survey of U.S. travelers conducted by D.K. Shifflet and Associates, a tourism industry research firm.
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By Chris Korman | September 4, 2012
Baltimore-based Under Armour has launched its most ambitious ad campaign aimed at women to date, challenging them to “Sweat Every Day.” The company is also hosting its second “What's Beautiful” contest, with winners having the chance to work with top trainers. The new marketing efforts arrive about a month before a new high-end collection called StudioLux Noir hits stores, and are the culmination of three years of development and research. “This is our full push,” Andrienne Lofton Shaw, Under Armour's senior director for women's marketing said.
BUSINESS
Gus G. Sentementes | August 10, 2012
Good news for all you earnest economy watchers out there. The U.S. Census Bureau today released its first mobile app called "America's Economy. " The Census built the app with some nifty features, such as notifications and social sharing to Twitter and Facebook. Now you can spread the joys and pitfalls of the U.S. economy with friends, family and followers! You'll have easy access to the following 16 key indicators: Advance Monthly Retail Sales; New Residential Construction; New Residential Sales; Construction Spending; International Trade; Advance Report Durable Goods; Business Inventories; Manufacturers' Goods; Monthly Wholesale; Homeownership Rate; Quarterly Services Survey; QFR - Retail Trade; QFR - Manufacturing; Gross Domestic Product; Personal Income and Outlays; Unemployment Rate.
ENTERTAINMENT
By Dave Gilmore | July 31, 2012
“Jurassic Park Builder” Ludia Available on iOS devices Score: 4 out of 4 “Jurassic Park,” a film now 20 years gone by, is well-trodden territory for video game adaptations. The original concept, brilliantly adapted from Michael Crichton's novel, has become so familiar that it almost feels like someone should've created a real-life dinosaur park by now. In that timespan, nobody has successfully extracted dinosaur DNA from fossilized amber, but several attempts have been made to simulate the experience, the best of which is “Jurassic Park Builder” for iOS . The genre of park-building “Tycoon”-style games rarely needs another entry.
BUSINESS
Lorraine Mirabella | May 1, 2013
Sports apparel maker Under Armour is launching its third "What's Beautiful" online fitness competition for women, the company said Wednesday. Women compete by setting fitness goals and chronicling the journey in an online forum. Under Armour will select the three most inspirational women, who will win all-expenses-paid fitness retreats to Costa Rica. The competition will be hosted through a mobile app and a microsite  where women can share videos, photos and diary entries and view content featuring Under Armour athletes and professional trainers.
EXPLORE
By Jennifer Broadwater | October 12, 2012
Visitors to Maryland -- and those wanting to explore more of the state they already call home -- can consult a new book showcasing the state's scenic byways and a mobile application that serves as a guide to the area's Civil War trails. Both items are part of the state's effort to boost tourism. Since 2007, Maryland has seen a 26-percent bump in visits -- amounting to an increase of 7.2 million visitors over the five-year period, according to a national survey of U.S. travelers conducted by D.K. Shifflet and Associates, a tourism industry research firm.
HEALTH
By Andrea K. Walker | July 27, 2012
Baltimore city is looking for someone to develop a mobile app that helps people reduce their risk of heart disease. The city is one of four chosen by the  theU.S. Department of Health and Human Servicesto take part in a contest dubbed The Million Hearts Risk Check Challenge that includes creation of the app. The app should help consumers take a heart health risk assessment and find places to get their blood pressure and cholesterol checked. It will then provide a way for patients to use the results to work with a doctor to develop a plan to improve their heart health.
FEATURES
By John-John Williams IV, The Baltimore Sun | July 25, 2012
It looked doubtful that the entire group of 40 third-, fourth- and fifth-grade girls from Baltimore City's Edgewood Elementary would complete a mile run when they took the track last spring. One girl vomited. Other girls wiped away tears as they began to get muscle cramps midway through. But each girl finished. "It wasn't pretty," recalled Kaitlin Loftus, a math teacher at the school who trained the girls to get them prepared for the challenge. "But each girl wanted to complete the run. " She added: "It was amazing.
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