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By Lorraine Mirabella, The Baltimore Sun | March 11, 2012
The head of Sinclair Broadcast Group has a definite idea about television's future: It will be a mobile medium. And he doesn't need industry research to tell him so. David D. Smith, president and chief executive of the Hunt Valley-based broadcaster, recalls an experiment he conducted during a trade show: He set a portable TV down in a bar and then watched as people gathered around, asking where they could get one. "People who say they won't...
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
There's already a movie about snakes on a plane, so of course sharks would be next. Southwest Airlines is launching a summer promotion in partnership with Discovery Channel that will give its passengers access to the network's Shark Week content , including an advance showing of  the "never-before-seen" TV special "Jaws Strikes Back. " Customers can watch the airline's "exclusive" Shark Week Channel on their mobile devices when flying Southwest planes equipped with WiFi.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | September 14, 2010
Aegis Mobile, a Columbia-based provider of mobile website services, said Tuesday it acquired a small Baltimore mobile marketing company for an undisclosed amount. Part of Aegis' business is helping companies display their websites on a broad range of mobile devices. The company it acquired, Vesta Mobile, provides marketing services, such as text-messaging campaigns, for companies wanting to advertise on mobile devices. Vesta was a startup company in the city's Emerging Technology Center, an incubator for technology companies.
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By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun | May 10, 2014
Millennial Media has long faced competition for advertising dollars from entrenched giants like Google and Apple, but it was another household name - Facebook - that took a bite out of the Baltimore company's earnings and sent its stock plummeting last week. The social network took the Baltimore-based company by surprise, grabbing a share of its customers who buy ads on mobile devices to drive downloads and draw users to their smartphone and tablet applications, analysts said. That contributed to a tripling of Millennial's first-quarter losses, announced Wednesday.
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By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman, The Baltimore Sun | July 14, 2014
There's already a movie about snakes on a plane, so of course sharks would be next. Southwest Airlines is launching a summer promotion in partnership with Discovery Channel that will give its passengers access to the network's Shark Week content , including an advance showing of  the "never-before-seen" TV special "Jaws Strikes Back. " Customers can watch the airline's "exclusive" Shark Week Channel on their mobile devices when flying Southwest planes equipped with WiFi.
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November 18, 2000
FRESHMAN English students at River Hill High School in Clarksville don't have to raise their hands in class to ask the teacher a question. They just send him an instant message with their hand-held computers, which also serve as wireless reference centers, word processors and phonebooks. There's no passing notes in class, either; kids chat via instant computer messaging. From laptops to hand-helds, scores of schools are experimenting with small, wireless computers to free students and teachers from the constraints of paper and pencil and even hard-wired desktop computers.
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By Ellen Uzelac and Ellen Uzelac,Special to the Sun | May 4, 2008
Imagine reading a novel on your BlackBerry while cruising the Mediterranean, or using your mobile device instead of a paper boarding pass at the airport. And what about this? Getting alerts on your GPS-enabled cell phone to notify you of popular eateries and shops within a five-block radius of where you happen to be standing -- whether it's in New York, Paris, Sydney, Australia, or Shanghai, China. Imagine no longer. All that stuff? It's here, and more is on the way as mobile devices become smarter, faster and cheaper.
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By Dave Hansen | February 23, 2014
If 2013 has taught us anything, it is that we have a growing data security crisis. Four of the top 10 data breaches of all time occurred last year, with more than 575 million data records accessed, lost or stolen according to one source that tracks data breaches. It seemed every week there was a news story about a major security breach in which customer data was either accessed or stolen. Companies that we all know, use and trust with our personal and financial information were affected, from major retailers and social media companies to financial institutions.
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By Liz Atwood and For The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
From Liz Atwood: If your tween doesn't have a smart phone or tablet yet, I'll bet it's on the Christmas wish list. Yet as pervasive as mobile devices are, I was still astounded to see a new study from the Verizon Foundation that shows more than one third of middle school students are doing their homework with the help of a smart phone or tablet. The study found smartphone use crossing income levels and ethnicity. Nearly a third of children from the poorest households said they used smartphones for homework.
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Gus G. Sentementes | November 8, 2012
There are a bunch of companies in Maryland (plus Johns Hopkins ) that are focused on mobile health -- using mobile devices to encourage healthy behaviors -- and the latest poll from the Pew Internet and American Life Project should be encouraging for them. The Pew report found that nearly one-third -- 31 percent -- of cellphone users had used their device to access health information. That was nearly double the 17 percent who said they did so two years ago, according to Pew. ( You can read the report here.
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By Dave Hansen | February 23, 2014
If 2013 has taught us anything, it is that we have a growing data security crisis. Four of the top 10 data breaches of all time occurred last year, with more than 575 million data records accessed, lost or stolen according to one source that tracks data breaches. It seemed every week there was a news story about a major security breach in which customer data was either accessed or stolen. Companies that we all know, use and trust with our personal and financial information were affected, from major retailers and social media companies to financial institutions.
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By Ken North | May 23, 2013
In less than a generation, mobile communications have evolved from a luxury item to an essential element of everyday life. With nearly 7 billion devices in use, mobile communications are nearly ubiquitous, impacting the way we work and live throughout the world every day. As the use of mobile cellular communications continues to expand rapidly, the federal government and Maryland must continue to keep pace with emerging technologies and enact policies...
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By Justin Fenton, The Baltimore Sun | March 29, 2013
Maryland transit police are warning travelers to be alert on trains and buses, amid a long-running rash of mobile-device thefts targeting riders who were texting, listening to music or talking on the phone. The Maryland Transit Administration has logged more than 200 such incidents since it began tracking them at the beginning of last year in response to a series of customer complaints. A spike in these crimes followed the 2011 release of Apple's iPhone 4S, and the trend has kept up, with thieves taking music players, e-readers and tablet computers.
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By John Fritze, The Baltimore Sun | February 22, 2013
Mika J. Cross, a human resources manager for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sometimes uses a laptop issued by the agency. But she is far more likely to check email or collaborate with colleagues on one of her two personal computers. As someone who frequently works from home, she finds using her own technology more convenient. "It allows for greater flexibility," said the 39-year-old Waldorf woman, who oversees a program that helps employees balance work and personal commitments.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | February 20, 2013
Shares of Baltimore's Millennial Media Inc. on Wednesday lost nearly 38 percent of their value, closing at $8.95. Fourth-quarter earnings announced Tuesday disappointed analysts and led to a sharp decline in after-hours trading. The stock closed Tuesday at $14.33 and opened Wednesday at $9.81. The mobile device advertising company reported it had a profit of 3 cents per share - $2.6 million in all - in the quarter ending Dec. 31, falling short of expectations. Projections for this year - the company said it expects revenue to range from $270 million to $280 million - also disappointed some analysts.
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By Tim Swift, The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
Your smart phone is often thought of as unhealthy. It can make you anti-social, be a danger while driving and probably makes you fat (doesn't everything?). But hundreds of health experts are gathering in Prince George's County this week to discuss how a mobile device can make you healthier. The mHealth Summitt is talking about a lot of intriguing stuff including house calls via video chat, using games as teaching tools and apps that monitor blood pressure to prevent strokes. Yet a lot of the focus of this year's conference is on using mobile devices as health tools in developing countries.
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By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | June 28, 2010
The television is being revolutionized. Last year, consumers saw high-definition digital TV become the standard in homes across the nation. And now 3-D TVs are for sale. The next step may be a moving television set. A coalition of broadcasters and other companies are putting the finishing touches on new technology that would bring digital television directly to cell phones, laptops and gadgets embedded in automobiles. The mobile devices would receive TV signals, not Internet video you can watch now. The new technology is being tested in the Washington-Baltimore area and in several other regions across the country.
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Gus G. Sentementes | October 25, 2012
Today is a big day for Microsoft. The company is introducing its Windows 8 operating system, it's biggest makeover, some say, since Windows 95. Computers have changed dramatically since 1995, of course. Mobile devices, i.e. smartphones and tablets, have roared into common use over the past three to four years. People are doing a lot more computing tasks on such alternate devices. The influence of mobile has been seen in Apple's operating system updates, as it's integrated some iOS-like features into OSX. Now, we're going to see Microsoft's take.
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By Liz Atwood and For The Baltimore Sun | December 4, 2012
From Liz Atwood: If your tween doesn't have a smart phone or tablet yet, I'll bet it's on the Christmas wish list. Yet as pervasive as mobile devices are, I was still astounded to see a new study from the Verizon Foundation that shows more than one third of middle school students are doing their homework with the help of a smart phone or tablet. The study found smartphone use crossing income levels and ethnicity. Nearly a third of children from the poorest households said they used smartphones for homework.
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Gus G. Sentementes | November 8, 2012
There are a bunch of companies in Maryland (plus Johns Hopkins ) that are focused on mobile health -- using mobile devices to encourage healthy behaviors -- and the latest poll from the Pew Internet and American Life Project should be encouraging for them. The Pew report found that nearly one-third -- 31 percent -- of cellphone users had used their device to access health information. That was nearly double the 17 percent who said they did so two years ago, according to Pew. ( You can read the report here.
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