AEGIS STAFF REPORT | February 3, 2014
Harford County is streamlining its dog licensing procedures so that pet owners soon will be able to buy licenses online, among other changes. The county Department of Inspections, Licenses and Permits said the changes are the result of Harford County Council Bill 13-47, introduced at the department's request and passed unanimously by the council in December. The legislation, which takes effect Feb. 18, allows the department to take advantage of a new licensing system expected to be operational in July, the county said in a news release.
By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 3, 2014
Annapolis city council meetings are now being streamed online on the city's website. The website will include live broadcasts of city council meetings as well as archived videos of past meetings. The videos will have time stamps to allow viewers to skip among parts of the meetings. They'll be posted at under “announcements.” City council meetings already are shown on the city's TV channel, which is Channel 34 for Verizon customers and Channels 99 and 100 for Comcast customers.
By Carrie Wells, The Baltimore Sun | January 23, 2014
The Johns Hopkins University and the University of Maryland, College Park announced partnerships this week with a Silicon Valley-based startup to offer new online-only certificates in the fields of data science and cybersecurity. Though universities in the state, including Hopkins, have previously embraced online-only for-credit classes, the "specialization certificates" are a new experiment. Open to anyone starting this spring, the classes will be taught by professors at the colleges through Coursera, an education company founded by Stanford University professors in 2011.
By Eduardo A. Encina and The Baltimore Sun | January 19, 2014
We spend a lot of time during the offseason talking about market value. What's the market on free-agent closers? When will the starting pitcher market set itself? And then there's the market on this year's Orioles FanFest autograph vouchers, which went on sale Satrurday morning on the club's website. Some sessions sold out in a matter of minutes, and the entire schedule sold out in 64 minutes, according to the team. I received several emails Saturday from some frustrated fans who said they were unable to purchase vouchers even though they tried right at 10 a.m. Their frustration piqued when they saw the vouchers immediately being posted on Craigslist and eBay for profit.
By Liz Bowie and Erica L. Green, The Baltimore Sun | January 16, 2014
Maryland schools will be scrambling to make $100 million in technological and other upgrades to give new state tests aligned with the Common Core standards next year, according to a report to the legislature by the Maryland State Department of Education. Some local school systems would need to shut down some of the normal uses of the computers, including sending email, to give the online standardized tests, the report said. Some districts reported that they need to buy thousands of new computers for the tests, which are required by the spring of 2015; others said they had nowhere to put the computers that they need to buy. Lawmakers briefed Wednesday said the magnitude of the hurdles that school districts face — and the price tags — are concerning.
By James Grimmelmann | December 26, 2013
In the summer of 2011, Sebastian Thrun lit a fire under colleges around the world. The Stanford professor and a colleague filmed themselves lecturing for their course on artificial intelligence and put the videos online so that anyone could join. Roughly 160,000 students from around the world took them up on the offer. And even Stanford students found the videos more compelling than going to the class itself. The runaway success of the "Stanford AI Course" touched off a wave of excitement over Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)
By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun | December 23, 2013
As a 21-year-old finance major and Zeta Beta Tau brother at the University of Arizona, Pikesville High School graduate Ryan Millman spent a lot of long nights in the library. But he wasn't studying — he was using the university's high-speed Internet connection to start his first business, taking pictures at fraternity and sorority parties, uploading them to the Web and selling the prints. Millman has come a long way since 1999. He now oversees a suite of four photo-related companies, with two buildings in Baltimore County that smell faintly of bleach, rattle with the noise of book-stitching machines and churn out everything from T-shirts and photo books to canvas prints for major commercial retailers, including Walmart, Sam's Club and CVS. The businesses, which he runs with two fellow Pikesville High graduates, employ 180 full-time workers.
By Megan Brockett, The Baltimore Sun | December 22, 2013
Janice O'Donnell watched the number on her screen climb and climb and climb. And when she couldn't watch any more, there were text messages from friends asking if she was watching. By the end of the day, close to $50,000 had poured in through the Chive Charities campaign set up to benefit her 2-year-old-daughter, Addyson, who was born with spina bifida. "I basically spent the entire day crying," O'Donnell said. She had expected maybe a couple thousand dollars, at the most.
By Jamie Smith Hopkins, The Baltimore Sun | December 12, 2013
A Columbia mobile web software firm said Thursday that it will accept payments in Bitcoin - the digital currency that shot up in value this year - and will give a 5 percent discount to customers who use it. Bitcoin is highly volatile, but most of the movement has been up. It was trading at a value of nearly $900 U.S. dollars apiece late Thursday. Fiddlefly CEO James Ramsey said in a statement that Bitcoin is a way around the "hassle" of paying online in foreign currencies or dealing with credit cards.
By Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun | December 11, 2013
The Morgan State University Choir, one of Baltimore's most acclaimed cultural organizations, will participate in the memorial service for Nelson Mandela Wednesday morning at Washington National Cathedral. The service will be streamed online free (you just need to register in advance) . During a Prelude that starts at 10 a.m., the choir, directed by Eric Conway, will perform such works as "If I Can Help Somebody" (in an arrangement by the ensemble's late founder, Nathan Carter)
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