June 18, 2012
Sometimes living in the future is awesome. Crate & Barrel just launched its new registry app. Similar to a QR code, you hold your phone up to an item, scan it and it automatically populates in your online registry. From this app, you can monitor the registry, too. You can track which gifts have been purchased, edit your list, and - to make it cooler - you can do all this through voice command. As I discussed before, we're using myregistry.com and asking primarily for wine, though if this app had been invented a few months ago we would have considered going with Crate & Barrel.
June 16, 2012
Plenty of shoppers at a Baltimore Safeway have started checking their cell phones while pushing carts and scanning shelves. They may have been texting or checking Facebook updates, but now grocery customers could use mobile devices to plan meals, organize lists, download coupons, compare prices, check rewards points, get personalized sale offers and scan bar codes Mobile technology is the latest front opened by a growing number of supermarket chains...
April 14, 2012
Baltimore's Afro-American newspaper has a rich photo archive - 1.5 million images dating from the Depression, World War II and the civil rights era up to today. But one of the nation's oldest African-American newspapers didn't have the hundreds of thousands of dollars needed to digitize its historic images for the Internet age. Now, thanks to a little robot built by a former Johns Hopkins student, the effort has gotten a lot cheaper. Using off-the-shelf electronics, Thomas Smith, a 2011 Hopkins graduate, built Gado, a swiveling, motorized arm with a nozzle that uses vacuum suction to "grab" photos and place them on a scanner.
March 13, 2012
A routine, random drug dog scan was conducted without any alerts for illegal drugs or tobacco at Bel Air High School on Friday, March 9, Harford County Public Schools said. The scan was conducted using a dog under the direction of the Harford County Sheriff's Office. The 15-minute scan, conducted from 12:45 to 1 p.m., involved 360 lockers being sniffed by the dog and did not result in any alerts for controlled dangerous substances or tobacco violations, according to a school system news release.
March 9, 2012
PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. - Orioles right-hander Jake Arrieta sparkled in his Grapefruit League debut - his first spring outing since undergoing right elbow surgery last August - throwing two hitless innings in Baltimore's 3-3 10-inning Grapefruit League tie with the Rays. Arrieta's performance, however, was overshadowed by a very scary moment in the top of the first, when Orioles left fielder Nolan Reimold was hit in the left side of his jaw by an Alex Cobb fastball. Reimold fell to the ground holding his face and was carted off the field.
February 29, 2012
Harford County public school officials said no drugs or tobacco products were found during a routine, random drug dog scan conducted in the Havre de Grace High School parking lot on Thursday, Feb. 23. The scan, done as part of the school system's commitment to keeping illicit drugs out of the schools, was accomplished using a drug-sniffing dog under the direction of the Harford County Sheriff's Office, according to a school system news release....