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By Susan Reimer | November 16, 2009
A friend posted a message on Facebook asking if anyone knew what Skype was, if anyone had Skype and if anyone wanted to help her Skype. "Skype," I responded helpfully, "is an online video phone and one more way for my son to ignore me." Technology, they say, is bringing families closer together, with children cell-phoning, e-mailing and instant messaging their parents to a degree not possible in the days when communication meant a pay phone. However, my family has managed to put me on an electronic ice floe and boot me out to sea. Technology has provided my husband, son and daughter with new ways to tune me out. To begin, everybody has a BlackBerry except me. It is a situation I had better remedy if I want to be included on their ongoing text conversations.
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By Jon Meoli, jmeoli@tribune.com | February 6, 2014
Ravens coach John Harbaugh took a half-hour out of his overseas trip visiting U.S. troops to Skype on Thursday with a group from St. Paul's School for Girls, who had collected coffee and tea to send to the air base in Afghanistan Harbaugh was visiting. "This generation of youth can easily forget that we have troops serving to protect our freedom and the freedom of others ... so the opportunity to create service learning opportunities where it's a three-dimensional act of giving respect to those who are protecting our lives and the lives of others, is a very tangible way of living our school's mission" of educating girls in both mind and spirit, Penny Evins, the head of school at St. Paul's School for Girls, said.
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By Meredith Cohn | April 24, 2012
A state program will begin offering instruction on properly installing child safety seats via video chat, potentially reaching parents who can't get to an inspection event. The program will begin April 30 as a pilot. Parents can sign up for a free Skype account and make an appointment for a chat by calling 1-800-370-SEAT. The parents will also have to complete a participant confirmation form. The parents, sitting in view of their car seat with their smart phone or laptop, will get a call.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
It's getting a bit crowded in the Ducketts Lane Elementary School media center. In addition to about two dozen fifth-graders from the school assembled before a projection screen, media specialist Matthew Winner has invited about two dozen cyberspace invaders — a class from Rossville, Ind. — who show up courtesy of Skype. Students in both classrooms can see one another and take turns waving. Ducketts Lane students are accustomed to the interaction — Winner has allowed them to Skype with similar classes from as far away as China.
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By Janet Gilbert and Special to The Baltimore Sun | January 10, 2010
T here are a lot of technologically proficient people in Janet's World: people who can remotely trouble-shoot computer, router and Wi-Fi issues. People who don't have an anachronistic cow at the sight of the Macintosh Spinning Wheel of Panic or the PC Perpetually Turning Hourglass. People who can upload and download in their sleep, effortlessly turning jpegs into pdfs the way preschoolers turn sitting into somersaulting. I state this so that you know the competition was stiff for this year's Janet's World Technology Wizard Award.
BUSINESS
By Jon Van and Jon Van,CHICAGO TRIBUNE | September 13, 2005
The purchase of Skype Technologies SA by eBay Inc. yesterday makes strategic sense to analysts as more consumers embrace broadband services on the Internet. But the price tag - which could top $4 billion in cash and stock - seems spectacularly high for an Internet telephony service that mostly gives away its software. The software allows people to talk for free over the Internet. EBay is positioning itself as a commercial portal with a broad suite of services to attract users rather than sticking to its origins as an online auction site.
EXPLORE
May 6, 2013
Union UM Church held a celebration of service for Italy and Etha Overton at the Bayou Restaurant on Sunday, April 28. Etha Overton participated via Skype.
ENTERTAINMENT
By DAVID COLKER and DAVID COLKER,LOS ANGELES TIMES | December 22, 2005
Skype Technologies, the Luxembourg company famous for its free Internet telephone calls, recently launched an update that brings us closer to an elusive technological dream: the videophone. The Skype 2.0 software offers the ability to see as well as hear computer-to-computer callers -- provided that both parties have Web cams. Video chats, as part of instant messaging services such as one sponsored by Yahoo Inc., have been around for years, but they offer only jerky, pixilated, postage-stamp-sized video that looks like it was transmitted from Jupiter during a sunspot eruption.
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By Joe Burris, The Baltimore Sun | September 26, 2013
It's getting a bit crowded in the Ducketts Lane Elementary School media center. In addition to about two dozen fifth-graders from the school assembled before a projection screen, media specialist Matthew Winner has invited about two dozen cyberspace invaders — a class from Rossville, Ind. — who show up courtesy of Skype. Students in both classrooms can see one another and take turns waving. Ducketts Lane students are accustomed to the interaction — Winner has allowed them to Skype with similar classes from as far away as China.
NEWS
By Faheem Younus | September 3, 2013
Mr. President, you and I having a similar challenge: selling a military strike against Syria as a "moral imperative. " But we have different audiences. Your constituents come from all parts of the country; mine from different parts of the world. Yours are driven by myriad interests; mine are simply seeking justice. Yours are young and old; mine are mostly teenagers. You call yours, "the U.S. Congress. " I call mine "the Younus family. " Mr. President, my nephews and nieces, who live in Pakistan, Canada and elsewhere, buy the fact that Syiran President Bashar Assad should be ousted and held responsible for his reprehensible actions against his own people.
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May 6, 2013
Union UM Church held a celebration of service for Italy and Etha Overton at the Bayou Restaurant on Sunday, April 28. Etha Overton participated via Skype.
NEWS
Susan Reimer | November 28, 2012
I woke Thanksgiving morning to text messages from my sisters. Happy Thanksgiving, they said. My daughter sent a text saying she was jumping in the shower and would be leaving shortly to help me cook. I texted pictures of my dining room table, set with flowers and linens for Thanksgiving dinner. After dinner, I texted pictures of all the dirty dishes. My sister texted a picture of her Christmas tree, and her kids all texted her to say it looked great. I know, because I was copied in on the texting.
SPORTS
By Edward Lee | November 21, 2012
Wide receiver Torrey Smith, kicker Justin Tucker and punter Sam Koch were three of several Ravens players summoned to coach John Harbaugh's office Wednesday morning, but they weren't in trouble. Eight players and Harbaugh convened in the coach's office to wish a happy Thanksgiving via Skype to an Army National Guard unit currently serving in Afghanistan. Harbaugh, Smith, Tucker, Koch, linebackers Josh Bynes and Nigel Carr, long snapper Morgan Cox, safety Omar Brown and guard Antoine McClain spoke to the unit, which is based in Laurel, for about nine minutes on Harbaugh's iPad and listened to the soldiers recount their experiences in Afghanistan.
HEALTH
By Meredith Cohn | April 24, 2012
A state program will begin offering instruction on properly installing child safety seats via video chat, potentially reaching parents who can't get to an inspection event. The program will begin April 30 as a pilot. Parents can sign up for a free Skype account and make an appointment for a chat by calling 1-800-370-SEAT. The parents will also have to complete a participant confirmation form. The parents, sitting in view of their car seat with their smart phone or laptop, will get a call.
NEWS
By Abe Novick | April 5, 2012
To peer back in time via AMC's hit show "Mad Men" is like gazing into an old GAF Viewmaster. The advertising world it nostalgically depicts, often referred to as the "creative revolution," is frozen in a Purgatorial time warp. Each cultural meme of the show - from the Brylcreemed hair to the mod clothes donned by Don Draper - is a still frame with a Technicolor tint. When held up to the light, it appears more brilliant and unreal. Click fast-forward to a 2012 vantage point, then turn back, and you'll find we've since experienced numerous revolutions, some creative and many destructive.
BUSINESS
By Gus G. Sentementes, The Baltimore Sun | April 22, 2011
The only permanent home for Jen Harvey and Steven Hugg at the moment is their Web address. After years of working information technology jobs in the Washington area, the couple chose last year to ditch their permanent home and hit the road while building their startup business. They use laptops, cellphones and cheap Web services to handle millions of users of their HeyTell application, a popular messaging app that turns smartphones into virtual walkie-talkies, which has become their full-time job. Instead of office jobs, a pricey rental in Bethesda and a Beltway commute, they now stay in short-term vacation home rentals on sunny beaches and visit friends and family whenever they wish.
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By Jessica Anderson, The Baltimore Sun | April 8, 2011
In just a few quick bursts, Jack Shockney was able to make out, on a laptop screen, the white canopy tent adorned with white paper lanterns and white twinkling lights, and a quick glimpse of his youngest son just before his wedding ceremony Friday. Shockney, 73, who was confined to his hospital room at the Johns Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center on North Broadway, along with his wife Marie, 71, attempted to watch his son take his vows using Skype, an online video communications service.
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