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By TIM ROWLAND | timr@herald-mail.com | August 29, 2012
For me, one very practical result has come out of the Apple vs. Samsung smartphone technology smackdown. I could never keep it straight in my head whether pinching made the screen bigger or smaller. So I'd try to track the path of a thunderstorm by focusing in on Washington County, and wind up with a map showing the weather from Hilton Head to Manitoba. And, take it from me, without being able to figure out the zoom technology, porn on a smartphone is all but worthless. But now that “pinch to zoom” has become part of the lexicon, I'll never forget it again.
NEWS
Meg Partington | March 5, 2011
When my son recently put his glasses on for the first time, all he could say was "Whoa!" It was the same reaction I had in seventh grade when the world was transformed from somewhat blurry to dizzyingly clear. I told him I remembered riding in the front passenger seat of my mom's car on the way home from the optician's office and feeling like I was seeing a 3-D movie. That struck a chord with him, as the world in which he has sprouted is so multidimensional. The only things that are "flat" to him are the ground on which he walks and the screen of the television that provides my husband with all the high-definition sports he can stand.
OPINION
September 2, 2013
I've had a fairly good working relationship with technology. I believe I was first on board when they started equipping coffeemakers with timers, which eliminated that horrid, bleary wait every morning for the syrup-slow drips to add up to a full cup. Computers were no problem, even though I had learned to type on a manual typewriter (there are still some of us around; we can be discovered by the way we still pound sensitive, electronic keyboards with...
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Crystal Schelle | March 26, 2011
When it comes to technology, I would have called myself commitment shy. Oh, I loved to spend time with technology. Take a new Mac out for a spin. Get to know the latest cellphone. But when it came to closing the deal, I was always hesitant. It's not that I didn't like technology. I didn't think the spark of interest I had in it would last. This has been a problem of mine for years. When I went off to college, I schlepped my portable Tandy word processor  -  which was basically an electric typewriter with a computer disk - while others brought their Apples or PCs. After college, I worked part time for an organization called i-Station, which was a stand inside of Waxie Maxies.
LIFESTYLE
By MARIE GILBERT | marieg@herald-mail.com | January 26, 2012
It was a cinematic short of a loved one's life - photos and videos that told the story of a man and his accomplishments. There were snapshots of his childhood, old footage of his wedding day, a portrait of a proud father with his family and videos of vacations and holiday celebrations. It could have been a retirement or birthday party. Instead, it was a memorial service. In an age of the Internet, Facebook and Twitter, it's inevitable that funerals - one of the oldest human rituals - would embrace the newest of technologies.
EDUCATION
By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com | April 7, 2012
At Western Heights Middle School, a student took her turn at the front of the class figuring out a math problem on the board. She used an electronic pen, but could just as easily have used her finger to write her math solution on the electronic board. In another classroom, teams of students were calculating average speed using data gathered with carts on tracks, motion sensors and computer graphics. Later, seventh-grade students sat on desks or stood up, their arms stretched toward the front of the classroom.
NEWS
By DAN DEARTH | dan.dearth@herald-mail.com | May 5, 2012
A Boonsboro engineering firm is pioneering research that uses radio waves to disable improvised explosive devices, or IEDs. Joe Foley, an electrical engineer and president of Emerging Science & Technologies Group Inc., said the basic concept involves disabling IEDs by using radio waves to split or severely damage wires that lead to the blasting cap. “It duds the device,” said Foley, whose company works on the technology at a building in...
BUSINESS
September 27, 2011
Name of business: Fast-Teks On-Site Computer Services, Central Mason-Dixon Region Owner: Mark R. Bierman Address: 8992 Grape Creek Road, Walkersville, Md. Opening date: April 1, 2011 Products and services: Fast-Teks is a national company offering on-site computer services for business and residential clients. The company services all major brands and types of computer equipment; provides software support, including email, security solutions and virus protection; offers networking installation and support (traditional and wireless)
NEWS
July 7, 1998
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Small Business Development Center at Shepherd College will offer the video session, "Using Technology to Build Your Business" today at James Rumsey Technical Institute in Martinsburg. "The Business of Customers and More Time, More Money: Getting it All Done" will be shown at 9 a.m. The two, 30-minute videos discuss the use of customer lists in a database and marketing, keeping up with customer trends through computerized transactions, and how computers can save time and control schedules.
EDUCATION
January 6, 2013
The following area students were named to the dean's list for the fall quarter at Rochester Institute of Technology: Meghan Boehman of Frederick, Md., a third-year student in the College of Imaging Arts and Sciences. Jennifer Buckley of Mount Airy, Md., a third-year student in the College of Health Sciences and Technology. Michael Conrad of Frederick, a first-year student in RIT's National Technical Institute for the Deaf. Andrew Donald of Middletown, Md., a fourth-year student in the College of Health Sciences and Technology.
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OPINION
September 2, 2013
I've had a fairly good working relationship with technology. I believe I was first on board when they started equipping coffeemakers with timers, which eliminated that horrid, bleary wait every morning for the syrup-slow drips to add up to a full cup. Computers were no problem, even though I had learned to type on a manual typewriter (there are still some of us around; we can be discovered by the way we still pound sensitive, electronic keyboards with...
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BUSINESS
September 1, 2013
The U.S. Small Business Administration is partnering with Microsoft to offer a free technology e-learning series to help small-business owners more efficiently use technology to run their businesses, help grow their businesses and create jobs. The Business Technology Simplified online course series teaches the benefits of using modern technology that can take businesses to the next level of success. The online course series is available at www.sba.gov/sba-learning-center/series/business-technology-simplified.
NEWS
By C.J. LOVELACE | cj.lovelace@herald-mail.com | August 28, 2013
Increasing access to high-speed fiber-optic Internet connections in the home and office could be a future boon for economic development throughout Washington County, according to a Virginia-based consulting firm. “Washington County has, we think, a lot of strategic advantages,” said Andrew Cohill, president and founder of Design Nine, Inc., of Blacksburg, Va. Design Nine recently completed a broadband impact study for Washington County, unveiling its findings and financial projections before the Washington County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday.
LIFESTYLE
By MAGGIE WOLFF PETERSON | Special to The Herald-Mail | August 8, 2013
 Personal electronics are supposed to keep us connected. Conversations on the cellphone, texts and tweets are meant to link people through shared information. Social media are supposed to be the way we keep up with each other. But they can be isolating, too. If Mom is always on her handheld device, if Dad can't get off Facebook, if the kids are more invested in texting their friends than being present at the dinner table, family life is fractured. It's a malady of the times.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2013
PennDOT HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation's modernized field data collection process recently received an international achievement award for its innovative use of geographic information system, or GIS, technology. The Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award was presented at the Esri International User Conference in San Diego. It recognizes vision, leadership, hard work and innovative use of technology. PennDOT received the award for its use of technology to collect information on local roads and bridges, including location, condition and structure type.
NEWS
Lisa Prejean | July 18, 2013
“Welcome to 1997.”  That was my brother's response to my message, “I have texting!” If it's 1997, I joked, then my son is 2 and won't be going to college this fall. I'd gladly turn back the clock to that year. But, alas, I can't. Besides, my son is the reason I wanted unlimited texting anyway. I finally had to give in to this technology because I feared that I wouldn't hear from him otherwise this fall. Well, perhaps he'd call if his college meal plan ran out of points.
EDUCATION
June 29, 2013
The following area students were named to the dean's list for the spring semester at the Rochester Institute of Technology: - Meghan Boehman of Frederick, Md., a fourth-year student in the film and animation program - Michael Conrad of Frederick, a second-year student in the ASL-English interpretation program - Robert Harris of Middletown, Md., a fourth-year student in the criminal justice program - Jacquelyn Lenta ...
EDUCATION
June 27, 2013
The Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission sponsored the 29th annual Awards for Excellence in Career Technology Education ceremony at South Hagerstown High School on May 6. Kaplan University and Washington County Public Schools joined together to recognize seniors who excelled in career technology education programs. Washington County Public Schools recognized the following students: ¿ Arts, media and communication: Skyler O'Neill, computer game development and animation; Larissa Saunders, digital communications; and Christopher Brittle, multimedia and graphic design.
OPINION
June 21, 2013
It's a question with no correct answer. Is the loss of our privacy a valid price to pay for greater security? Or, as Ben Franklin once suggested, are those who sacrifice one for the other bound to lose both? The NSA claims that it is only collecting metadata, described as “data about data.” Theoretically, this is one step removed from more egregious acts of eavesdropping that involve listening into phone conversations or reading email. And because the NSA wants the metadata, it too must be revealing.
EDUCATION
June 14, 2013
Blue Ridge Community and Technical College said Friday that it will hold a free seminar called “Technology 'How to's' for the 50 something” on June 25 on the main campus  at 13650 Apple Harvest Drive near Martinsburg. The seminar will help answer common technology questions for students over the age of 50, but all adults are welcome to attend, according to a news release. The seminar will feature fun demonstrations using Facebook, smartphones, iPads, and useful websites. Participants also will become familiar with technology trends, the release said.   The event is among a variety of free technology seminars offered by the school that can be viewed online at: http://blueridgectc.augusoft.net . Individuals with questions or more information can contact 304-260-4380 ext. 2411 or via email, askme@blueridgectc.edu .
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