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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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)
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.
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.
September 10, 2012
Technology is moving faster than lightning, and Grace Academy is trying hard to keep up with the challenge. The 2011-12 school year ended with a bang and school officials are excited to start the 2012 - 13 year with enriched technology opportunities. The school has moved ahead with its technology integration vision in many ways. It has upgraded its wireless capability to handle the many laptops supplied by the Government Surplus Agency. In the next school year, Grace will pilot its Bring Your Own Device program in grades 11 and 12. It will also be rolling out Google Apps accounts for students in grades six through 12. With this new project, the world of teacher and student collaboration is increasing.