Business, Education, Sci-Tech

MDSE partners with Apple in new app development program for Maryland schools

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland State Department of Education on Friday announced the launch of a new Career and Technical Education (CTE) program of study in partnership with Apple that will teach students mobile applications and software development beginning next school year. The Mobile Applications and Software Development Program starts by teaching students how to use the Swift programming language. Swift is …


Business, Health, Sci-Tech

Belkin recalls portable wireless chargers due to fire, shock hazards

NOTTINGHAM, MD—Belkin is recalling various wireless chargers and stands due to possible fire and shock hazards. The company says there is a manufacturing defect in the power supply unit that can cause the charger to malfunction and overheat, posing fire and shock hazards. This recall involves the Belkin Portable Wireless Charger + Stand Special Edition. This product is a power …


Maryland Department of Health launches MD COVID Alert [VIDEO]

BALTIMORE, MD—The Maryland Department of Health on Tuesday announced the launch of MD COVID Alert, the official COVID-19 Exposure Notifications Express system of Maryland. MD COVID Alert uses Bluetooth Low Energy technology to quickly notify users who might have been exposed to someone who tested positive for COVID-19 with the goal of reducing infections in Maryland. “MD COVID Alert complements …

Governor Hogan: Maryland to enter Stage Three, all businesses may reopen

UPDATE: Baltimore County officials have announced plans to align with the state and enter Stage Three. Original story below… —— ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan held a press conference on Tuesday afternoon to provide an update on Maryland’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. At Thursday’s event, Governor Hogan announced that Maryland would enter Stage Three of the Maryland Strong: Roadmap to …

Attorney General Frosh asks Apple, Google to ensure that contact-tracing apps serve public health purpose

BALTIMORE, MD— Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh this week asked Google and Apple to ensure all contact tracing and exposure notification apps related to COVID-19 adequately protect consumers’ personal information. Joining a bipartisan coalition of attorneys general, Attorney General Frosh specifically asked Google and Apple to guarantee that such apps, when available to consumers, are affiliated with a public …

Governor Hogan announces launch of statewide contact tracing operation to support local health departments

ANNAPOLIS, MD—Governor Larry Hogan on Thursday announced that Maryland’s statewide contact tracing operation across all 24 of the state’s jurisdictions will be fully operational by next week. To launch this operation, Maryland has more than quintupled its disease investigation capacity, and will have more than 1,400 case investigators statewide. “To support our local health officials, the state has built a …

CCBC to partner with Baltimore County to offer contact trace investigator training, privacy advocates express concern

ESSEX, MD—The Community College of Baltimore County will be partnering with Baltimore County government to create an online training program for contact trace investigators, but some are concerned about the privacy aspects of such a program. Contact trace investigators work with individuals who have suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, helping to identify others with whom they have had close …