Technology

Legislation would carve exemptions for teen ‘sexting’ in Maryland

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — Teens could be exempted from Maryland’s child pornography laws in certain cases if the General Assembly passes any one of four differing bills filed this session.

Lawmakers want to decriminalize teen “sexting,” a practice that arose with the mass adoption of smartphones and that experts say is fairly common among teenagers.

Modern 9-1-1 system will increase state and local fees

Legislation that would increase state and local 9-1-1 fees in Maryland — part of the Next Generation 9-1-1 initiative that would allow faster communication with emergency responders via text, photos and videos — passed both the House and Senate this week.

Md. bill seeks to prohibit using DNA databases to solve crime

ANNAPOLIS, Maryland — After police used a new technique to arrest a man suspected of being the Golden State Killer, a Maryland legislator proposed a law that would prohibit use of a familial DNA database for the purpose of crime-solving.…

Photos, private information to be blocked under 9-1-1 bill

In anticipation of an update to statewide 9-1-1 communication systems by 2021, gruesome imagery of crime scenes or injuries, individuals’ medical histories and identification of domestic violence or rape victims may be protected from public view under legislation in the Maryland General Assembly.

Release of iPhone X draws excitement at Apple stores nationwide — and online

Apple releases its iPhone X on Nov. 3. Some gadget fanatics lined up to get their hands on the new device.

Many Marylanders use mobile apps to find love and live to tweet about it

Mobile dating apps have become popular in today’s dating scene. Maryland Tinder users tweet about their experiences with the app.

Maryland researchers are testing drones for public safety use

Researchers from the University of Maryland Unmanned Aircraft System Test Site are looking into the public safety uses for drones. After simulating a medical delivery across the Chesapeake Bay this summer, the researchers tested a drone that drops a life vest at a safety conference in Laurel.

High-speed broadband access sparse in rural Maryland counties

Rural areas in less populated Maryland counties have significantly less access to high speed internet than people in more populated parts of the state, preventing them from fully participating in our increasingly connected world.

Streetcars, Once Nearly Extinct, Are Enjoying a Comeback

Washington is one of several U.S. cities adopting “second generation” streetcars.

Obama Recognizes Young Scientists At White House Science Fair

Several Maryland students and their projects were just featured at the annual White House Science Fair, started by President Obama six years ago.