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The app economy is changing the ways of business in Baltimore County

The app economy is changing the ways of business in Baltimore County

At a Catonsville restaurant serving contemporary American fare, eight out of 10 reservations now arrive through cyberspace. A Relay home services contractor saw his annual revenues triple after signing on with a popular crowd-sourcing website. An Arbutus cabbie has had to drop rates with the arrival of ridesharing services that are a tap away on a smartphone app.

From having groceries delivered to doing virtual tours of houses for sale, sharing photos and finding love on Valentine's Day or year 'round, there's an app for just about any transaction.

The prevalence of apps, which hit the mainstream less than a decade ago, is upending the way some business is done in Baltimore...

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