technology http://ripr.org en Another App-based Transport Service - Lyft - Coming to RI Later This Week http://ripr.org/post/another-app-based-transport-service-lyft-coming-ri-later-week <p>In a sign of the growing battle between app-based transportation services, <a href="https://www.lyft.me/">Lyft </a>-- which lets consumers decide how much they want to pay for a ride -- is launching in the Providence market on Friday.</p><p>While Lyft bears a few strong similarities to <a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a>,<a href="http://ripr.org/post/demand-car-service-uber-ready-disrupt-providence"> which came to Providence last September</a>, Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen says the company emphasizes an "in-person experience" and is about "building a community."</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 19:14:28 +0000 Ian Donnis 30651 at http://ripr.org Newport Tests Crowdsourcing Safety App for St. Patrick's Day Parade http://ripr.org/post/newport-tests-crowdsourcing-safety-app-st-patricks-day-parade <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The Newport Police Department is trying something new for tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade-- they're<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;giving citizens with smart phones another way to help keep the city safe.</span></p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 18:38:33 +0000 Ben Becker 30463 at http://ripr.org Newport Tests Crowdsourcing Safety App for St. Patrick's Day Parade Cranston Public Library Offering 3D Printing Services http://ripr.org/post/cranston-public-library-offering-3d-printing-services <p>Cranston has become the first public library in the state to offer its patrons the use of a 3D printer.&nbsp; The printer turns digital images into objects made of plastic. The machine cost about three thousand dollars but will be free to the public to use.</p><p></p><p>Cranston library director Ed Garcia says training sessions are filling up fast.</p> Mon, 23 Sep 2013 13:18:00 +0000 Flo Jonic 22086 at http://ripr.org Cranston Public Library Offering 3D Printing Services On-Demand Car Service Uber is Ready to Disrupt Providence http://ripr.org/post/demand-car-service-uber-ready-disrupt-providence <p></p><p><a href="https://www.uber.com/">Uber</a>, the on-demand car service that lets users summon a ride via a smart phone app, is set to formally launch in Providence on September 12 (5:30 pm at Tazza, on Westminster Street).</p><p>As I recently <a href="https://twitter.com/IanDon">tweeted</a> in reporting<a href="https://www.uber.com/cities/providence"> the company's arrival in RI</a>, Uber is a favorite of techies and<a href="http://ripr.org/post/venture-capitalist-kopelman-offers-pep-talk-ri-entrepreneurs"> its origin points to the creative power of the Internet</a>:</p> Tue, 03 Sep 2013 14:41:37 +0000 Ian Donnis 21051 at http://ripr.org On-Demand Car Service Uber is Ready to Disrupt Providence School Highlights Tech-Based Learning http://ripr.org/post/school-highlights-tech-based-learning <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Online learning is a tool in many Rhode Island classrooms. But a charter school opening next fall in Providence takes high tech to a whole new level.</span></p> Mon, 01 Apr 2013 12:27:12 +0000 Flo Jonic 12861 at http://ripr.org General Assembly Web Site Adds Streaming Video http://ripr.org/post/general-assembly-web-site-adds-streaming-video <p>The <a href="http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Pages/Default.aspx">General Assembly Web site</a> is adding live video streaming that will allow viewers to watch up to four committee meetings at the same time, as well as House and Senate sessions.</p><p>The content will be archived for viewing through the Web site, according to a news release:</p><blockquote><p>Currently, Capitol TV airs a live House session and taped the Senate session to broadcast after. Without web-streaming, the channel could only broadcast one live committee meeting at a time.</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 15:20:57 +0000 Ian Donnis 12249 at http://ripr.org Cyber-security comes of age as a media hot topic http://ripr.org/post/cyber-security-comes-age-media-hot-topic <p>Cyber-security -- a topic <a href="http://blog.thephoenix.com/BLOGS/notfornothing/archive/2011/10/26/langevin-cybersecurity-speech.aspx">long championed</a> by Congressman Jim Langevin -- has finally emerged as a bona fide hot topic.</p><p>Tech writer Arik Hesseldahl offers this overview Tuesday, in a piece ominously headlined, "<a href="http://allthingsd.com/20130219/cyberwar-with-china-is-here-like-it-or-not/?mod=tweet">Cyberwar with China is here, like it or not</a>":</p> Tue, 19 Feb 2013 20:10:19 +0000 Ian Donnis 10598 at http://ripr.org Providence start-up touts itself as “a tool to facilitate democracy” http://ripr.org/post/providence-start-touts-itself-tool-facilitate-democracy <p><img alt="LoveGov | Social Media Startups And Applications | Scoop.it" id="postImage_2243019725" src="http://img.scoop.it/qaP_r6MJ4JPJBhUYbLFtcTl72eJkfbmt4t8yenImKBVaiQDB_Rd1H6kmuBWtceBJ" height="86" width="224"></p><p><a href="http://lovegov.com/upgrade/">Lovegov</a>, a Providence startup with three employees, is looking to link would-be political supporters with actual candidates and causes. As <a href="http://www.masshightech.com/stories/2012/10/15/daily5-Lovegov-matches-political-views-with-candidates-groups.html">MassHighTech.com </a>reports:</p> Mon, 15 Oct 2012 05:00:00 +0000 Ian Donnis 9073 at http://ripr.org How students are learning in school without computers http://ripr.org/post/how-students-are-learning-school-without-computers <p>While schools around the state look for ways to increase their use of technology, some parents are paying thousands of dollars to send their children to a private school with no computers in the classroom at all.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 16:51:46 +0000 Elisabeth Harrison 8380 at http://ripr.org