technology http://ripr.org en Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs http://ripr.org/post/swipely-says-20m-infusion-will-enable-it-grow-keep-adding-jobs <p></p><p>Providence tech startup<a href="https://www.swipely.com/"> Swipely</a>, which has grown significantly since it was launched in 2009, says a new infusion of $20 million in venture capital funding will enable it to continue expanding a small spark of Silicon Valley in Rhode Island.</p><p>"The intent is to use those funds to continue to aggressively growing the team in all our areas, including our engineering team, our marketing and sales team, and other departments within the company," Swipely founder Angus Davis said during a news conference Thursday morning.</p> Thu, 29 May 2014 20:22:11 +0000 Ian Donnis 34371 at http://ripr.org Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs 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