technology

On Politics
4:22 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Swipely Says $20M Infusion Will Enable It to Grow, Keep Adding Jobs

Angus Davis talks about Swipely's growth,
Credit Ian Donnis / RIPR

Providence tech startup Swipely, 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.

"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.

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On Politics
3:14 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Another App-based Transport Service - Lyft - Coming to RI Later This Week

In a sign of the growing battle between app-based transportation services, Lyft -- which lets consumers decide how much they want to pay for a ride -- is launching in the Providence market on Friday.

While Lyft bears a few strong similarities to Uber, which came to Providence last September, Lyft spokeswoman Paige Thelen says the company emphasizes an "in-person experience" and is about "building a community."

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RI News
2:38 pm
Fri March 14, 2014

Newport Tests Crowdsourcing Safety App for St. Patrick's Day Parade

  The Newport Police Department is trying something new for tomorrow’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade-- they're giving citizens with smart phones another way to help keep the city safe.

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RI News
9:18 am
Mon September 23, 2013

Cranston Public Library Offering 3D Printing Services

The city of Cranston is the first to offer 3D Printing services at it's public library.
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Cranston has become the first public library in the state to offer its patrons the use of a 3D printer.  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.

Cranston library director Ed Garcia says training sessions are filling up fast.

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On Politics
10:41 am
Tue September 3, 2013

On-Demand Car Service Uber is Ready to Disrupt Providence

Uber, 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).

As I recently tweeted in reporting the company's arrival in RI, Uber is a favorite of techies and its origin points to the creative power of the Internet:

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RI News
8:27 am
Mon April 1, 2013

School Highlights Tech-Based Learning

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.

The Village Green Charter School bills itself as Rhode Island’s first virtual learning school.  The high school will be located in Providence, near Classical High. Students will spend 60 percent of their time online or in small groups; 40 percent in traditional classroom time. School superintendent Robert Pilkington says applications for the 9th and 10th grade are pouring in.

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On Politics
11:20 am
Wed March 20, 2013

General Assembly Web Site Adds Streaming Video

The General Assembly Web site 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.

The content will be archived for viewing through the Web site, according to a news release:

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.

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On Politics
3:10 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Cyber-security comes of age as a media hot topic

Cyber-security -- a topic long championed by Congressman Jim Langevin -- has finally emerged as a bona fide hot topic.

Tech writer Arik Hesseldahl offers this overview Tuesday, in a piece ominously headlined, "Cyberwar with China is here, like it or not":

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On Politics
1:00 am
Mon October 15, 2012

Providence start-up touts itself as “a tool to facilitate democracy”

Lovegov, a Providence startup with three employees, is looking to link would-be political supporters with actual candidates and causes. As MassHighTech.com reports:

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The Education Blog
12:51 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

How students are learning in school without computers

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.