Posts Categorized: Technology

Favorite Websites: December 2012 Edition

Our Favorite Sites | Ripple IT

Being that a good number of people celebrate holidays in December, we thought it would be appropriate to list a couple of sustainable and/or eco-friendly shopping sites. And even if you don’t celebrate a single day in December, these sites and products aren’t as boring as the word sustainable might imply. 1. On SHFT you can… Read more »

Humans on Mars: Will There Be Free WiFi?

Mars Rover | Curosity | Ripple IT

NASA’s Curiosity rover has concluded that radiation levels on the red planet are safe for humans. “The astronauts can live in this environment,” said Don Hassler, principal investigator on Curiosity’s Radiation Assessment Detector instrument (RAD). He went on to explain that “the Mars atmosphere is acting as a shield for the radiation on the surface and as… Read more »

Baxter, The Amazing Emoticon Robot

Baxter, The Manufacturing Robot from Rethink Robotics

A new kind of worker is expected to help US manufacturing compete with low-wage labor. New-fangled Robots. Specifically, an incredibly adaptive robot named Baxter. So just how much better is Baxter than the working bots today? Well, a lot. Conventional industrial robots are generally expensive to program, incapable of handling even small changes in their… Read more »

Your Head in the Cloud

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In an article posted to SlashDot, author Ray Kurzweil predicts that cloud technology will help to expand brain capacity beyond its current limits. Taking questions following a speech he gave in Santa Clara, California last week, Kurzweil said, “By the time we’re even 20, we’ve filled [our brains] up,” adding that the only way to store information after that… Read more »

Apple Maps, Google Maps, and Waze

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Okay. So, Apple’s Maps is a far cry from its powerful and expansive Google counterpart. But, as Apple has continually pointed out, the app is in part crowdsourced — meaning that the more people use it, the better it will get. So, how do users go about improving the new Maps app? Well, there’s actually a couple… Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Security Update

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According to a researcher in the Security in Communications department at Technical University Berlin, a malicious code circulating the internet could make Samsung Galaxy S2 and S3 phones vulnerable to a flaw, allowing their personal data to be deleted from their device. The researcher showed how the flaw could be exploited using just a single code embedded… Read more »

Microsoft Office Licensing

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Yes, we know the world is steadily moving to online office applications like Google Apps or Office 365, but some huge percentage of computer users still need or use Microsoft Office. Here are some licensing tips for business owners:   You cannot use Office Home & Student in any commercial, nonprofit, or revenue-generating activities. Nor… Read more »

Apple Maps Under Fire

Apple Maps

One day after going live, the backlash for Apple’s Maps app in iOS 6 is coming on strong and fierce. There’s already a tumblr page showcasing bad map data, warped bridges, cities under water, and other calamities. Forget about finding your local takeout joint. It will be hard enough to finding a city in Scotland through… Read more »