Posts Categorized: Technology

Google Maps Now Available for iOS Devices

Google Maps App | Ripple IT

The wait is over for iPhone and iPad users: An official Google Maps app for iOS is here! And it’s available directly from the iTunes App Store. Best of all, it now comes with turn-by-turn voice-guided driving directions, transit and walking directions, 2D and 3D maps, Street View and aerial imagery. Boom! Oh, and that… Read more »

DoNotTrackMe Blocks Site Trackers

DoNotTrackPlus - Ripple IT Service

Abine’s DoNotTrackMe is an add-on for popular web browsers that makes increasing your online privacy a cinch. Previously known as Do Not Track Plus when it underwent a massive overhaul at the beginning of this year, the latest version “adds more than 50 trackers to its list, for a total of more than 200 companies and 630… Read more »

The SpareOne Emergency Phone

SpareOne Emergency Phone

For all of our New York clients who’ve suffered through Hurricane Sandy, along with our own NYC Ripplers, we wanted to make mention of a pretty cool way to make sure you can always get through to someone in the event of an emergency. The new SpareOne Emergency Phone is a handy AA battery-powered device… Read more »

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

Brain in the Cloud | Ripple IT Support

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

Waze | Ripple IT

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 »