Posts Categorized: Technology

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 »

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

Microsoft Office | Ripple IT

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 »

iOS 6 is Here!

iOS 6 | Apple | Ripple IT

iOS 6 is now live. Curious Apple users can update their mobile devices by navigating to Settings>General>Software Update on any iPhone 3GS or later. A list of the features available on the new mobile OS is up on Apple’s site. And for a handy, device specific list you can check out TechCrunch’s chart. Of particular note… Read more »

Internet Explorer or Exploiter?

Internet Explorer | Ripple IT

Earlier this week, tech blogs began urging users to switch to a browser other than Internet Explorer. The reason? Well, several versions of IE (7, 8, and 9) have been found to have a major security flaw. This hole allows hackers to get complete control of vulnerable systems which, according to several forums, are running either Windows XP,… Read more »