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SPANNING THE GAP: Magdalena Andreozzi, founder of Grands Flourish Inc., says many of the grandparents her organization supports lost contact when many group functions switched to online-only after the COVID-19 pandemic struck. Now Andreozzi is using a grant to get those people reconnected. / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Crisis exposes depths of the ‘digital divide’

When Magdalena Andreozzi moved workshops offered by her nonprofit online during the COVID-19 pandemic last summer, she expected some bumps in the transition. After all,...

The World is Getting Sick of Cyberattacks

With the pandemic entering its second year, humankind needs everything to go right with the deployment of vaccines to help us limit the damage...
JOE DEVINE is stepping down as Tech Collective's executive director. He will remain with the organization as vice chairperson of its board of directors. / COURTESY TECH COLLECTIVE

Devine passes leadership torch at Tech Collective to Michelazzo

PROVIDENCE – Among the things outgoing Tech Collective Executive Director Joe Devine is most proud of about his tenure is the nonprofit's rise from...
PAPER TRAIL: Jeff Sweenor, founder, CEO and president of Sweenor Builders Inc., used to meet with all of his clients face to face to review paper blueprints of projects. Now most of the designs are reviewed in videoconferences. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Homebuilders discover tech can be a handy tool

Before the COVID-19 pandemic, when custom homebuilder Jeff Sweenor reviewed blueprints and spending plans with his clients, it was sometimes a haphazard task. First, clients...
GONE SOON: This Webster Bank branch on Main Street in East Greenwich is one of three Webster locations in Rhode Island and southeastern Massachusetts set to close in the coming months. Webster has 10 Rhode Island branches now. / PBN PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

New wave of closures set to hit bank branches

A year ago, COVID-19 forced many banks to temporarily shutter branch offices. Now some of those branches are closing again. This time, it’s permanent. TD...

Facebook, Big Tech no friend of the web

When Facebook disabled Australians’ access to news articles on its platform, and blocked sharing of articles from Australian news organizations, the company moved a...
David Osborne  / COURTESY VIRGIN PULSE INC.

Beyond COVID – Virgin Pulse’s David Osborne

David Osborne | CEO and president, Virgin Pulse Inc. Virgin Pulse provides a digital health and wellness platform for employers. How has the company responded...

Few Americans adopting COVID-19 exposure apps

Six months ago, Apple Inc. and Google LLC introduced a new smartphone tool designed to notify people who might have been exposed to the...
Annette Tonti / PBN PHOTO/PAMELA BHATIA

Five Questions With Annette Tonti

Annette Tonti | Managing director, RIHub 1. What is RIHub? RIHub is Rhode Island’s first “Innovation Campus.” Founded in 2019. … RIHub is a...

Study: R.I. has lowest internet costs in country

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island had the least-expensive internet in the U.S., according to a report from ­Highspeedinternet.com on Nov. 13. Rhode Island internet was found...

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