On its way to being spun out as a standalone company, PayPal made a big move locally Monday, acquiring Newton-based mobile payments software company Paydiant. The acquisition comes a few weeks after PayPal laid off workers at its Boston office and ended support for its local startup incubator Start Tank. Read More
When Atlanta resident Susan Bennett took on a gig to be the voice of a computer software program in 2005, she had no idea she would one day become the all-knowing voice of Siri in Apple's iPhone.
Heidi Legg and Beta Boston sat down with Bennett — via Face Time, of course — to ask her how it feels to be a world-famous voice. Read More
Andrew Kehlenbeck pulls up a shirtsleeve and exposes a few linear scars on his forearm. They’re slashes from the plastic propeller of a small drone — a very modern sort of workplace injury.
Kehlenbeck is co-founder and lead engineer at Panoptes Systems in Cambridge, and he is designing a safety system to keep unmanned aircraft from hitting walls, ceilings, trees, and people. Panoptes is just one of the local companies hoping to benefit from a soaring hobbyist drone market and an expected surge in sales to businesses. Read MoreBeta TestingConfide: Keeping your messages truly secret
Although many attendees on Twitter and some in the crowd had complaints about this year's TechCrunch Boston Meetup + Pitch-off at the Estate, the event ran much more smoothly and was far more entertaining than it was last year. Read More
You may have encountered the technology from Leaf at local businesses like Voltage Coffee, Aceituna Cafe, or Garlic & Lemons: instead of a cash register on the counter, a small Android tablet sits on a pedestal. After the cashier rings you up by tapping the screen a few times, he swipes your credit card and asks you to sign the screen instead of a receipt. Leaf's software could provide merchants with reports on what had been selling well, and it also tracked workers' hours. Cambridge-based Leaf aimed to dramatically undercut the big sellers of registers (also known as point-of-sale systems), selling its tablet for $250 and the accompanying software for $50 per month.
Read MoreThinking spring, Practice Gigs readying app to connect you with tennis partners
This time last year, Toni Oloko was captain of the tennis team at Boston Trinity Academy, a small prep school in Hyde Park. While he got accepted by the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, Oloko decided not to start college last fall. Instead, he has been working on a startup called PracticeGigs — and raising a seed round of funding from investors like Andy Miller of Constant Contact and Jeff Fagnan at FKA (the tech venture capital firm Formerly Known as Atlas.)
Read MoreZoom Zoom ZoomZoombinis’ relaunch will target the iOS and Android markets
About 20 years ago, an educational video game called “Zoombinis” was launched to help children improve problem-solving skills. The game, from Broderbund Software, which was later acquired by a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt subsidiary, The Learning Co., ended up selling more than 1 million copies.
Now the original creator, Cambridge-based TERC (for Technical Education Resource Centers) has teamed up with a Boston children’s media company, FableVision, and the Learning Games Network to launch an updated version of the game for Android, iOS and, eventually, a wide array of other devices. Read MoreWhat’s in a mollusk? Maybe the secret to a new generation of screens
A mollusk, marked by the brilliant pattern of its shell, is inspiring engineers to design an advanced screen that would, for example, allow drivers to overlay navigation information on their car windshield -- without blocking their view of the road. Read More