The student center at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology tolerates a buzz of activity pretty much at any hour. But Saturday afternoon, the spacious two-level center was pulsing with life.
More than 200 of the keenest engineering students from around Boston jostled for space, balancing laptops decorated with loud stickers on tables littered with cutting tools, circuit boards, and half-empty candy boxes in a race against the clock to build their vision of a smart future. Read MoreProletariat rising: Cambridge game studio levels up
One more thing you'll be able to summon with a smartphone app, starting this spring: a blue-jacketed valet who'll take your keys and park your car. The San Francisco startup Luxe Valet, which recently raised $20 million in fresh funding, hopes to be up and running in Boston in time for Opening Day at Fenway Park.
One of the biggest draws of websites such as Reddit and Hacker News is the way in which news stories are compiled and organized based on popularity. On Hacker News, for instance, a story about the latest release of a free version of a popular gaming development software might be the top-ranked article of the moment based on other users "upvoting" it. Reddit is similar in that the most popular stories are ranked in order of how important, timely, or interesting Redditors find them.
A group of entrepreneurs based out of the Harvard iLab -- Max Campion, Hari Ganesan, and Rachel Moranis -- have tried to bring the same type of feature to mobile devices with a service that organizes the top news of the moment based on its overall popularity on the web. Read MoreNaming of the CzarThe City of Boston's first 'Startup Czar' is...Rory Cuddyer
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