Sometimes, the new personal-tech advances we think will be least useful end up being the ones we come to rely on most.
Withings, a German health-tracking and Internet-of-things company that has its US headquarters in Boston, has developed an array of fitness and wellness products that can do everything from monitor a user’s health and sleep habits to help keeping an eye on a home while being able to detect air quality.
Read MoreThe Long RunMeet the four tech-company founders running their first marathon for local charities
One of the first groups to begin raising money for victims of the Boston Marathon bombings was a collection of founders, venture capitalists, and employees from the local tech and innovation community, and startup- and entrepreneur-focused nonprofit TUGG helped lead that effort.
Read MoreTrust factorValerie Plame joins Starling Trust Sciences advisory board
Former CIA covert operations officer Valerie Plame joined Boston-based Starling Trust Sciences as an adviser this week. Starling aims to establish a digital trust infrastructure that would give people the ability to identify and connect with trustworthy peers. With the technology Starling is developing, users will see how trustworthy another person is based on various factors, including the number of mutual connections. Read More
A new service launching in the United States this week wants to be the Uber for doctors, making medical practitioners available for consultation by text message, video chat, or even a house visit — for a fee, of course.
The company, FirstLine, which has offices in Boston and San Francisco, launched its app nationally this week. Two dozen California-based doctors have been contracted to be on-call and the team is already hiring and training local medics with a goal of launching in Boston this summer. Read More
Michael Stonebraker, an MIT professor who did foundational research in database management systems, an industry that is now worth billions, was announced the winner of the Alan M. Turing award in computer science on Wednesday. Read More
Social media is big business — and it should get even bigger as traditional ad spending continues moving to digital channels.
One of the beneficiaries of that shift is Nanigans. The five-year-old company, based in Boston, helps advertisers get the most out of their marketing budget by allowing them to target their digital ads and see how well they perform across hundreds of millions of social-media users.
Read MoreCitizen science Open Humans project allows healthy adults to open-source medical data
Medical researchers typically don’t share the results of their studies with the hundreds of subjects who participated. But Jason Bobe, one of the co-founders of the Open Humans project, wants to reverse that trend.
The latest in a series of programs that let you to share or “open source” your genetic and health data, Open Humans, which launched Tuesday, is striving to broaden the reach and eventual impact of medical research by making it easy to participate. Read MoreGeek outA blend of geek culture and sound, Nerd Rock shows find a home in Boston
The guy at the bar in a Darth Vader helmet was a giveaway that this was no ordinary club show.
At the Middle East earlier this month, the first act, Professor Shyguy — he calls himself “The Poor Nerd’s Justin Timberlake” — sang rhythm and blues over musical loops from the video game Super Mario Bros. 3, while playing a hacked-up guitar made of an old Nintendo game console.
Read MoreThe DownloadThe Download: In 140 characters, state senator takes on the Twitter trolls
To most politicians, Twitter looks more like a minefield than a social media platform. Yes, it can be used to engage constituents, but the risks of giving the public an unfiltered peek inside a pol’s mind seem too great. Just ask Anthony Weiner or Scott Brown, he of the infamous “Bqhatevwr.”
Jamie Eldridge, however, is not afraid. Read More