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When Nathan Sharp launched the shopping app Nifti a few years ago, he set out to solve a problem: The online shopping experience was ineffective, and it was rather impossible to monitor the random nature of prices on the Web. The company set up a way for shoppers to track the prices of individual products and get notified when they drop beneath a consumer-selected threshold. Basically, the application allows shoppers to automate deal-finding and helps makes the decision of when to buy a product for you.

Now, with spinoff Cinch Polls, Sharp is not just trying to take the agony out of having to decide when to buy something, but instead, is trying to take the pain out of decision-making in general. Cinch is, in a nutshell, crowdsourced advice.More →

My mobile phone pinged me recently with an interesting, yet ominous alert: “Someone has sent you a confidential message on Confide.”

To read it I had to download the app, which I’d never heard of. But I did it anyway and quickly realized I was wading into “Mission: Impossible’’-style technology territory.More →

Earlier in the week, Google took the wraps off an intriguing project that is part of its secretive Google X skunkworks: a magnetic nanoparticle that would travel through the bloodstream searching for early signs of cancer. But what Google executive Andrew Conrad didn’t mention is that a Boston-area startup, Entrega Inc., is working with his company to actually deliver the nanoparticles, using a novel kind of pill.More →

Openbay, an app that lets users get the best deals for auto repairs and pay for the service through the application, is quietly building an industry leading marketplace that could help car owners, repair shops, auto part distributors, and growing industries that rely on working fleets of automobiles.

Last night, the Cambridge company was acknowledged for its auto industry innovation, winning MassTLC’s “App of the Year” award at the organizations annual Leadership Awards event. (For the entire list of winners, check here.)More →