Mobile Apps

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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 →

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.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 →

Mayor Martin Walsh made yet another move that shows just how far the city of Boston is willing to go in its quest to improve its citizens’ lives by using new technologies and data collected by Internet companies, mobile application makers, and others.

As traffic becomes a hot-button issue — the other major transportation problem besides the MBTA to arise as Boston has been buried by snow — the city said today that it has formed a new data-sharing partnership with real-time traffic application Waze.More →

One of the more old-fashioned aspects of staying in a hotel is having to pull a leather binder out of a drawer and then pick up a 1980s-era phone to order room service, arrange a wake-up call, or set up a spa appointment. A Cambridge start-up, MobileSuites, wants to upgrade that part of the guest experience, letting you use your smartphone to explore the amenities and interact with the staff. After piloting the app with three hotels last year, MobileSuites says the iPhone app can now be used at about 700 hotels around the United States, including chains like Hilton, Westin, and Marriott.More →