One night only
Rock on! Boston tech conferences get an entertainment upgrade
Janelle Monáe plays HubSpot's annual customer conference in October. Photo by  Zac Wolf, courtesy of HubSpot.
In boom times for the tech industry, the bands playing the private parties and customer conferences get more recognizable. This year, acts like OK Go, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Dropkick Murphys have played for fist-pumping crowds of social media mavens, digital publishing gurus, and roboticists. Read More
Innovation Economy
Mobile payments are good in theory, but not quite ready for primetime
Mobile payment system LoopPay aims to replace your credit card.
Someday, a driven entrepreneur will devise the perfect mobile payment technology. You won’t need to charge it up, and it won’t require a companion app. You’ll be able to use it to purchase things from a chain store, independent boutique, vending machine, or food truck. You may even be able to fold it so that it fits into any pocket. Read More
Kickstart this
The miniPCR brings DNA testing to the masses
After a successful Kickstarter campaign, the miniPCR will now be available for classrooms Photo: via Ampylus
When Sebastian Kraves and Ezequiel "Zeke" Alvarez-Saavedra were growing up in Argentina, the science labs in their high school classrooms had only the most basic equipment. But the tools at their disposal were enough to spark an interest in biology that eventually led them both to Boston: Kraves received his doctorate in neurobiology from Harvard, while Alvarez-Saavedra took home a PhD in biology from MIT. Read More
Solve for Double X
Lesson #1 in succeeding in computer science as a woman? There will be trolls
Which one is not like the other.
December is a pretty great month for computer science, in part because it's the month when we get to celebrate the work of two incredible women who made foundational contributions to the field: Ada Lovelace was born 199 years ago, and Grace Hopper graced us with her presence 108 years ago this month.  Read More
In 'Elegy', the best writer wins
Indie videogame features words, not weapons
Elegy For A Dead World is videogame about creation. (Photo: Dejobaan Games)
In a world full of shoot-’em-up computer games, a team of local software developers have created a radical alternative--a digital write-’em-up where players win by telling the best stories. Two independent game makers, Dejobaan Games of Watertown and Popcannibal of Cambridge, joined forces to create Elegy For A Dead World, which went on sale Wednesday for $15 at the online videogame marketplace Steam. Read More
Channeling the frustration
Mobile app Shelfie wants to let shoppers cash in on empty shelves
Grocery store shelf
Shelfie is not only an au courant name for an app, but a cool concept for these next few weeks of retail frenzy. Once you have the Android or iPhone apps, whenever there's a product you're hunting for that's out-of-stock, you use it to snap a picture of the empty shelf. The info about what's not there will be valuable to both retailers and product manufacturers, Shelfie posits. The shopper's reward? Points that can be converted into gift cards for use at places like Starbucks, Amazon, or Target. Read More