Party people
Jobble wants to create a marketplace for event staffers
From left: Jobble founders Corey Bober, Zack Smith, and Matthew Osofisan.
Your company is throwing a cocktail shindig and you need someone to staff the check-in table for two hours. How do you fill that kind of extremely short-term gig? A startup with roots on two local campuses, Jobble, has built a mobile app and website that will try to supply a solution. Jobble is a marketplace for event staffers available for such tasks as handing out flyers at a festival or helping assemble a trade show booth. The startup will handle payments to event staffers, taking a 20 percent fee off the top. Jobble says it has seven companies lined up to beta test the service. Read More
to track a killer
Dimagi gets USAID funding to bring Ebola tracking apps to West Africa
Health workers in Guinea are trained to use Dimagi's CommCare tool. (Photo: Dimagi)
A Cambridge firm is one of 12 groups that will receive a portion of $6 million from the US Agency for International Development for creating a tech-based aid to tackle the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Dimagi’s strength is mobile health communication and its core product is called CommCare. The platform supplies health workers who aren’t app developers a set of simple building blocks that they can tailor to their needs, helping them to manage patient records, set up databases and data-entry systems, or communicate with their co-workers in the field, for example.  Read More
Data Tamer
Tamr unleashes new products, announces new partnership
Andy Palmer (top), Alan Wagner, and Nidhi Aggarwal of Tamr.
Cambridge-based Tamr is making a few announcements this week out in Silicon Valley at the Strata + Hadoop World conference. Tamr, a big data for business intelligence company, is sharing news that it is launching new solutions to help businesses sift through and organize enterprise data for easier analysis, that it is releasing a new platform for companies to access unified data in a faster and simpler way, and that it has added new large enterprise customers as well as a new a strategic partner in New Jersey-based Knowledgent. Read More
The wayback machine
Why did YouTube win? An interview with co-founder Chad Hurley from 2005
YouTube co-founders Chad Hurley and Steve Chen. (File photo / Associated Press.)
If you remember the way video was handled on the Internet a decade ago, it was a pretty sloppy situation. Netflix was still two years away from launching its streaming service, and Apple hadn't yet introduced video to its iTunes online store. To watch something, you often had to download special video player software, or sit and wait while a QuickTime movie downloaded. And if you wanted to upload video of your own, you had to navigate a sea of different formats — and restrictions on file size. When I wrote a story for the New York Times in October 2005 about the various companies that wanted to make it simpler to share and view video online, it was tough to tell who was going to win. One of the entrepreneurs I interviewed was Chad Hurley, who co-founded YouTube. (It launched ten years ago this month.) Read More
Beta Testing
When it's too snowy to head to the dry cleaners, call Washio, get a cookie
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Like a tooth fairy with a practical bent, on-demand laundry service Washio’s signature move is to swap your dry-cleaning for a free, freshly baked cookie from a local bakery. You’ll still have to pay for the service, but the treat certainly sweetens the deal. The self-appointed Uber of laundry, Washio lets you schedule pickups and drop-offs, and track your order through its app. Read More
No more traffic?
Boston partners with Google's Waze app to improve traffic flow in the city
Waze logo added to a recent photo of the Southeast Expressway via BARRY CHIN/GLOBE STAFF
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. Read More
It's not easy being green
'Greenline' could save time for students traveling the city's most unreliable subway line
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A new MBTA tracking app launched today that could make a huge difference in the lives of students and other Bostonians who rely on the Green Line as a life line to other parts of the city. The new Greenline app is far from unique in terms of being an MBTA-focused application —  there are more than 80 different MBTA mobile applications available for use — however, its creator, Alex Grinman, an MIT senior, says the new transit app is different in that it uses real-time data for the Green Line, the most technologically ignored transit line in the city.Read More
the download
The Download: Jonathan Rotenberg
Rotenberg says he uses an app on his phone to help in his daily meditation sessions. (Photo: Barry Chin/The Boston Globe)
Jonathan Rotenberg is an executive coach and former management consultant. In the late 1970s, he founded the Boston Computer Society, which swiftly became one of the most influential computer groups in the world. He’s working on a book about Steve Jobs, whom Rotenberg met in the '80s and whose spirituality Rotenberg portrays as central to his management style. He sat down with The Download after a talk at Cambridge Friends School to discuss his own digital habits. Read More
Reality TV
Brianna Wu dissects 'Law and Order SVU's' #GamerGate episode
Brianna Wu (Joann Rathe/Globe Staff)
In this week's episode of NBC's crime show "Law and Order: Special Victims Unit," a female game designer appeals for police help after she gets death threats in advance of her high-profile game launch. For the prominent targets of the real-life drama we now know as GamerGate, including Arlington resident Brianna Wu, the story strikes dangerously close to home. Read More