Beta Testing
When it's too snowy to head to the dry cleaners, call Washio, get a cookie
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
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
international ed tech
Boston ed-tech firm Cengage Learning announces the expansion of LearnLaunch to Latin America
Boston will soon have a new partner in education innovation: some 600 million people from the tip of South America to the United States border. Cengage Learning, an international educational services company, announced Thursday that it will back the expansion of Boston-based LearnLaunch Accelerator to Latin America at Cengage's innovation lab at the University of Chihuahua in Mexico. Read More
Life after death
Facebook creates a 'living will' for users' accounts after death
Facebook has created the option of appointing a 'legacy contact' to manage a page after a user's death.
Until recently, the fate of a Facebook page after the user's death has been a decidedly gray area. Family members of the deceased were able to reach out to the social network and ask to have a page taken down or turned into a memorial, but the user had little say in the decision and even then, no one had oversight to manage the memorial page. But this morning, Facebook announced that it has created new protocols for the site which allow users to make decisions about the fate of their online lives after their death. Think of it as a living will for your social media profile. Read More