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 MoreIt'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 Morethe downloadThe Download: Jonathan Rotenberg
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 MoreReality TVBrianna Wu dissects 'Law and Order SVU's' #GamerGate episode
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
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 MoreGender DisparityNortheastern professor’s work shows gendered language in teacher reviews
Would you say that a female college professor is more likely to be annoying, bossy, or unfair? Or that a male professor has a better chance of being wise, intelligent, or awesome?
An interactive chart gaining attention on social media this week suggests just that. By using 14 million teacher reviews from RateMyProfessors.com, Northeastern history professor Ben Schmidt created a data visualization that allows users to explore words used to describe male and female teachers. By typing any word into the box, the chart rearranges to display how often the word is used and in which subject areas. Many of the results illustrate gendered language.
Read MoreLife after deathFacebook creates a 'living will' for users' accounts after 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 MoreMagic Bus AppWanderu launches mobile app to make bus travel easier
Boston-based bus travel search site Wanderu is having a productive February. Last week, the company visited Richard Branson's private Neckar Island to pitch their startup to the Virgin Group founder as part of his Extreme Tech Challenge. Today, Wanderu is launching a mobile application that the company calls the first comprehensive ground travel booking app in North America. Read More
The sound of social media is more cacophony than symphony. But if you have the right tools to listen, you can cut through the noise. Such is the theory behind Compass, the new platform launched Wednesday by Luminoso, the social analytics firm in Cambridge with roots in the MIT Media Lab.
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