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What's for dinner? Let IBM's 'Chef' Watson decide
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IBM’s Watson has a voracious appetite for knowledge. In the past five years, this cloud-based cognitive system has played trivia champ, legal aide, and cancer researcher. For the last three years, IBM has turned its smarts on food. “Chef” Watson has a brand new cookbook out this month. “Cognitive Cooking” is a collaboration between the team at IBM and human chefs at the Institute of Culinary Education and Bon Appétit. Read More
May it Please the Court
Court win for taxi companies probably won't help Uber, Lyft
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Massachusetts’ top court says it’s fine to treat taxi drivers as independent contractors, rather than actual employees of the cab companies. But the ruling probably won’t help the taxi industry’s nemesis, Uber, because the heavily regulated cab business is so complex. Read More
Play Ball!
Parking apps help Fenway fans get a leg up on Opening Day
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Jason Heard got to Fenway Park at noon for Monday’s Red Sox home opener, but he wasn’t there to watch the game. Instead, Heard was working for a parking lot tucked behind the ballpark, waving cars into an alley with a bright orange flag. Fifty dollars per carload for the prime spots. If that seems steep, the market didn’t think so — an hour and a half before the first pitch, Heard was using his flag to tell people there were no more spots to be had. Read More
Fiksu lays off 10 percent of workforce, CFO departs as IPO plans hit a wall
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Fiksu, a mobile marketing technology company that last year said it had surpassed $100 million in annual revenue, has laid off about 10 percent of its workforce as part of a reorganization, chief executive Micah Adler said. Chief financial officer Ken Goldman has also left the company effective today, less than a year after coming on board to help Fiksu prepare for a possible initial public offering. Read More
Intelligent Parking
Boston to install "smart" parking meters across city, spreading pay-by-phone options
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Boston’s parking meters are going to get a lot smarter over the next few years, eventually letting drivers find open spots and feed the meter with their smartphones. The citywide upgrade could also let the city get a better handle on how much street parking it actually controls, and even raise more money for the government by charging higher prices at times of extreme demand. Read More
Crystal ball commute? 'DELAID' app hopes to predict delays on the MBTA
Commuters wait for the Red Line. (Wendy Maeda/Boston Globe)
When it comes to creating technology for cities and citizens, open-sourced data and hackathons and great, but there’s nothing like a real weather emergency to get the creative juices flowing. The recent spate of storm-related delays and shutdowns on the MBTA have sent local designers into a creative frenzy; the latest proposal to ease the daily commute for Bostonians is an app that can predict the chance for delays and train trouble on the way to work. Read More
Snowbound
Localytics finds app usage spiked during snowstorms
App usage spike during the recent bout of snowstorms.
It's been difficult to accomplish anything in the past few weeks, what with the broken MBTA, snow-blocked roads, and the blistering cold. However, while we've been trapped indoors thanks to snow, we've still been able to distract ourselves with games, books, and news -- on our phones. The Boston-based marketing and analytics platform Localytics reports that on our snowiest days this February, overall app use by consumers increased by upwards of 30 percent. Read More
Added advertising value
With BrandFeed, Hill Holliday makes a push into products
John Running, director of Hill Holiday's Project Beacon team, meets with the team at their office in Boston. Jessica Rinaldi/Globe Staff
It’s late afternoon, and several Hill Holliday staffers are sitting on a couch, sipping Pabst Blue Ribbons and staring at a large television screen covered in tiny dashboard gauges. Dials wave back and forth and the team — a mix of Web designers, app developers, and the ad agency’s other creatives — looks on, mesmerized. The dashboard, known as BrandFeed, allows companies to track their social media campaigns on Facebook and Twitter in real time, helping them to determine how they can best allocate their advertising dollars, based on how well they’re being received online. Read More
Euro Innovation
The best way to have fun during the blizzard? Download video selfie app Dubsmash immediately
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Whether you know it or not, a group of German entrepreneurs has created what might be the best app you will download on your phone this month. And, if you are looking for something to keep you entertained over the next 24 hours of nonstop snow, get Dubsmash immediately and have a grand old time. Read More