Apps

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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
We'll see you now
Fresh Tilled Soil's 'Enter' app aims to be the receptionist of the modern tech world
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Picture it: You're dressed in your finest hand-tailored clothing, you make your way to a downtown skyscraper, feeling nervous as you prepare for an important job interview. But instead of being greeted in the lobby by a receptionist, an iPad mounted on the wall asks you to select your interviewer from a list of faces. The iPad then sends a text message to the recipient and asks you to take a seat in the lobby to wait. Read More
BETA TESTING
Smile and say 'selfie'! This app wants to brighten your teeth
The White Tooth app means to help brighten your smile. (Photo: Pearly Whites)
Your phone can hail you a cab, order you a burrito — and possibly add sparkle to your smile. That’s what makers of the White Tooth app claim, anyway. Like skipping the manicurist to paint your nails at home, a Boston whitening center has created an app that’ll give you the benefits of professional tooth bleaching at home. Read More
Q&A
'Long live the open Internet': Cluetrain authors offer an updated guide to the Web
Two of the original Cluetrain authors, 
Doc Searls and David Weinberger, have issued a new manifesto for the Web.
If you've ever said, "markets are conversations" you're quoting the words of The Cluetrain Manifesto, the '90s-era opus on the promise of the Web. David Weinberger and Doc Searls (two of the original authors of Cluetrain) are publishing another provocative work today called New Clues. I caught up with them this week to hear about the project. None of us wants to be clueless, so go ahead, check it out; here's the link to their page: New Clues. Read More
Make it in Mass.?
Can manufacturing in Massachusetts go viral?
Eric Hold works on the electrical boards of a mass spectrometer at 908 Devices in South Boston. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)

“What we need are manufacturing jobs, not stupid social apps.”

That was a comment appended to a column I wrote in August about two app start-ups in Boston, and I thought it raised a good question: Who is creating those new manufacturing jobs? If you want to weld, rivet, or stamp for a living, rather than code and upload, where will you work?

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Upgrading the conference call
Boston-based Talko, led by Ray Ozzie, unveils new communication app
Talko founders Matt Pope, Eric Patey, and Ray Ozzie, in the startup's North End office.
Just a few blocks away from where Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, entrepreneur Ray Ozzie and a small team have been reimagining telephone calls for the 21st century. And today, they're debuting a new iPhone app called Talko that seeks to nudge the phone out of the "just dial a number and hold it to your ear" era and into the 21st century. Read More