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Zoom Zoom Zoom
Zoombinis’ relaunch will target the iOS and Android markets
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About 20 years ago, an educational video game called “Zoombinis” was launched to help children improve problem-solving skills. The game, from Broderbund Software, which was later acquired by a Houghton Mifflin Harcourt subsidiary, The Learning Co., ended up selling more than 1 million copies. Now the original creator, Cambridge-based TERC (for Technical Education Resource Centers) has teamed up with a Boston children’s media company, FableVision, and the Learning Games Network to launch an updated version of the game for Android, iOS and, eventually, a wide array of other devices. Read More
Boston Crunch
This year's TechCrunch Boston Meetup and Pitchoff features a roster of cool startups
(image via Mike Schneider -@schneidermike)
On Thursday evening, 10 local startups will take the stage at the Boston TechCrunch Meetup + Pitchoff to compete for a spot at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in New York City. TechCrunch's East Coast editor John Biggs and reporter Jordan Crook will be in town for the event, which is co-hosted by VentureFizz, NextView Ventures, and General Assembly, and will be held at The Estate. Read More
Bridj over the Potomac
Bridj planning to expand its data-driven bus service to Washington, D.C.
Photo via Bridj
This morning, Boston-based Bridj, a transportation startup that aims to bring better, user-informed bus services to metropolitan areas, announced that it plans to expand its operations to Washington, D.C., this spring. Bridj initially started testing potential bus routes in Boston last June, and released its long-awaited mobile application in January. This most recent step is helping the company to get closer to its original vision of a data-driven transit service that meets the demands of citizens in neighborhoods lacking reliable public transportation. The service saw an influx in popularity in the wake of the recent snowstorms, particularly during some of the worst MBTA and traffic woes. Read More
Change for Good
Changing Environments raises $1 million to connect municipalities, citizens, and the Internet
(From left to right) Nan Zhao, Jutta Friedrichs, FKA's Chris Lynch, and Sandra Richter.
Changing Environments, a Cambridge-based Internet of Things startup, is trying to improve the way communities and its citizens interact. The company has created a network for civic-minded app developers and organizations to connect with mobile phone users through sensor-connected "urban appliances." Read More
It's not easy being green
'Greenline' could save time for students traveling the city's most unreliable subway line
JOHN TLUMACKI/GLOBE STAFF/FILE 2012
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
Magic Bus App
Wanderu launches mobile app to make bus travel easier
From left, Wanderu cofounders Igor Bratnikov and Polina Raygorodskaya (courtesy of company)
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