Technology

By - 5/19/16 - 9:11 pm
Man with VR headset walks down Beacon Street in Brookline

Last month, a Green Line rider gained some measure of notoriety - and the disapproval of police - when he was spotted wearing virtual-reality goggles on a C trolley.

This afternoon, Mike the roving UHub photographer spotted him just walking down Beacon Street in Brookline, which for us non-VR types raises the question of whether you can actually see through the goggles or if hes perhaps using them to navigate via a live feed from a camera mounted on the goggles.

By - 5/11/16 - 7:39 am

V.A. Shiva Ayyadurai, who says he invented e-mail as a 14-year-old in 1978, is suing Gawker and its owner for at least $35 million, claiming articles in 2012 that questioned his claim got him fired as an MIT lecturer and that a follow-up in 2014 lost him paid speaking engagements and other jobs around the world. Read more.

By - 4/29/16 - 11:42 pm

A federal appeals court ruled today that people who download a newspaper's mobile app are "subscribers" even if they pay no fee for access and that that means a local man can continue to sue Gannett over information its USA Today app sent about him to a third-party company. Read more.

By - 4/12/16 - 2:28 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced a deal in which Verizon will spend $300 million to bring its FiOS fiber-optic cable/Internet service to Boston.

Under the deal, the company will also attach wireless modems to city street lights and utility poles to provide better 4G and eventually 5G services to its wireless customers. Read more.

By - 4/2/16 - 10:13 am

The ACLU of Massachusetts this week asked a federal judge to order federal prosecutors and judges to stop sealing information about requests to unlock phone data - if they are, in fact, doing that. Read more.

By - 3/16/16 - 5:09 pm

M.L. reports seeing a weird, teensy-tiny little purple car on Mass. Ave. in Cambridge today, headed towards MIT (of course). Corinne replies with the above photo. Anybody know more about it?

By - 3/15/16 - 8:32 am

The Globe reports on a case involving a phone belonging to an alleged member of the Columbia Point Dawgs, indicted last year with 47 other people.

By - 3/7/16 - 7:59 am

The Boston Business Journal remembers Ray Tomlinson, who gave us both e-mail and the use of the @ symbol in 1971, as an engineer for what was then Bolt, Beranek and Newman in Cambridge.

By - 2/28/16 - 12:13 pm

Boston Dynamics is not winning fans with the way it manhandled poor Atlas the robot.

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Boston Dynamics robot is a typical Masshole (NSFW): Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 8:56 am

Boston Dynamics posted this video to show off the abilities of its newest robot, but if you watch the whole thing, you'll see the poor automaton get tormented by some jerk with a hockey stick who winds up kicking it to the ground. A robot dog fares no better.

By - 2/24/16 - 8:20 am

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting takes a look at what we do know about Boston Police's use of a StingRay device, which can masquerade as a cell tower and intercept location data from nearby phones.

By - 2/17/16 - 9:19 am

In a lawsuit filed this week, Cambridge's Akamai Technologies charges that basically everything that competitor Limelight Networks does violates three Akamai patents. Akamai wants a judge in US District Court in Boston to tell Limelight to knock it off and pay lots of damages for having that sort of nerve. Read more.

By - 2/15/16 - 9:59 am
Boston areas where larger solar installations could be done

Potential areas for community solar electric systems in Boston.

MIT researchers say Boston could become more energy self sufficient and become a greener city by working towards a series of neighborhood power sources that would include small natural-gas power plants and "community" solar systems. Read more.

By - 2/12/16 - 8:59 am

If you like reading books, you are probably interested in appropriate apps, which will make this process easier. Of course, when you meet with this problem at first time, you may not choose the right one at the beginning. So I decided to write this article and to advise you the best apps for reading. So let’s see which ones are best.

By - 2/6/16 - 11:25 am

MIT says Toshiba owes it at least that much in royalties for the right to make digital TVs, video players and home-theater systems based on patents it holds.

In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, MIT says that Toshiba stopped making agreed upon royalty payments in 2011 for patented work by MIT researchers on several key digital-TV standards, including MPEG-2 and MPEG-4. Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 7:09 am

The Harvard Gazette reports researchers at Harvard, MIT and the Joslin Diabetes Center have successfully tested an implantable bundle containing human pancreas cells in mice and primates with type 1 diabetes.

Key to the research is alginate, a substance derived from seaweed that blocks the immune system from attacking the container for the new cells as "foreign" without the need for expensive and risky immune suppressing drugs. Read more.

By - 1/25/16 - 11:11 pm

MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory reports Minsky, 88, died Sunday

Minsky viewed the brain as a machine whose functioning can be studied and replicated in a computer - which would teach us, in turn, to better understand the human brain and higher-level mental functions: How might we endow machines with common sense - the knowledge humans acquire every day through experience? How, for example, do we teach a sophisticated computer that to drag an object on a string, you need to pull, not push - a concept easily mastered by a two-year-old child?

By - 1/21/16 - 8:43 am

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By - 1/15/16 - 1:08 pm

City Hall today announced an online dashboard that is supposed to let people know at a glance how efficiently various city services and metrics are being met - for example, stabbings (hey, it's the very first item) are apparently down from where the city expected them to be (yay!), while city traffic-light repair is going slower than it should (boo!).

By - 1/14/16 - 11:19 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that prosecutors can use photos found on the phone of Hyde Park man against him when he comes to trial on gun charges related to a 2011 gun battle outside his apartment.

That the decision came in a 4-3 vote, however, highlights the court's struggles to adapt search-and-seizure laws and decisions that date to the age of quill pens to the current digital world. Read more.