On the one hand, the Globe of the Midwest runs a sweet story about how Chicagoans and Bostonians are really more family members than people who have an innate hatred for each other - we're both have guys in tuxedos starting our hockey games, we both have waterfronts, we both have lots of rich people who give money to charity (really). The story features... Read more
Galaxy Internet Services, which started when local digerati knew that local ISPs were fresh (TIAC, anyone?), e-mailed customers yesterday that it's shutting down on June 30.
In addition to providing Internet access, the company also provides the free WiFi service at Faneuil Hall Marketplace and parts of Brookline.
MIT boasts that Makr Shakr can not only mix drinks, but can also monitor alcohol consumption... Read more
The mayor's office announced today city government will be moving from its current legacy applications - such as Microsoft Exchange and Outlook - to Google Apps.
In addition to making legally required e-mail retention easier, the move will save money and free city MIS from the task of maintaining creaky legacy applications, by handing the thing over to Google:
"By bringing city government into... Read more
A tiny company called Lexington Luminance is suing both Amazon and Google over a patent it claims is violated by the LEDs used in the companies' tablets.
Boston University this week filed its own LED patent lawsuit against Amazon over the LEDs used in its Kindle tablets.
Yesterday, Formosa Epitaxy, the company that makes the LEDs that Google uses in its Nexus 7 tablets,... Read more
Researchers at Harvard's Wyss Institute have created what they're calling RoboBees - robots smaller than a penny that can fly.
Inspired by the biology of a fly, with submillimeter-scale anatomy and two wafer-thin wings that flap almost invisibly, 120 times per second, the tiny device not only represents the absolute cutting edge of micromanufacturing and control systems, but is an aspiration that has impelled... Read more
Boston University yesterday sued Amazon.com, charging the LEDs used in its Kindle tablets violate a patent the university holds on making the lights.
BU, which has already sued several LED manufacturers, says the lights infringe on work by Theodore Moustakas, a BU professor of electrical engineering and computer science, on "growing" LED components out of gallium nitride.
BU alleges that Amazon.com... Read more
Researchers at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Boston University recently reported a technique that links the minds of human volunteers and rat subjects, letting the humans make the rat tails move just by thinking about it.
The "non-invasive computer-to-brain interface" used "transcranial focused ultrasound" to stimulate the tail-controlling section of a rat's brain - no surgically implanted electrodes required. Six volunteers were able... Read more
The Herald reports a laptop burst into flames and did enough damage to a Framingham State dorm to displace 90 students.
Gamification explains why an upcoming upgrade to Citizens Connect will feature a Facebook-like "like" function.
Boston University yesterday sued Samsung for patent infringement, alleging it holds the rights to the way Samsung is making LEDs and similar electronic components.
In its lawsuit, filed in US District Court in Boston, the university charges that Samsung's charmingly named SPHWWTHDD805WHT0GD violates a patent for creating "highly insulating monocrystalline gallium nitride thin films."
The university says the patent is based on... Read more
The local ACLU today announced its Technology for Liberty and Justice for All program, funded initially by $2 million in donations and challenge grants from Vertex founder Joshua Boger and Akamai Vice Chairman Paul Sagan:
The goal of the Technology for Liberty Project is to ensure that expressive, associational, and privacy rights are strengthened rather than compromised by new technology, and to protect these... Read more
Kinvey puts together the map. And it's just startups actually within Boston city limits - none of that frou-frou Kendall Square or 495 stuff.
The T's started soliciting bids from companies willing to bolster WiFi service on the Purple Line and ferries in exchange for advertising opportunities, starting with painting over the AT&T logos now on the sides of commuter-rail trains (unless, of course, AT&T bids and wins). According to a T press release:
The solicitation provides for access to MBTA-owned rights of way throughout the commuter rail system... Read more