Technology

By - 1/11/12 - 8:10 am

The Tech reports an MIT professor thinks the USPS can reinvent and save itself - and the jobs of tens of thousands of workers - by getting into the field of e-mail management and helping companies deal with the never ceasing barrage of electronic messaging:

Ayyadurai believes the USPS can provide a service that will help companies become more efficient at managing their own

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By - 12/6/11 - 7:31 am

Two users of Android mobile phones yesterday filed class-action lawsuits against the manufacturer of their phones and a software company that boasts it can track what Android users are doing even when their phones are in airplane mode.

In separate lawsuits filed in US District Court in Boston, Joshua Libby of Woburn and Dylan Ferreira of Fall River charge Carrier IQ's software, which is... Read more

By - 12/5/11 - 8:28 am

Harvard researchers are hard at work on ways to build and control massive swarms of tiny little robots. They're only up to about 1,000 insect-like "kilobots" at a time, the Crimson reports, but a swarming-algorithm researcher can dream:

The vision might be a million billion robots flying around, each of which has a little component of some building, and they just swarm around

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By - 11/28/11 - 8:24 am

Sounds like some salespeople at the Verizon store in Harvard Square need some training.

By - 11/25/11 - 9:39 am

Mass. High Tech reports researchers at MIT may have figured out the first step in building all-optical microchips - using garnet - which could mean faster computing.

By - 11/18/11 - 10:06 am

As Mitt Romney has taken to the national public stage as a contender for the Republican presidential nomination, Deval Patrick's administration has been asked many times to provide e-mails from Romney's time as governor. The catch: they can't find any to hand out.

Romney's staff paid the state to take their hard drives with them in a move Romney's campaign is calling "a longtime... Read more

By - 11/14/11 - 7:18 am

Welina Farah reviews the weekly Venture Cafe at the Cambridge Innovation Center, which serves as a sort of welcome party for Kendall Square's technopreneurs:

The overall feel of the Café is one that puts a kind of nervous college student walking into a room full of established women and men doing what she one day aspires to do- at ease. I look forward to

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By - 11/10/11 - 4:25 pm

MIT's Infinite Corridor will be alligned with the sun tomorrow, on 11-11-11. The allignment happens a couple of times each year.

No word if the sun will be turned up to 11 for the event.

By - 11/1/11 - 12:14 pm

Forget Wall Street and Whole Foods - this is important: A group of users of Google Reader are planning "a wake" outside Google's Cambridge offices at 5:30 p.m.

We'll be mourning together outside the closest Google office, in Cambridge, near Kendall Square, where perhaps a Google employee or two will briefly notice our useless grief.

Bring flowers or signs or memes or

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By - 10/27/11 - 8:43 am

Steve Berry reports his Verizon 4G wireless works as advertised when he's in a 4G coverage area, but that the problem is that his commute takes him into 3G territory and that's a problem:

When the 4G signal is low and a 3G is available, the device switches modes. This drops the existing connection and 3G takes 20-30 seconds to activate. If you happen

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By - 9/27/11 - 7:54 am

Hacked Harvard. As seen on TV (well, YouTube).Hacked Harvard. As seen on TV (well, YouTube).

Oh, phew, the former ophthalmologist is still just the brutal thug strongman of Syria. It was just some Syrian kiddies hacking the Harvard Web site. Wait, what? Maybe... Read more

By - 9/26/11 - 10:10 am

The Boston Climate Action Network reports, posts photos from a march from Forest Hills to downtown on Saturday

By - 9/21/11 - 6:27 am

According to stats by the state Attorney General's office on data breaches, as reported by the Globe.

By - 9/2/11 - 9:54 am

Local social-media consultant Chris Brogan reports on the reactions he got when he unfollowed the equivalent of much of Worcester on Twitter.

By - 8/23/11 - 9:47 am

Technology Review reports that some researchers at MIT and UMass Amherst have developed a system for keeping hackers from interfering with implanted medical devices.

Yes, it's another hacking threat you didn't know existed: Modern pacemakers and defibrillators, insulin pumps and cochlear implants have wireless systems for uploading patient data to doctors and downloading new directions, and some experts have begun to worry what... Read more

By - 8/20/11 - 2:37 pm

Hot off the developer's desktop: Talk to the T. Fairly barebones (let's you send a note and attach a photo to MBTA Customer Service), doesn't have standard MBTA branding yet, and only for iPhone/iPad. It's by a senior Web developer at the T.

Thanks to Stuart for spotting this.... Read more

By - 8/10/11 - 10:58 am

The drugs, which are still a long way away from human testing, let alone the market, work by latching onto a form of RNA only generated by viruses inside living cells and signalling those cells to kill themselves, MIT reports:

"In theory, it should work against all viruses," says Todd Rider, a senior staff scientist in Lincoln Laboratory's Chemical, Biological, and Nanoscale Technologies Group

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By - 8/3/11 - 8:57 am

WBUR reports on possible effects of research cuts on teaching hospitals in Massachusetts, which bring in more federal science funds per capita than any other state - some $2.4 billion just from the National Institutes of Health last year.

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