"People are intimidated by me."
"Why do you intimidate people?"
"It’s the media, man. People put you into these little compartments in their brains and then they think they know you. ‘Oh, ok. A six-foot-two 350-pound humanoid made from military-grade titanium alloy. Probably out to annihilate all of humanity. Better get away from HIM.’
No one’s willing to risk challenging their first impressions, let alone consider that I might prefer not to be referred to using traditional male gender pronouns."
Xconomy reports on Proteon Therapeutics, whose sole potential product is an enzyme aimed at breaking up the fiber formed by blood vessels when they're cut into. It's aimed at long-term kidney-dialysis patients who first undergo surgery aimed at toughening up a vein to withstand the repeated punctures required for dialysis.
Since December, four emergency-room doctors at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center have been experimenting with Google Glass - colored bright orange so patients would immediately know the glass would see them now.
Dr. John Halamka, hospital CIO, describes the pilot project and lessons learned - and recounts Dr. Steven Horng on one particular incident:
In a lawsuit filed this week in US District Court in Boston, Derrick Sims alleges that Hangtime barraged him and other innocent phone users with large numbers of bogus text messages to try to get them to download its friend-connecting app:
Over the course of an extended period of time beginning in at least 2013, Defendant and its agents directed the mass transmission of wireless spam to the cell phones nationwide of what they hoped were potential customers of Defendant’s social networking services.
Bonus: Fewer royalty payments to Carly Simon.
The Boston Business Journal profiles a Cambridge startup that has come up with a coating it says will make condiment bottles less sticky - reducing waste from ketchup, mayo and mustard that now just stays inside. The company says the coatings - which would combine a specially-textured surface with a lubricant - could also have applications in other fields - for example, for medical devices that you don't want getting sticky or airplane wings that you'd want to stay free of ice.
John Summers takes a long, critical look at what the whole "innovation economy" thing is doing to the rest of the city - and nearby locales, such as Allston.
A New York company that makes ink it says can be used to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones is suing a Boston company that uses ink to encode data on business cards to be read by smartphones.
The Globe reports Mayor Walsh is promising something big in Boston when it comes to high-speed Internet access, although he declined to get specific:
After his comments to the MassTLC audience, Walsh wouldn’t expand on his fiber plans, except to say that he’s working on it.
And, unfortunately, the devil's in the details. Somebody would have to install a lot of fiber around Boston.
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Time Magazine reports on the night 30 years ago when Steve Jobs introduced the Macintosh - at a meeting of the Boston Computer Society.
A Peabody company that takes old stuff off the hands of tech companies and then resells it says the troubled Canadian phone maker accepted its bid for old memory units - then tried to extort more money after the company had already committed to sell the memory to its own customers.
The Boston Business Journal reports on an effort by mechanical-engineering students at Northeastern to create a sort of sensor web around a bicyclist that would alert the rider to any cars getting too close:
Laser lights are also added to the bicycle to project a bike lane onto the street, so that the cyclist knows where the bike's safe zone is. If a vehicle gets too close to the zone, the lasers - which can be seen during the day - will blink. Vibration technology on the bike will also cause the handlebars to vibrate if cyclists speed up as they approach an intersection.
BU Today reports the 25 tech companies sued by Boston University - including Apple and Amazon - have agreed to pay licensing fees for the way their blue LEDs are manufactured.
BU had filed a series of lawsuits against the companies, alleging they were making or using LEDs that used a particular manufacturing method patented by one of its professors.
Joe Kinsella posts a diary of his first day wearing Google Glass:
Before heading into Boston I stopped at a gas station. While pumping gas, one of my contact lenses bothered me, and I instinctively winked several times. Since wink detection was enabled, a few seconds later, I was the proud owner of several photographs of the gas station and the pump. ;)
I am not sure if wearing Google Glass is legal in Massachusetts. I can say the distraction was nominal though, since the directions were voiced into my earpiece, and the map only appeared on the heads up display shortly before the next turn.
AcBel Polytech, which makes power-supply units for large EMC data-storage units, is suing Fairchild Semiconductor over voltage regulators that failed "at an epidemic rate" in late 2010.
AcBel charges that Fairchild replaced perfectly fine components with poorly designed ones that shorted out due to humidity and that it then compounded the problem by not telling anybody it had made the change - or then changed back to the old design when the problems surfaced, in a suit filed this week in US District Court in Boston.
VentureFizz explains why Boston next month will have a free event for young entrepreneurs to pitch their startups to venture capitalists:
A few weeks ago, a little online skirmish started on meetup message boards and Twitter involving a very suspect and questionable group that organizes events to take advantage of inexperienced young startups and unwitting entrepreneurs. (We don't want to give them any more press than they deserve, so we won't even mention the name of the organization.)
The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA., apparently has lots of hours of video of BCS "general meetings" - the big ones where leaders of the nascent PC industry, like Steve Jobs, would introduce "a new product or technology to the world's largest personal computer user organization." They're looking for financial help to digitize the recordings.