By - 6/19/13 - 2:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports a local company is looking at the possibility of setting up a mass-transit system on Columbia Point that would use tiny pods on a monorail-like structure to whisk people along Mt. Vernon Street.

By - 6/12/13 - 11:19 am

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 quotes from Bostonians living in Chicago and a professor who teaches classes at both BU and the University of Chicago.

By - 6/7/13 - 8:18 am

Boston has Citizens Connect and Brookline has BrookONline - available for iOS and Android users.

And, hey, look, Brookline has its own issues with upside-down traffic cones.

By - 6/3/13 - 4:05 pm

Xconomy updates us on Follica, a local company that says it might have a new baldness cure that involves scraping the top layer of your chrome-dome scalp off and then applying a particular drug that seems to stimulate hair growth in wounded skin.

By - 6/1/13 - 11:36 am

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.

By - 5/22/13 - 8:26 am

HubSpot, which offers online marketing software from its offices in Kendall Square, today launched a referral program: Refer a software developer to them, and if they hire him or her, you get $30,000.

By - 5/15/13 - 10:21 am

GigaOm introduces us to the Makr Shakr, a joint venture between MIT, Coca Cola and Bacardi to put bartenders out of work let you customize drinks via your smartphone (with as few vowels as possible).

By - 5/10/13 - 10:23 am

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 - 5/4/13 - 9:38 am

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, filed a lawsuit against Lexington Luminance to try to forestall an anticipated Lexington Luminance lawsuit against it.

By - 5/3/13 - 8:49 am

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 innovation in these fields by dozens of researchers across Harvard for years.

By - 5/3/13 - 7:42 am

Boston University yesterday sued, charging the LEDs used in its Kindle tablets violate a patent the university holds on making the lights.

By - 4/9/13 - 8:20 pm

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.

By - 4/7/13 - 1:36 pm

The Herald reports a laptop burst into flames and did enough damage to a Framingham State dorm to displace 90 students.

By - 3/26/13 - 8:42 pm

Gamification explains why an upcoming upgrade to Citizens Connect will feature a Facebook-like "like" function.

By - 3/22/13 - 8:06 am

Boston University yesterday sued Samsung for patent infringement, alleging it holds the rights to the way Samsung is making LEDs and similar electronic components.

By - 3/12/13 - 11:37 am

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:

By - 3/6/13 - 5:04 pm

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.

By - 3/1/13 - 8:37 pm

This video shows Boston Dynamics's Big Dog, which used to just be able to walk up hillsides, but which has now been outfitted to be the sort of robot you wouldn't want to meet in a dark alley.

Via MetaFilter.

By - 3/1/13 - 12:09 pm

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:

By - 2/27/13 - 7:28 am

The Daily Free Press reports the BU Rocket Propulsion Group hopes to launch its own rocket into space in 2015 - using a "hybrid" engine that uses laughing gas and tire rubber for fuel.