Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft said their prices could triple during the snowstorm that has begun on the East Coast.
Both services use "surge pricing" to pay drivers more for making themselves available during periods of high demand. Uber said it would cap its surge pricing at 2.9 times its base fare in Boston; a spokeswoman for Lyft said its fare multiplier would top out at triple its usual price.
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'Shell structures' are one of those marvels of architecture that seem to defy physics. These are huge domes and arches, building facades and roofs that curve dangerously, and are astonishingly thin, but still sturdy. Read More
Wen Sang says he was astonished to learn how much fuel is burned — and traffic caused — by drivers in search of the perfect parking spot. At the same time, most parking garages have spaces sitting empty. What if you could share that information with drivers, perhaps even adjusting the price of vacant spaces so that they were more appealing? Sang says he came to the United States from China to earn a PhD, not start a company. But the possibility of solving that problem led him to launch Smarking last year, after earning his doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT.
Read MoreBoston's Innovation History65 years ago today, the microwave was born
Picture it: You're dressed in your finest hand-tailored clothing, you make your way to a downtown skyscraper, feeling nervous as you prepare for an important job interview. But instead of being greeted in the lobby by a receptionist, an iPad mounted on the wall asks you to select your interviewer from a list of faces. The iPad then sends a text message to the recipient and asks you to take a seat in the lobby to wait.
On Thursday night MIT held its first Women in Innovation and Entrepreneurship networking reception in the sparse and modern Gagosian-like gallery space of the MIT Media Lab.
The event was organized and hosted by two of MIT’s most prominent women in tech, Erika Ebbel Angle, founder and chairman of Science for Scientists, and Marina Hatsopoulos, founder and former chief executive of Z Corporation. These leading women entrepreneurs, along with keynote speaker Cynthia Breazeal, did not mince words as they took the podium. They were direct about their intention to improve the opportunities for women in tech. And they provided perspectives on running the million dollar companies they founded at MIT over the past few years. Read MoreBusy Funding WeekThe week in funding: New rounds for Kaminario, EarlySense, VMTurbo, and Altiostar
Ben Harvatine couldn’t point to a single time that his head slammed hard against the wrestling mat. He just felt progressively worse over the course of a practice at MIT.
“I’d had concussions before, but this one felt really different,” Harvatine says. “I couldn’t talk right, and was having trouble walking. But like every athlete, you find ways to rationalize it — maybe you’re just dehydrated.”
Read MoreWomen in TechTech women often feel like outsiders
Walk into many high-tech workspaces in Boston and you’ll notice a few things missing from the typical office layout. There are no cubicles, no assigned seats and no desks — only rows of up-for-grabs tables designed to create an open, collaborative environment. Read More
Over the course of the last year, an experiment has been underway in Worcester. Community members of all stripes — high school and college students, educators, business-types, scientists, and artists — have all been collaborating at the Worcester Incubator for Innovation on a series of projects to rethink transportation in the city.
But their approach hasn’t been the standard whiteboard brainstorm. Instead, they’ve been asking themselves questions like ‘What does jazz have to do with innovation?’ and ‘How do you road map your thinking into the fourth dimension?’