Circling the block
Can mobile apps help make parking in Boston less miserable?
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I’m an optimist, and so despite almost 15 years of searching for parking, getting ticketed, and being towed in Boston, I still believe that something will eventually mitigate the misery. Several new mobile apps promise to do that. So I loaded them on my iPhone this month and set out in search of parking. Read More
Dollars for scullers
Community Rowing creates innovation fund to promote interest in sport
Rowers at the Head of the Charles Regatta.  Jonathan Wiggs / Globe Staff.
Interesting initiative from Brighton-based Community Rowing, the largest rowing non-profit in the county, to generate some creative ideas about getting more people involved in the sport: they're creating a $200,000 innovation fund. And behind it are some venture capitalists and tech execs who also happen to be seasoned rowers. Read More
Virtual world
The virtual reality revolution arrives in Boston
Brian Ornstedt showed off a swiveling chair that connects into the Oculus and eliminates associated dizziness (Photo by Kyle Alspach)

It’s been about two decades since virtual reality arrived as a major area for technically-adept tinkerers to explore. They’re still tinkering. But it’s a different story now: The arrival of the Oculus Rift, and its $2 billion vote of confidence from Facebook, suggests that VR is finally on a path to the mainstream.

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The Incumbent vs. the Upstart
Is this week's parking app pilot decision a test of Mayor Walsh's bullish stance on innovation?
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Last week, Mayor Martin J. Walsh came out and expressed his opposition to parking app Haystack's launch in Boston.  In his statement, the mayor said, "The Boston Transportation Department (“BTD”) welcomes innovation in all aspects of urban transportation, including the use of apps by smartphone users." Very soon, we will have a test case of just how serious the mayor is about innovation in Boston. Read More