Perhaps you've been cooped up in the house for the past 24 hours and going stir crazy. Or maybe you're back at work, and your body is still aching from shoveling. Either way a vacation probably sounds like a good idea right now.
So it's more than convenient that Cambridge-based Hopper, a company that collects data on airlines and flight costs to find customers the best deals, launched a mobile app in the Apple iOS App Store today that will send users notifications when the cheapest flights are available for the destinations they're hoping to travel to.
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Brian Thopsey acknowledges that when it comes to online equity investing — investors backing startups through sites like AngelList and Crowdfunder — the data are still messy. And we haven't yet see the floodgates open, with Regular Joes putting a few grand here and there into fledgling businesses in exchange for shares of stock. That, Thopsey says, won't happen until early 2016. But he's already working to build a company, Fund Wisdom, that will gather data about what's happening on these new sites.
Looking for a way to get your driveway cleared that doesn't wreck your back? There's an app for that.
With winter storm Juno slamming the city over the past 24 hours, the Syracuse-based startup Plowz and Mowz has been put to the test. The on-demand plowing service has been dubbed the “Uber of snowplows,” and launched in Boston this fall (the also offer lawn mowing in the warmer months). Co-founder William Mahoney said that this bout of weather has been their biggest effort yet, and he expects to service over 2,500 customers over the course of the storm.
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Whether you know it or not, a group of German entrepreneurs has created what might be the best app you will download on your phone this month. And, if you are looking for something to keep you entertained over the next 24 hours of nonstop snow, get Dubsmash immediately and have a grand old time. Read More
You never know when you'll need a little bit of neighborly assistance during an emergency like the approaching blizzard. Unfortunately, less than half of Americans actually know the people in their communities, a fact that becomes all the more acute when it comes to needing cups of sugar or dealing with snowstorm aftermath. But a volunteer-run website is linking strangers offline while helping them keep each other safe.
Snow Crew was launched in 2009 by Joseph Porcelli, a friendly neighbor from Jamaica Plain. He started the site by taking requests for help shoveling sidewalks or cars, and then farming them out to neighborhood volunteers. Today the project has grown into a national website, and it's bracing for a flood of offers and requests for help after this forthcoming storm.
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Ride-hailing companies Uber and Lyft said their prices could triple during the snowstorm that has begun on the East Coast -- that is, if they're even on the road.
Uber said its service would be unavailable starting at midnight Tuesday until the Massachusetts travel ban is lifted. After that, it said it would cap its surge pricing at 2.9 times the base fare for as long as the state of emergency was in effect.
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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.
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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.