The Bay State has a soft spot for underwater robots. On Friday, Massachusetts officials gathered at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute to announce a $5 million grant that will expand the center's robotics research facility over the next five years.
The grant will fund new test tanks, a pressure testing space for deep sea robots, and a fabrication shop with a desktop 3-D printer for prototyping parts for new machines at WHOI's Center for Marine Robotics. Read MorePoaching HarvardPanorama adds another Harvard ed school vet to its team
In letters sent Monday afternoon to the MassChallenge community, Akhil Nigam, one of the founders of the MassChallenge startup accelerator, and Karl Büttner, MassChallenge's chief mentorship officer, announced they are stepping down from their roles at the organization. Read More
Blaine Stillerman tried to hack Spanish the usual way — with book exercises and college classes through his sophomore year.
But it wasn't until he landed an internship with a shipping company in Buenos Aires, working with colleagues who spoke only a few words of English, that he saw his sputtering Spanish skills finally kick into high gear. Read MoreInnovation EconomyHacking K-cups latest in Keurig v. pod people
One of the most bizarre local business stories of 2014 involves hacking and coffeemakers.
But for this hack, you don’t need an intimate knowledge of security protocols or machine language — just a pair of scissors and a strip of Scotch tape.
Read more in my latest Innovation Economy column in The Sunday Globe.
As the holiday shopping days dwindle, it's time to rethink the way retailers target shoppers.
As Taryn Luna reported in the Globe, Black Friday is dead. For those of you who have participated in the annual shopping debacle, you will no doubt agree that outside of the periodic deal, the occasion remains trapped in a time-freeze, with long lines, irate consumers, long treks through cold parking lots, only to discover that the items you wanted were not available. That’s a lot of frustration to bear even if it is for one night. Read MoreThe FBI may be investigating #GamerGate now or in the future
Waltham-based Dynatrace, which provides monitoring services that allow companies to make sure their Web, mobile, and cloud applications are working correctly, is taking the road less traveled as a private technology company.
Fancred, the Boston-based website and mobile app that lets sports fans connect and share content on their favorite teams, announced a new product update this week called "Your Fancred." As the company explained it, the update creates a new way to store, share, and relive your sports memories online. After talking to Fancred chief executive Hossein Kash Razzaghi, it seems as if Your Fancred is a step towards the company becoming a full-featured, sports-focused social media brand. Read MoreGlobal GoodMIT and the shortcut to Nirvana
It is the largest religious gathering on earth. The colorful and chaotic Kumbh Mela, (Kumbh, for short), a triennial event hosted by one of India’s four second-tier cities, draws devotees by the millions. Now, thanks to Ramesh Raskar, a MIT Media Lab professor whose hometown, Nashik, is the venue for upcoming Kumbh, it has drawn tech-minded folks from Boston as well.
Read MoreJust keep swimmingNavy's 'Silent NEMO' project tests Boston robotic fish for stealth ops
A robotic fish called the GhostSwimmer made by Boston Engineering successfully completed a series of maneuvers led by the US Office of Naval Research last week.
"I can’t tell you exactly what they wanted us to do," Mark Smithers, chief technology officer at Boston Engineering, said. "We were able to do something that [we weren't] able to do prior [to that] and we did it successfully multiple times." Read MoreBe Smart and Be SafeAfter a string of incidents, Uber promises to upgrade its safety efforts
Do you feel safe using Uber? It’s a question that everyone is askingin the wake of a string of sexual assaults -- both here in Boston and abroad -- involving Uber drivers or people posing as drivers with the ride-share service.