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.
American Well, a Boston-based company which provides on-demand telehealth connectivity between doctors and patients, announced an $80 million Series C round on Tuesday. The funds not only exceeded their expectations, but will provide the company with further opportunities to work alongside health care providers to deliver the best possible care to patients, said Dr. Ido Schoenberg, the company's co-founder and chairman.
Read MoreFold along the dotted lineHigh-res map of the human genome reveals DNA origami
Among the many marvels of the code of life is a singular feat of mechanical engineering: Each cell contains two meters of stringy DNA packed into a nucleus that's 100 times smaller than a pinhead.
Getting all that DNA into the nucleus might evoke images of tangled cords of christmas lights. But in reality, the strands are arranged in surprisingly organized loops at specific locations, researchers have found. They call it "DNA origami" for the predictable pattern that they see across a variety of cell types. Read MorePredictive GrowthMobile ad software innovator Adelphic gets $11 million in new funding
Adelphic, the Waltham-based mobile advertising software developer that allows brands to target users across devices, has added $11 million in new funding to the $12 million is has raised previously. Read More