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 More
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
Winter is here and bringing with it the annual plague of frozen plumbing and exploding pipes. A Beverly company called Water Hero is looking to rescue homeowners from these wintry troubles with a device and phone app that monitors the plumbing for leaks when they're not home. Read More
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
Recent Techstars graduate Mavrck, the social influence marketing company formerly known as Splashscore, announced this morning that it has raised $2.5 million in new funding from GrandBanks Capital. Read More
Net neutrality, the demise of Aereo, personal privacy, and activism on the Internet emerged as central themes of debate this year, according to the folks who keep watch at Harvard's Berkman Center for Internet and Society.