Health Connector
Virgin Pulse links with Apple's HealthKit, could serve as hub for other apps to do so as well
Photo via Apple
Virgin Pulse, the Framingham-based health and wellness software company that is part of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, says it has integrated its products with Apple's new HealthKit app. One of the first larger healthy-living programs to connect to Apple's iPhone 6 health app, Virgin Pulse has an opportunity to serve as an intermediary between HealthKit and the wide range of health, wellness, and fitness applications Virgin currently connects to. Read More
A big data supergroup
Netezza veterans reunite for Cazena, focused on shifting data warehouses to the cloud
Cazena CEO Prat Moghe, previously a senior vice president of Netezza, a data warehousing company acquired by IBM. Courtesy of Cazena.
A Waltham startup is coming out of stealth mode today, with $8 million in funding. Cazena reunites several veterans of Netezza, a data warehousing startup that went public and then was acquired by IBM for $1.7 billion four years ago. The deal is unusual in that it's the first time California-based Andreessen Horowitz — the venture capital firm co-founded by the fellow who brought you the Netscape browser — has participated in a Series A round of funding for a startup here in Massachusetts. Andreessen Horowitz is investing alongside North Bridge Venture Partners, the Waltham VC firm. Read More
Apple's Game Changer
5 reasons Apple Pay will succeed where others have failed
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This is a guest post from Henry Helgeson, the chief executive of payments system software company Merchant Warehouse. The new iPhones are out. In fact, you might very well be reading this on one. And while you may be excited about the bigger screen, slim profile, fancy camera or even the futuristic Touch ID features, you’re probably not giving much thought to what could turn out to be the coolest feature to come out of this latest iteration: Apple Pay. Read More
Strong STEM Roots
STEM Slam to motivate next generation of female developers/engineers
Erica Orthmann of STEM Slam
On October 27, a stellar ensemble of local STEM (Science, Tech, Engineering, and Math) stars will take the stage at Microsoft NERD to tell stories about their journey from girl geek to successful members of Boston's tech and innovation ecosystem. Basically, getting the word out about how women in tech rock this town. Read More
Brand new bots
Local robotics startups debut at downtown showcase
Soft Robotics is making air-powered stretchy robot fingers whose grasp is not too hard and not too soft. (Image: Soft Robotics)
Two robotics startups from Greater Boston debuted products this week at the RoboBusiness conference and exhibition. Just a year old, Soft Robotics presented its gentle, air-powered versatile robot grippers in public for the first time. For Sonzia, a Somerville firm that incorporated in September, it was a first public demonstration of immersive, interactive environments for children with learning disabilities. Read More
A 'respawning' year?
Chalking up latest wins and losses in the local videogame scene
Image from the forthcoming game The Flame in the Flood, from the Cambridge game development studio The Molasses Flood.
2014 has been a turbulent year for the Boston-area videogame industry, from the shut-down of BioShock-maker Irrational Games in February to this week's layoffs at Turbine, a division of Warner Bros. that creates games like Lord of the Rings Online. Another big hometown studio, Cambridge-based Harmonix Music Systems, named a new CEO and laid off about 37 people in May. Adding a bit more news to the mix... Read More