To track a killer
Vecna tests Ebola technology in Monrovia
In Monrovia, Liberia, and neighboring Sierra Leone, Deborah Theobald is training health workers to use two tech tools. (Photo: Paul Amendola/IRC)
A Cambridge builder of health information systems is testing two pioneering medical technologies in West Africa that could help limit the transmission of Ebola from patients to doctors. An electronic health record system and a robot with a two-way communication system — basically an iPad on wheels — are among the tools Deborah Theobald, co-founder of Vecna Technologies, brought to Monrovia, Libera, in late November. Read More
Survey Says
Partners HealthCare announces new platform to help companies survey patients
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The Center for Connected Health at Partners HealthCare has created a secure survey tool to help medical product makers and investors get feedback from patients and customers. The new mobile app and Web-based survey tool called cHealth Compass will charge companies for the service and pay survey takers for their time. Read More
Finding a spot, made simpler
New wave of parking apps heading for Boston, with Veer first to launch
Aaron Kolenda and Jonathan Corbin, co-founders of the parking app Veer.
Has your mobile phone not quite eliminated the headache of parking in Harvard Square or the North End? A trio of new startups hope they can help — and none of them is  attempting to "monetize" city-controlled street spots, as the Baltimore startup Haystack tried to do this past summer. The first to launch is Veer, which shows up in Apple's iTunes Store today. Read More
Swift response
YouTube-famous MIT physics professor engaged in sexual harassment, investigation finds
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Walter Lewin, a retired MIT physicist and professor whose dynamic classroom antics and dramatic teaching style are legendary on campus and online, sexually harassed at least one student who enrolled in an online course he taught, according to an MIT investigation that was revealed today. The university is removing Lewin's teaching material hosted on MIT's online education platforms, including those on MITx, edX and OpenCourseware.  Read More
We're Back...
Avid Technology was kicked off NASDAQ in February for failing to file timely financial statements but it's back baby! The company's media editing technology has been used to mix quite a few Grammy winners and played a major role in John Cameron's cutting of Titanic. Avid even won its own Academy Award and Grammy. However, as reported by Scott Kirsner in April, it had to replace its CEO in 2013, and by the spring of 2014, the company's stock was at a 10-year low. But this morning, Burlington-based Avid Technologies started trading again on Nasdaq. In a statement, Avid's John Frederick, the company's executive VP and chief financial and administrative officer said, “We believe this milestone offers current and future Avid shareholders an exciting opportunity to share in the success of our business through improved access to our common stock. We look forward to generating sustainable, profitable growth as we continue to execute on our plan to unlock the full potential of Avid.” Discuss
Get Wicked Smaht!
President Obama kicks off Computer Science Education Week
In New York City in August, women coded for women's health. (Photo: SELF Magazine)
This morning, President Obama kicked off Computer Science Education Week by pushing Code.org's "Hour of Code" initiative with a pump up speech urging more people to get involved in learning to code. As the president said, "Don't just consume things, create things. Take an hour to learn about the technology that touches every part of our lives." Read More