A salt extractor powered by the sun could bring cleaner drinking water to thousands of villages in India and millions more across the world.
In a new report, MIT researchers describe a novel but practical system to purify salty groundwater for India’s villages off the electric grid, and argue that it’s a system that people can afford, and will choose to use. Read MoreMobile paymentsWill Apple kill the plastic credit card today?
I'm not a big buyer of dangly earrings or silver-and-turquoise cuffs, but I have to admit: the new video "house party" software from Kitsy Lane, a Boston-based e-commerce startup, is a lot of fun. Instead of lining up a babysitter and visiting a friend's house to nibble cheese and crackers and try on costume jewelry, you sign on for a group videochat. The new vParty software is part of a recently-launched site from Kitsy Lane called Chelsea Row that focuses on selling jewelry and accessories online, through in-person "trunk shows" and the new live video events.
With the extended Haystack parking app nightmare ending with the City of Boston banning the app, you’d think other parking app innovators would wait a bit before launching their products.
Well, two new apps think it's time to strike while the iron is hot. Read MoreMother of InventionThe breast pump hackathon cometh
On the eve of its next big product announcement, Apple is expanding its super-secret research office in Kendall Square. Several commercial realtors tell me that the Cupertino company has leased more than half a floor at One Broadway, an MIT-owned building that also houses Facebook's small local team, several venture capital firms, and the Cambridge Innovation Center. The new office, about 13,000 square feet on one of the building's upper floors, is a major expansion for Apple, which currently has a small team on the building's fifth floor.
Launch Angels announced that its Where Fund, made of former Where Inc. employees, has taken part in Washington, D.C.-based Talklocal, which connects customers searching for products and services online with local businesses in real-time via phone. Read MoreWar machineiRobot wins $9.6 million Canadian defense contract