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.
Read MorePedal powerFirst electric bike shop opens its doors in South Boston
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
Necessity being the mother of invention, inventive mothers and others will gather at MIT's Media Lab soon to (design and) build a better breast pump. The Breast Pump Hackathon happens September 20-21. Read More
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
Boston-based content marketing platform Skyword announced today that it has both, acquired online video software and freelance marketplace Vidaao, and added $11 million in funding from Cox Media Group. Read More
From wailing fire engines to the piercing shrill of smoke alarms, sounds are often the first to warn us of trouble. OtoSense, a new app in the Google Play store, aims to recognize and translate these sounds and others for people with hearing loss, converting them into vibrations, flashes, and other cues that they can see or feel.
Read MorePersonalized careMobile health app Wellframe raises $8.5 million led by DFJ
Five months after announcing its seed funding, Boston startup Wellframe said it has raised an $8.5 million Series A round to expand its mobile software, which helps patients stay on a recovery path after returning home from the hospital.
At last night's Re/code media event, Code/Media Series:New York, one of the featured speakers was Meridith Valiando Rojas of DigiTour. Valiando Rojas introduced me, and many in the room, to the the new world of Internet stardom.
One of the computer-age celebrities that the DigiTour founder discussed during her talk with Re/code's Peter Kafka was someone named Lohanthony. Read More
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