Parties without the clean-up
'Avon meets Skype' with new video house party software from Kitsy Lane
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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 More
Speak softly...
Apple is growing the Cambridge research team focused on improving Siri speech recognition
The low-key entrance to Apple's current office in Kendall Square. (Photo by Scott Kirsner/ BetaBoston)
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. Read More
all ears
OtoSense is an app that hears and learns the sounds of the world
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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 More
You learn something new every day...
America's next big media star is...a 15-year-old YouTuber from Melrose, Mass.?
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