Coffee has powered all kinds of change-makers in Boston. In 1676 a man named John Sparry got authorization to open the first coffee shop in the New World. In the 1700s, activists nursed plans for revolution in the Green Dragon, a coffee shop in Boston's North End. Today, cafes lining the streets of the Seaport and Kendall Square host innovators plotting a different kind of change. Read MoreSpeak softly...Apple is growing the Cambridge research team focused on improving Siri speech recognition
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.
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Amazon's new Fire Phone isn't shy about capitalizing on what the company does best — cloud services, easy purchases, and a growing library of streaming movies, music, and books. It also capitalized on the company's secretive Cambridge brain trust at the company's Lab126, which also has offices in Cupertino, Sunnyvale, and Seattle.
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The “amazing things” idea applied to most of the stops on the new Innovations of Cambridge tour in Kendall Square and on the MIT campus.
As an actor, Berger-Jones has performed with the Huntington Theatre Company, the American Repertory Theater and the Actors’ Shakespeare Project, among many others. But on this day his role was highlighting past, present and future achievements in science and technology in the neighborhood.
Over the hour-plus tour, he pointed out landmarks like the place where the rubber fire hose was invented. He pointed out the dome where MIT students have pulled legendary pranks and named the geniuses underfoot on the Entrepreneur Walk of Fame.