Mobile Apps

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Where Brands stand on Mobile
Does your app make the grade? Applause releases report cards for travel, retail apps
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As we head into the heaviest retail season of the year, one local company has some insight for stores that are anticipating that mobile will play a big role in sales. This morning, Framingham-based app testing software company Applause released its "State of the Retail Apps Economy" and "State of the U.S. Travel Apps Economy," two report cards that provide the first industry specific breakdowns of mobile app quality among brands. Read More
Stack Ban
City of Boston passes ordinance to ban parking apps like Haystack; Haystack suspends service
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The Boston City Council passed an ordinance prohibiting the selling, leasing, or reserving of public ways  in the city, a move made squarely to counter Haystack, a Baltimore-based startup that allows parkers in the city's metered spots to sell access as they were leaving to others looking for openings. Read More
When the Sox are away...
VerbalCare emerges victorious from Fenway Park pitch competition
Screenshots from VerbalCare's product.
Boston startup VerbalCare left Fenway Park $15,000 richer tonight, after winning the "Fast Pitch" competition put on by WeWork, which operates a network of shared office spaces. The competition pitted three Boston teams against three from New York, and asked audience members to vote on the idea they liked best, so there may have been just a wee bit of a home field advantage. VerbalCare makes a tablet app to help patients at hospitals communicate with caregivers, and give administrators better insight into the patient's experience. The company has been conducting a pilot at the Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton. I covered VerbalCare earlier this year; and in 2013 they were guests on an episode of The Entrepreneurs Grill.
The Parent Market
Care.com taking steps to become the all-in-one, mom-geared family care site
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Waltham-based Care.com (NYSE: CRCM), which has been the only local tech company to go public in a year when many Boston tech IPOs were expected, released its second-quarter numbers last week, showing increased growth of its total members. More important for the continued success of the online family care company may be the two pieces of news that came as the second quarter was ending: The acquisition of social commerce platform Citrus Lane and the launch of its BigTent mobile app. Read More
Parking Wars
Boston City Council submits ordinance to put an end to parking apps, like Haystack
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Earlier today, in a Boston City Council meeting that also tackled possible regulations for Uber, an ordinance was submitted by Boston City Councilor Frank Baker prohibiting, without permission from the City of Boston, the ability to "sell, lease, reserve, or facilitate the reserving of any street, way, highway, road or parkway, or portion thereof under the City of Boston's control." Read More
Foodie Delivery Service
Do we need another delivery app? Caviar aims to bring Boston's best food right to you
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Oh to think back to the days of yore! If I was sitting on my couch watching the 2013 MLB All-Star Game and got a hankering for a burrito from Anna's Tacqueria, maybe a six pack of ice-cold Corona, or, for some reason, an order of "Pan Roasted New England Cod" from Stephi's on Tremont, I'd have to get my butt out the door and (I can't believe I'm typing this) actually go to a restaurant or store to fulfill my craving. Read More
Twitter's Answer
With Crashlytics Answers, Twitter gets deeper into the realm of mobile app development
Crashlytics
A little more than a month ago, after remaining quiet after its acquisition by Twitter for over a year, Crashlytics launched its second product, Beta. Today, hot on the heels of that product release, Crashlytics is announcing the deployment of another new product, Answers by Crashlytics. Read More