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Mayor Walsh issues statement about parking apps the day of Haystack's Boston launch
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Haystack, an app that allows users to hand off parking spaces that they occupy for a $3 fee, planned its launch today in Boston despite the fact that the City of Boston is none too pleased that the company is selling a good that they don't actually own. (See update below.) Read More
Have we got a deal for you...
Coming soon: Two more apps that will serve up location-specific offers
Screenshot from Epoque's website.
How many times have you heard this scenario pitched: You're walking down Newbury Street looking for lunch, when suddenly your phone chimes with a geographically-relevant offer. If you go just one block down, you can get 25 percent off lunch at a new French bistro (your favorite cuisine!) Read More
Handheld Robotic Overlords
We might finally have our robotics revolution, and smartphones are to thank
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Looking back to 1950s predictions of what robots might be capable of in the year 2000 is nothing short of humorous — unless you’re in the field of robotics, where the lack of consumer progress can be frustrating. Besides the Roomba, home robotics still has not hit the mainstream, but that might be set to finally change.

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Let's do lunch...
Wyth app, from Fiksu and Vlingo veterans, wants to help manage your calendar
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A Boston startup, Pencil Labs, has slipped a new calendar and messaging app called Wyth into the iTunes Store with zero fanfare. I've been tracking the startup since last May, but the founders aren't saying much and the website is still in "coming soon" mode. Pencil raised some early funding in 2013 from two Cambridge venture capital firms, Matrix Partners and Charles River Ventures. Read More
Next hot app
I have a proposal for a new app that is certain to be the next mega-hit — an app just says this: next_app Another reason this is a good idea: The Fonz is notable not just for his catch phrase (and general coolness), but also for giving us "jump the shark" — something that is very likely happening right now with simple-communication apps like Yo. Discuss
iPhone Charlie
MBTA wireless: One of the largest end-to-end systems is getting even better
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Alexandria, Va.-based InSite Wireless, which is currently performing the installation of wireless service on the MBTA, recently announced that they have partnered with all the major wireless providers — Sprint, AT&T, Verizon,T-Mobile, and Comcast (for WiFi) — on the project so that all mobile users will have access to the Internet and phone services while riding the T. Read More
Bang for the buck
Adelphic aims to dominate the targeted mobile ad space
Adelphic cofounder Jennifer Lum and chief executive Michael Collins (courtesy of the company)
One thing you often hear in discussions about the Boston tech scene is that the city (and the surrounding suburbs) are filled with companies that are quietly building some of the most technologically innovative — and potentially most successful — new companies. There may be a bit of mythology tied to the notion that there are "quiet sleeping startup giants" all around Boston. But, hidden away in nondescript office buildings that overlook Route 128, there are actually some real rockstar companies to be found. Read More