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A Formlabs 3-D printer was displayed at a recent Las Vegas convention.

Somerville 3-D startup buys Canadian firm

Vancouver-based Pinshape’s online community for 3-D printing fans attracts designers and engineers.

CloudHealth Technologies corrals another $20m from investors

The Boston startup, which helps companies manage cloud-dwelling data, has now raised $50 million since its 2013 launch.

Nicolas De Keijser of ABB watched a robot in action at the Boston robotics conference.

Boston conference showcases robots that can be team players

The machines can come out from behind their cages and work in human-robot teams on the factory floor.

The newly combined IT behemoth formed Dell Inc. and EMC Corp. merge will be known as Dell Technologies.

EMC’s new owner to be called Dell Technologies after merger

CEO Michael Dell stuck with his own surname for the new-ish corporate moniker that will represent the merger of Dell Inc. and EMC Corp.

Bipedal humanoid robot Atlas was presented during a news conference in Hong Kong in 2013.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Robots company hopes to get back on its feet

Reports began surfacing last month that Google is looking to offload Boston Dynamics, the robot maker it acquired in 2013.

Harvard Business School looks to launch new crop of startups

The annual New Venture Competition will award $150,000 in prizes to promising startup founders.

A new app, LetsAllDoGood, lets nonprofits send push notifications to their supporters.

For nonprofits, LetsAllDoGood offers a little push

LetsAllDoGood is designed to let nonprofits send push notifications to their supporters, helping them get noticed in a sea of social media chatter.

Bedford-based iRobot is perhaps best known for its Roomba vacuum cleaners.

A proxy battle over the future of iRobot

The state’s premier robotics company is locked in a struggle with a Los Angeles hedge fund.

Alexandra J. Roberts.

Five things you should know about Alexandra J. Roberts

Roberts, a University of New Hampshire law professor, studies how companies are reaching into social media.

No size fits all at PAX East

The gaming event will features games from makers large and small.

The startup Krash billed its communal housing facilities as “immersive co-living” for entrepreneurs and recent graduates, and charged about $1,600 a month for a private bedroom.

scott kirsner | innovation economy

Living in an Allston pantry for $300 a month is nuts

Breaking the cycle of ever-increasing housing costs in Boston is incredibly difficult.

The action at last year’s PAX East gaming convention.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Video gaming’s Final Four hits Boston

At PAX East, four college teams will face off in “League of Legends” and players on the winning team will get $30,000 each in scholarship money.

EMC earnings fall short as the cloud hurts storage demand

The company’s first-quarter sales and profit fell short of analysts’ estimates, as it nears a $67 billion takeover by Dell.

Its developer says Root can teach even young children to write code.


Root is a robot teaching children code

If you ask Zivthan Dubrovsky, teaching coding during childhood, when neural connections are developing at breakneck speed, is essential.

Burlington security firm spots hack attacks on human rights activists

Arbor Networks says it has detected an aggressive campaign, probably directed from China and aimed at workers in Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Employees watched a slideshow during an office meeting at HourlyNerd in Boston.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Uber for MBAs is a worrying sign

These online expert networks could evolve into potent competition for some of the best-known management consulting firms.


Vestmark the recipient of $30 million from Summit Partners

Vestmark, a Wakefield company that makes wealth-management software for financial institutions, has secured a $30 million investment from Summit Partners.

PillPack prepackages consumers' pills for daily/hourly use.

Rx startup PillPack locked in dispute with drug plan

Express Scripts, a major industry partner, has decided to drop the small company from its network of some 85 million people.

The new $289 Oasis e-reader has an asymmetrical shape meant to mimic a book.


Amazon bets sleeker design will justify higher Kindle price

Amazon unveiled the Kindle Oasis hoping book lovers will be willing to pay more in exchange for a sleek design and months of reading without charging the battery.

President Obama on Wednesday examined a robot prototype created by the Lemelson-MIT InvenTeam that is intended to clean the New York City subway system .


Mass. teen’s invention wins ticket to White House

The White House on Wednesday welcomed over 100 top science, technology, engineering and math students from across the country.


Student inventors honored with Lemelson-MIT prize

The prize honors undergraduate- and graduate-student inventions in the fields of health care, transportation, food and agriculture, and consumer devices.


Why a Boston startup has high-schoolers handing out fliers

BUILD gives students the tools to conceive, market, and launch their own small business.

A still photo taken from  footage shot through the Meta 2 headset.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Will augmented reality take off? We’ll see

Scott Kirsner test drives the Meta 2 headset, which seeks to blend virtual reality and real life into a tool for work.


Circle gets license to do mobile money transfers in UK

The Circle app works by converting dollars and pounds into bitcoin, which are sent to recipients who can cash them out in dollars and pounds instantly.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

You may never surf the Net the same way with these new browsers

Vivaldi is a feature-saturated browser that solves problems you didn’t even know you had, while Brave is designed to block many online ads.

Lola cofounder Paul English.


Lola — a travel agent and travel app all in one — to debut in May

The new app will let users log on and correspond via text message with a live travel agent to help plan a trip.

A workshop at the 2012 Boston South Geek Girl Tech Con in Hyannis.


It’s hip to be a nerd at Geek Girl conference

The Geek Girl Tech Conference, to be held Thursday in Cambridge, will feature topics from hiring practices to how to start a business.

Streaming service Hulu is just one of many options for people looking for alternatives to cable television.

Fed up with cable? Here are some TV alternatives

It can be time-consuming, but it’s possible to cut the cable cord.

Staples and Workbar announce a new collaboration to offer shared work spaces within select Staples retail locations. The first three custom-designed Workbar spaces at Staples will be opening in Danvers, Norwood and Brighton in late spring, and will offer a mix of high-end workspaces, conference rooms, private phone rooms and more. Shown, an artist rendering of the Brighton location.

Workbar to test Staples stores as suburban co-working venues

A partnership will establish shared workspaces in three Boston-area stores.

MIT’s campus.

US backs MIT-led research into wearable devices

The federal government has pledged $75 million to the research effort over five years.

Legendary Entertainment was one of the studios behind “Straight Outta Compton.”

scott kirsner | innovation economy

Making movies the ‘Moneyball’ way

The Boston office of Legendary Entertainment crunches “big data” to help the film studio make key decisions, from casting to marketing.

Last year, the first Boston Women’s Venture Summit drew entrepreneurs from New York and California. The 2016 event is May 6.


Capital W returns to connect women with VCs

The goal of the conference is to solve the last-mile problem that female entrepreneurs often face.

hiawatha bray | tech lab

Harvard wants your help studying football concussions

Scientists plan to build a vast national database that could someday make players healthier — and us, too.


Boston TechJam will make networking fun and games come June 16

The combination block-party-meets-networking event for the Boston tech scene will descend on City Hall Plaza for the fourth time on June 16.

Affymetrix rebuffs bid from Thermo Fisher rival

Affymetrix’s board is recommending shareholders reject a $17-a-share buyout bid from a newly formed investment firm and press forward with a plan to be purchased by Waltham’s Thermo Fisher Scientific for $14 a share.

People in US received Facebook Safety Check messages after Pakistan blast

People on the Internet, including some in Massachusetts, reported receiving a push notification on their apps asking them if they were okay.

Boston, MA., 03/26/16, CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey addressed members of the National Association of Black Engineers at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. Suzanne Kreiter/Globe staff

Twitter CEO’s message to black engineers: We’re changing

In Boston, Jack Dorsey said his companies are trying to break bad habits and recruit more female and minority employees.

FILE - In this Friday, Sept. 25, 2015, file photo, a customer tries out a new Apple iPhone 6S at an Apple store in Chicago. The FBI now says that it may have a way to crack into an iPhone used by one of the San Bernardino shooters, despite previous claims that it could only achieve that with Apple’s help, but it remains unclear exactly how it plans to do that. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

hiawatha bray | tech lab

The FBI’s second thoughts — and a second chance for privacy

After insisting for weeks that Apple must write software to help break into the phone, the FBI now says there may be another way.


‘No clear theory’ for SpaceX rocket explosion

SpaceX founder Elon Musk addressed the recent explosion of his company’s space station resupply rocket at a Boston conference.


Chef Nightly delivery app attempts to ease menu decisions

The local startup’s approach to delivery is learning what you order, and when, and reminding you that it’s time to eat.

Reddit mascots displayed at the company's headquarters in San Francisco, California last month.

Reddit enacts anti-harassment policy after user complaints

The online discussion forum said in a blog post that it is “unhappy with harassing behavior” on the site.

A wall of illuminated patent applications lines a corridor at EnerNoc’s One Marina Park Drive headquarters.

EnerNOC plans to expand by focusing on software

EnerNOC, one of the state’s most successful clean-tech firms, is making the jump to an international stage.


Harmonix announces it will release Rock Band 4

The Cambridge-based developer said the sequel to the wildly popular rhythm game series will be out later this year.

Hundreds of algorithms allow a Liftware spoon to stay balanced despite tremors in the hand of the person using the spoon. In tests, shaking of the spoon fell 76 percent.

Google creates a spoon that steadies tremors

The Google version allows people with tremors and Parkinson’s disease to eat without spilling.

First buyer drops brand-new iPhone 6

The first person to buy the iPhone 6 in Perth, Australia, dropped his new gadget during an interview with a TV reporter.

App Smart

Mobile blogging options for storytelling on the go

Blogging, it is very clear, has come to mobile computing.

App Smart

Mobile apps to get you where you’re going

There are plenty of mobile apps that can help you book flights with ease.

US proposes pay-for-priority Internet standards

FCC also proposes to enhance government oversight of such deals to ensure that they don’t harm competition or limit free speech.

The “Nearby Friends” tool uses your smartphone’s GPS system to tell your Facebook friends that you are nearby.

Facebook new feature allows location-sharing

US users will soon be able to see which of their friends are in close proximity using a new feature the company is launching.

Researchers outfitted a customized drone with a heat-sensing camera to unearth what they believe are ceremonial pits and other features at the site of an ancient village in New Mexico.

Drones unearth details about ancient village in New Mexico

Drones with heat-sensing cameras could help archaeologists shed light on mysteries long buried by eroding desert landscapes.