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For Scott Kirsner column on display at Logan 5/29/16. A new display that was just installed at Logan Airport, on 400 years of innovation history in Massachusetts.

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Testing your knowledge on 400 years of Mass. innovation

How much do you know about the state’s long history of breakthroughs?

Hiawatha Bray | tech lab

Is digital justice colorblind?

Problems may arise when we let statistics and computer algorithms do our thinking for us.

nuTonomy inches forward in the race to develop self-driving cars

The Cambridge- and Singapore-based startup said it’s raised $16 million to continue work on its autonomous vehicle technology.

Stephanie Couch is scheduled to take over in July.

Lemelson-MIT inventor program hires new director for expansion drive

Stephanie Couch will lead the foundation-funded program that hands out prizes to promising inventors.

A laboratory area at the Mass Innovation Labs.

Mass Innovation Labs targets smaller startups

The Cambridge operator of biotech research space is preparing to add six new “innovation suites” for smaller companies.

Newly minted local college graduates take part in the annual Toss Your Caps class photo Friday, May 8, 2015, on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Don’t get tongue-tied: This program knows how to pronounce names

The perennial graduation season problem led Praveen Shanbhag to create NameCoach, a program that provides audio tutorials.

Thanks to smartphones and tablets, US data use has doubled in a year.

Americans are using a whopping amount of data these days

We used nearly 1 trillion gigabytes of mobile data last year, more than double from the year before.

Uber will offer free rides to Big Brothers Big Sister volunteers in Massachusetts in a six-month pilot program.

Uber to offer free rides to Big Brothers Big Sisters volunteers

The pilot program will ferry volunteers to 50 children who live in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale, and Roxbury.

New England startups honored by venture capital group

Gene editing, satellite propulsion, and a way to search for car deals were just some of the innovations recognized at the fourth annual NEVY Awards.

Comcast chief executive Brian Roberts says the newly aggressive FCC is needlessly interfering in a cable TV market that’s already highly competitive.

Cable titans criticize new FCC rules

Comments from Comcast’s CEO and the former chairman of the FCC came Monday at the Internet & Television Expo in Boston.

Nift gift cards are shown.

Small businesses find Nift-y way of sending each other customers

Nift, a Cambridge-based startup, has raised $3 million in seed funding.

The iLet, a “bionic pancreas,” is being developed by Beta Bionics, run by Ed Damiano, a Boston University professor. A crowdfunding drive seeks nearly $1 million to fund the project. The company hopes to give diabetes patients and their families who invest a way to support a device that could help improve their lives, though backers of other projects may be more driven by a desire for profits.

Relaxed rules allow anyone to invest in online startups

“Equity crowdfunding” opens up more competition for the traditionally clubby world of early stage investing, but it comes with a risk.

Hoverboards were best-selling gifts during the 2015 Christmas season.

Segway pounces on hoverboard market

The Segway self-balancing scooter never became the red-hot consumer product its developers hoped for. But at least none have been blamed for a house fire.

Surge pricing helps put more Uber drivers on the road at times of peak demand.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Hate surge pricing? It’s not all bad

From Uber to parking meters, charging more at times of high demand can be a good thing.

Facebook editors are told to choose stories that are getting major news coverage.

Hiawatha Bray | Tech Lab

Facebook leak suggests no systematic bias

Human judgment, not just software, plays a major role in choosing the news stories that appear on the social network.

A Facebook employee walked past a sign at the company’s headquarters in Menlo Park, Calif.

hiawatha bray | tech lab

When the Facebook trend is not our friend

A report suggesting that employees are secretly trying to change our opinions is an alarm ringing in the night.

Mike Festa used a 3-D device to move chess-like pieces that represent different furniture and place them where he wanted in a virtual space.

Scott Kirsner | Innovation Economy

Adding a level of reality to online shopping

Boston-based Wayfair is among retailers experimenting with virtual and augmented reality to highlight shoppers’ options.

Amazon boxes were stacked for delivery in Manhattan.

hiawatha bray | tech lab

When software doesn’t play fair

The controversy over Amazon same day delivery service skipping black neighborhoods shows how algorithms can generate biased outcomes.

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.