Friday Oct 4, 2013 by Dennis Keohane - Staff Writer, VentureFizz
There is so much going on in Boston these days, it is almost hard to keep track of everything. With all the end of the week talk focused on Twitter's IPO, some other interesting news may have been missed. Here is some recent Boston tech/innovation news:
-Mobiquity has expanded to Europe as a move to try and establish a global presence as a leading mobile engagement company. Additionally, they acquired Amsterdam-based Xaton, a full-service Web and mobile development company. Mobiquity also announced that they are opening their European headquarters in Amsterdam.
Here is the press release from Mobiquity.
-Virgin HealthMiles (in Framingham) rebranded its "world’s leading employee health engagement platform," as Virgin Pulse. As the press release said, "The new brand and brand identity represent its evolution from a primary focus on corporate wellness programs to one squarely targeted on employee engagement and improving employees' Total Quality of Life."
For more, check the press release here
- ViewDo Labs, launched today with its debut product, ViewPoint Enterprise, "the first ever cross-platform Enterprise Social Network (ESN) analytics application." The company hopes to be the go to source fro aa unified view of what's happening with Yammer, SharePoint, Chatter and other ESNs, in order "to allow companies to increase adoption while lowering the risks of collaboration."
Here is ViewDo Labs press release.
- Mapkin, the great "storytelling" navigation app that we covered earlier this year officially launched in the App Store on September 17. Mark Regan and team have been working hard to get the app out there and we expect great things as they continue to make the product better and grow.
- RunKeeper's design team has done it again. We talked to Tom Boates a few weeks ago about how the company would optimize for iOS 7, and he hinted at that they had some cool things in the works. Well, today, you can download the latest version of RunKeeper and check out the cool new design/UX on your own. The new rollout adds to the news that they have also added a 3D map capability recently as well. One of the best apps in Boston just keeps getting better and better.
- Boston Dynamics new crazy robot is featured in a piece on Deadspin today. Here is the video on the WildCat from the piece:
- Continuing with the robotics theme, there is also a video of a robot created over at MIT that is htting the web. Natasha Lomas just wrote a piece on TechCrunch and Jon Fingas wrote an article about the self-assembling (whoa!) robot on Engadget.
Here is the video of this crazy new technology out of MIT:
- Matt Lauzon has renamed his L85 project as Dunwello. The site is up and running and Dunwello is officially out there on Twitter. This is a very interesting project that is definitely a passion project for Lauzon. The site explains Dunwello as "A free service that makes it easy for you and your co-workers to get recognized for doing great work." Currently, only a few companies are using the service at this time. Staye tuned for more details on this project very soon.
- After a lot of hemming and hawing about the exact numbers for Twitter's Boston deals, Xconomy breaks it down for what is hopefully the last time.
- Last week we hinted at a fitness hardware company coming to town, while, FitBit confirmed that they are already in Boston, opening its second office in August. FitBit is another company that we are going to be keeping our eye on in the months to come.