A new database tool dramatically improves processing speeds using technology that’s already in your computer.
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I’m MIT Technology Review's chief correspondent, keeping an eye most often on the world of information and communication technologies—and asking my kids when I don’t understand what’s going on. Recent projects have taken me to Kenya to write about mobile-phone-based health initiatives, and Germany to explore how they’ll ramp up renewable power while closing down nuclear plants. My 2008 feature on the Obama campaign’s social-networking operation was selected for The Best Technology Writing 2009.
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As Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokia’s handset business, a new research strategy emerges.
Twitter seeks to do better at inferring its users’ consumer and political preferences, gender, age, and more.
A way to secure implanted devices requires anyone trying to reprogram your defibrillator to touch you first.
Companies are working to provide long-distance Internet services to rural areas via unused TV spectrum.
The federal government is scrambling to deal with the rapid pace of IT-driven innovation in cars.
Researchers use phone records to build a mobility model of the Los Angeles and New York City regions with new privacy guarantees.
Storing video and other files more intelligently reduces the demand on servers in a data center.
IBM materials advance shows another promising path to replace the foundation of today’s computing technologies.
A viral phone game in Pakistan trains people to use their keypad—and gives them the skills they need to hunt for a job.