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.
World’s largest smartphone chipmaker offers to custom-build very efficient neuro-inspired chips for phones, robots, and vision systems.
A Microsoft researcher proposes "big data due process" so citizens can learn how data analytics were used against them.
The new iPhone breaks ground by seamlessly sharing Wi-Fi and 4G for Siri. Further tweaks could boost bandwidth 20-fold in some cases.
Apple’s always-on motion-sensing M7 chip points the way to an era of mobile gesture-recognition and “ambient intelligence.”
The security researcher Bruce Schneier, who is now helping the Guardian newspaper review Snowden documents, suggests that more revelations are on the way.
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.
Even chips thought to be ultra-secure probably can be made to surrender cryptographic keys by milling down the silicon.