New cell-phone software tries to connect shoppers with nearby products.
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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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New software creates fluorescing type with ordinary printers, paper, and ink.
Superconducting cables could make power-grid infrastructure more secure.
A new Xerox prototype aims to let people use simple natural-language commands to tweak photos and documents, avoiding complex color-editing tools.
On the surface of a new photovoltaic prototype, microscopic nanotube towers perform best when they catch light on their sides.
A new technique provides clearer pictures of massive ice sheets--and better insight into future sea-level increases.
Wondering what to do with your old electronics this New Year? Online guides tell consumers how to avoid sending their computers to toxic chop shops.
Material customized for NASCAR crash safety is now eyed as an impact absorber for carnage-prone spots on U.S. highways.
In a new take on teleconferencing technologies, a rotating display holds forth at the weekly meeting.
A research project involving GE and Texas Tech plans to use wind turbines to run desalination plants.