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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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A way to secure implanted devices requires anyone trying to reprogram your defibrillator to touch you first.
The world needs nuclear power to reduce the emissions causing climate change, but that depends partly on finding a place to store decades' worth of accumulated waste
Even chips thought to be ultra-secure probably can be made to surrender cryptographic keys by milling down the silicon.
New research indicates that chemical fingerprints can make positive matches between batches of sarin.
If it can cleverly blend hardware and software in new ways, reach new markets, and take advantage of Nokia’s patent portfolio, Microsoft’s billions could be well spent.
NASA launches a moon satellite this week that will test ultrafast optical data transmission.
Smartphones boost "broadband" coverage, but gaps remain that could be served by TV spectrum and other technologies.
Swapping software can give one GSM phone the power to prevent incoming calls and text messages from reaching other phones nearby.
If Google claimed ownership of comprehensive Sunday football coverage, Google Fiber -- and TV dongles -- would be an even better deal