With Swedish telephone numbers and a tree-bound base station, a remote Indonesian village runs its own telecommunications company.
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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 new nerve interface can simulate a sense of touch from 20 spots on a prosthetic hand.
Amazon says it wants to offer 30-minute drone delivery. But companies actually working on the technology outline the limitations.
The website for the Affordable Care Act was doomed by an inordinately complex setup that tried to link disparate databases in real time.
Following NSA surveillance revelations, talks advance on making the privacy-protecting tool Tor an Internet standard.
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Responding to reports of mass surveillance, engineers say they’ll make encryption standard in all Web traffic.
Facing a declining market for e-readers, E Ink’s new R&D facility is trying out some different ideas.
A Stanford startup’s new radio can send and receive information on the same frequency—an advance that could double the speed of wireless networks.
A technology for reading emotions on faces can help companies sell candy. Now its creators hope it also can take on bigger problems.