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 could make money by replaying TV content people tweet about, with ads.
Twitter is losing money and is much smaller than Facebook, so new technology is more important than ever.
As IBM launches research collaboration with four universities and institutes, it shows how Watson can build recipes.
The new iPhone breaks ground by seamlessly sharing Wi-Fi and 4G for Siri. Further tweaks could boost bandwidth 20-fold in some cases.
A new United Nations report predicts the number of mobile subscriptions will exceed the global population next year.
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.
Google's one-gigabit service made a big statement, but what's still far from clear is who actually uses it, and for what.