As Microsoft prepares to absorb Nokia’s handset business, a new research strategy emerges.
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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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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.
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.
Even chips thought to be ultra-secure probably can be made to surrender cryptographic keys by milling down the silicon.
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.
Swapping software can give one GSM phone the power to prevent incoming calls and text messages from reaching other phones nearby.
A growing body of research shows how to use cloud storage synchronization services to get around firewalls.