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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.
Even chips thought to be ultra-secure probably can be made to surrender cryptographic keys by milling down the silicon.
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
A growing body of research shows how to use cloud storage synchronization services to get around firewalls.
As TiVo tries for a second act --- streaming everything you subscribe to --- content providers are calling the shots.
If you want recorded content -- you're all set. But seamlessly watching live TV is a work in progress.