Swapping software can give one GSM phone the power to prevent incoming calls and text messages from reaching other phones nearby.
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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 growing body of research shows how to use cloud storage synchronization services to get around firewalls.
Research unmasks a weakness of Apple’s App Store: new apps apparently are run for only a few seconds before approval.
The closure of two “ultra-private” e-mail services shows just how weak the system really is.
Researchers show how to spot viruses on equipment like drug mixers and pregnancy monitors: by examining their power usage.
Moto X strengthens the hand of apps and technologies that emphasize listening to everything, all the time.
If the Pentagon eases its grip on wireless frequencies used for radar, wider use of 4G networks could become possible.
Alcatel-Lucent has demonstrated fiber-like data-transfer speeds over telephone wiring—but will ISPs adopt it?
Kenyan tech leaders say the high-flying Internet balloons may not be a realistic networking solution for their continent.
Developers complain that by banning facial recognition for Glass, Google is hindering doctors, police, and others.