Botnets are a huge problem—one that can't be solved without persuading recalcitrant owners of millions of infected private computers to take action.
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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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Low-tech phone technology allows images to be sent as bitmaps in text messages, opening up applications for the world's poorest.
The prototype could also monitor an elderly driver's aptitude over time.
Don't read the fine print on smart-phone apps? A new service eventually could do it for you.
Carriers are turning to sophisticated data analytics to give better service to high-paying customers.
A cluster of the devices can replace the transmitters atop a typical cell tower.
A Tennessee city with one-gigabit-per-second Internet runs a $300,000 contest to find ways of using it.
Washington budget agreement could ward off congestion and aid innovation.
Local programmers and homegrown business models are helping to realize the vast promise of using phones to improve health care and save lives.
Sensor technologies once limited to luxury cars are increasingly available in the mass market.