The closure of two “ultra-private” e-mail services shows just how weak the system really is.
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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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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?
A giant case shows Russian hacker gangs remain a potent force, and provides fuel to arguments for mandatory sharing of computer attack information between industry and government.
Companies are working to provide long-distance Internet services to rural areas via unused TV spectrum.
A new report gives a wide range for what cybercrime and espionage actually cost the United States and the world.
Cuba's new state-run cybercafes charge 70 cents an hour for the Cuban version, and $5 for the global one. And please hand over your national ID card.
Kenyan tech leaders say the high-flying Internet balloons may not be a realistic networking solution for their continent.