The website for the Affordable Care Act was doomed by an inordinately complex setup that tried to link disparate databases in real time.
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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 technology for reading emotions on faces can help companies sell candy. Now its creators hope it also can take on bigger problems.
A cheaper fuel cell could provide affordable power for microgrids.
A Microsoft researcher proposes "big data due process" so citizens can learn how data analytics were used against them.
The new iPhone breaks ground by seamlessly sharing Wi-Fi and 4G for Siri. Further tweaks could boost bandwidth 20-fold in some cases.
Twitter seeks to do better at inferring its users’ consumer and political preferences, gender, age, and more.
The world needs nuclear power to reduce the emissions causing climate change, but that depends partly on finding a place to store decades' worth of accumulated waste
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.
Developers complain that by banning facial recognition for Glass, Google is hindering doctors, police, and others.
The new Facebook-centric Android app for smartphones builds on other efforts to court mobile users internationally.