Connected appliances such as TVs can provide hackers a way into your house.
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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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The Supreme Court’s decision was tailored narrowly, but it may provide openings for lawyers to argue that other forms of mass Internet streaming violate copyright.
Software meant to help people interpret emotions will soon be available in several apps.
More e-mail providers are using encryption, meaning messages can’t be intercepted and read by the NSA or hackers.
Reported plans to launch 180 satellites could provide significant competition in the developing world and rural areas.
Developers and designers are now building apps for Google’s smart watch platform.
An info-war is under way as websites are blocked and telecom cables to Crimea are mysteriously cut.
The FCC wants to force ISPs to show whether delays are due to unavoidable congestion or created to extract fees from content providers.
A court loss for “net neutrality” could mean either a new era of innovation or preferential treatment and higher costs.
In Macha, Zambia, where uploads fail 75 percent of the time, a smart file sharing system can store data locally when necessary.