Belkin buys Zensi, which makes sensors to track domestic energy and water usage.
I’m a freelance science and technology journalist based in San Francisco. I was the information technology editor at MIT’s Technology Review from 2005 to 2009, where I wrote more than 350 stories about emerging technologies in areas that include computers, mobile devices, displays, communication networks, Internet startups, and more.
I was an integral part of a technology trend-spotting team, highlighting early work in reality mining, plasmonics, adaptable networks, and racetrack memory. I’ve contributed to The Economist, U.S News & World Report, Gizmodo, New Scientist, Science News, and SELF, among other publications. And I’m currently working on a book with Nathan Eagle called Reality Mining: Using Big Data to Engineer a Better World (MIT Press).
Kate Greene's Stories
Specialized transistors track hardware bugs as they happen.
A layer of light-absorbing particles boosts digital image quality.
A new version of Netvibes focuses on real-time data from around the Internet.
Cars could someday communicate with other vehicles and traffic signals using their lights.
An adaptive interface with tactile and audio feedback could make it easier to ignore a small screen.
Sensors that track social behavior highlight the benefits of face-to-face interaction.
A startup hopes to make it easier to hop between cloud-computing services.
The technology behind the new Gmail could challenge Apple's control over third-party applications.
Using a Wi-Fi connection, people can now make cheap international calls with Apple's gadget.