New software lets people build their own GPS-enabled games and tours for portable devices.
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
Researchers are testing ways to let people listen to gadget menu options instead of looking at them.
Keypads on smooth touch screens are prone to errors, but new ways of providing tactile feedback could make them more accurate.
A wireless-sensor network to report pollution and traffic comes to Cambridge, MA.
IBM's site lets people collaborate to creatively visualize and discuss data on fast food, Jesus' apostles, greenhouse-gas trends, and more.
A new metal film could help control terahertz radiation and lead to wireless devices that are thousands of times faster than today's Wi-Fi.
Microsoft researchers are developing an algorithm that would allow speakers to work like virtual headphones--even as you walk around your office.
The software giant wants to better understand how people interact on the Internet.
Yahoo Pipes lets people make highly customized feeds that combine information from multiple sources and weed out the junk.
Data-visualization tools and community policing help keep Digg's social news site legitimate and valuable to its readers.