Microsoft had some big product successes and a number of flops under Steve Ballmer.
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IT Editor, Web & Social Media
As MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for Web and social media, I cover a wide variety of startups and write gadget reviews out of our San Francisco office. I’m curious about tech innovation, and I’m always on the lookout for the next big thing. Before arriving at MIT Technology Review in early 2012, I spent five years as a technology reporter at the Associated Press, covering companies including Apple, Amazon, and eBay, and penning reviews. I’ve also worked as a freelancer, covering both technology and crime for the New York Times.
I grew up mostly in Palo Alto, California, where companies like Hewlett-Packard and Google were simply a part of everyday life. But I didn’t discover my love for tech coverage until 2003. That’s when I accidentally discovered a major security lapse in Palo Alto Unified School District’s wireless network, which allowed anyone with Wi-Fi to view sensitive student information, including psychological profiles identified with full names. When not hard at work on a TR story, I can be found riding around the Bay Area on my road bike or my Vespa.
Rachel Metz's Stories
Startups are using sound waves to let mobile gadgets transfer data quickly and efficiently.
They might offer convenience or potential cost savings, but Internet-connected home appliances may also create security risks.
The PayPal cofounder has a new mobile app to help couples get pregnant.
A project at Belkin could lead to itemized electric bills—showing how much juice your toaster or hair dryer uses.
With Chromecast—a simple streaming dongle—Google may have found the perfect way to bring online videos to your TV.
Can an armband that controls gestures by measuring muscle activity make it as a mainstream gadget?
The Nokia Lumia 1020 is pricey, but its whopping 41-megapixel camera takes impressive photos.
Leap Motion’s low-cost gesture-control device is not as easy to use as you might think.
Udacity cofounder and CEO Sebastian Thrun says more AI is coming to online education, but we’ll still need humans to grade our English essays.