With Chromecast—a simple streaming dongle—Google may have found the perfect way to bring online videos to your TV.
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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
Can an armband that controls gestures by measuring muscle activity make it as a mainstream gadget?
It might take a decade or more, but projects from Imec and others could eventually bring augmented-reality contact lenses to life.
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.
Starting with Google Glass, wearable technology could usher in a new era of security weaknesses, researchers say.
Tony Hsieh believes the formula for innovation is more “collisions” and, occasionally, llamas.
EBay dips its toes into the 3-D printing pool with an iPhone app that lets users customize accessories.
As Google Glass gains momentum, companies and researchers are trying to decide what will be the next big breakthrough in wearable technology.