Location-based app Field Trip looks fun, and possibly lucrative for Google.
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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
Will tablets that can transform into laptops challenge the iPad?
RIM uses a cheesy music video to show its true feelings to developers.
The device maker has struggled while Apple and Android phones have thrived, but app developers say the company's audience is still big enough to matter.
A dissection of the smartphone by iSuppli indicates cheaper memory, pricier wireless chips.
Vicarious thinks it can mimic the brain to create software that learns to see as we do.
Nuance is working with chipmakers on technology that would enable "persistent listening" apps.
The more we depend on the Web, the more passwords we accumulate—and forget. Some startups think they have a solution.
Mike Krieger says app makers should narrow their focus, and avoid over-thinking.
A jacket with a pocket that blocks radio waves could offer digital respite.