A simpler programming language from Apple could broaden the pool of apps and help make them more interactive.
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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
Early testers are building a range of prototypes from drones to immersive video games using Google’s 3-D mapping smartphone.
Samsung's wrist-worn Simband prototype could be the basis for a new wave of personal health tracking devices.
A startup called Energous aims to let you charge your gadgets without plugging them in.
As wearable devices get better-looking and more powerful, we’ll trust them to monitor and control more of our lives.
Fitness bands like the Jawbone Up are in an unusual and enviable position in the electronics business: people rarely take them off.
A movable smart-watch screen makes it easier to read a map or play a game.
OMsignal’s version of wearable tech is a T-shirt with knitted electrodes to sense your heart and breathing rates.
A startup uses sound waves to create touch sensations out of thin air.
It’s still early days for Google’s modular smartphone effort, but developers and enthusiasts are already thinking about the swappable components they may build.