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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
A company called ClipCard will let you search all your cloud-based stuff at once, even if it’s stored in several places.
Apple's SIM card that lets you switch wireless carriers on the fly could lead to cheaper communications.
When software updates force a functional gadget into retirement, it can be hard to say goodbye.
As an alternative to the intrusiveness of some wearable computers, researchers present a small tube you hold up to your eye.
An app called Yovo uses a clever trick to make it hard to preserve its ephemeral messages.
Startup DynaOptics uses lenses that move from side to side, rather than forward and backward, for a high-quality optical zoom in smartphones.
Sure, people say some nasty things in anonymous apps, but the good far outweighs the bad.
A social network avoids ads and elevates design.
Researchers say it’s possible to identify gestures around a phone by analyzing interference in the wireless signals it transmits.