Nuance hopes its voice-recognition tech can produce mobile ads that you actually want to have a conversation with.
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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
Google’s Keep app copies key Evernote functions, but there’s plenty of room for both note-taking apps.
Startup Sherpa’s predictive intelligence offers valuable insights when and where you need them.
Startup Navisens says it can find people indoors using motion sensors and math.
A startup called Rabbit believes consumers will jump for always-on video chatting that lets you watch movies with an infinite number of friends.
Personalized and interactive advertising experiences are becoming a lot more important than just simple banner ads.
A $70 device will tell you how efficiently you’re driving, and can even call 911 for help in the event of an accident.
The social network is adapting to the popularity of image sharing and mobile devices.
An early version of Ubuntu’s touch-centric OS looks smartly designed and worth watching as it develops.
Mobile security startup PassBan offers smartphone owners a slew of authentication options—including one you can wear.