Facebook's Messenger app now lets smartphone users send voice notes and phone friends.
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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.
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E-mail is a mess. Mailbox, Inky, and AOL’s Alto all say they can help clean it up.
The software looks cool, but will need handset maker support to succeed.
A startup uses the Facebook Connect feature to help people share Wi-Fi networks among friends.
This year, the Web was dominated by online education, shifting social networks, and the continued march toward mobile.
Messages sent through Poke self-destruct after up to 10 seconds. Surely this won't cause any trouble.
The free software now lets you control music and video on the Web through a webcam-equipped computer.
The software giant makes a bid for more apps for its new Windows 8 operating system.
Yes, Instagram's new terms are lame, but you can't get something for nothing.
Startup Minteye says its sliding, image-based Captcha is simpler to use and a potential money maker.