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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
It may take years for 3-D gesture-control to catch on with consumers and app developers.
A startup that makes 3-D glasses stands out, in part, by including Steve Mann on its team.
Microsoft had some big product successes and a number of flops under Steve Ballmer.
Startups are using sound waves to let mobile gadgets transfer data quickly and efficiently.
They might offer convenience or potential cost savings, but Internet-connected home appliances may also create security risks.
The PayPal cofounder has a new mobile app to help couples get pregnant.
With Chromecast—a simple streaming dongle—Google may have found the perfect way to bring online videos to your TV.
Can an armband that controls gestures by measuring muscle activity make it as a mainstream gadget?
It might take a decade or more, but projects from Imec and others could eventually bring augmented-reality contact lenses to life.