An app called Audio Aware lets the hard of hearing and the distracted know when danger approaches.
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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
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Secret, a new app that lets you share honestly and anonymously, is addictive.
Twitter’s first earnings report shows that growth is slowing. Could it be a sign it’s meant to be a niche network?
Social-networking apps that eschew real names are gaining ground.
On its tenth birthday, Facebook offers users a data-driven trip down memory lane.
Facebook’s new Paper app for iPhone shows that the company can offer more than just a place to keep up with friends.
Facebook's latest app may convince me to spend more time using Facebook on my iPhone.