Dropbox’s new photo app, Carousel, is smartly designed, but that won’t ensure success.
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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
Conductr wants to help developers make apps that will spread out across multiple devices, taking advantage of all your display real estate.
Emu mines your conversations and smartphone sensors to add helpful details to messages.
Startup Mighty Cast thinks teens may want a wearable computer with modular components.
An itty-bitty camera could bring sight to the Internet of things.
Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch looks a lot like a regular watch but can still act like a computer.
Controlling an iPhone or Android phone with just your voice and a noise-cancelling headset is doable, but frustrating.
Researchers have shown that the swipe-to-unlock action can be replaced with useful data collection or micro-tasks.
WebTV’s creator thinks his forthcoming wireless technology will give us faster, better mobile Internet access.
Glass is still a pain to use, but a few apps reveal what it could become.