Forget Android and iOS—a team of enthusiasts plans to bring HP’s much-admired webOS back from the scrap heap.
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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
Everybody has a different pattern of veins in the whites of their eyes. New security software makes use of that.
There are plenty of translation apps for smartphones, but sometimes they speak better than they listen.
Ingress, which is invitation-only for now, is complicated but highly addictive—and will give the company even more information about your current location.
Increasing the ways users can prod touch screens could open up new features on mobile devices.
The throwable device could relay panoramic images to let first responders or soldiers know what they’re getting into.
As Apple shrinks down the iPad, Google unveils a larger Android tablet, along with an improved smaller tablet and a new smartphone.
AOL tries to solve "in-box fatigue" by reimagining e-mail organization.
A startup called Ube thinks smart devices and smartphone apps will make home automation cheap and easy. But will consumers go for it?
Software that understands natural speech—using a combination of software and humans—could save businesses from losing customers.