Despite limitations, the Firefox OS-running ZTE Open shows promise for low-cost smartphones.
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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
Brain-mimicking software can reliably solve a test meant to separate humans from machines.
OpenRemote is an open-source Internet of Things platform that could help spur smarter homes and cities.
Language-learning site Duolingo will let volunteers build courses for languages like Arabic, Russian, and even Dothraki.
Scanning a smartphone for malware with a charger offers more protection than security apps ever can.
An app called Wallet.AI wants to put a financial advisor in your pocket.
Browser builder Opera smartly simplifies the Web on the iPad with touchable tiles.
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.