The new iPhones suggest Apple's ability to innovate is waning. Can it find a new category of gadget to reshape?
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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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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.
A Glass version of Google's Field Trip app looks like the first good use case for the head-mounted computer.
Startups are using sound waves to let mobile gadgets transfer data quickly and efficiently.
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Would you make an appointment with a doctor sporting computerized eyewear?