Jawbone’s new activity-tracking wristband can be used to start your coffeemaker when you get up.
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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
Pebble unveils developer tools that allow for motion- and gesture-tracking apps for its smart watch.
Smartphone makers’ custom software is responsible for a slew of Android security issues, researchers at North Carolina State University say.
A 3-D gesture-recognition chip could make it a lot easier to use smart watches and head-mounted computers.
Despite limitations, the Firefox OS-running ZTE Open shows promise for low-cost smartphones.
Brain-mimicking software can reliably solve a test meant to separate humans from machines.
For Apple events, the thrill isn't gone, but it's starting to fade.
If smart watches are going to really take off, they’ll have to get a lot better-looking first.
Smart watches risk becoming just another irritating gadget unless their makers learn to use AI and sensors to take advantage of the fact that they’re worn all day.
Mary Lou Jepsen, who leads the Google X display group, says wearable innovation is moving fast.