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
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.
Startups are using sound waves to let mobile gadgets transfer data quickly and efficiently.
A project at Belkin could lead to itemized electric bills—showing how much juice your toaster or hair dryer uses.
The first of the low-cost smartphones running the Firefox OS will start selling on Tuesday in Spain.
The HTC First, which features Facebook’s new Home interface, will appeal only to the most devoted of Facebook users.
A new feature in Qualcomm’s chips will let you wake your phone with a voice command so it can do your bidding. Now it just needs to learn to cook.
With new software, smartphones, and apps, the BlackBerry maker may still have a chance.
Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android rule the fast-growing smartphone market, but upcoming operating systems want to muscle in on their turf.
Swype’s Living Language feature adds slang to its auto-complete dictionary by watching what users type.