Rather than trying to build a better battery, startup Qnovo bets it can improve the one that’s already in your smartphone.
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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
Robert Brunner explains how he helped make Beats’ headphones fashionable, and what other companies need to do to make wearable tech take off.
A startup called Energous aims to let you charge your gadgets without plugging them in.
Fitness bands like the Jawbone Up are in an unusual and enviable position in the electronics business: people rarely take them off.
A movable smart-watch screen makes it easier to read a map or play a game.
Developers hope apps that improve upon their smartphone versions will help Google’s head-worn computer catch on.
Omate’s TrueSmart watch is an intriguing idea, but has many problems.
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.