The Fire Phone’s Firefly feature could make visual search easier, better, and more popular.
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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
Could heat-tracking be the key to interacting with wearable computers?
If a device could capture every moment in life for your easy recall later, would you want it to? There are plenty of things I’d rather forget.
Keeping some devices off the Internet may be the best way to secure the Internet of things.
It’s a way to connect all different kinds of items, says Intel’s Genevieve Bell.
Robert Brunner explains how he helped make Beats’ headphones fashionable, and what other companies need to do to make wearable tech take off.
A simpler programming language from Apple could broaden the pool of apps and help make them more interactive.
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.