I want a self-driving car, but it needs different levels of independence depending on the situation.
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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
Samsung's wrist-worn Simband prototype could be the basis for a new wave of personal health tracking devices.
Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch looks a lot like a regular watch but can still act like a computer.
Google dumps Motorola and goes home to Nest.
No disappearing messages yet, but it's likely the competition has Instagram concerned.
Apple doesn't allow other keyboards as default on the iPhone, but developers can add them to apps and Fleksy is egging them on.
Buying gesture control company PrimeSense could help Apple drum up more excitement for its products.
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.
Mary Lou Jepsen, who leads the Google X display group, says wearable innovation is moving fast.