Apple’s first smart watch seems like the best of its kind so far, but the user experience is still a little unclear.
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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.
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A new way to track heart and breathing data, demonstrated with Google Glass, could heighten interest in wearable sensors.
A Canadian startup turns to software to improve the quality and reduce the size of smartphone cameras.
A heads-up display could be safer than glancing at your smartphone while driving—but some features may be more distracting than others.
Although smart watches and fitness bands are proliferating on wrists, there could be an even better spot on the body for wearable tech.
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.
It’s a way to connect all different kinds of items, says Intel’s Genevieve Bell.
A simpler programming language from Apple could broaden the pool of apps and help make them more interactive.
It’s still early days for Google’s modular smartphone effort, but developers and enthusiasts are already thinking about the swappable components they may build.