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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
The release of Apple’s WatchKit yields more insight into how the company is tackling smart-watch issues.
Startup Knightscope is preparing to roll out human-size robot patrols.
Occasionally virtual assistants like Siri show flashes of humanity that suggest they could one day act like more than just software.
Google’s Nexus Player should appeal to those who want smarter TVs. But it will need to do much more to be the hub of all home entertainment.
A former head of Google Wallet rolls out a “smart” terminal for all kinds of payments.
Roost’s batteries will let smoke alarms send alerts via smartphone, and may bring other battery-powered devices online, too.
With natural-language processing aided by crowdsourced data, Wit.ai aims to make smartphones, wearables, and drones heed your call.
A company called ClipCard will let you search all your cloud-based stuff at once, even if it’s stored in several places.
Apple's SIM card that lets you switch wireless carriers on the fly could lead to cheaper communications.