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
Keeping some devices off the Internet may be the best way to secure the Internet of things.
Samsung's wrist-worn Simband prototype could be the basis for a new wave of personal health tracking devices.
Having tackled Web-based file storage and e-mail, Dropbox is going after photos with the new Carousel app.
Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg says the virtual reality technology he bought will offer more than just gaming.
Motorola's Moto 360 smart watch looks a lot like a regular watch but can still act like a computer.
MIT Technology Review's first mention of the World Wide Web was five years after it was first invented in 1989.
Google's Android boss says a wearable SDK is coming. Here's hoping it will be more popular than Glass.
RSA isn't the only computer security conference in San Francisco this week.
Facebook is paying much more for WhatsApp than it did for Instagram, but it's getting more, too.