Footage of people unlocking their phones can be used to steal mobile passcodes even if the typing can’t be seen.
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IT Editor, Software & Hardware
I’m MIT Technology Review’s IT editor for hardware and software and enjoy a diverse diet of algorithms, Internet, and human-computer interaction with chips on the side. Working in our San Francisco office, I cover new ideas about what computers can do for us, whether they spring from tech giants, new startups, or academic labs.
My journey to the West Coast started in a small English town called Wantage and took in the University of Cambridge, Imperial College London, and five years writing and editing technology news coverage at New Scientist magazine.
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A system designed to let carriers remotely install software on phones, or change their settings without a user noticing, is open to abuse.
Researchers at IBM are testing a version of Watson designed to listen and contribute to business meetings.
Simple devices that can link up via Wi-Fi but don’t need batteries could make it easier to spread computing throughout your home.
Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.
Big Blue thinks its Jeopardy! champion Watson can make money by offering health-care providers new expertise without hiring new staff.
Polymer molecules that self-assemble into regular patterns could help the semiconductor industry make even smaller transistors.
Chips made with nanotube transistors, which could be five times faster, should be ready around 2020, says IBM.
Google wants you to talk to its search box instead of spending time hunting through the jumble of apps on your smartphone.
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says work is under way at Google to apply his theory of intelligence to understanding online information.