Technology that derives personality traits from Twitter updates is being tested to help target promotions and personalize customer service.
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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.
Tom Simonite's Stories
A novel way of using LTE will see Google's phone download data at 60 megabits per second on Sprint's network.
Tests of Google’s autonomous vehicles in California and Nevada suggests they already outperform human drivers.
Fixes are planned for Internet anonymity tool Tor after researchers showed that national intelligence agencies could plausibly unmask users.
Two experimental Twitter "apps" that create a personalized, private feed of recommendations could be joined by many more.
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
Thanks to Google, Minecraft players can now toy with quantum teleportation and Einstein's "spooky action at a distance."
A mobile, one-armed robot that costs $35,000 is headed for research labs and maybe even some workplaces.
Qualcomm shows how a smart watch can make sense: by offering only limited functions.
There is reason to doubt Edward Snowden's claim that Russian or Chinese spies have not seen the NSA files he leaked.