The company behind the Bittorrent protocol is working on software that can replicate most features of file-synching services without handing your data to cloud servers.
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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
Google looks set to bring its smart, personal data-fueled assistant, Google Now, to the Chrome browser.
Smart home appliances could become more common thanks to efforts by major companies including Lowe’s and Staples to make gadgets compatible.
Hardware designed specifically to run complex neural networks could let personal devices make sense of the world.
Many Wearable Computers and Fundamental Advances.
The mobile Web browsing of three million people reveals how pervasive ad tracking technology is and shows that Google’s is dominant.
Bitcoin is underpinned by unbreakable codes, but the secret keys that protect personal fortunes are easily lost or stolen.
Sharing your call data with researchers could help show what the NSA can deduce from the data it harvests.
Software digests thousands of research papers to accurately identify proteins that could be productive targets for cancer drugs.
Larry Page's dream of making it possible to search every book ever published is revived by a court ruling on copyright.