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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 says using a small USB stick to vouch for your identity is more secure than either a password or conventional two-factor authentication.
If large numbers of commercial drones are to take to the skies, they'll need an air traffic control system.
Can an aging corporation’s adventures in fundamental physics research open a new era of unimaginably powerful computers?
Standards bodies are wrestling with the impact of accidental robot strikes.
Future smartphones could have specialized hardware that uses simulated neurons to do things like recognize objects or faces.
Qualcomm, Facebook, and other tech companies are experimenting with technology that lets smartphones use their LTE radio to connect directly to other devices up to 500 meters away.
A new “bundle” format turns the file-sharing network BitTorrent into a way to pay for music and other content.
The CEO of quantum computing startup D-Wave says its machines are helping companies analyze Wall Street data and search for new cancer drugs.
Google X research lab boss Astro Teller says experimental wireless balloons will test delivering Internet access throughout the Southern Hemisphere by next year.