By carefully logging students’ every action online, a company called Knewton says, it can personalize questions and lessons to help people learn faster. Skeptics say that’s not proven.
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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 company already in the business of selling wearable displays will launch its own consumer gadget next year—but the format is still unproven.
Current hard-drive designs are reaching their limit in data storage, but a new manufacturing technique could allow drive capacities to keep expanding.
A startup hopes to connect millions of low-power sensors worldwide to the Internet, making everything—from power grids to home appliances—smarter.
The CEO of ARM says power-efficient chips for mobile devices will move into desktops, laptops, and servers.
A study proves that software hosted in one part of the cloud can spy on software hosted nearby.
Software turns English into synthesized Chinese almost instantly.
Apple could open up new opportunities by building PCs with the same chips as in iPhones and iPads
Content-centric networking promises to deliver content quicker and more reliably—but it may take time for companies to adopt it.
Apple might have made the touch screen ubiquitous, but Microsoft thinks hands-free interfaces will be just as big.