A startup with plans to mine the Moon for platinum fluffs its first public flight.
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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 robot recently helped a quadriplegic shave himself for the first time in 10 years—but even the best mechanical helpers still need supervision.
A startup wants any Web page or mobile app to recognize faces, and claims users are becoming less sensitive about the technology.
Cisco has redesigned the Android operating system to make a tablet that also works as a desktop computer—but it takes some control away from users.
A startup's wireless technology sends low-bandwidth signals over long distances, even underground.
A telepresence robot due on sale next year hopes to do a better job of being you than any previous bot.
Lytro's technology is never out of focus and allows 3D from a single lens
The latest Android tablets and Chromebooks suggest different "post-PC" worlds, both more complicated than the one Apple is going for.
Only a few handsets contain contactless payment chips, but many more devices could use sounds to achieve the same purpose.
An alleged robbery suggests Bitcoin—an anonymous, decentralized currency—may need bank-like institutions after all.