An alleged robbery suggests Bitcoin—an anonymous, decentralized currency—may need bank-like institutions after all.
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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
The Chrome browser will soon silently fetch pages as you scan search results so that they load without delay.
A prototype disk drive based on phase-change memory can outperform an off-the-shelf flash hard disk .
Photos, songs, and documents created on one Apple device will soon magically appear on others you own.
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin paid $10 million for a "quantum computer" that is also being tested by Google.
Photofly uses overlapping photos to create high-detail 3-D copies of anything from bugs to Mount Rushmore.
Can a booming "crypto-currency" really compete with conventional cash?
A new phone app from Square enables you to say your name instead of handing over cash or card.
Not everyone thinks Google's attempt to reinvent the computer will work.
Can laptops that do little more than access the Web compete with traditional computers?