A missile-targeting technology is adapted to process aerial photos into 3-D city maps sharper than Google Earth's.
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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 Silicon Valley investment fund seeking startups founded by designers hopes to spawn a new breed of tech companies.
Changing chip design on demand could allow TVs and other devices to upgrade their own hardware.
Technology like that inside the Jeopardy! champ is being used to identify when babies are acquiring an infection.
Startup Hipmunk used design to muscle into the crowded marketplace for online travel sites.
The social network breaks an unwritten rule by giving away plans to its new data center—an action it hopes will make the Web more efficient.
A new website offers another take on moving personal computing online.
Google's new +1 button lets friends tune each other's search results, but so far the company has few connections to draw on.
The company's free video format is set to be baked into phones and other gadgets.
Two recent developments—a plastic processor and printed memory—show that computing doesn't have to rely on inflexible silicon.