The threat may be theoretical—but compromised telecom equipment could quickly cripple a nation's civilian and military infrastructure.
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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
Trying to match Google's immense index of the Web would be very costly—but Facebook could instead build search on top of the data we've already given it.
iPhone users are apparently keen to avoid relying on Apple's new mapping app.
The company's data stockpile and investment in AI means a smartphone helper that answers queries before you even ask them.
Phone users can sign up to have incoming messages automatically translated from one language to another. Real-time voice translation could follow.
Bad coverage and streaming video can confuse carriers into making you pay for data you never receive.
Desktop computers with detachable screens that can be used like oversized tablets are in development and are intended for home and work use.
Crowdsourcing can create an artificial chat partner that's smarter than Siri-style personal assistants.
A service called Mobilescope acts as a watchdog, alerting users when apps copy and transmit sensitive information.
Mining workers' messages for emotional trends could help managers monitor morale, but the technology struggles with humor.