Small companies are showing that the technology we rely on can be redesigned to protect our data—and that consumers are interested.
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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
Being able to easily link to content inside mobile apps could make them easier to use and also boost the mobile ad industry.
A new approach to encryption beats attackers by presenting them with fake data.
U.S. and U.K. surveillance of smartphone users has been helped by mobile developers—few of whom bother to adopt basic encryption.
The U.S. president promises to change the NSA’s snooping practices, but falls short of substantial reforms.
The company behind the Bittorrent protocol is working on software that can replicate most features of file-syncing services without handing your data to cloud servers.
Smart home appliances could become more common thanks to efforts by major companies including Lowe’s and Staples to make gadgets compatible.
Hardware designed specifically to run complex neural networks could let personal devices make sense of the world.
Many Wearable Computers and Fundamental Advances.
Bitcoin is underpinned by unbreakable codes, but the secret keys that protect personal fortunes are easily lost or stolen.