A project in Africa illustrates that text messages can provide the benefits of wireless data in places that lack reliable cellular Internet access.
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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
Peter Norvig, Google's head of research, and Eric Horvitz, a distinguished scientist at Microsoft Research, are optimistic about the future of machine intelligence.
Mirasol's reflective display is being tested by device manufacturers, and could appear on shelves next year.
Video calling or movie apps could receive extra bandwidth—for a price, of course.
The device tracks heart rate, breathing, and movement without requiring the user to wear anything.
Taking control of computers with our hands and bodies is set to become commonplace.
An app that knows what you're watching can serve up related Web articles or other information—as well as targeted ads.
The CEO of Salesforce.com explains why traditional software is dead and how giants like Oracle are twisting the meaning of cloud computing.
Computers that do everything in a Web browser are touted as an inexpensive alternative for companies.
A startup's new camera lets you refocus photos and capture 3-D images.