Small USB devices that offer service to nearby cell phones provide faster Web access and an alternative to expensive international roaming.
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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
Offering your best ideas to others may sound like bad business. But it's better than keeping them under wraps, explains Henry Chesbrough, the father of open innovation.
New operating system will make for slicker and more powerful tablets—but Apple may have an answer ready.
The search engine wants to weed out sites that create low quality articles simply as a way of luring people to online ads.
Phone app Waze uses real-time information shared by drivers to tweak its directions and traffic advice.
Q&A with Darrel Stickler, a leader of Cisco Systems' green task force.
The company behind Microsoft's Kinect controller wants to kill the remote.
Will a flood of new users dilute the quality of the Q&A site?
New processors are a big improvement, but it will take time for apps to take advantage.
The technology is becoming ubiquitous—but don't expect to be able to call just anyone.