The Pebble, created thanks to $10 million raised on Kickstarter, is a notable crowdfunding success story.
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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.
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Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the company behind the Linux distribution, says the smartphone version will find a niche in countries where Ubuntu is already popular.
Intel announces a “value” smartphone chip designed to power millions of low-cost mobile devices.
A service called Premier acts like a single smart assistant, on call 24 hours a day. It’s actually made from an ever-changing crowd of casual workers.
Software turns English into synthesized Chinese almost instantly.
The threat may be theoretical—but compromised telecom equipment could quickly cripple a nation's civilian and military infrastructure.
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.