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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
Researchers at Microsoft have built a virtual vault that could work on medical data without ever decrypting it.
By sketching future spaces around tablets, smart phones, and social technologies, companies can operate with far fewer desks.
Intentionally combining radio signals from different transmitters could allow mobile devices to download at much higher speeds.
Small ground-based transmitters that mimic GPS satellites help receivers find their position with high accuracy.
Powerful design tools and techniques such as 3-D printing enable manufacturers to be more nimble, says Autodesk's manufacturing boss.
Intel is testing technology that would issue an alert if someone hit your parked car, and could capture video if a thief made off with it.
A startup with plans to mine the Moon for platinum fluffs its first public flight.
A robot recently helped a quadriplegic shave himself for the first time in 10 years—but even the best mechanical helpers still need supervision.
A startup wants any Web page or mobile app to recognize faces, and claims users are becoming less sensitive about the technology.