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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
A telepresence robot due on sale next year hopes to do a better job of being you than any previous bot.
Lytro's technology is never out of focus and allows 3D from a single lens
The latest Android tablets and Chromebooks suggest different "post-PC" worlds, both more complicated than the one Apple is going for.
An attacker distorted the value of a bitcoin on the biggest marketplace for the currency
Only a few handsets contain contactless payment chips, but many more devices could use sounds to achieve the same purpose.
An alleged robbery suggests Bitcoin—an anonymous, decentralized currency—may need bank-like institutions after all.
The Chrome browser will soon silently fetch pages as you scan search results so that they load without delay.
A prototype disk drive based on phase-change memory can outperform an off-the-shelf flash hard disk .
A push to add meaning to Web pages to aid search could also enable other kinds of intelligent web apps.