A new technique could be used to target advertising to users' surroundings without their knowledge.
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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
Google's new computer throws out everything but the Web.
Handhelds can access top-end PC games and other software remotely.
A laptop running just a Web browser might sound a bit limited. But Google is betting you'll want one.
Silicon chips with both optical and electrical circuits could eliminate a bottleneck limiting supercomputer speeds.
A Web startup demos a "predictive" search engine.
"Contactless" hardware lets phones and gadgets pay with a tap, but the coming plethora of apps that use it may confuse users.
Miniature cell-phone towers can improve patchy coverage and provide super-fast data speeds.
Nokia experiments with a universal in-box that combines messages from many separate apps into a single place.
E-commerce startups are targeting emerging economies where cell phones, not browsers, rule.