A phone can locate you indoors to within a few paces by combining Wi-Fi signals and the jolt of your footsteps.
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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
Photos, songs, and documents created on one Apple device will soon magically appear on others you own.
Defense contractor Lockheed Martin paid $10 million for a "quantum computer" that is also being tested by Google.
Can the Web as we know it survive without installing tracking files on your computer?
Photofly uses overlapping photos to create high-detail 3-D copies of anything from bugs to Mount Rushmore.
Can a booming "crypto-currency" really compete with conventional cash?
A new phone app from Square enables you to say your name instead of handing over cash or card.
After years of research, Microsoft hopes to provide a system that lets data communications weave through TV frequencies.
The first big social network has gone public - how long until the biggest joins it?
Michael Stonebraker helped invent technology that put databases into every business. Now a growing flood of data means he needs to reinvent it.