The Roomba maker is working on technology that could enable robots to help with more household chores.
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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
Home automation systems and networking equipment vulnerable to a major encryption flaw are unlikely to be fixed.
Cryptography could enforce limits on data collected for surveillance data while still permitting agencies to do their jobs, argues a Microsoft researcher.
A security flaw affecting two-thirds of websites is a reminder that the Web relies on a poorly resourced open-source project.
Efforts to build robot hands and humanoids more cheaply could make them affordable enough for businesses and even homes.
Microsoft’s new personal assistant includes features found in Apple and Google’s own virtual helpers.
Samsung’s Galaxy S5 is the first smartphone that can use a fingerprint to authorize payments in stores and online.
If the NSA did have the keys to the backdoor in a random number generator it could break some encryption without trouble.
A startup’s software will let iPhone apps connect phones without the Internet.
Earth-bound challenges will determine the success of Facebook and Google's plans to use balloons, drones and satellites to spread Internet access.