The company's social scientists are hunting for insights about human behavior. What they find could give Facebook new ways to cash in on our data—and remake our view of society.
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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
Languages that aren't used online risk being left behind. New translation technology from Google and Microsoft could help them catch up.
The industry is on a mission to make you like the ads that know which apps you're using.
Nokia's Lumia 900, powered by Microsoft's software, is a good high-end smart phone with relatively few compatible apps.
A service offered by Face.com is almost as good as humans at judging someone's age from a photo.
Gadget manufacturers are adopting a manufacturing technique that will significantly increase resolution in coming months.
The processors in smart phones and tablets leak radio signals that betray the encryption keys used to protect sensitive data.
The prototypes, code-named "Fishbowl", make encrypted calls, and may be emulated by handset manufacturers.
The company knew in 2010 that an app was grabbing users' personal information.
Eyeglasses that overlay data and imagery onto the real world will unlock new kinds of mobile computing.