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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 browser-based operating system is still shaky when offline, but Samsung’s Chromebook, priced at just $249, is a decent cheap laptop.
Data collected from some users of the operating system suggest people are adjusting well to the radical departure from previous designs, says the company.
In a Q&A, Julie Larson-Green explains why Microsoft felt it was necessary to rethink an operating system used by 1.2 billion people.
Siri gets some competition from an app that offers answers to search queries you haven’t even made yet.
A service called Premier acts like a single smart assistant, on call 24 hours a day. It’s actually made from an ever-changing crowd of casual workers.
Devotees of the digital currency are ratcheting up their technology in a race to generate new coins.
Technology that accurately tracks finger motions could revolutionize desktop and mobile computing.
A computer that can be screwed into a light socket can project interactive images onto any nearby surface.
A startup called Duolingo taps the power of crowds to make learning a language free.