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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
The rejuvenated research labs at Yahoo are investigating new forms of mobile hardware and new ways to predict what users want.
Small companies are showing that the technology we rely on can be redesigned to protect our data—and that consumers are interested.
Zynga is switching strategy with animation technology that makes characters move more naturally.
Being able to easily link to content inside mobile apps could make them easier to use and also boost the mobile ad industry.
A new approach to encryption beats attackers by presenting them with fake data.
U.S. and U.K. surveillance of smartphone users has been helped by mobile developers—few of whom bother to adopt basic encryption.
Compiling a giant database of all the facts in the world could help Google’s future products understand you better.
How chess and financial fraud led Palantir to human-machine symbiosis.
The U.S. president promises to change the NSA’s snooping practices, but falls short of substantial reforms.