A new phone app from Square enables you to say your name instead of handing over cash or card.
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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
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.
New features will push the Microsoft search engine ahead of Google in the race to make search more social.
IBM researchers are working on systems that can analyze data to tell businesses exactly what action to take.
Not everyone thinks Google's attempt to reinvent the computer will work.
Can laptops that do little more than access the Web compete with traditional computers?
Software lets a hybrid car learn your habits and optimize its power usage.
The company's mobile operating system can now control everything from lighting to gym equipment.