The technology is becoming ubiquitous—but don't expect to be able to call just anyone.
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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
Tablets on show at CES may be hampered by Google's unfinished OS.
TV apps debut that pop-up automatically to offer extra content related to the show you're watching.
The bulky bezels framing of the screens on today's tablets are set to shrink.
New ways to feed our need for computing speed, novel controllers for our gadgets, and scary security risks all appeared in 2010.
Cloud-based services now provide a way for companies to plan ahead without relying on cumbersome spreadsheets. But what's a boon for smaller companies is disrupting the market for higher-end solutions.
Office parties can be even more trying when you send an electronic avatar in your place.
A router that runs the Tor software prevents Web tracking.
Robots that stand in for remote workers could force people to learn how to tolerate a new breed of social failings.
How the inventor of the PalmPilot studied the workings of the human brain to help companies turn a deluge of data into business intelligence.