Life would be more secure if we used USB sticks, or even jewelry, to log into computer accounts, suggest Google engineers
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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.
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An open payments system built into Web standards could transform online life, if the proposal takes off.
"Character-driven dialogue" will help the virtual assistant evolve, says an Apple job ad.
New technology could let the screens on future devices wrap around corners, act like paper, and sense touch on the rear as well as the front.
PC makers hope that new ways of interacting with computers will boost sales.
A lightweight wearable display that tethers to a phone got its first public outing this week in Las Vegas.
Some car apps will mirror mobile ones, while others will add new functionality, the auto giants say.
The Pebble, created thanks to $10 million raised on Kickstarter, is a notable crowdfunding success story.
The company reveals that it is testing driverless cars on Nevada freeways, and shows a compact laser scanner intended to fit such technology into commercial vehicles.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the company behind the Linux distribution, says the smartphone version will find a niche in countries where Ubuntu is already popular.