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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
Thanks to Google, Minecraft players can now toy with quantum teleportation and Einstein's "spooky action at a distance."
A mobile, one-armed robot that costs $35,000 is headed for research labs and maybe even some workplaces.
Qualcomm shows how a smart watch can make sense: by offering only limited functions.
There is reason to doubt Edward Snowden's claim that Russian or Chinese spies have not seen the NSA files he leaked.
A system used by ships worldwide to broadcast their location for safety purposes lacks security controls and is vulnerable to spectacular spoofing attacks, researchers show.
A startup pays people around the world to log prices in their local stores each day, offering a real-time way to track how economies are doing.
A leader at Microsoft proposes protecting personal data using technology once used to lock down music files.
GPS readings in cities and indoors can be terrible. One startup has found a novel solution.
Revelations that the NSA has compromised hardware for surveillance highlights the vulnerability of computer systems to such attacks.