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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
Google’s browser-based operating system is still shaky when offline, but Samsung’s Chromebook, priced at just $249, is a decent cheap laptop.
Kurzweil is best known for predictions of immortality but has also created speech recognition technology
Data collected from some users of the operating system suggest people are adjusting well to the radical departure from previous designs, says the company.
In a Q&A, Julie Larson-Green explains why Microsoft felt it was necessary to rethink an operating system used by 1.2 billion people.
The file-syncing company has bought a startup that streams a person's music collection over the Internet.
Siri gets some competition from an app that offers answers to search queries you haven’t even made yet.
Google's leader says the Web is less open, but expect more from Google+ and shopping search.
The smart assistant app Google Now is able to track how far a person walks or cycles.
A service called Premier acts like a single smart assistant, on call 24 hours a day. It’s actually made from an ever-changing crowd of casual workers.