The FBI could use software to help identify suspects, and more advanced techniques are around the corner.
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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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Currencies designed to fix perceived flaws in Bitcoin could lead to competition that makes the idea of digital “cryptocurrency” stick.
Researchers report signs that moneymaking malware common on PCs is being adapted to mobile phones and tablets.
An exposé of its methods and technology may not have deterred a group targeting U.S. corporate secrets.
Securing critical infrastructure needs to go far beyond the measures in President Obama’s recent executive order.
A new feature makes it easy for mobile apps to sync data—and poses direct competition to Apple’s iCloud.
The U.S. government is developing new computer weapons and driving a black market in “zero-day” bugs. The result could be a more dangerous Web for everyone.
Prototype software can give early warnings of disease or violence outbreaks by spotting clues in news reports.
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.