By using crowdsourcing for difficult tasks such as understanding speech or images, the software could enable smarter apps.
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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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Intentionally combining radio signals from different transmitters could allow mobile devices to download at much higher speeds.
Small ground-based transmitters that mimic GPS satellites help receivers find their position with high accuracy.
Only a few handsets contain contactless payment chips, but many more devices could use sounds to achieve the same purpose.
A phone can locate you indoors to within a few paces by combining Wi-Fi signals and the jolt of your footsteps.
After years of research, Microsoft hopes to provide a system that lets data communications weave through TV frequencies.
The company's mobile operating system can now control everything from lighting to gym equipment.