A new feature makes it easy for mobile apps to sync data—and poses direct competition to Apple’s iCloud.
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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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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.
A new standard that gives phones and PCs a bigger role in authentication could disarm attacks that rely on stealing passwords.
Experiments suggest that monitoring viewer behavior via set-top boxes could help make TV commercials much more effective.
Prototype software can give early warnings of disease or violence outbreaks by spotting clues in news reports.
The company’s search engine will become formidable when it includes the text of comments and the vast store of Open Graph data about things outside Facebook.
An open payments system built into Web standards could transform online life, if the proposal takes off.
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 deal will see computers bundled with a device capable of tracking finger motions with sub-millimeter accuracy.