Telepresence systems that let you go to work remotely have proved awkward to use. One startup thinks it has solved those problems.
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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
Techniques used by government-backed malware are surfacing in the code used by ordinary cyber criminals.
Bad coverage and streaming video can confuse carriers into making you pay for data you never receive.
Desktop computers with detachable screens that can be used like oversized tablets are in development and are intended for home and work use.
Crowdsourcing can create an artificial chat partner that's smarter than Siri-style personal assistants.
Government departments, banks, and companies that operate critical infrastructure have fallen victim to badly crafted malware known as Mahdi.
The two companies seem fated to compete ever more fiercely over mobile computing.
A service called Mobilescope acts as a watchdog, alerting users when apps copy and transmit sensitive information.
Mining workers' messages for emotional trends could help managers monitor morale, but the technology struggles with humor.
The movements of Android users let Google track live traffic—a service being extended to new countries and U.S. cities today.