Two men who created the iPod and iPhone founded Nest and injected new technology into the humble thermostat. Now they have their sights on the rest of your house.
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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
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.
If Siri gets more powerful people will have little use for many apps.
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.
Common Crawl supplies a database of over five billion Web pages in the hope that it will inspire new research or online services.
An open payments system built into Web standards could transform online life, if the proposal takes off.
New technology could let the screens on future devices wrap around corners, act like paper, and sense touch on the rear as well as the front.