The U.S. president promises to change the NSA’s snooping practices, but falls short of substantial reforms.
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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 company behind the Bittorrent protocol is working on software that can replicate most features of file-syncing services without handing your data to cloud servers.
Google is working on electronics-laden contact lenses to monitor glucose levels for diabetics. Welcome to the club.
Google’s Nest acquisition will see a team that builds and polishes technology like Apple given access to the AI power of the search giant.
Startup offers $995 remotely steered video-chat device for people to check up on kids and elderly relatives.
Smart home appliances could become more common thanks to efforts by major companies including Lowe’s and Staples to make gadgets compatible.
Companies have figured out that a smart watch can't just be functional; it has to look good, too.
Typing in passwords on tablets and PCs could become a thing of the past.
A book-sized computer capable of driving a car could help the technology reach the mass market.
Controlled with gestures, these depth-sensing devices will appear in the second half of 2014.