Google’s browser-based operating system is still shaky when offline, but Samsung’s Chromebook, priced at just $249, is a decent cheap laptop.
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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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Data collected from some users of the operating system suggest people are adjusting well to the radical departure from previous designs, says the company.
In a Q&A, Julie Larson-Green explains why Microsoft felt it was necessary to rethink an operating system used by 1.2 billion people.
Siri gets some competition from an app that offers answers to search queries you haven’t even made yet.
A computer that can be screwed into a light socket can project interactive images onto any nearby surface.
The company wants to improve its mobile search services by automatically delivering information you wouldn’t think to search for online.
A company already in the business of selling wearable displays will launch its own consumer gadget next year—but the format is still unproven.
Current hard-drive designs are reaching their limit in data storage, but a new manufacturing technique could allow drive capacities to keep expanding.
A startup hopes to connect millions of low-power sensors worldwide to the Internet, making everything—from power grids to home appliances—smarter.
The CEO of ARM says power-efficient chips for mobile devices will move into desktops, laptops, and servers.