Prototype software can give early warnings of disease or violence outbreaks by spotting clues in news reports.
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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’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.
Google’s browser-based operating system is still shaky when offline, but Samsung’s Chromebook, priced at just $249, is a decent cheap laptop.
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.