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.
Common Crawl supplies a database of over five billion Web pages in the hope that it will inspire new research or online services.
The world’s largest chipmaker is counting on its U.S.-based manufacturing to earn it a toehold in the market for mobile processors.
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.
PC makers hope that new ways of interacting with computers will boost sales.
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 Pebble, created thanks to $10 million raised on Kickstarter, is a notable crowdfunding success story.