A startup pays people around the world to log prices in their local stores each day, offering a real-time way to track how economies are doing.
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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
A leader at Microsoft proposes protecting personal data using technology once used to lock down music files.
GPS readings in cities and indoors can be terrible. One startup has found a novel solution.
Revelations that the NSA has compromised hardware for surveillance highlights the vulnerability of computer systems to such attacks.
Adding 3-D sensors to existing and future mobile devices will enable augmented-reality games, handheld 3-D scanning, and better photography.
Upgrades to Google’s search engine will make it better at understanding conversational queries – helping its mobile search apps tread on Siri’s toes.
Former Facebook chief technology officer Adam D’Angelo is trying to build a repository of expertise and wisdom online. Can it make enough money to stick around?
A technique called deep learning could help Facebook understand its users and their data better.
Genevieve Bell, director of Intel’s user experience research, says companies building wearable computers haven’t figured out why people might want them.
Pushing around supply carts for miles, tending to plastic babies, and maintaining an ersatz operating theater are how one health-care giant figures out what saves money.