Qualcomm, Facebook, and other tech companies are experimenting with technology that lets smartphones use their LTE radio to connect directly to other devices up to 500 meters away.
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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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Batteries for smart watches and other wearables never last long. A new microchip design could change that.
Simple devices that can link up via Wi-Fi but don’t need batteries could make it easier to spread computing throughout your home.
Stacking components from two LCD panels more than doubles the pixel density of a video display.
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says work is under way at Google to apply his theory of intelligence to understanding online information.
Smart watches that take voice commands, issue timely reminders, and even let you order pizza from your wrist go on sale from Google today.
A new line of smartphones designed by Google could spread Internet access more widely in poor regions of the world.
A new kind of search engine will make it possible to search inside the apps on your phone.
Many leading apps consume too much data to be viable in parts of the world where data is expensive, says Facebook.
Leading AI researcher Andrew Ng, previously associated with Google, will lead a new effort by China’s Baidu to create software that understands the world.