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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
Startup offers $995 remotely steered video-chat device for people to check up on kids and elderly relatives.
A book-sized computer capable of driving a car could help the technology reach the mass market.
Chips that save energy by approximating some calculations could allow mobile devices to be smarter at understanding the world.
A robot able to play touch screen games like Cut the Rope can judge whether humans will find a new device responsive.
Microchips modeled on the brain may excel at tasks that baffle today’s computers.
Street View-style imagery of interior spaces lets mobile devices locate themselves more accurately than is possible with GPS.
Governments already dabbling with authoritarian control of the Internet could be spurred on by learning of NSA surveillance.
Technology that derives personality traits from Twitter updates is being tested to help target promotions and personalize customer service.
A novel way of using LTE will see Google's phone download data at 60 megabits per second on Sprint's network.