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.
Tom Simonite's Stories
A startup says getting a robot to do things should be less about writing code and more like animal training.
Batteries for smart watches and other wearables never last long. A new microchip design could change that.
A chip that uses a million digital neurons and 256 million synapses may signal the beginning of a new era of more intelligent computers.
A system designed to let carriers remotely install software on phones, or change their settings without a user noticing, is open to abuse.
Researchers at IBM are testing a version of Watson designed to listen and contribute to business meetings.
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.
Chips made with nanotube transistors, which could be five times faster, should be ready around 2020, says IBM.
Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil says work is under way at Google to apply his theory of intelligence to understanding online information.