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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
Street View-style imagery of interior spaces lets mobile devices locate themselves more accurately than is possible with GPS.
Sharing your call data with researchers could help show what the NSA can deduce from the data it harvests.
Software digests thousands of research papers to accurately identify proteins that could be productive targets for cancer drugs.
Larry Page's dream of making it possible to search every book ever published is revived by a court ruling on copyright.
Governments already dabbling with authoritarian control of the Internet could be spurred on by learning of NSA surveillance.
A novel way of using LTE will see Google's phone download data at 60 megabits per second on Sprint's network.
Two experimental Twitter "apps" that create a personalized, private feed of recommendations could be joined by many more.
The community that built the largest encyclopedia in history is shrinking, even as more people and Internet services depend on it than ever. Can it be revived, or is this the end of the Web’s idealistic era?
Qualcomm shows how a smart watch can make sense: by offering only limited functions.