Experimental Google software that can describe a complex scene could lead to better image search or apps to help the visually impaired.
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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
Wireless links formed partly by lasers may offer a faster, cheaper way to improve mobile Internet.
A new device lets you use the unique pattern of your irises in place of passwords–and the technology will also be built into laptops.
U.S. cellular operators are testing technology that boosts mobile download speeds by having phones borrow bandwidth from devices nearby.
A new tool brings simple encrypted messaging to any webmail or social networking site.
An experiment involving a chip on a small drone shows how hardware modeled on the brain could provide useful intelligence.
A new way to access Facebook securely and anonymously via the “dark Web” could provide a model for other sites.
A new feature of most browsers will let them issue alerts through a PC or mobile operating system.
Patent and trademark filings reveal the augmented reality technology that convinced Google and others to invest $542 million into Magic Leap.
A security startup called Illumio launching today has already signed up Yahoo and other large companies that need new ways to protect their data centers.