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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.
In an L.A. court, a woman claims her Google Glass device switched on accidentally when she was pulled over by highway patrol.
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.
A cheap device called the Safeplug makes it easy to use the Tor anonymity network at home.
Larry Page's dream of making it possible to search every book ever published is revived by a court ruling on copyright.
Carver Mead christened Moore’s Law and helped make it come true. Now he says engineers should experiment with quantum mechanics to advance computing.
Governments already dabbling with authoritarian control of the Internet could be spurred on by learning of NSA surveillance.