Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.
Articles by Thomas Claburn
posted in January 2010
Old browsers are being put out to pasture so new Web technologies can run free.
Skeptics dismiss the iPad as underwhelming and limiting while developers see dollar signs.
Businesses that focus on branded searches may be missing out on the visitor traffic that comes from generic search terms.
It just got easier to tap the wisdom of your friends online.
The pre-release hype has given way to complaints about the device's supposed shortcomings.
The early speculation is that the tablet brings publishers hopes of new revenue for digital content while ushering in a shift in how users interact with the Web.
Cardinal Richelieu, chief minister of France's King Louis XIII, is generally credited with saying, "If you give me six lines written by the hand of the most honest of men, I will find something in them which will hang him."
Richelieu's claim attests to the ease with which information can be misused. It's a lesson that Internet users might want to revisit in this age of online insecurity.
Flurry, a company that collects online data about ads, claims to have detected Apple's widely anticipated tablet device.
Two search relevancy improvements make it easier than ever to get answers using Google.
The company's Q4 revenue comes in strong, but shares slip nonetheless.
The latest version of Mozilla's open source browser arrives amid warnings about the security of Internet Explorer.
Google's decision to challenge China's censorship policy is seen by a number of China experts as a no-win situation.
The company is releasing an out-of-band update to defang the malware used in the recent cyber attack on Google.
The company says that its revised rate plan has nothing to do with Apple's announcement next week.
By confronting Chinese authorities on search censorship, Google may be endangering other parts of its business.
The company will reduce the amount of time it keeps search query data.
IT security organizations for both countries on Friday cited the attacks against Google and 33 other organizations as the reason.
Independent iPhone game developer Noel Llopis, creator of the Flower Garden app, recently analyzed his first ten months of work and concluded that he was making $13.44 an hour during this period.
Tech companies are mobilizing to provide information to relief groups and financial assistance.
Google's decision to reevaluate its business operations in China may cost the company potential revenue there -- the company's stock is down following its announcement yesterday and Baidu's stock is up -- but it may be rewarded for its stand in the West.
If Apple doesn't introduce a tablet computer at its widely expected but still not officially confirmed media event later this month, there will be a lot of disappointed Internet users.
Google has asked Internet users to submit questions for a discussion it's hosting next week about the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), an international treaty that the U.S. and other countries have been negotiating for the past two years.
The agency wants its findings to be considered as the FCC formulates a National Broadband Plan.
The company has opened its own Web store to sell phones with and without service plans from its Android mobile operator partners.
Apple on Tuesday said that over 3 billion apps have been downloaded from Apple's iTunes Store.
"Three billion applications downloaded in less than 18 months-this is like nothing we've ever seen before," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs in a statement. "The revolutionary App Store offers iPhone and iPod touch users an experience unlike anything else available on other mobile devices, and we see no signs of the competition catching up anytime soon."
Expect a wide range of new tech toys, including E-book hardware, 3D TVs, tablets, and netbooks.
Despite the Google branding, don't count on Google getting into the handset business.