Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
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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 October 2008
Using optical character-recognition technology, Google will make the converted text of scanned PDFs available on its search results pages via the "View as HTML" link.
Google's implementation of computer-to-phone SMS includes a particularly helpful feature since it assigns the Gmail sender a persistent pseudo-phone number.
Google on Wednesday released a new version of its Chrome browser, the third Chrome beta release.
Google extends its premiere edition SLA to other products to disperse any cloud hanging over its cloud computing capabilities.
The startup aims to provide a consistent user experience for online media consumption, whether that involves reading news feeds, sharing content, blogging, or watching videos.
In keeping with its preference for rapid-fire releases, Google unveiled a set of experimental features to encourage third-party developers to create enhancements for its productivity suite.
Over the coming months, Yahoo expects newly developed social applications to make the experience of using Yahoo more like Facebook or MySpace.
The restrictive terms of the old iPhone SDK Agreement effectively prevented iPhone developers from discussing their coding work with anyone other than project team members.
In October alone, Gmail gained emoticons for messages, Gmail for mobile version 2.0, canned responses, contact manager improvements, advanced IMAP controls, and Mail Goggles.
An intelligence paper outlines technologies that terrorist organizations could use to inflict harm, including cell phone GPS data, voice-changing technology, and Twitter updates.
Similar to Google Earth for desktop computers, the free software's animated world rotates and zooms in on a map of one's location.
In the coming months, the open software platform is expected to reach Yahoo's home page and Yahoo Mail, enabling functions and applications that utilize social profile data.
Similar to Google Apps, Glide is a media-sharing, communications, productivity, and file-storage service that runs on compatible Web browsers using Linux, Mac OS X, or Windows.
The outcry over the so-called "black screen of death" may also be helping lesser hackers who are feeding on users furiously searching the Internet for a solution, analysts said.
The Mac maker looks to be working on improved techniques for executing computer code on multiple multicore CPUs and GPUs.
Along with "Suggested Contacts," the search engine's auto-reply feature was driven by user requests.
The search giant says the link is a temporary promotion of interest to its users, rather than a commercialization of its iconic white design.
Among the upgrades is an integration of Google Analytics with AdSense, Google's advertising network for Web publishers.
Researchers believe the strange state of matter could help improve transistors as they approach the physical density limit imposed by the laws of physics.
Earlier this year, Yahoo rejected an acquisition offer from Microsoft priced at $33 per share. Its stock closed Tuesday at just over $12 per share.
In a phone interview, a sleep-deprived Dave Bort, the Google engineer spearheading the Android Open Source Project, said that Android would benefit industry players and phone users by providing an open smartphone standard and by relieving developers of having to reinvent the wheel.
Android is viewed as a way to escape the strictures of more tightly controlled mobile platforms like Apple's iPhone, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and BlackBerry.
Google's heavy reliance on automation may be a license to print money in the search advertising business, but as Google transforms itself from doorway to destination, it may have to develop a more personal touch.
Married couples with kids are the most likely to embrace communications-oriented technologies and gadgets because they have the most relationships to coordinate.
It may be time to store "Thank God It's Friday," or "TGIF," for the winter. With the economy on life support, Friday could become the preferred day for layoffs.
Because the outage appears to have lasted more than 24 hours for some, affected paying Gmail customers appear to be owed service credits, as per the terms of the Gmail SLA.
Almost all of the 80 comments posted on InformationWeek since its revision express unhappiness about the search engine's new personalized home page.
The agency said its operation against an online forum called Dark Market resulted in 56 arrests around the world and saved some $70 million in potential losses.
Yahoo has traditionally been stronger in display advertising, which includes banner ads, video ads, and rich media ads.
Co-founder Sergey Brin said Google should benefit from the tough times as the company now indexes as much information every four hours as is contained in the Library of Congress.
Microsoft disavows interest in its previous financial offers but comments about "continuing opportunities" by Steve Ballmer suggest otherwise.
The Web site represents Google's attempt to improve search through personalization and to encourage users to spend more time on Google sites.
Luxpro alleges that Apple has used illegal tactics, such pressuring Luxpro's retail partners to stop selling Luxpro music players like the Super Tangent.
Cloud computing is coming more quickly to smaller organizations, largely because it is financially compelling, a panel of industry CTOs and insiders agreed.
UCLA researchers report that searching the Internet may help improve brain function.
The company's Smart Protection Network represents an attempt to counter the vast computational capacity of cybercriminals and their botnets.
HP is betting big on cloud computing as its $12 billion purchase of EDS shows that the company is serious about infrastructure as a service.
It's perhaps a foregone conclusion that the speakers at the Cloud Summit Executive conference, being held Tuesday at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif., would insist that cloud computing isn't just marketing hype.
Security researchers alert the company to a bug that could let hackers use Google Maps to infiltrate Google, Google Mail, or Google Apps accounts.
The software may make 3-D printing more appealing to a wider audience, just as the declining price of laser printers in the '80s and '90s launched the desktop publishing revolution.
California State employment officials last month said that 1,417,000 people were unemployed in the state in August, up by 61,000 from July and by 413,000 from August 2007.
A U.S. District Court complaint alleges that the pair lied about the financial state of their company to attract more than $50 million in investment between March 2004 and September 2008.
Some 60,000 photos were manually tagged with keywords by Penn State computer scientists to associate keywords with the pixel patterns that depict the objects in images.
To be eligible, publishers must generate a minimum of 500,000 game plays per day and receive at least 80% of their traffic from the U.S. or the U.K.
The online video site has added e-commerce links to YouTube partner videos so viewers can purchase related products.
The refrain I heard over and over again at Conteninople's Contentonmics conference this week in Los Angeles was that the online ad market hadn't matured enough to support Internet content distribution, at least in the form envisioned by large media companies.
Media companies should invest in describing their content with metadata, to make it discoverable and make it as easy as possible for consumers to engage with, experts suggest.
With fast Internet connectivity, broadcasters have been reluctant to put video, particularly HD video, online, a panel of industry digital broadcasters suggests.
Media companies facing threats to their business models from Internet companies might want to stand up and defend themselves by investing in better technology, says an Oracle exec.
Video and media companies are eager not to repeat the past mistakes of Napster, while also keeping content creators happy, according to Contentinople's publisher.
The companies announced in June their nonexclusive advertising deal, which would allow Google to run ads alongside Yahoo search results.
The first is a URL display flaw in the iPhone's Mail that could allow an attacker to send a message containing a malicious URL that looks legitimate, says one security researcher.
A new survey names names and looks at the impact of spyware-driven advertising fraud on VistaPrint, a company that provides online graphics services to consumers and businesses.
While the precise timing of the events is still under investigation, the NTSB said "preliminary information is being released regarding the approximate cell phone activity."
The company will award tickets, redeemable for prizes, to frequent Live Search users.