Profile of Thomas ClaburnEditor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
News & Commentary Posts: 4491
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 November 2015
The gift-giving season is upon us once again. But there is no need to break the bank to show the techies in your life that you care.
The forthcoming revision of Google's Android IDE includes several features to make app development faster.
Andrew Moore, Dean of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science, talks about artificial intelligence, robotics, and the future of education.
The use of hiring analytics leads to better outcomes for companies, according to a National Bureau of Economic Research study.
At its Connect(); conference, Microsoft offered tools that reach beyond Windows and reaffirmed its commitment to cross-platform development.
The Department of Labor is offering $100 million to organizations that can teach needed tech skills.
The Federal Trade Commission is examining how marketers are using technology like audio beacons to track people across multiple devices.
The FCC has issued revised rules to clarify its effort to modernize how it regulates radio-frequency devices.
Mozilla's pioneering Web browser is now available for iOS devices, but it's a shadow of its desktop self. Mozilla can still influence Web standards and open technology, but its meekness in the mobile world leaves technology users with choices that all look very similar.
Retailers can now count the products on their shelves with the help of a roving robot from Simbe Robotics. The use-cases for automating such drudgery, and tying the findings to an analytics application, have relevance for IT executives across a range of industries.
At last, app-dependent travelers can get directions even in areas with no network connection. But it's only for Android users, for now.
The small, tamper-resistant device is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign. Olivier Boireau, CEO of Design SHIFT, makers of the ORWL, said he believes the device will appeal to companies interested in privacy and data security.
With TensorFlow now open sourced by Google, companies and the research community can implement machine learning systems more easily and more efficiently.
The online storage and sharing service is expanding its pursuit of corporate customers.
An advocacy organization finds gaps in corporate support for freedom of expression and data protection.
With an increased number of partners and strengthened security, Android for Work offers businesses new ways to manage and deploy mobile devices.
An early prototype of Smart Reply, which uses machine learning to generate email auto-responses, had a tendency to say "I love you." The company's engineers tamed its neural network to make it less fawning and more useful for writing coherent replies to incoming Gmail messages.
Google intends to offer advice to business customers about which third-party apps work best with its cloud-based software suite. See which ones received recommendations.
Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, cofounders of Skype, have launched a new company, Starship, which aims to reduce the cost of local deliveries of goods by using mostly automated robots. The robots are being tested in the UK. So far, no one has run screaming in abject terror.
Even if Google ends up ditching Chrome OS as a brand, it seems unlikely that marrying into Android will erase its identity or market niche. The appeal of a sandboxed, manageable computing platform will not go away.