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 December 2008
A 39-year-old musician and filmmaker from Los Angeles has been fighting representatives of an estate in Refugio County, Texas, for the right to excavate.
The incident is unlikely to help Microsoft gain ground against Apple's iPod, which accounts for about three-quarters of the digital music player market.
In a move likely to pique the interest of video news organizations, YouTube also added three new video landing pages.
Such concerns have arisen more from the data Google gathers through its search engine.
NASA's next mission to Mars, the Mars Science Laboratory rover, could help determine once and for all whether life existed on Mars, or continues to do so.
The partnership with Z Corp. allows for on-demand 3-D resin models derived from in-game graphics files.
EZ4Media's lawsuit alleges that Apple TV, Airport Express, and Apple Macintosh personal computers infringe four of its patents.
The change addresses criticism from the free and open source software community that Mozilla was asserting rights through the Firefox EULA that were incompatible with the GPL.
The company said it has been steadily scaling back its presence in recent years at trade shows like NAB, Macworld New York, Macworld Tokyo, and Apple Expo in Paris.
"If we don't innovate, we're going to die." That's how Robert Egger, creative director at Specialized Bicycles, put it last year in the Google-sponsored Innovate or Die Pedal-Powered Machine Contest.
Based on the company's development software -- Y!OS -- the revamp represents an attempt to reinvent itself as a social network.
If you use Mac OS X and are dying to try Google's Chrome browser, you can, provided you have the technical chops to compile your own applications and the patience to deal with programs that crash a lot. The partially completed code is available at the Chromium Web site.
The testers found 168 bugs in IE, 9% of which were deemed to be "showstoppers."
With improved speed and stability over the beta released in September, Chrome is hoping to grab a larger chunk of the browser market from Internet Explorer and Firefox.
The company's brain scan of the world's Internet users rendered in search queries includes some controversial topics as well.
Clear, flat-screen televisions represent one such possible device, assuming the research can be applied to other electronic components.
Despite the recent MySpace-hoax suicide tragedy, online impersonation and fictitious identities remain a legally vague area.
If Google's NaCl open source research project becomes a robust system, the performance gap between desktop and Web applications could all but vanish.
Just in time to help you with your holiday shopping, Google on Monday said that it had added a lightweight to-do list called Tasks to Gmail.
The update also features enhancements to the Clear Private Data tool, which helps make it easier to remove data related to online activities.
That's three months less than the search data retention period observed by Google, which adopted a nine-month period in September.
Google on Thursday said it would supply Gmail stickers to anyone who sends in a self-addressed stamped envelope. It's an offer the company may come to regret.
Google engineers are looking at extending Chrome's restrictions on local Web pages to further tighten the Web browser's security across a broader set of protocols.
"Google uses 21 times more bandwidth than it pays for," charges Scott Cleland in a report issued under the aegis of Precursor, a telecom research and consulting firm. Cleland also runs NetCompetition.org, a group opposed to Net Neutrality legislation, which Google supports.
The promise of exposure to larger audiences could give publishers and advertisers a hard time deciding which social network to work with.
Using Firefox 3.04, with AdBlock Plus and NoScript, a browser add-on that blocks client-side scripts, researchers realized a power savings of 11 watts, based on average readings.
The company has removed an online help document that advised customers to use multiple antivirus products to keep their Macs secure.
Its voice-recognition technology puts Vlingo in competition with Google Mobile App for iPhone users who want a voice-powered mobile search app.
The strongest association identified is between media exposure and obesity.
The iPodHash project is an effort to open the iPod and iPhone to third-party media software other than Apple's iTunes.
As Apple's computers have become more widely used, malware authors have been targeting its products like iTunes, QuickTime, and the Safari Web browser.