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 December 2012
Here are 11 applications that mattered in 2012 -- and a hint at what's to come. Each underscores meaningful software trends.
Instagram users cry foul loudly, but the proposed new terms of service now conform to what Facebook already does with user content.
FTC's antitrust case against Google appears to be winding down without Google being slapped with any penalties or restrictions. Be glad.
Google continues to weed out less popular products in order to "put more wood behind fewer arrows."
Mobile Google+ apps for Android and iOS get updated, along with Events and Hangouts.
Corona acquires Game Minion to help gaming app developers connect to backend services.
After a three-month absence, Google Maps has learned a few new tricks, like turn-by-turn navigation.
TransMedia's Glide media sharing service has reinvented itself for the app world.
Search giant's Zeitgeist list documents our interests.
Some believe the world will end on December 21, 2012; NASA insists it won't. We've assembled a list of a few useful tools for any outcome.
By adding its own photo editing tools, Twitter looks less like a microblog and more like a social network.
Google's app verification service, introduced in Android 4.2, catches only a fifth of malware samples at best, a recent study reports.
Paid version of Google Apps suits businesses better, Google insists.
Apple shareholders may not be thrilled, but Apple's decision to make some Mac computers in the U.S. will bring more jobs, training to domestic workers.
The Internet was supposed to facilitate direct connections between individuals and disempower gatekeepers. Instead, it has become a massive man-in-the-middle attack.
Business users of Google Apps can now distribute their own custom Android apps through a Google Play Private Channel.
New version of Google's Gmail app for iOS features multiple account support and a more refined look.
Google Glass won't shine, but the company as a whole will thrive in 2013. See if you agree with our predictions.
The International Telecommunications Union's effort to update a telecom treaty could hinder Internet freedom, the two companies claim.