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 July 2015
Apple may have some work to do to restore its reputation for software, but third-party developers have got the company's back.
Environmental sensor firm Aclima has partnered with Google to test air quality in urban areas.
Travelers can now translate a greater variety of languages in images more efficiently, even when offline. Foreign travelers in remote areas with poor connectivity now have broader communication options.
3D XPoint, coming next year, combines the advantages of DRAM and NAND flash. It's the first new category of memory introduced since NAND flash debuted in 1989.
Users of Google Compute Engine can now provide their own keys to secure data, turning Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) into even more of a self-service affair.
Tonia Williams, CIO of the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation, recounts how she was invited to imagine a data center where there was none, and then set out to build it.
Roboticists and experts in artificial intelligence want to prohibit offensive autonomous weapons.
Google researchers have compared the security practices of experts to non-experts, and identified several ways that typical Internet users can improve their online security.
You can make Gmail messages self-destruct with a Chrome browser extension.
By entering the drone business in a joint venture with Aerosense, Sony aims to expand its involvement with cloud services and the Internet of Things.
Companies need to focus on developing secure coding practices and security education.
With 47.5 million iPhones sold during the quarter, demand for the smartphone continues to fill Apple's coffers.
Proposed export rules could hobble cybersecurity research, Google claims.
The delivery test is being compared to the historic first flight of the Wright brothers.
For Google, mobile ads are paying off better than expected, and expenses declined a bit.
Moving merchandise may qualify as success, but not everyone was sold on sales figures as the salient metric.
Google isn't alone in its effort to deck the Web with buy buttons. Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter have been testing buy buttons, too. Social networking is nice, but advertising and revenue are nicer still.
As tablet sales slow, enterprises are cooling to the idea of allowing employees to bring their own devices to work, according to two recent reports. Are the trends related?
Jitterbit's Harmony Live is a cloud platform for designing, connecting, and deploying APIs without the help of computer programmers.
Google's Eddystone protocol aims to make beacons more flexible and open, and to compete with Apple's iBeacon in what is still a nascent market.
Katherine Archuleta, the director of the Office of Personnel Management, is the latest casualty of a data breach, but she's certainly not the only one. There's no job security when your job is security.
Florida State University researchers have found that mobile phone notifications alone are enough to distract us from the task at hand, even if we try to ignore them.
The rumored Google Glass Enterprise Edition looks more like a maintenance release to placate the company's handful of Glass at Work partners until the company finds a way to reimagine and reinvigorate the project.
The Senate Judiciary Committee heard a different story from technologists, who argue that surveillance has never been easier.
A group of 29 organizations aims to help UK students become more technically adept.
Through its Waze and RideWith apps, Google aims to match drivers with passengers to form carpools, for a fee.
iPhone users who prefer Amazon Cloud Drive now have a native app through which they can access Amazon's online storage service. Android versions were previously released through Google Play and Amazon's Fire Phone.
Whether you're preparing for a new career or experimenting with magic powers, it's worth knowing how to program.
Super-intelligent robots deserve some concern, but really we should be paying more attention to the people and processes involved in building our machines.
MIT researchers are using analytics to identify a way to predict when students are likely drop online courses.