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 September 2010
The number of nations from which developers may submit paid Android applications is now more than three times what it was a month ago.
The company's brief experiment in direct mobile phone sales has been revived as a showcase for Android devices sold by Google's partners
Immersive video structures known as Liquid Galaxies can now be built by anyone with the necessary materials and technical skills.
Street View imagery now includes places on all seven of the world's continents.
Adobe, you really need to get your act together. A person who knows you recently told me that you're shifting a number development jobs overseas and that some engineers are polishing their resumes in anticipation of the worst.
App developers looking to leverage geo-oriented data in their software will soon have a new option.
Tomorrow's advertising will include more display advertising and more rich media content.
Conversation View, a feature that set Gmail apart from Hotmail and Yahoo Mail, soon will be optional.
Jimi Heselden is remembered for his philanthropy and for the role of his company played protecting British and coalition soldiers.
A study of mainstream news organizations' technology coverage shows enthusiasm for Apple and a focus on positive stories slightly more often than negative ones.
Apple, Adobe, Google, Intel, Intuit, and Pixar are again free to cold-call each other to lure away skilled workers.
Apple's iOS still gets better marks than Android in most areas, but developers see Android as having a more promising future.
Five organizations will receive grants ranging from $1 million to $3 million to tackle various social and civic challenges.
If you made mobile development tools, which platform would be the third you supported? The first two choices are easy. The next one, not so much.
A two-year-old partnership with INQ Mobile is expected to give Facebook a more pervasive presence on some mobile phones.
With the beta label removed, users of Internet Explorer 6, 7, and 8 now have a stable way to experience modern browsing without embracing IE 9.
Exposed data cables, boredom, and firearms present a general risk, but Google data centers aren't under fire as reports suggest.
Rogue advertisers are trying to get around Google's rules to sell prescription drugs online.
A new online transparency report shows which Google services are being blocked in different countries. Whether the U.S. will use this information to challenge censorship as a trade barrier remains to be seen.
Having seen how users react when their searches fail, Google researchers foresee a time when computers can determine when users are banging their heads against walls.
The U.S. Supreme Court has to decide whether violent video games are different from other forms of expressive media.
Adobe may have committed itself to making great HTML5 tools, but it still has a fondness for Flash.
Details are starting to emerge about Google Me, the company's rumored Facebook-killing initiative that is beginning to sound like Google Buzz Harder. Google is apparently planning to enhance its existing services with social features rather than building a version of Orkut that appeals to people in the
The latest version of Explorer, now available in public beta, is the company's attempt to get back into the web browser race and its success will determine if users look to Microsoft or elsewhere for their window to the web. Peek in on the beta launch event and the new features in this slideshow.
In an effort to make Google Health more appealing to people, Google has redesigned and refocused the service.
Cross-platform mobile app development tools suddenly look much more appealing now that Apple has relaxed its developer rules.
The software giant's next Web browser rises to the challenge posed by Google Chrome 6, Firefox 4, and Safari 5.
Say goodbye to the black bars on wide screens showing content created using a standard screen aspect ratio.
Despite the unexpected resuscitation of Flash last week, Adobe seems to be committed to the technology that Apple forced upon it.
The Israeli startup's technology should enhance Google's social capabilities in its map and location services.
Google's delivery of search results as users type will change the kinds of search keywords that work for online ads.
In a surprising about-face, Apple has removed many restrictions in its developer agreement and published guidelines about the kinds of apps it will accept and reject.
Firefox 4 Beta 5 features improved graphics and sound support.
The company's accelerated search service represents a 'quantum leap' in search, according to VP of search products and user experience Marissa Mayer.
Google's mission to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible is so ambitious and fraught with social and political risks that the company's actions and services are easy targets for satire, ridicule, or criticism. Sometimes the complaints have some merit, as in the case of the company's unintentional collection of WiFi data. More often than not, fear of Google is overstated. And occasionally, Google does something that straddles the line between cool and creepy, like <
With the U.S. launch of Google TV fast approaching, Samsung is mulling whether to jump onto the Android bandwagon.
iTunes users in Apple's support forum say they're downgrading back to iTunes 9.2.1.
Would-be Wave users will soon see the project's open source code packaged for easier deployment.
In 2009, Google said the Web had won; in 2010, it's clear that the Web is only one platform among many. Web 2.0 Expo New York will take place September 27 through 30 at the Sheraton New York Hotel & Towers.
A novel manufacturing process for shape-memory alloys could bring shape-shifting jewelery and transforming stents.
The latest version of Google's modeling software offers improved tools to amateur and professional 3D artists alike.
A Nexus One owner claims Google made misleading claims about the phone's 3G capabilities and failed to provide adequate support.