Stories by Jon Gold

Where's my gigabit Internet, anyway?

For Americans used to roughly 10Mbps broadband connections, the idea of gigabit Internet can feel a little like science fiction. Streaming 4K video without hiccups? Enormous file downloads happening in seconds? Oh, sure.

In Pictures: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

New graphical bells and whistles, plus security improvements

Riverbed re-brands storage offerings, adds to the stack

Riverbed Technology Tuesday released a rebranded SteelFusion line of storage appliances, signaling its intention to further centralize its branch office lines and combine as much functionality as possible into a single device.

Fake Android anti-virus app taken down

Virus Shield, by developer Deviant Solutions, was a handsome, apparently easy-to-use security app for Android devices. For $4, the app promised hassle-free, ad-free security for Android users, without impacting battery life or performance. And, mostly, Virus Shield delivered - no ads, no fuss.

Linus Torvalds suspends key Linux developer

An argument between developers of some of the most basic parts of Linux turned heated this week, resulting in a prominent Red Hat employee and code contributor being banned from working on the Linux kernel.

Amazon jumps into set-top media business with voice-enabled Fire TV

Amazon released the Fire TV set-top media streaming device today at an event in New York, stepping squarely onto the turf of the Apple TV, Roku and Google Chromecast with a small, feature-heavy package about the size of an old CD double album.

InteropNet: The show behind the show

For any big convention, getting all the required network connectivity in place and keeping it working is a major undertaking, often requiring the creation of an entirely new physical and logical infrastructure.

In Pictures: The 9 best free Twitter apps for Android

Sigh…I miss TweetDeck. Nevertheless, these apps are still very good indeed.

Tech ad watch: Gary Oldman stares at you for HTC

HTC does one thing well – it designs excellent smartphones. It does not, however, do many of the things associated with designing excellent smartphones, like marketing, very well at all, which goes a long way towards explaining why the company's market share has sunk as low as it has.

IaaS vendor Dyn buys out Nettica for DNS services, talent

New Hampshire-based Infrastructure-as-a-Service company Dyn announced today that it would purchase managed DNS provider Nettica. Terms were not disclosed.

In Pictures: The HTC One M8 smartphone

HTC One M8 is finally here! Everyone try and act surprised!

Google mapping the brain, plotting face recognition, analyst asserts

Google's single, long-standing public objective is to "organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful", a credo scarcely less well-known than "Don't be evil".

Why Google Apps is winning IT hearts and minds

For decades, basic office software didn't pose any major questions for IT departments - you bought Microsoft Office, and then worked on keeping it up-to-date, because there simply wasn't much else available that made sense for the enterprise. By the mid-1990s, Microsoft had ruthlessly dispatched competitors like Novell and was essentially unchallenged in the enterprise software market.

Productivity showdown: Google Apps or Office 365?

Microsoft Office, as you may be aware, has long been one of the more profitable jewels in the Redmond giant's glittering crown. Even as fierce competition and the shift toward smartphone dominance undercut Microsoft's long-standing role as the 800-pound gorilla of computing in the enterprise, Office has remained the pre-eminent locally-run productivity suite out there.

Emerging nations want uncensored Internet access, Pew survey shows

A study released today by the Pew Research Center shows that majorities in 22 of 24 developing nations surveyed want their access to the Internet to be free of government censorship, including 70%+ majorities in half of the countries that were included.

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