Stories by Jon Gold

FCC banks nearly $45 billion in landmark AWS-3 spectrum auction

The FCC announced today that Auction 97 spectrum auction has closed after roughly two and a half months, with winning bids totaling $44.9 billion for the 65MHz of mostly AWS-3 range. That figure is far and away the highest ever seen in a spectrum auction.

Mayors of Boston, Seattle, KC, others: No more muni broadband restrictions, please

A group of 38 mayors and other elected officials from cities like Boston, Seattle, and Kansas City Thursday urged the FCC to strike down state laws that restrict the development of public high-speed Internet services and allow municipal networks to flourish.

Rooting your Android device: A guide for the accident-prone

I am the person IT people are talking about when they say "he knows just enough to be dangerous." I can't deny it. I've broken many more computers and phones and other gadgets through attempts at tinkering than I've improved.

How not to waste your money on the second wave of 802.11ac wireless gear

The best way to avoid wasting your money on Wave 2 of 802.11ac access points is to not buy them right away, and the second-best is to not overreact to their presence on your network.

10 US mobile startups to watch

The drumbeat of news about mobile technology can be deafening at times. Smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. The consumerization of IT is a buzzword only slightly less buzzy than cloud computing. Wearable devices of varying utility are flooding into the marketplace. Seemingly every single company in America beyond a certain size has its own official app, most likely for both iOS and Android.

Study: Stop blaming Twitter for your stress

Social media, on its own, probably doesn't explain why you're stressed out, according to a study released today by the Pew Research Center.

Say ‘Queso:' Next version of Google Translate app adds instant visual translation

The mobile version of Google Translate is about to get two impressive new features the ability to use your phone's camera to translate written text, and a hands-off mode that makes holding conversations in a foreign language go somewhat more smoothly.

In Pictures: Seven notable Raspberry Pi rivals

Everyone wants a piece of the Pi.

Big names like Google dominate open-source funding

Network World's analysis of publicly listed sponsors of 36 prominent open-source non-profits and foundations reveals that the lion's share of financial support for open-source groups comes from a familiar set of names.

Google kills off Google TV, feeds it to Android TV

Google is dropping its Google TV brand, the company announced Tuesday, and will focus its living-room entertainment efforts instead on Android TV and Google Cast.

Qualcomm, Intel and Brocade join group pushing 2.5G, 5G Ethernet

The NBASE-T Alliance -- a recently formed umbrella group of networking industry players dedicated to keeping standard Ethernet cabling relevant -- announced a dozen new members on Monday, including big names such as Intel, Qualcomm and Brocade.

Riverbed goes private in US$3.6 billion deal

Riverbed Technology is the latest major tech company to bow out of public trading, announcing a US$3.6 billion takeover by private equity firm Thoma Bravo on Monday. The price is the highest ever paid by Thoma Bravo, and works out to $21 for each share of Riverbed currently in circulation.

VCs bet $33M you'll want to use Avi Networks' white box hardware for app delivery

Avi Networks, a network startup formed by ex-Cisco executives and backed by $33 million in venture capital, came out of stealth Wednesday with the announcement of a system designed to boost the performance of enterprise applications accessed via the cloud and mobile devices.

Tech ad watch: Apple shows us unrealistically interesting things to do with iPad Air 2

There's always something funny about tablet ads that show people doing all sorts of unique and creative things with their iPads Apple's latest, released on Sunday, includes:

Network slowdowns are the biggest issue for IT, survey shows

The single most common issue faced by the IT pros surveyed recently by Kelton Research is network slowdowns or outages, which outstripped application performance problems, availability and even the dreaded "unanticipated change request."