Stories by Jon Gold

Ig Nobels promise scientific silliness – which is kind of the point

Most of the time, the world of science is dry for very good reasons. The rigor of the scientific process demands extensive observation, experimentation and documentation of every minor facet of every minor phenomenon in nature – with the result that you get a lot of studies that cover only a single aspect of specific protein denaturing under a specific set of circumstances, or some such.

iOS 8 is here -- and it's all over your network

iOS 8 comes out today, creating the usual raft of IT headaches that accompanies the roll-out of new software.

Browser vulnerability caps rough few months for Android security

It has been a summer of discontent for the Android security community, as a host of vulnerabilities large and small has arisen to plague the world's most popular mobile OS. The revelation this week of a cross-site scripting flaw in the default browser installed on large numbers of pre-version 4.4 Android devices is merely the latest entry in a list that makes for unsettling reading.

Samsung's first open-source conference kicks off, with Tizen on its mind

The inaugural Samsung Open-Source Conference opens Tuesday morning in Seoul, with keynotes from well-known figures in the open source world and a hackathon focused on Tizen, the company's in-house mobile operating system.

In Pictures: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

A glimpse at Apple's much-anticipated new iPhones

Big alternatives to the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus

Apple's release of the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus mark the end of the company's streak as the lone major holdout in a smartphone sector dominated by larger devices. So what's the competition look like?

Riverbed teases with free SteelStore offering

Riverbed announced today that customers can now use the virtual edition of the company's SteelStore storage appliance for free, bundling the product with six months of Amazon S3 cloud storage (at 8TB per month of volume) on the house.

Open-source player-tracking project kicks off

Big Data isn't just a buzzy concept in the business world these days – professional sports teams are, increasingly, applying similar principles to their own operations, analyzing fast-growing quantities of data in order to better understand the game.

Reddit, Mozilla, Imgur and others in slowdown protest over net neutrality rules

A consortium of some of the Internet's most visited websites, including reddit, Imgur, Wordpress, and Mozilla, will prominently display a spinning red loading icon on Wednesday, September 10, in a protest against planned FCC rules changes that would undermine the principals of net neutrality.

Linux kernel developer arrested in Russia

A prominent Linux kernel developer has been jailed by Russian authorities after protesting publicly in Moscow's Manezh Square against the conflict in Ukraine.

Red Hat CTO abruptly resigns

CTO Brian Stevens is out at Red Hat, according to a curt press release issued by the company Wednesday evening.

A review of Swing Copters: Under no circumstances should you play this game

Mercifully, Flappy Bird creator Dong Nguyen pulled his simple, addictive and fiendishly difficult twitch game from the Android and iOS marketplaces after it exploded in popularity earlier this year, but he's back with a new assault on your attention span: Swing Copters.

Plug-and-play Android security layer outlined by NC State researchers

A modified version of Android uses a system of modularized plugins to help make sure the latest security tools make it into the hands of end users as quickly as possible.

Linux Foundation to offer new certification for IT workers

With an eye toward deepening the global Linux talent pool, the Linux Foundation today announced that it will offer two new certifications for engineers and administrators.

Munich reverses course, may ditch Linux for Microsoft

The German city of Munich, long one of the open-source community's poster children for the institutional adoption of Linux, is close to performing a major about-face and returning to Microsoft products.