Stories by Jon Gold

In Pictures: The iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2 and more

Apple’s glossy new tablets were accompanied by new iMacs and OS X Yosemite.

By Jon Gold | 17 October, 2014 08:41

Tags: PC, slideshow, mobility, software, tablets, Components, iMac, iPad Mini 3, iPad Air 2, Apple

Holograms, VR and telepresence: Experts herald the coming Gigabit Age

The widespread availability of Gigabit Internet connectivity by 2025 will open a brave new world of killer apps, according to the more than 1,400 experts who contributed to the Pew Research Center's latest study.

By Jon Gold | 10 October, 2014 01:06

Tags: Google, Pew Research Center, Networking, videoconferencing, LAN & WAN

Gigabit copper? Sckipio says yes

The first applied use of a transmission protocol that can theoretically reach gigabit speeds over standard home copper connections debuts today, with the release of Sckipio Technology's G.Fast chipset.

By Jon Gold | 08 October, 2014 04:59

Tags: Sckipio Technology, Networking, LAN, ISP, fiber, LAN & WAN

‘Unlawful' WiFi hotspot blocking ruling highlights academic IT headaches

Managing the wireless environment at the average college or university can be a difficult task at the best of times, and when students and staff start using personal hotspots the sort that provide wireless data access from the same -- it's not the best of times.

By Jon Gold | 08 October, 2014 03:16

Tags: WiFi, Gartner, education, Networking, fcc, wireless, industry verticals, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Did you mean 'give me a Twix bar?': Google slides into vending machines

A new Google project aims to create nothing less than an open standard for the entire "Internet of Things," which the company's Chrome team is calling the Physical Web.

By Jon Gold | 03 October, 2014 07:10

Tags: Google, GitHub, Internet of Things, bluetooth, Networking, wireless

In Pictures: BlackBerry Passport

BlackBerry does an about-face, back towards its enterprise roots.

By Jon Gold | 26 September, 2014 11:51

Tags: smartphone, Blackberry, BlackBerry passport, mobile phones, mobility

Comcast's latest comments on TWC merger show near-total divorce from reality

The largest broadband provider in America's attempt to merge with the second-largest is a win for consumers, and will create a vibrant marketplace with more competition, not less - according, at least, to the largest broadband provider in America.

By Jon Gold | 26 September, 2014 04:24

Tags: Networking, Microsoft, fcc, LAN, merger & acquistion, comcast, netflix, LAN & WAN

iPhone 6 review roundup -- the raves come quietly

As the iPhone 6 series hits store shelves and users' pockets, professional opinions have been generally positive, if not breathlessly impressed. The overall reaction is probably best characterized as a "eh, they're pretty good."

By Jon Gold | 20 September, 2014 04:38

Tags: iphone 6, Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones

Ig Nobels 2014: Bacon-stuffed nostrils, polar bear costumes & the science of dog doo

Most reporting I do for Network World does not involve any of the following: 1.) Watching a guy stick bacon up his nose. 2.) People dressing up in polar bear costumes to scare reindeer. 3.) Dogs orienting themselves according to the Earth's magnetic field before pooping.

By Jon Gold | 19 September, 2014 23:48

Tags: popular science, humor, science, education, research, industry verticals

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.

By Jon Gold | 19 September, 2014 02:24

Tags: network security, Configuration / maintenance, security, hardware systems, Data Center

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.

By Jon Gold | 18 September, 2014 05:29

Tags: Apple, applications, telecommunication, ios, Mobile OSes, iPhone, wireless, mobile

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.

By Jon Gold | 17 September, 2014 05:33

Tags: Silent Circle, Instagram, consumer electronics, blackphone, security, Android, smartphones, OKCupid

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.

By Jon Gold | 16 September, 2014 06:01

Tags: samsung, open source, Google, Networking, Samsung Electronics, wireless, software, mobile, ubuntu

In Pictures: iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus

A glimpse at Apple's much-anticipated new iPhones

By Jon Gold | 11 September, 2014 10:15

Tags: iphone 6, Apple, iPhone 6 Plus, mobility, smartphones

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?

By Jon Gold | 10 September, 2014 23:20

Tags: iphone 6, Apple, Google, htc, consumer electronics, smartphones

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