Stories by Jon Gold

Google hypes Android M, Android Pay, Google Photos at I/O 2015

Google kicked off its annual I/O developer conference Thursday in San Francisco, showing off a new version of Android, a VR camera rig, numerous developer resources, and a lot more besides in an opening keynote that took up the better part of two hours.

By Jon Gold | 29 May, 2015 23:44

Tags: Google, mobile, mobile apps

Here's how Android apps can track you without asking permission

Researchers in Denmark say that it's child's play to track your Android phone via Wi-Fi even if the Wi-Fi is nominally turned off and even if you didn't let an app track your location.

By Jon Gold | 27 May, 2015 04:15

Tags: htc, Google, Networking, cyanogenmod, wireless

Watch Google I/O livestream here

Google I/O 2015 kicks off Wednesday, May 28, from the Moscone Center in San Francisco, at 9 a.m. PST (Noon EST.) So it's just about smack-dab in the center of the working week, if you're on the East Coast.

By Jon Gold | 27 May, 2015 02:05

Tags: consumer electronics, Google, Android, smartphones

In Pictures: The 8 things we’re looking for at Google I/O 2015

A look ahead to this week's Big Google Thing in San Francisco on May 28 and 29.

By Jon Gold | 25 May, 2015 12:20

Tags: mobility, social networking, software, cloud computing, Google I/O 2015

Verizon (probably) dominates U.S. wireless service providers

The numbers filed with the SEC seem pretty inarguable. Verizon dominates the U.S. wireless carrier industry, both in terms of total subscribers and in a key metric called ARPU, or average revenue per user. AT&T is maintaining its position in second place, Sprint is headed south in a hurry, and T-Mobile is making some un-profits in its new role as the un-carrier, but showing signs of a recovery.

By Jon Gold | 21 May, 2015 02:16

Tags: Apple, sprint, telecommunication, Google, at&t, verizon, service providers

What if Windows went open source tomorrow?

Thinking out loud about Microsoft making Windows an open source project is a great way to get your friends and colleagues wondering seriously about your mental health. It's an idea strange enough to sound practically paradoxical, like "hot ice" or "short Pink Floyd songs."

By Jon Gold | 13 May, 2015 02:10

Tags: suse, Microsoft, Windows, software, operating systems

Potential rival to Google's Project Ara booted from IndieGoGo

A crowdfunding campaign for a sleek modular smartphone concept has been unceremoniously dumped by IndieGoGo, which shuttered the project's page on Friday morning.

By Jon Gold | 02 May, 2015 05:02

Tags: Apple, reddit, Google, Networking, wireless, comcast

Ubuntu still vulnerable to time-twiddling hack

A security flaw in a common Unix software component remains unpatched in one of the most popular Linux distributions, more than a year after an official fix was published.

By Jon Gold | 01 May, 2015 06:34

Tags: Apple, Google, Canon, security, canonical, ubuntu

Pretty much all of the Apple Watches are coming to work

Almost all current or perspective users of smartwatches and other wearable technologies want to use them for work, according to a Harris Poll survey commissioned by MDM vendor MobileIron.

By Jon Gold | 24 April, 2015 03:15

Tags: Apple, Docker, MobileIron, Networking, swarm, wireless, XOEye Technologies, Wearables

Cranking up Google Apps for Work, using an actual key

If the password isn't dead, it ought to be, shout headlines. Security experts almost universally despise the use of the password as almost the only form of end-user authentication, but there simply aren't that many alternatives.

By Jon Gold | 22 April, 2015 22:41

Tags: Amazon Web Services, yelp, Google, security, raytheon, websense

Americans view government's online services and public data sharing as a resounding ‘meh'

Despite large-scale efforts over the past decade by officials at every level to bring more government information and services online, Americans' attitudes toward "e-Gov" services are still decidedly mixed, according to the results of a study released today by the Pew Research Center.

By Jon Gold | 22 April, 2015 00:05

Tags: Pew Research Center, applications, data mining, software, big data, business intelligence

MIT researchers develop wearable thumbnail-mounted wireless controller

Researchers at MIT have come up with a novel way to interact with wireless devices a miniaturized trackpad so small that it can be stuck onto a user's thumbnail.

By Jon Gold | 17 April, 2015 07:19

Tags: Networking, wireless

Meet the new leader of Debian open source project

Neil McGovern is the new leader of the Debian open source/free software project after defeating two rival contenders in a vote held among developers that closed on Wednesday. He takes over from Lucas Nussbaum, who did not seek re-election after two years at the helm.

By Jon Gold | 17 April, 2015 01:10

Tags: open source, software, debian

Microsoft's Spartan browser vs. the rest: How will it stack up?

Microsoft's upcoming Spartan browser is set to be the first big new release in the desktop browser market for quite some time, upsetting a tentative equilibrium that has existed for roughly the past two years.

By Jon Gold | 14 April, 2015 20:57

Tags: Firefox, applications, Google, Microsoft, Windows, browsers, software, operating systems

Aerohive targets education with 802.11ac access point release

Aerohive Networks today announced the availability of the AP130, the company's latest wireless access point to target educational institutions.

By Jon Gold | 08 April, 2015 02:19

Tags: Networking, Microsoft, wireless, Aerohive Networks, 802.11ac

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