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.

By Jon Gold | 18 April, 2014 08:04

Tags: Wi-Fi, IDC, Networking, wireless, anti-malware, WLANs / Wi-Fi

In Pictures: Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

New graphical bells and whistles, plus security improvements

By Jon Gold | 17 April, 2014 07:54

Tags: operating system, slideshow, software, ubuntu

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.

By Jon Gold | 16 April, 2014 01:17

Tags: management, Traffic management, Networking, Riverbed Technology, wan optimization, LAN & WAN

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.

By Jon Gold | 08 April, 2014 02:17

Tags: security, f-secure, Wide Area Network, anti-malware

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.

By Jon Gold | 04 April, 2014 07:54

Tags: boeing, suse, Microsoft, software, Red Hat, ubuntu

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.

By Jon Gold | 03 April, 2014 06:15

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Hulu, hardware systems, software, HBO, netflix, Roku, Data Center, youtube, Apple, Google, ESPN, SAP

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.

By Jon Gold | 02 April, 2014 02:34

Tags: HP, Interop 2014, Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, Data Center, LAN & WAN

In Pictures: The 9 best free Twitter apps for Android

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

By Jon Gold | 28 March, 2014 08:59

Tags: slideshow, mobility, twitter, social networking

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.

By Jon Gold | 26 March, 2014 19:37

Tags: 1E, consumer electronics, htc, Networking, smartphones, wireless, anti-malware

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.

By Jon Gold | 26 March, 2014 13:13

Tags: business issues, Evernote, Configuration / maintenance, hardware systems, acquisitions, internet, cloud computing, Data Center, mergers, Mergers and acquisitions, LAN & WAN, corporate issues, Cloud

In Pictures: The HTC One M8 smartphone

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

By Jon Gold | 26 March, 2014 09:22

Tags: mobility, HTC One M8, Telecommunications

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".

By Jon Gold | 19 March, 2014 22:01

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Google, IDC, hardware systems, software, Data Center

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.

By Jon Gold | 19 March, 2014 20:15

Tags: Lotus, novell, Google, Microsoft, software

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.

By Jon Gold | 19 March, 2014 20:15

Tags: Google, Microsoft, software, X1

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.

By Jon Gold | 19 March, 2014 14:55

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, Pew Research Center, security, hardware systems, Data Center

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