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Stories by Jon Gold

In Pictures: The 10 mightiest supercomputers on the planet

By Jon Gold | 19 November, 2014 08:26

China retains top spot for fourth consecutive Top500 list

In Pictures: Pi, translated - The evolution of Raspberry Pi

By Jon Gold | 12 November, 2014 08:55

It’s only been two years, but the Raspberry Pi has already come a long way.

LibreOffice defends handling of spreadsheet bug

By Jon Gold | 08 November, 2014 06:16

A new version of LibreOffice's Calc program has broken many spreadsheets, users say, and a perceived unwillingness by developers to address the problem has sparked an ill-tempered argument.

The Document Foundation offers LibreOffice migration, training certs

By Jon Gold | 06 November, 2014 06:44

The Document Foundation on Wednesday announced the availability of new certifications for IT pros working with its LibreOffice productivity suite, aimed at growing the products' heretofore-limited user base and making them more attractive to the enterprise.

Petition targets Apple over ‘spyware' in OS X Yosemite

By Jon Gold | 31 October, 2014 06:48

Apple should remove "spyware" from its new Yosemite release of OS X, according to an online petition that has received 14,450 signatures as of early Thursday afternoon.

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

By Jon Gold | 17 October, 2014 08:41

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

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

By Jon Gold | 10 October, 2014 01:06

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.

‘Unlawful' WiFi hotspot blocking ruling highlights academic IT headaches

By Jon Gold | 08 October, 2014 03:16

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.

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

By Jon Gold | 03 October, 2014 07:10

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.

In Pictures: BlackBerry Passport

By Jon Gold | 26 September, 2014 11:51

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

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

By Jon Gold | 26 September, 2014 04:24

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.

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

By Jon Gold | 19 September, 2014 23:48

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.

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

By Jon Gold | 19 September, 2014 02:24

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

By Jon Gold | 18 September, 2014 05:29

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

By Jon Gold | 17 September, 2014 05:33

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.