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Editor at Large, Enterprise Mobility
Member Since: 11/15/2013
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Thomas Claburn has been writing about business and technology since 1996, for publications such as New Architect, PC Computing, InformationWeek, Salon, Wired, and Ziff Davis Smart Business. Before that, he worked in film and television, having earned a not particularly useful master's degree in film production. He wrote the original treatment for 3DO's Killing Time, a short story that appeared in On Spec, and the screenplay for an independent film called The Hanged Man, which he would later direct. He's the author of a science fiction novel, Reflecting Fires, and a sadly neglected blog, Lot 49. His iPhone game, Blocfall, is available through the iTunes App Store. His wife is a talented jazz singer; he does not sing, which is for the best.

Articles by Thomas Claburn

5 Secrets Of Successful People-First Companies

1/26/2016
The Accenture Technology Vision 2016 report examines five ways that adept digital companies are putting people first. Investing in the development and management of people will be necessary to navigate the tumultuous digital economy, according to Accenture.

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IoT Shows Its Worth To Businesses

1/23/2016
The Internet of Things (IoT) can be used for a diverse set of tasks, including opening up new business models. A recent Forrester report explores how businesses are embracing IoT.

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7 Tech Causes Worth Supporting

12/16/2015
It's better to give than receive, particularly when your gift supports a worthy cause. Here's a look at seven tech-focused charities and nonprofits that fit the bill.

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Apple Swift Programming Language Is Now Open Source

12/4/2015
Swift is the programming language for Apple software going forward. And with its release under the open source Apache 2.0 license, it becomes a potential vehicle for crafting applications that run on Android, Linux, Windows, and other operating systems.

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Firefox For iPhone, iPad Finally Available

11/13/2015
Mozilla's pioneering Web browser is now available for iOS devices, but it's a shadow of its desktop self. Mozilla can still influence Web standards and open technology, but its meekness in the mobile world leaves technology users with choices that all look very similar.

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How Robots, Analytics Can Work Side-By-Side

11/12/2015
Retailers can now count the products on their shelves with the help of a roving robot from Simbe Robotics. The use-cases for automating such drudgery, and tying the findings to an analytics application, have relevance for IT executives across a range of industries.

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ORWL Aspires To Be A Secure PC

11/10/2015
The small, tamper-resistant device is the focus of a Kickstarter campaign. Olivier Boireau, CEO of Design SHIFT, makers of the ORWL, said he believes the device will appeal to companies interested in privacy and data security.

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Google Taps AI For Smart Reply

11/4/2015
An early prototype of Smart Reply, which uses machine learning to generate email auto-responses, had a tendency to say "I love you." The company's engineers tamed its neural network to make it less fawning and more useful for writing coherent replies to incoming Gmail messages.

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Skype Creators Launch Robotic Delivery Service

11/2/2015
Ahti Heinla and Janus Friis, cofounders of Skype, have launched a new company, Starship, which aims to reduce the cost of local deliveries of goods by using mostly automated robots. The robots are being tested in the UK. So far, no one has run screaming in abject terror.

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VW Scandal: 59 Early Deaths Expected In US

10/31/2015
Researchers at Harvard and MIT estimate the health and social costs of Volkswagen's emissions deceit, including potential loss of life and a financial burden of at $450 million in the US. The latter figure is projected to be much higher without a prompt recall.

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Autonomous Vehicles Vs. Helping Humans Drive Better

10/29/2015
For automakers, creating self-driving cars may be an appealing technical challenge, but creating better-driving cars is a more attainable goal. In a report released today, global consultancy McKinsey suggests that technology for helping drivers navigate is likely to become critical for car buyers.

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IBM, Jasper Partner For IoT Services Platform

10/27/2015
Large corporations will be able to access Jasper's Control Center through IBM's Bluemix. The goal: To enable companies that sell products such as heavy equipment or vehicles to add a variety of services to their customers, such as predictive maintenance or telematics.

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Free Web Security Certificates Coming Soon

10/21/2015
Let's Encrypt TLS/SSL certificates are now trusted by the major Web browsers. That sets the stage for easier, more affordable online security. Operated by the nonprofit Internet Security Research Group, their aim is to hasten the transition away from the Web's unprotected HTTP protocol to encrypted HTTPS.

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Volkswagen's New CEO Brings Software Know-How

9/26/2015
Taking over from Martin Winterkorn, former Porsche chairman Matthias Müller will try to regain customer trust for Volkswagen in the wake of its emissions cheating scandal. Holding a master's degree in computer science, Müller brings a familiarity with software that may help the automaker emerge from its crisis.

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