Stories by Jon Gold

  • Solar-powered Ubuntu laptop to launch

    A Canadian IT consultancy has announced that it will soon begin selling an Ubuntu laptop that "never needs to be plugged in," thanks to solar power. The SOL, as WeWi Telecommunications dubs the device, is designed to be used in developing nations, which may have limited infrastructure available.

  • Moto X vs. iPhone 5: Head to head

    Last week's rollout of the Motorola Moto X was headline-making for several reasons. Beyond the obvious novelty of being the first flagship release from the company since the RAZR HD line last fall, it's also the first since Google completed its acquisition of Motorola Mobility in May.

  • A walk through SunGard's self-contained mobile office

    At a glance, the interior of SunGard Availability Services' Mobile MetroCenter looks like any other office – desks line the walls and center of the room, a TV tuned to CNN sits above a printer in the corner. There's even a microwave and a small refrigerator.

  • Samsung: Pay no attention to that code behind the curtain

    Like educational experts who complain when instructors "teach to the test," to create positive report numbers rather than smarter kids, Android-watchers are angry with Samsung for doing much the same thing with its hardware this week.

  • Starbucks dumps AT&T for Google in Wi-Fi swap

    Starbucks says that it will drop AT&T as a wireless partner in favor of Google, boasting that the change will provide a 10-fold speed boost to the millions of users that use the coffee chain's free Wi-Fi every day.

  • How CCP handled the biggest multiplayer battle in gaming history

    The battle of 6VDT, as it's now known, was a historic moment for video games. Four thousand players, representing two of the biggest power blocs in the popular space MMORPG Eve Online, slugged it out Sunday in a gigantic virtual Cannae that resulted in the destruction of more than 2,500 ships and effectively ended a long and bitter conflict.

  • Ubuntu Edge smartphone funding levels dying off

    The first heady rush of support for Canonical's crowd-funded Ubuntu Edge smartphone appears to have tapered off, as donations for the eye-catching device have slowed substantially over the past several days.

  • The Google Nexus 7 is dead, long live the Nexus 7

    The best way I can think of to describe the tech press' moderated, polite reaction to the official release of the new Nexus 7 this week is that it reminded me of somebody who'd heard about a surprise party in advance, but didn't want to ruin things for their friends.