Stories by Bob Brown

Microsoft SharePoint coming up short for most enterprises, study finds

Many SharePoint installations at enterprises have been doomed largely due to senior management failing to really get behind the Microsoft collaboration technology, according to a new study by AIIM, which bills itself as "the Global Community of IT Professionals."

By Bob Brown | 27 February, 2015 03:54

Tags: applications, Sharepoint, Microsoft, Yammer, social, software, collaboration, IDG

MIT researchers building chips to prevent leaky Internet of Things

MIT researchers this week are demonstrating a design for new radio chips that could be used to efficiently power the Internet of Things.

By Bob Brown | 26 February, 2015 04:31

Tags: EE, Internet of Things, MIT, internet

Interns loving life at Facebook, Google & Apple

While many young people are reportedly abandoning Facebook as a place to socialize online, many others say it's a great entryway to the workforce. For the second year in a row, Facebook is the highest rated company by interns based on the feedback they share on jobs and career online marketplace Glassdoor.

By Bob Brown | 26 February, 2015 00:06

Tags: Microsoft, Glassdoor, qualcomm, careers, IT management, intel, Facebook, Apple, Cisco Systems, Yahoo, Google

AOL, Apple iTunes connection will soon be history

Apple has alerted AOL subscribers who use their credentials to access iTunes and other Apple services that they will need to switch over to an Apple ID for access as of March 31.

By Bob Brown | 25 February, 2015 04:23

Tags: AOL, Apple, applications, ios, music, software, operating systems

In Pictures: Geeky ways to celebrate Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th comes three times in 2015 – make the most of it.

By Bob Brown | 13 February, 2015 08:39

Tags: Friday the 13th, slideshow

In case you die off before Facebook does

Facebook has added an option for users to delegate management of their account for when they die.

By Bob Brown | 13 February, 2015 03:13

Tags: applications, social, software, collaboration, deaths, Facebook

Everyone has something to say about revived Wi-Fi Innovation Act

A revived and bi-partisan supported Wi-Fi Innovation Act has been introduced this week by U.S. Senators and is backed by U.S. House members with a companion bill of their own.

By Bob Brown | 12 February, 2015 08:25

Tags: Wi-Fi, automobiles, Networking, wireless, fcc, Sena, government, WLANs / Wi-Fi

How not to get slammed by the FCC for Wi-Fi blocking

Rick Hampton, the wireless communications manager for Boston-based Partners Healthcare, has seen the dialogue among network professionals heating up in the wake of the FCC's sternly-worded enforcement warning about illegal Wi-Fi blocking and says it's no wonder the commission is fired up.

By Bob Brown | 10 February, 2015 22:21

Tags: fcc, careers, Marriott International, Healthcare, health care, IT management, industry verticals

Now the FTC has its say on hotel Wi-Fi

First the FCC slapped Marriott International with a $600K fine for Wi-Fi blocking and issued a follow-up enforcement warning to the masses. Now the FTC has issued a hotel Wi-Fi warning of its own.

By Bob Brown | 05 February, 2015 07:18

Tags: security, ftc, fcc, Marriott International

FCC still has ton of explaining to do on Wi-Fi blocking rules

The FCC has been very clear that it didn't approve of a Marriott International hotel's blocking of convention center attendees' Wi-Fi hotspots: It fined the hospitality company $600,000 last fall and issued a stern warning on Jan. 27 that such wireless network interference by others will not be tolerated either.

By Bob Brown | 04 February, 2015 05:05

Tags: Marriott, Networking, cisco, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, government

Marriott CIO: FCC message on WiFi blocking loud and clear

The FCC's sternly worded warning about illegal Wi-Fi blocking earlier this week got through to at least one organization: Marriott International's Global CIO issued a statement Friday that the hospitality outfit is withdrawing efforts to gain clarification from the commission on what methods can be used to protect corporate Wi-Fi networks.

By Bob Brown | 01 February, 2015 09:58

Tags: Marriott, Wi-Fi, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, WLANs / Wi-Fi

FCC calls blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots "disturbing trend"

The FCC on Tuesday warned that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots.

By Bob Brown | 28 January, 2015 09:24

Tags: Wi-Fi, Google, Networking, Microsoft, wireless, fcc, Marriott International, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Apple iOS 8.1.3 upgrade won't suck up your storage

Apple has issued its first iOS software update of 2015 for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices, promising bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements.

By Bob Brown | 28 January, 2015 05:59

Tags: consumer electronics, Networking, wireless, smartphones, hardware systems, iPhone, tablets, Apple iOS, iPad, Apple

Smartphones, tablets & eBay taking down SkyMall

SkyMall, the quirky airline catalog, looks as though it may be grounded before long. Parent company Xhibit has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and seeks to sell its assets.

By Bob Brown | 24 January, 2015 04:39

Tags: amazon, Wiley,, Networking, wireless, airlines, ebay

Hottest Enterprise Network & Computing Startups of 2015

Coming off a huge year in venture capital investing, the bar has been set high for 2015. But network and computing startups, focused in areas such as the cloud, security and mobile, promise to reap big dollars from investors this year as well. Here's a running timeline of startup investments, with an emphasis on those of interest to enterprise IT pros.

By Bob Brown | 24 January, 2015 02:18

Tags: startups, cloud computing, internet

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