Stories by Bob Brown

Watch video of the first iPhone 6...being dropped

It almost looks like too perfect of a testimonial of the new iPhone 6's sturdiness to be believable as an accident. But live TV cameras caught a young man in Perth, Australia dropping his new prized new Apple smartphone as he opened the box (see video).

By Bob Brown | 20 September, 2014 00:24

Tags: iphone 6, Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones

PGP creator, other top cryptographers head 2014 National Cyber Security Hall of Fame class

Accomplished cryptographers, including Pretty Good Privacy creator Philip Zimmerman, are among the five inductees into this year's National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. They'll officially be enshrined on Oct. 30 in Baltimore.

By Bob Brown | 18 September, 2014 05:26

Tags: Silent Circle, Federal Trade Commission, Columbia University, Google, security, cryptography, Stanford University

Researchers' new app outs iPhone and Android phone energy hogs

Researchers from the United States and Sweden have launched a free iOS and Android smartphone and tablet app that singles out which ones take the biggest toll on your device batteries and also illustrates fragmentation of Apple and Android mobile OSes.

By Bob Brown | 17 September, 2014 01:42

Tags: iphone 6, Apple, consumer electronics, Android, smartphones, mobile apps

Funny thing about the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch...

Going through withdrawal over the sudden drop-off in Apple iPhone 6 and iWatch (now formally Apple Watch) scuttlebutt that has sustained us over the past year? Laugh it off with these mostly safe for work parody and comedy videos.

By Bob Brown | 12 September, 2014 06:01

Tags: iphone 6, Apple, Google, consumer electronics, smartphones, Apple watch

UCLA, Cisco and more join forces to replace TCP/IP

Big name academic and vendor organizations have unveiled a consortium this week that's pushing Named Data Networking (NDN), an emerging Internet architecture designed to better accommodate data and application access in an increasingly mobile world.

By Bob Brown | 05 September, 2014 05:18

Tags: Internet architecture, VeriSign, Networking, LAN & WAN

"Outraged" Apple issues update on celebrity cellphone nude photo breach

Apple has issued a statement regarding the hacking of dozens of celebrities' cellphones that exploded over the weekend as actual and fake nude photos spread across the Internet. Apple says its iCloud service was not breached.

By Bob Brown | 03 September, 2014 05:42

Tags: Apple, security, cloud security, entertainment

Pluralsight bags $135M to fortify online coding, tech course offerings

Pluralsight, a Salt Lake City e-learning company that offers video-based courses on everything from Windows 8 to WebRTC to Apple iOS, has raised a fresh $135 million in venture funding.

By Bob Brown | 28 August, 2014 02:02

Tags: application development, Apple, programming, Microsoft, IT Skills & Training, software, Capita

5 cool new security research breakthroughs

University and vendor researchers are congregating in San Diego this week at USENIX Security '14 to share the latest findings in security and privacy, and here are 5 that jumped out to me as being particularly interesting.

By Bob Brown | 20 August, 2014 08:46

Tags: Apple, Columbia University, security, ios, Georgia Tech, software, operating systems

Remembering comedian/actor Robin Williams: His Siri schtick

The sad news of comedian/actor Robin Williams' death on Monday at the age of 63 flooded social media and news sites online. While Williams is recalled mainly for has manic comedy routines, and funny and dramatic acting roles, some of his more recent appearances were dotted with technology-infused humor.

By Bob Brown | 13 August, 2014 00:11

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, movies, smartphones, entertainment

In Pictures: Bloodiest tech industry layoffs of 2014, so far

Microsoft leads the way, but has plenty of company on jobs cut front

By Bob Brown | 21 July, 2014 08:27

Tags: sprint, Microsoft, IBM, HP. Siemens, SAP, slideshows, intel, netapp, juniper networks, Dell

Deadline looms for $100K Bell Labs Prize

If you want a shot at the $100K Bell Labs Prize, you'd better hurry up and put some polish on that great idea: The deadline is July 15.

By Bob Brown | 10 July, 2014 04:45

Tags: Bell Labs, alcatel-lucent, applications, software

Open source tool could sniff out most heavily censored websites

Georgia Tech researchers are seeking the assistance of website operators to help better understand which sites are being censored and then figure out how to get around such restricted access by examining the data collected.

By Bob Brown | 08 July, 2014 04:56

Tags: censorship, Origin, security, Georgia Tech, privacy

World Cup star Luminoso scores $6.5M to fund expansion of text analytics business

Text analytics company Luminoso, a 2010 MIT Media Lab spinoff that helps its customers make sense out of unstructured data, has raised a $6.5 million Series A round of funding. The 25-person outfit plans to use the funds for new hires in sales, product management and client services as well as to expand its product line.

By Bob Brown | 02 July, 2014 23:08

Tags: SaaS, startups, applications, IBM, software, internet, sony, cloud computing, Software as a service, business intelligence, analytics

Multitasking: An equal opportunity distraction

Even the strongest students can be no match for the distractions of multitasking, according to new research from Michigan State University.

By Bob Brown | 19 June, 2014 01:37

Tags: National Science Foundation, NSF, education, multitasking, industry verticals, Facebook

Crowdsourcing moving beyond the fringe

Depending up on how you look at it, crowdsourcing is all the rage these days -- think Wikipedia, X Prize and Kickstarter -- or at the other extreme, greatly underused.

By Bob Brown | 17 June, 2014 06:31

Tags: MIT Sloan School of Management, tech startups, crowdsourcing, IBM, Kickstarter, careers, IT management, wikipedia

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