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T-Mobile mystery news slated for Tuesday morning

T-Mobile CEO John Legere will cozy up to Yahoo Tech's David Pogue during what the carrier is calling its Un-carrier 8.0 event on Tuesday -- a mystery webcast that promises to include some news and knowing Legere, probably some colorful language.

By Bob Brown | 16 December, 2014 07:27

Tags: lte, Yahoo, Networking, at&t, wireless, t-mobile

Walmart slashes iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus prices

The new Apple iPhone 6 Plus phablet was nowhere to be found among all the blockbuster Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals last month, but Walmart has surprised this week by announcing a deep discount on the smartphones through February.

By Bob Brown | 13 December, 2014 08:24

Tags: United Airlines, HP, Apple, consumer electronics, iPhone 6 Plus, at&t, WalMart, smartphones

Big new United Airlines carry-on item: iPhone 6 Plus phablets for 23,000 flight attendants

United Airlines this week announced that its flight attendants will soon be equipped with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus phablets to take care of your safety, food and entertainment needs.

By Bob Brown | 13 December, 2014 07:05

Tags: United Airlines, Apple, consumer electronics, IRS, iPhone 6 Plus, IBM, smartphones

Google employees say it's the best big company to work for

Google employees love their jobs more so than workers at any other big company in the United States, according to the 2014 Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards rankings.

By Bob Brown | 11 December, 2014 01:23

Tags: F5 Networks, Google, choice, Glassdoor, careers, IT management, Facebook

Father of Video Games Ralph Baer dead at 92

Long before the Xbox came the Brown Box, a creation that defense contractor engineer Ralph Baer and colleagues built in the late 1960s that would become known as the first real video game system. The video game industry this week mourns Baer, a German-born American who has passed away at the age of 92.

By Bob Brown | 10 December, 2014 09:09

Tags: careers, IT management, deaths

Apple CEO Tim Cook among 8 finalists for Time's Person of the Year

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who dazzled the industry with new iPhones and iPads and showed strength by becoming the first Fortune 500 CEO to publicly announce he is gay, has made Time magazine's short list for Person of the Year for 2014.

By Bob Brown | 10 December, 2014 08:53

Tags: tim cook, Apple, consumer electronics, Jeff Bezos, IBM, iPhone, smartphones, careers, IT management

Best Apple iTunes apps of the year are brain trainer, number puzzler

Apple has named Elevate, a set of brain training games, and Threes!, an addictive numbers game, as its top 2014 app and game, respectively.

By Bob Brown | 10 December, 2014 08:53

Tags: iPhone, hardware systems, games, smartphones, tablets, three, mobile apps, iPad, Apple, Instagram, consumer electronics

MIT names U.S. CTO Megan Smith as 2015 commencement speaker

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is getting a seriously early jump on its 2015 commencement exercises, naming U.S. CTO and MIT alum Megan Smith as its speaker for the June 5 event.

By Bob Brown | 10 December, 2014 08:53

Tags: Google, BT, education, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, industry verticals, government, MIT

Apple iOS 8.1.2 for iPhone, iPad addresses disappearing ringtones mystery

Apple on Tuesday released an iOS update (8.1.2) for the iPhone and iPad that includes unspecified bug fixes, aside from one that the company identified as possibly resulting in ringtones purchased from iTunes disappearing.

By Bob Brown | 10 December, 2014 08:53

Tags: consumer electronics, iPhone, hardware systems, smartphones, tablets, Apple iOS, mobile apps, iPad, 3M, Apple

Remember when Cisco sued Apple over the iPhone name?

Cisco Systems' General Counsel Mark Chandler, explaining Friday's blockbuster patent and copyright infringement lawsuits against switching rival Arista Networks (NASDAQ: ANET), emphasized that "I can count on one hand the number of times we've initiated suit against a competitor, supplier or customer."

By Bob Brown | 06 December, 2014 07:19

Tags: Linksys, csc, ASDA, cisco, macworld, iPhone, smartphones, Apple iOS, Cisco Systems, Apple, consumer electronics

Apple to Host "Hour of Code" Workshops at its stores next week

Apple on Dec. 11 will welcome to its stores around the world those wanting to take part in the Code.org Hour of Code programming initiative.

By Bob Brown | 05 December, 2014 08:49

Tags: application development, Disney Interactive, education, programming, indiegogo, software, industry verticals, Facebook, Hour of Code, Apple

Full speed ahead for 802.11ac Gigabit Wi-Fi

Last December customers were peppering wireless LAN vendors with questions about whether to upgrade to the pre-standard-but-certified 802.11ac products flooding the market or hold off until 2015, when more powerful "Wave 2" Gigabit Wifi gear was expected to become prevalent.

By Bob Brown | 05 December, 2014 07:10

Tags: Apple, Gigabit Wi-Fi, Networking, Aruba networks, wireless, 802.11ac, Ruckus Wireless

Big IT vendors mostly mum on commercial drone plans

Word that the Federal Aviation Administration might take a very hard line on commercial drone use has those with designs on such activity nervous. But as for big enterprise IT vendors, it's really hard to tell what they think because they're keeping any plans in this field very hush-hush.

By Bob Brown | 26 November, 2014 01:18

Tags: applications, parrot, Microsoft, IBM, cisco, big data, software, data mining, Federal Aviation Administration, business intelligence

Black Friday: Newegg axes prices on laptops, desktops, tablets and more

Online retailer Newegg has beaten the Black Friday 2014 rush by revealing deals on brand name laptops, desktops, tablets and other products geared toward both hardcore gamers and everyday tech users.

By Bob Brown | 22 November, 2014 08:56

Tags: black friday, Android, desktop pcs, hardware systems, Newegg, intel, Best Buy, PCs, Dell, consumer electronics, smartphones, WalMart, asus

Black Friday: Microsoft slashing Surface, laptop, Xbox prices

Microsoft has revealed a slew of Black Friday deals, including big cuts intended to move its iPad rival, the Surface Pro 3 tablet.

By Bob Brown | 21 November, 2014 03:19

Tags: Bundle, black friday, Microsoft, hardware systems, tablets, acer, intel, Surface Pro 3, Stripe, Dell

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