Stories by Bob Brown

Black Friday 2015: Not too early to plot your tech buys

Work up your gift list, bookmark your favorite shopping sites and if you're really hardcore, get your tent ready. Black Friday 2015 will be here before you know it and bargains on everything from the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to the latest smart watches, TVs, tablets and laptops will be there for the taking.

By Bob Brown | 05 October, 2015 20:42

Tags: iPhone, Android, Windows 10, iPad

Apple iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist: Threat, Menace or Neither?

The web has practically been clogged this week with posts providing tips about Apple's new iOS 9 mobile operating system: Good thing Apple added Wi-Fi Assist to make sure you're on the best connection possible to read all that stuff. Or maybe not.

By Bob Brown | 02 October, 2015 17:44

Tags: Apple, iPhone, iPad

WIreless Hall of Fame inducts four

The Wireless Hall of Fame has inducted four more members, including one of Nextel's co-founders.

California fire ravages telephony museum

In this day of smartphones, cell towers and wearables, the American Museum of Telephony in the Mountain Ranch community of northern California preserved artifacts of a much different world of communications. But the museum, along with surrounding residences, burnt to the ground late last week during the raging Butte Fire and it's feared that the collection is lost.

New super-precise drones could win over wireless industry

Big IT companies have largely been mum on plans to use drones, but emerging technology from Bay-area startup PreNav appears to have at least intrigued wireless service providers and cell phone tower operators.

By Bob Brown | 09 September, 2015 00:20

Tags: drones

General Electric CIO, Cisco VP among Top Women in Cloud

10 female leaders from the IT customer and vendor sides (including General Electric and Cisco) will be honored for their contributions to Cloud and convergence technology by the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) later this month.

By Bob Brown | 08 September, 2015 17:40

Tags: management, general electric, cisco, cloud computing

Microsoft researcher: Why Micro Datacentres really matter to mobile's future

Microsoft Research distinguished scientist, Victor Bah,l has been spreading the word about Micro Datacentres, also known by the adorable name "cloudlets," as a key concept for optimisng the performance and usefulness of mobile and other networked devices via the Cloud. Service providers have embraced this vision most aggressively from the start, but it won't be long before enterprise IT pros will likely do the same, Bahl says.

By Bob Brown | 03 September, 2015 14:07

Tags: Microsoft, datacentres, micro datacentres, cloudlets

Middle-aged drivers risking kids' safety by using cell phones in droves

New research finds that most middle-aged drivers use cell phones regularly while on the road, even when kids are in the car.

Prominent healthcare CIO: FDA medical device security warning "will be the first of many"

Dr. John Halamka has taken to his <a href="">"Life as a Healthcare CIO" blog</a> to sound the alarm on medical device threats in the wake of the FDA late last week issuing its first cybersecurity warning about a specific medical device.

By Bob Brown | 07 August, 2015 05:14

Tags: security, ICS, 21, health care, industry verticals, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

See Video: Sysadmins take wild ride in giant iMac wheel

And there I was, thinking I was making the most of my MacBook Air box by using it as a stand for my laptop rather than forking over the money for a fancier stand.

By Bob Brown | 06 August, 2015 03:06

Tags: Apple, reddit, Imgur, software, system management

Named Data Networking consortium preps for workshop, hackathon

The <a href="">Named Data Networking project</a>, which is working on an Internet architecture designed to better handle data and application access in an increasingly mobile world, is hosting its second annual community meeting and its first hackathon next month at the UCLA campus.

By Bob Brown | 05 August, 2015 02:21

Tags: networking hardware, Networking, routers, 21

Harvard CISO shares 5 pearls of IT security wisdom

Chief Information Security Officer Christian Hamer, who is responsible for policy and awareness across Harvard University and whose team handles security operations and incident response, took part on a panel last week at the Campus Technology conference in Boston (Campus Technology's Rhea Kelly moderated; ESET researcher Lysa Myers was also an expert panelist). Here's a selection of Hamer's more notable observations:

By Bob Brown | 05 August, 2015 01:57

Tags: harvard university, myer, security

Americas are just 2 weeks away from running out of IPv4 addresses

John Curran, <a href="">CEO of the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN),</a> told attendees at the <a href="">Campus Technology conference</a> in Boston on Wednesday that the IP address authority's pool of IPv4 addresses has dwindled to 90,000 and will be exhausted in about two weeks.

By Bob Brown | 30 July, 2015 04:15

Tags: education, ARIN, 21, industry verticals, ipv6

Apple back-to-school sale features free Beats headphones for Mac buyers

Apple signaled the all-too-soon winding down of summer Thursday by revealing its annual back-to-school sale, which features free headphones for qualified Mac buyers.

By Bob Brown | 24 July, 2015 01:27

Tags: Mobile & Wireless, Apple, Networking, wireless, mobile

Google-infused storage startup Cohesity reveals itself

Mohit Aron has a tough act to follow: His previous startup, Nutanix, may be on the cusp of filing for an IPO that values the hyperconverged infrastructure company at $2.5 billion. But Aron is off to a good start with his new venture, Cohesity, which this week emerges from stealth mode with $70 million in venture funding, reference-able customers such as Tribune Media, and a focus on a potentially big market in converging the secondary storage that houses so much DevOps, data protection, analytics and other unstructured data.

By Bob Brown | 18 June, 2015 01:31

Tags: business issues, network storage, startups, Google, Devops, Nutanix

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