Stories by Bob Brown

In search of IBM Verse

It’s been almost exactly 10 months since IBM formally launched its analytics-infused messaging system called Verse, and while the company’s announcement of “software for a new way to work” generated a relatively positive blast of press and analyst coverage, buzz about the cloud-first product has dwindled since. So I went in search of signs of excitement, or even signs of life, for Verse upon heading to the IBM Connect conference this week in Orlando.

By Bob Brown | 04 February, 2016 22:47

Tags: IBM

How end-user guilt inspires IBM to improve your email experience

A massive transformation is underway at IBM involving "a very maniacal focus on design" across its enterprise social and other products.

By Bob Brown | 03 February, 2016 03:13

Tags: IBM, programmers

10 of today's really cool network & IT research projects

New enterprise and consumer network technologies are coming fast and furious these days via well-heeled startups, and yes, even from more established tech players. But further back in the pipeline, in the research labs of universities and colleges around the world, that's where the really cool stuff is happening. Take a peek at some of the more intriguing projects under works in areas ranging from wireless to security to open source to robotics to cloud computing.

By Bob Brown | 01 February, 2016 21:50

Tags: Google, Apple watch

Forget Super Bowl 50: Let's crown the cabling Installer of the Year!

It's time to roll up your sleeves, de-fog your goggles, climb your ladder and get ready for the 9th annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge next week in Orlando, where the Installer of the Year will be crowned and awarded a $5K prize (not to mention a towering trophy).

Google I/O event date set

The word has come from the top: Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company's annually sold-out Google IO conference will take place on May 18-20 in Mountain View.

By Bob Brown | 12 January, 2016 22:05

Tags: Apple, Google, Google I/O 2015

Wall Street Technology Association introduces its board

The Wall Street Technology Association, which provides a forum for financial industry technology professionals, vendors, service providers, and consultants learn from one another, has introduced its board of directors for the new year.

Shocker! Cape Cod cops discover iPhone stun gun

The Cape Cod police department made what you might call a stunning discovery on New Year's Eve: A young intoxicated man illegally in possession of an electroshock device that looked an awful lot like an Apple iPhone.

By Bob Brown | 05 January, 2016 17:23

Tags: Apple, iPhone 7, crime

Open source community mourns death of Debian creator Ian Murdock at age 42

The open source community was stunned this week to learn that Ian Murdock, the "ian" in Linux distribution Debian, has died at the age of 42.

By Bob Brown | 31 December, 2015 22:02

Tags: Docker, Sun Microsystems

Acacia's $125M IPO filing a rarity among networking firms in 2015

Acacia Communications, an optical networking company that boosts bandwidth for cloud and other service providers, today filed for an IPO -- a rarity during a year in which the number of tech companies going public is at its lowest since 2009, the year Acacia launched.

Apple's Topsy social search engine tweets out its own demise

Fittingly enough, the Apple-owned Topsy data analytics business that boasted of indexing every Tweet back to 2006, announced its demise on Tuesday night via a Twitter post.

By Bob Brown | 16 December, 2015 18:24

Tags: Apple, twitter

F5 Networks brings back retired exec after CEO resigns over "personal conduct"

F5 Networks, the Seattle-based application delivery networking company with an increasingly cloud-oriented focus, has announced that CEO and President Manuel Rivelo has resigned "for matters regarding personal conduct unrelated to the operations or financials of the Company."

By Bob Brown | 15 December, 2015 01:41

Tags: F5 Networks

Cisco, Microsoft & other big enterprise IT firms miss Best Places to Work cut

It’s not that the biggest names in enterprise IT and networking aren’t good places to work, according to employees submitting reviews to jobs and career marketplace Glassdoor. It’s just that they aren’t “Amazing!” or “Great!” places to work, according to Glassdoor’s list of the 50 Best Places to Work in 2016.

By Bob Brown | 09 December, 2015 17:34

Tags: F5 Networks,, Microsoft, cisco

Gotta give stealthy 128 Technology credit for cleverness on $20M funding filing

128 Technology, a stealthy software startup that "is on a mission to fix the Internet," has quietly and cleverly filed an SEC form regarding a fresh $20M in funding on, of all days, 1/28.

By Bob Brown | 09 December, 2015 00:34

Tags: Oracle

Microsoft reveals Black Friday 2015 deals

Microsoft has revealed more than two dozen Black Friday 2015 deals, ranging from big discounts on everything from Windows Surface tablets to Office 365 to Xbox consoles and games.

By Bob Brown | 22 November, 2015 02:38

Tags: Dell

More Black Friday 2015: Verizon data freebie, Amazon starts early, Newegg boasts of 5,000 deals

Verizon, Amazon and Newegg get in on Black Friday 2015 tech deal bonanza with free wireless data, cut-rate Kindles and Windows 10 discounts among the bargains.

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