Stories by Bob Brown

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

In Pictures: Cisco Live!

Outgoing and incoming Cisco CEOs John Chambers and Chuck Robbins weren’t the only attractions at the annual Cisco event in San Diego this week.

By Bob Brown | 12 June, 2015 08:37

Tags: hardware, Networking, cisco, software, John Chambers, Cisco Live!

9 hot enterprise storage companies to watch

Amidst all the venture investments this year in startups that generate gobs of data -- from those focused on everything from apps to drones to the Internet of Things to Big Data -- are a batch of newcomers aiming to help organizations store and access all that information. Yes, storage companies are pulling in big bucks in 2015, as they did in 2014, and a couple have even double-dipped this year and announced two rounds of funding.

By Bob Brown | 12 June, 2015 01:44

Tags: Rubrik, business issues, network storage, startups, Kaminario, Infinite io, storage, Nantero, Tegile Systems, Hedvig, Tachyon Nexus, SimpliVity, Infinidat

Apple to open source Swift programming language

"We think Swift is the next big programming language, the one that we'll all be doing application and system programming on for 20 years to come," said Craig Federighi, Apple's senior vice president of software engineering who in addition to discussing Swift introduced Apple's iOS 9 developments.

By Bob Brown | 09 June, 2015 06:15

Tags: Apple, wwdc, WD, objective, Open Source Subnet, software

Yahoo does Spring Cleaning: Shuts down Maps, Pipes & more

In case you were wondering what it is exactly that Yahoo does these days, the company says its focus is on "search, communications and digital content." The rest must go, and as such, Yahoo today has announced some things it is getting rid of.

By Bob Brown | 05 June, 2015 04:59

Tags: Apple, Yahoo, flickr, applications, Microsoft, social, 21, software, collaboration

Really smart phones: Now they can predict your GPA

Researchers at Dartmouth College and the University of Texas at Austin have developed an Android app that they say can predict students' grade point averages without prior knowledge of data such as SAT scores, IQ or school track records. What's more, the technology could have future applications for predicting employee performance.

By Bob Brown | 03 June, 2015 06:05

Tags: University of Texas at Austin, mobile, mobile apps

In Pictures: 20 best iPhone/iPad games

Star Wars Rebels, Fireworks, Shakespeare and lots of quests are featured in top iPhone and iPad games.

By Bob Brown | 29 May, 2015 13:51

Tags: fireworks, Star Wars Rebels, gaming, games, slideshows, quests, Shakespeare

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