Bob Brown

Secure, Cloud-enabled, Software-Defined News Editor

I work with Network World's writers and editors to identify and publish the best informational and news stories for enterprise IT and networking professionals. Also, I blog about network research from university and vendor research labs, plus work closely with our wireless reporting team on assignments and projects. Best to reach me by email. If you don't hear back from me, it's probably because I forwarded your pitch to a more appropriate contact here.

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Meltdown! New Periscope iPhone app live streams ice cream factory's end

Meltdown! New Periscope iPhone app live streams ice cream factory's end

The teardown of a 50-plus-year-old ice cream plant across from Network World’s Framingham, Mass., headquarters today practically screamed to be live streamed via Twitter’s new Periscope app for the iPhone. So I took my iPhone 5 into...

Hands on: AT&T Velocity hits the WiFi hotspot

Hands on: AT&T Velocity hits the WiFi hotspot

AT&T Velocity I’m using the ZTE-built AT&T Velocity WiFi hotspot as I write up my quickie review of the device here, and sure enough it’s providing me with ample speed as I fact check on the web during this process. The...

Many password strength meters are downright WEAK, researchers say

Many password strength meters are downright WEAK, researchers say

Website password strength meters, like a spouse asked to assess your haircut or outfit, often tell you only what you want to hear. That’s the finding from researchers at Concordia University in Montreal, who examined the usefulness of...

Database pioneer Stonebraker rocks $1M “Nobel Prize in Computing”

Database pioneer Stonebraker rocks $1M “Nobel Prize in Computing”

Michael Stonebraker, whose database software breakthroughs helped to tame information overload long before we referred to it as big data, has been named as the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award, a.k.a. the “Nobel Prize in...

No, Seth Rogen is NOT the new White House IT director

No, Seth Rogen is NOT the new White House IT director

Yes, Seth Rogen did get the White House's attention late last year with his controversial movie "The Interview" -- about a fictitious assassination of North Korea's leader. But no, the White House has not hired him to run its IT...

Meet the White House’s new open source-happy IT director

Meet the White House’s new open source-happy IT director

“First Geek” David Recordon comes from Facebook, open standards world

Top enterprise IT companies where people want to work

Top enterprise IT companies where people want to work

Poachable, a Seattle startup that specializes in connecting passive job-seekers with companies looking to hire, says enterprise network and IT companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco are among the most desirable places to work. But...

Apple iOS 8 really catching on now

Apple iOS 8 really catching on now

Apple revealed Wednesday that iOS 8, released to the public in September, can now be found on 77% of iOS devices accessing the Apple Store. That's up from 68% in January.

Top 11 oddball real-world tech job interview questions

Top 11 oddball real-world tech job interview questions

90s jams, jelly beans and plane crashes all figure into the job interview process, according to Glassdoor findings

Meet the Tech Dude Who Doubles as the Weird Al of Drone Songs

Meet the Tech Dude Who Doubles as the Weird Al of Drone Songs

A mild-mannered tech and media support coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service by day, Victor Villegas takes on the persona of The Drone Singer during his off hours. Yes, he fashions himself as the Weird Al Yankovic...

Happy Pi Day! MIT to break admissions news at exactly 3/14/15/9:26

Happy Pi Day! MIT to break admissions news at exactly 3/14/15/9:26

How disappointing it would have been if MIT hadn't come up with a clever way to recognize this most special of Pi Days: 3/14/15/9:26:53... or 3.141592653 for you purists. But fear not. The renowned Cambridge university will make...

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