Bob Brown

Bob Brown is the former news editor for Network World.

Verizon.net email addresses are going away — here are 4 alternatives

Verizon.net email addresses are going away — here are 4 alternatives

Verizon has begun warning customers that it’s getting out of the email game and that you need to act soon if you want to keep your Verizon.net email address. Or, you could consider switching to another email service, and here are some...

MIT's WiGait uses wireless signals to step up detection of health issues

Professor Dina Katabi's endlessly inventive team at MIT's CSAIL outfit has now come up with what it says is an unobtrusive way to wirelessly detect possible health issues via changes in walking speed.

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: long live the battery, here come the cases, plus a new concept design

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: long live the battery, here come the cases, plus a new concept design

A new report shows that Apple's incremental updates to the iPhone last year had some customers settling for older models, but the company won't repeat that approach with the iPhone 8 if smartphone watches are correct

Athena Lecturer Award for women researchers goes to Rice prof who really gets robots moving

Lydia Kavraki, a professor of computer science and bioengineering at Rice University, has been named as the 2017-2018 Athena Lecturer by the Association for Computing Machinery in recognition her work in robotics.

Top techies giving 2017 college commencement speeches

Top techies giving 2017 college commencement speeches

With today’s push across the education landscape for more emphasis on STEM studies, it’s not surprising that top leaders and innovators in technology would be a draw as college commencement speakers. Here’s a roundup of some of the...

5 more open source companies to watch in 2017

5 more open source companies to watch in 2017

An exciting class of startups with a focus on enterprise IT are those built on open source foundations, in some cases commercializing and adding value to an already popular open source project.

Surprisingly few tech insights in Steve Ballmer's USAFacts data trove

Surprisingly few tech insights in Steve Ballmer's USAFacts data trove

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's USAFacts project, an ambitious and sometimes overwhelming repository of data about local to state to federal U.S. government spending and outcomes that was launched on Tax Day, is surprisingly...

Toward a bigger, faster, denser Wi-Fi world

Toward a bigger, faster, denser Wi-Fi world

Some 350 Wi-Fi true believers have gathered in Tysons, Va., this week at the Wi-Fi Now event to sing the wireless networking technology’s praises, peek into its future and warn of its challenges.

5 Open Source companies to watch in 2017

5 Open Source companies to watch in 2017

A look at 5 recently funded open source-oriented enterprise networking and IT startups, focused on everything from switching and programming to product management and databases.

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: Getting chippy; leaks & leaks; SNL on board

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: Getting chippy; leaks & leaks; SNL on board

This week's iPhone 8 rumor roundup includes a batch of new leaks, Apple's actions on the chip front and a tie-in with TV comedy show SNL

How to keep your Verizon email account from being killed off

How to keep your Verizon email account from being killed off

If you're a Verizon customer who uses the carrier's email service, you very well might have an imminent decision to make about your Verizon.net address or risk losing access to your account and associated data.

VMware, Splunk & Juniper among highest paying networking companies

VMware, Splunk & Juniper among highest paying networking companies

Networking and other technology businesses are among the highest paying companies in America, according to a new report from jobs marketplace Glassdoor. And if you find yourself out of a tech job, well, there’s always consulting,...

Cisco DevNet Create: 5 things you should know

Cisco DevNet Create: 5 things you should know

Cisco is holding its first big developers' conference, DevNet Create, on May 23-24 in San Francisco, and the focus will be on the Internet of Things and cloud computing.

Cisco’s first big developers conference to zero in on IoT, cloud

Cisco’s first big developers conference to zero in on IoT, cloud

Cisco is readying for its DevNet Create, its first big dedicated conference for developers, with a focus on IoT and cloud computing.

Most notable tech leaders delivering 2017 college commencement addresses

Most notable tech leaders delivering 2017 college commencement addresses

You’d think ponying up for a technology leader to be your school’s commencement day speaker would be so much less of a hassle than going with a high profile politician such as President Donald Trump or his rival Hillary Clinton, yet...

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: Fresh spate of delayed shipment speculation swirls; plus, good pricing news

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: Fresh spate of delayed shipment speculation swirls; plus, good pricing news

Speculation is heating up again this week regarding the possibility that Apple might delay the arrival of its iPhone 8 (or iPhone X) smartphone until October or November due to technical issues related to the lamination of its new...

Web inventor Berners-Lee adds Turing Award to prize collection

Web inventor Berners-Lee adds Turing Award to prize collection

Sir Tim Berners Lee, deservingly among the most decorated of technology professionals for his invention of the world wide web, has now been honored with the 50th edition of the ACM A.M. Turing Award (a.k.a., the Nobel Prize of...

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: Button in the rear, true tone in front, inside Jony Ive's head

iPhone 8 Rumor Rollup: Button in the rear, true tone in front, inside Jony Ive's head

iPhone 8 scuttlebutt includes the fingerprint sensor heading to the rear of the Apple phone, True Tone displays coming to the front and an attempt to get into Jony Ive's brain.

Verizon picks up ex-Ericsson CEO on the rebound

Verizon picks up ex-Ericsson CEO on the rebound

Verizon has hired Hans Vestberg, the CEO Ericsson bounced last summer amid cost cutting and failing financials, to head up its Network and Technology team.

Google AudioSet aims to make sounds, from roars to boings, searchable

Google AudioSet aims to make sounds, from roars to boings, searchable

Google researchers have released a collection of 2 million-plus labeled audio snippets designed to spark innovation in the area of sound search.

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