Stories by Bob Brown

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.

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.

Best Buy pulls away curtain on Black Friday 2015 tech deals

Best Buy overnight revealed its Black Friday deals, which include a slew of tech products from vendors such as Apple, Microsoft, Dell and Samsung. A handful of deals are already live, too.

Heat map to show where burning need is for cybersecurity pros

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is funding creation of a heat map visualization tool that will show where cybersecurity jobs are open across the country. The first rendition should be out late next year.

iOS 9 now on two-thirds of Apple's iPhones, iPads & iPod touches

Apple's iOS 9 software for its iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices is now on 66% of those products, which means the new edition of iOS is off to a faster adoption rate than last year's iOS 8.

Has FCC "gone off the rails" with latest Wi-Fi blocking fines?

Critics of the FCC's crackdown over the past year on organizations purposefully blocking consumers' Wi-Fi hotspots might actually have a couple of kindred spirits on the Commission itself.

Raspberry Pi Foundation merges with Code Club to benefit more youths

The Raspberry Pi Foundation has announced a merger with the UK's Code Club in an effort to better reach out to young people with a message of making things with computers rather than just using them.

FCC strikes again on Wi-Fi blocking: Hilton, big electrical contractor fined

The FCC isn’t kidding around in going after Wi-Fi blockers: Now it has slapped big electrical contracting company M.C. Dean with a $718,000 fine for blocking consumers’ Wi-Fi connections and has proposed a $25,000 fine for Hilton Worldwide for “apparent obstruction of an investigation” into whether Hilton blocked consumers’ Wi-Fi devices.

Black Friday, er, Black November tech deals include cheap iPads, free shipping

Online tech retailer Newegg isn’t messing around with just Black Friday anymore. It’s calling all of next month Black November as it gears up for holiday sales in what’s looking to be another all-out battle for techies’ wallets. Walmart, Sears, Dell Small Business and others are making noise, too.

iPhone case review: Leathery goodness

Review: Three iPhone case makers sent me samples over the past month that all might appeal to the fashionista set, or really just anyone who wants to look good while texting, Web surfing or paying by phone.

Sony BMG Rootkit Scandal: 10 Years Later

Hackers really have had their way with Sony over the past year, taking down its Playstation Network last Christmas Day and creating an international incident by exposing confidential data from Sony Pictures Entertainment in response to The Interview comedy about a planned assassination on North Korea’s leader.

Apple's Wi-Fi Assist iOS 9 feature subject of $5M lawsuit

First the complaints about Apple's iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist feature came via the media and from customers over social media. Now a Florida couple who own iPhone 5S devices has taken the frustration to a new level and slapped Apple with a class-action lawsuit over the technology, which can jack up your cellular data usage if you don't know it's turned on.

Hiring good tech people: Where to start?

Tech industry employers ponder the question of how to hire good tech talent, and whether "good" is good enough.

Leaked Dell ad gets Black Friday tech bargain train rolling

You have to give Dell points for ambition: Not only is the company hosting its annual DellWorld conference in Austin this week, but earlier this month it swung a $67B deal for EMC and supposedly filed a secretive IPO for its SecureWorks unit. And apparently, the company has its Black Friday sale all prepared as well.

How higher ed IT is staying ahead of the cloud computing curve

Signs that cloud computing is for real are piling up around Carnegie Mellon University’s Tom Dugas, but perhaps nothing else brings this home like the fact that the renowned Pittsburgh research school has posted a job opening for its first-ever cloud architect.