Stories by Bob Brown

Marriott CIO: FCC message on WiFi blocking loud and clear

The FCC's sternly worded warning about illegal Wi-Fi blocking earlier this week got through to at least one organization: Marriott International's Global CIO issued a statement Friday that the hospitality outfit is withdrawing efforts to gain clarification from the commission on what methods can be used to protect corporate Wi-Fi networks.

FCC calls blocking of personal Wi-Fi hotspots "disturbing trend"

The FCC on Tuesday warned that it will no longer tolerate hotels, convention centers or others intentionally interfering with personal Wi-Fi hotspots.

Apple iOS 8.1.3 upgrade won't suck up your storage

Apple has issued its first iOS software update of 2015 for iPhones, iPads and iPod touch devices, promising bug fixes, increased stability and performance improvements.

Smartphones, tablets & eBay taking down SkyMall

SkyMall, the quirky airline catalog, looks as though it may be grounded before long. Parent company Xhibit has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and seeks to sell its assets.

Hottest Enterprise Network & Computing Startups of 2015

Coming off a huge year in venture capital investing, the bar has been set high for 2015. But network and computing startups, focused in areas such as the cloud, security and mobile, promise to reap big dollars from investors this year as well. Here's a running timeline of startup investments, with an emphasis on those of interest to enterprise IT pros.

10 cool network and computing research projects

If you think the latest enterprise and consumer network and computer technologies rolling into your data center and being snuck into your offices by end users are advanced, wait until you see what's cooking in the labs at universities and tech companies. Much of well-funded research is aimed at security, simplifying use of current technology and figuring out how to more easily plow through mounds of big data. Here's at peek at 10 projects.

University of Texas team hooks $100K in IBM Watson app contest

A team of students from the University of Texas at Austin is being awarded $100,000 in seed funding for an app based on IBM's Watson technology that's designed to give Texas citizens easier access to social services.

Startup Reddo Mobility gets $4.25M to give Windows apps a second wind

If Reddo Mobility has its way, many of them will morph into mobilized ones sooner than later.

Apple now offering unlocked and SIM-free iPhone 6, 6 Plus smartphones

Apple on Tuesday began offering at its stores and online unlocked and SIM-free editions of its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus smartphones, giving an alternative to those who want to avoid being tethered to long carrier contracts.

T-Mobile mystery news slated for Tuesday morning

T-Mobile CEO John Legere will cozy up to Yahoo Tech's David Pogue during what the carrier is calling its Un-carrier 8.0 event on Tuesday -- a mystery webcast that promises to include some news and knowing Legere, probably some colorful language.

Walmart slashes iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus prices

The new Apple iPhone 6 Plus phablet was nowhere to be found among all the blockbuster Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals last month, but Walmart has surprised this week by announcing a deep discount on the smartphones through February.

Big new United Airlines carry-on item: iPhone 6 Plus phablets for 23,000 flight attendants

United Airlines this week announced that its flight attendants will soon be equipped with Apple's iPhone 6 Plus phablets to take care of your safety, food and entertainment needs.

Google employees say it's the best big company to work for

Google employees love their jobs more so than workers at any other big company in the United States, according to the 2014 Glassdoor Employees' Choice Awards rankings.

Father of Video Games Ralph Baer dead at 92

Long before the Xbox came the Brown Box, a creation that defense contractor engineer Ralph Baer and colleagues built in the late 1960s that would become known as the first real video game system. The video game industry this week mourns Baer, a German-born American who has passed away at the age of 92.

Apple CEO Tim Cook among 8 finalists for Time's Person of the Year

Apple CEO Tim Cook, who dazzled the industry with new iPhones and iPads and showed strength by becoming the first Fortune 500 CEO to publicly announce he is gay, has made Time magazine's short list for Person of the Year for 2014.