Stories by Bob Brown

5 cool new security research breakthroughs

University and vendor researchers are congregating in San Diego this week at USENIX Security '14 to share the latest findings in security and privacy, and here are 5 that jumped out to me as being particularly interesting.

Remembering comedian/actor Robin Williams: His Siri schtick

The sad news of comedian/actor Robin Williams' death on Monday at the age of 63 flooded social media and news sites online. While Williams is recalled mainly for has manic comedy routines, and funny and dramatic acting roles, some of his more recent appearances were dotted with technology-infused humor.

In Pictures: Bloodiest tech industry layoffs of 2014, so far

Microsoft leads the way, but has plenty of company on jobs cut front

Deadline looms for $100K Bell Labs Prize

If you want a shot at the $100K Bell Labs Prize, you'd better hurry up and put some polish on that great idea: The deadline is July 15.

Open source tool could sniff out most heavily censored websites

Georgia Tech researchers are seeking the assistance of website operators to help better understand which sites are being censored and then figure out how to get around such restricted access by examining the data collected.

World Cup star Luminoso scores $6.5M to fund expansion of text analytics business

Text analytics company Luminoso, a 2010 MIT Media Lab spinoff that helps its customers make sense out of unstructured data, has raised a $6.5 million Series A round of funding. The 25-person outfit plans to use the funds for new hires in sales, product management and client services as well as to expand its product line.

Multitasking: An equal opportunity distraction

Even the strongest students can be no match for the distractions of multitasking, according to new research from Michigan State University.

Crowdsourcing moving beyond the fringe

Depending up on how you look at it, crowdsourcing is all the rage these days -- think Wikipedia, X Prize and Kickstarter -- or at the other extreme, greatly underused.

In Pictures: 20 best iPhone/iPad games of 2014

Heroes, bugs, puzzlers, baseball and more fill this list of popular Apple iPhone, iPad games

Startup OnlyBoth turns IBM's Watson on its head

OnlyBoth, a Pittsburgh startup whose first offering is an app that generates often surprising insights about U.S. colleges and universities, has seriously been a long time coming.

25 cool Cloud, security and mobile startups to watch

There's no scientific formula behind this list: It's just a bunch of new-ish, mainly enterprise-focused computing and networking companies that have launched, received fresh funding of late or otherwise popped onto my radar screen.

Taking iPhone 6 design concepts to the next level: printable 3D

Dozens of iPhone 6 concepts have emerged in recent months from the minds of clever designers and Apple fanatics, but new files that can be fed to 3D printers to pump out tangible plastic mock-ups take the iPhoney craze to a whole new level.

2014 Women in Technology Hall of Fame inductees include suits, coders and entrepreneurs

WITI (Women in Technology International) has named five new inductees for its Hall of Fame, including executives with IBM, AT&T and EMC, a well-known serial entrepreneur and a force in the move to code for public good.

In Pictures: 2014 technology industry graveyard

Microsoft, Google, Intel, BlackBerry and others bid farewell to brands, projects and more.

In pictures: Best and worst celebrity tech moments of 2014

Ellen's Oscar selfie, a very cloudy Sex Tape and a more-bizarre-than usual CES moment.