Stories by Bob Brown

PGP creator, other top cryptographers head 2014 National Cyber Security Hall of Fame class

Accomplished cryptographers, including Pretty Good Privacy creator Philip Zimmerman, are among the five inductees into this year's National Cyber Security Hall of Fame. They'll officially be enshrined on Oct. 30 in Baltimore.

Researchers' new app outs iPhone and Android phone energy hogs

Researchers from the United States and Sweden have launched a free iOS and Android smartphone and tablet app that singles out which ones take the biggest toll on your device batteries and also illustrates fragmentation of Apple and Android mobile OSes.

Harvard's CompSci intro course boasts record-breaking enrollment

Harvard College's CS50, the school's Introduction to Computer Science course for undergrads, has attracted about 1 in 8 students this fall -- a new record for the school and yet another sign of just how hot this field is becoming for the job-hungry.

Funny thing about the iPhone 6 and Apple Watch...

Going through withdrawal over the sudden drop-off in Apple iPhone 6 and iWatch (now formally Apple Watch) scuttlebutt that has sustained us over the past year? Laugh it off with these mostly safe for work parody and comedy videos.

UCLA, Cisco and more join forces to replace TCP/IP

Big name academic and vendor organizations have unveiled a consortium this week that's pushing Named Data Networking (NDN), an emerging Internet architecture designed to better accommodate data and application access in an increasingly mobile world.

"Outraged" Apple issues update on celebrity cellphone nude photo breach

Apple has issued a statement regarding the hacking of dozens of celebrities' cellphones that exploded over the weekend as actual and fake nude photos spread across the Internet. Apple says its iCloud service was not breached.

Pluralsight bags $135M to fortify online coding, tech course offerings

Pluralsight, a Salt Lake City e-learning company that offers video-based courses on everything from Windows 8 to WebRTC to Apple iOS, has raised a fresh $135 million in venture funding.

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.

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