Stories by Bob Brown

Big IT vendors mostly mum on commercial drone plans

Word that the Federal Aviation Administration might take a very hard line on commercial drone use has those with designs on such activity nervous. But as for big enterprise IT vendors, it's really hard to tell what they think because they're keeping any plans in this field very hush-hush.

Black Friday: Newegg axes prices on laptops, desktops, tablets and more

Online retailer Newegg has beaten the Black Friday 2014 rush by revealing deals on brand name laptops, desktops, tablets and other products geared toward both hardcore gamers and everyday tech users.

Black Friday: Microsoft slashing Surface, laptop, Xbox prices

Microsoft has revealed a slew of Black Friday deals, including big cuts intended to move its iPad rival, the Surface Pro 3 tablet.

Walmart brings Black Friday early to iPhone, iPad fans

Walmart, which already has leaked its Black Friday deals on Apple, Dell, HP and other tech products, just couldn't stand the lull between now and the day after Thanksgiving. So it has started promoting a Pre-Black Friday event for this Friday, Nov. 21, starting at 8am, that will also feature plenty of bargains on electronics.

Apple iOS App Store swaps out FREE for GET

Apple appears to be saying that "GET" is much more straightforward than "FREE" when it comes to figuring out the real price of offerings on its iOS App Store.

U.S. government issues alert about Apple iOS "Masque Attack" threat

Three days after security company FireEye warned of an iPhone/iPad threat dubbed "Masque Attack", the U.S. government has issued a warning of its own about this new risk by malicious third-party apps to Apple iOS devices.

Apple: Masque hasnt attacked any iPhone, iPad users yet

Following a U.S. government warning about an iPhone and iPad security threat dubbed Masque Attack, Apple has issued a statement assuring customers that they're probably okay.

Google quadruples Nobel Prize in Computing to $1M

The Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) has announced that its annual A.M. Turing Award, sometimes called the Nobel Prize in Computing, will now come with a $1M award courtesy of Google.

Black Friday iPad fire sale at Staples

Staples for Black Friday 2014 will not only be offering deep discounts on older iPads, but will let you buy them via Apple Pay at some 1,400 retail locations.

Microsoft finally gets a real Instagram account

We're not sure, maybe it's another thing to credit new Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella for. But we applaud Microsoft for belatedly joining Instagram and grabbing a formal corporate account.

Black Friday iPhone 6, iPad Air deals spill forth from Walmart

Walmart has decided not to keep shoppers in suspense over its Black Friday deals, releasing details Wednesday on a Apple iPhone 6, iPad Mini and other electronics that will go on sale Thanksgiving Day and through that long weekend.

Black Friday deals from Target, Best Buy on iPhones, iPads

Black Friday 2014 ads from big retailers Best Buy and Target have leaked (well, the retailers have pretty much revealed them), and it looks like you can save on Apple products including iPads and the iPhone 6.

HTC beats Black Friday rush, slashes Nexus 9 tablet price in half

HTC had the Android faithful in a frenzy at noon EST on Tuesday after it put the new Nexus 9 tablet on sale for half price just a day after making the latest iPad killer available.

Black Friday sales promise iPhone 6 deals

Black Friday, traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, and Cyber Monday, traditionally the Monday following turkey day, have morphed into a roughly month-long promotional event in recent years during which the latest tech products can be had for short money. This time around, expect the iPhone 6 and maybe the 6 Plus smartphones to be the focus of many sales.

Startup Capriza scores $27M to Zapp legacy apps into mobile ones

Capriza, a startup that helps enterprises convert their legacy apps into mobile- and cloud-based ones, Thursday announced it has racked up an additional $27 million in venture funding. That should be enough to help Capriza scale its business on the marketing and sales side, and maybe even have enough left over to afford a drummer and bassist to form a company band (more on that later...).