Stories by Bob Brown

Stanford crypto expert Dan Boneh wins $175K computer science award

Stanford University computer science professor Dan Boneh has been named as the recipient of the 2014 ACM-Infosys Foundation Award in Computing Sciences for his work in cryptography.

5 freshly-funded cloud computing companies worth watching

Investors made a crowd around the cloud this week, investing $175 million in companies focused on everything from storage to the WAN to the supply chain.

Meltdown! New Periscope iPhone app live streams ice cream factory's end

The teardown of a 50-plus-year-old ice cream plant across from Network World's Framingham, Mass., headquarters today practically screamed to be live streamed via Twitter's new Periscope app for the iPhone. So I took my iPhone 5 into the parking lot during lunch and brought the action live to a whoever happened to stumble across it.

Many password strength meters are downright WEAK, researchers say

Website password strength meters, like a spouse asked to assess your haircut or outfit, often tell you only what you want to hear.

Database pioneer Stonebraker rocks $1M "Nobel Prize in Computing"

Michael Stonebraker, whose database software breakthroughs helped to tame information overload long before we referred to it as big data, is the recipient of the 2014 ACM A.M. Turing Award, a.k.a. the "Nobel Prize in Computing."

Top enterprise IT companies where people want to work

Poachable, a Seattle startup that specialises in connecting passive job-seekers with companies looking to hire, says enterprise network and IT companies such as Microsoft, IBM and Cisco are among the most desirable places to work. But largely consumer-focused companies, like Google, Apple and Amazon, are even more attractive.

Meet the Tech Dude Who Doubles as the Weird Al of Drone Songs

A mild-mannered tech and media support coordinator for Oregon State University Extension Service by day, Victor Villegas takes on the persona of The Drone Singer during his off hours. Yes, he fashions himself as the Weird Al Yankovic of drone songs.

Happy Pi Day! MIT to break admissions news at exactly 3/14/15/9:26

How disappointing it would have been if MIT hadn't come up with a clever way to recognize this most special of Pi Days: 3/14/15/9:26:53... or 3.141592653 for you purists.

7 Hot Career-related Companies to Watch

In among all the cloud, security and mobile tech startups attracting venture funding so far this year, new companies focused on hiring, education and career development are pulling in big bucks.

These CompSci programs deliver most bang for buck, report finds

The computer science programs at Stanford University, the University of California at Berkeley and MIT offer students the best return on investment, according to a new report by salary watcher PayScale.

IBM Internet of Things boss takes new job at Internet2

Florence Hudson, most recently IBM's director of Internet of Things Business, has been named Senior VP and Chief Innovation Officer for computer network consortium Internet2.

Apple in, AT&T out of The Dow

Apple, whose stock market value recently ballooned to more than $700 billion, later this month will take AT&T's place on the Dow Jones Industrial Average.

IBM CEO Rometty tapped as Northwestern commencement speaker

Northwestern University has named IBM Chairman and CEO Virginia Rometty as its commencement speaker for ceremonies taking place on Friday, June 19 at Ryan Field in Evanston, Ill.

Microsoft SharePoint coming up short for most enterprises, study finds

Many SharePoint installations at enterprises have been doomed largely due to senior management failing to really get behind the Microsoft collaboration technology, according to a new study by AIIM, which bills itself as "the Global Community of IT Professionals."

MIT researchers building chips to prevent leaky Internet of Things

MIT researchers this week are demonstrating a design for new radio chips that could be used to efficiently power the Internet of Things.