Stories by Bob Brown

Southwest Airlines blames technical issues for major flight delays on Sunday

Southwest Airlines delayed hundreds of flights on Sunday due to unspecified technical issues affecting its website, mobile and reservation system.

Quick iPhone 6S case review: Ballistic Tungsten Tough

I risked carrying around my new iPhone 6S for a week before finally stopping by Best Buy to pick up a case: the Ballistic Tungsten Tough model.

Black Friday 2015: Not too early to plot your tech buys

Work up your gift list, bookmark your favorite shopping sites and if you're really hardcore, get your tent ready. Black Friday 2015 will be here before you know it and bargains on everything from the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus to the latest smart watches, TVs, tablets and laptops will be there for the taking.

Apple iOS 9 Wi-Fi Assist: Threat, Menace or Neither?

The web has practically been clogged this week with posts providing tips about Apple's new iOS 9 mobile operating system: Good thing Apple added Wi-Fi Assist to make sure you're on the best connection possible to read all that stuff. Or maybe not.

WIreless Hall of Fame inducts four

The Wireless Hall of Fame has inducted four more members, including one of Nextel's co-founders.

California fire ravages telephony museum

In this day of smartphones, cell towers and wearables, the American Museum of Telephony in the Mountain Ranch community of northern California preserved artifacts of a much different world of communications. But the museum, along with surrounding residences, burnt to the ground late last week during the raging Butte Fire and it's feared that the collection is lost.

Even the FBI is worried about Internet of Things security

Amidst all the excitement about the possible benefits of the Internet of Things, a slew of warnings have been sounded by IT pros, vendors and analysts about looming security threats. Now you can add the FBI to that list of those cautioning enthusiasts.

New super-precise drones could win over wireless industry

Big IT companies have largely been mum on plans to use drones, but emerging technology from Bay-area startup PreNav appears to have at least intrigued wireless service providers and cell phone tower operators.

General Electric CIO, Cisco VP among Top Women in Cloud

10 female leaders from the IT customer and vendor sides (including General Electric and Cisco) will be honored for their contributions to Cloud and convergence technology by the Cloud Network of Women (CloudNOW) later this month.

Microsoft researcher: Why Micro Datacentres really matter to mobile's future

Microsoft Research distinguished scientist, Victor Bah,l has been spreading the word about Micro Datacentres, also known by the adorable name "cloudlets," as a key concept for optimisng the performance and usefulness of mobile and other networked devices via the Cloud. Service providers have embraced this vision most aggressively from the start, but it won't be long before enterprise IT pros will likely do the same, Bahl says.

Wi-Fi blocking debate far from over

Following the FCC’s warning in January that it would no longer tolerate the Marriotts of the world blocking visitors’ WiFi hotspots, I set a reminder on my calendar to revisit the topic six months later. After all, the issue of WiFi blocking sparked strong reactions from IT pros, end users and vendors of wireless LAN products early in the year, and I figured it wasn’t over yet. With the FCC's Smart City order earlier this month, it turns out my intuition was right.

Middle-aged drivers risking kids' safety by using cell phones in droves

New research finds that most middle-aged drivers use cell phones regularly while on the road, even when kids are in the car.

Prominent healthcare CIO: FDA medical device security warning "will be the first of many"

Dr. John Halamka has taken to his <a href="">"Life as a Healthcare CIO" blog</a> to sound the alarm on medical device threats in the wake of the FDA late last week issuing its first cybersecurity warning about a specific medical device.

See Video: Sysadmins take wild ride in giant iMac wheel

And there I was, thinking I was making the most of my MacBook Air box by using it as a stand for my laptop rather than forking over the money for a fancier stand.

Named Data Networking consortium preps for workshop, hackathon

The <a href="">Named Data Networking project</a>, which is working on an Internet architecture designed to better handle data and application access in an increasingly mobile world, is hosting its second annual community meeting and its first hackathon next month at the UCLA campus.