Stories by Bob Brown

What's next for IBM’s enterprise social business

Enterprise Social Solutions GM Jeff Schick shares thoughts on Project Toscana, cloud vs. on-premises and more at IBM Connect event

Networking company name change madness is upon us

Tech companies LightSquared, Crittercism and ThinkingPhones are still around but no longer answer to those names.

Retired IT specialist shares inside story of botched National Parks Moose project

A retired IT specialist for the National Park Service details how a lack of information and communications technology (ICT) representation is messing up projects and costing taxpayers millions of dollars, such as in Moose, Wyo.

Instagram finally lets you do the switcheroo between accounts

Social media managers, and anyone else who juggles more than one Instagram account, are celebrating the small pleasure this week of now being able to switch between accounts without logging out first.

In search of IBM Verse

It’s been almost exactly 10 months since IBM formally launched its analytics-infused messaging system called Verse, and while the company’s announcement of “software for a new way to work” generated a relatively positive blast of press and analyst coverage, buzz about the cloud-first product has dwindled since. So I went in search of signs of excitement, or even signs of life, for Verse upon heading to the IBM Connect conference this week in Orlando.

How end-user guilt inspires IBM to improve your email experience

A massive transformation is underway at IBM involving "a very maniacal focus on design" across its enterprise social and other products.

10 of today's really cool network & IT research projects

New enterprise and consumer network technologies are coming fast and furious these days via well-heeled startups, and yes, even from more established tech players. But further back in the pipeline, in the research labs of universities and colleges around the world, that's where the really cool stuff is happening. Take a peek at some of the more intriguing projects under works in areas ranging from wireless to security to open source to robotics to cloud computing.

Forget Super Bowl 50: Let's crown the cabling Installer of the Year!

It's time to roll up your sleeves, de-fog your goggles, climb your ladder and get ready for the 9th annual BICSI Cabling Skills Challenge next week in Orlando, where the Installer of the Year will be crowned and awarded a $5K prize (not to mention a towering trophy).

Enterprise WLAN market is hot, but it's all relative

Wireless LAN purchases aren't exactly going gangbusters these days, but relative to other enterprise infrastructure product sales, WLANs are where it's at.

Google I/O event date set

The word has come from the top: Google CEO Sundar Pichai says the company's annually sold-out Google IO conference will take place on May 18-20 in Mountain View.

Wall Street Technology Association introduces its board

The Wall Street Technology Association, which provides a forum for financial industry technology professionals, vendors, service providers, and consultants learn from one another, has introduced its board of directors for the new year.

Shocker! Cape Cod cops discover iPhone stun gun

The Cape Cod police department made what you might call a stunning discovery on New Year's Eve: A young intoxicated man illegally in possession of an electroshock device that looked an awful lot like an Apple iPhone.

Open source community mourns death of Debian creator Ian Murdock at age 42

The open source community was stunned this week to learn that Ian Murdock, the "ian" in Linux distribution Debian, has died at the age of 42.

Acacia's $125M IPO filing a rarity among networking firms in 2015

Acacia Communications, an optical networking company that boosts bandwidth for cloud and other service providers, today filed for an IPO -- a rarity during a year in which the number of tech companies going public is at its lowest since 2009, the year Acacia launched.

Apple's Topsy social search engine tweets out its own demise

Fittingly enough, the Apple-owned Topsy data analytics business that boasted of indexing every Tweet back to 2006, announced its demise on Tuesday night via a Twitter post.