Stories by Bob Brown

Sorriest technology companies of 2014

It's so far been another sorry, sorry year in the technology industry, with big name companies, hot startups and individuals making public mea culpas for their assorted dumb, embarrassing and other regrettable actions.

Apple yanks iOS 8 update

Within hours of releasing an iOS 8 update to address assorted bugs in the new iPhone and iPad operating system Apple has been forced to pull the patch, which itself was causing iPhone 6 and 6 Plus users grief.

FIRST LOOK: Ray Ozzie's Talko cloud calling/messaging iPhone app

I never did use Ray Ozzie's Lotus Notes or Groove (acquired by Microsoft) collaboration tools, mainly because the companies I worked for didn't use them, though I have interviewed the famed software designer and watched his colorful career unfold over the years. So when Ozzie's latest venture, Talko, released its free calling/messaging app for iPhones today, I decided I would give it a whirl and rope my colleague, Michael Cooney, into testing it with me.

Apple iOS 8 fixes outlined in report

With iOS 8 crashes and complaints aplenty, you can expect Apple to issue am 8.0.1 patch for the new iPhone and iPad software before long.

Crashing Apple's iOS 8 party

The many iPhone and iPad users that have held off downloading iOS 8 since it was released on Sept. 17, despite the promised benefits of Apple's new software, might be glad they did. Word is that crash rates are relatively high.

Watch video of the first iPhone 6...being dropped

It almost looks like too perfect of a testimonial of the new iPhone 6's sturdiness to be believable as an accident. But live TV cameras caught a young man in Perth, Australia dropping his new prized new Apple smartphone as he opened the box (see video).

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.