Stories by Bob Brown

Virginia Tech on lockdown after 2 fatal shootings

Virginia Tech, the Blacksburg, Va., school that was rocked in 2007 by the <a href="">deadliest shooting rampage</a> by a single gunman in U.S. history, has been locked down this afternoon in the wake of shootings that have resulted in at least two deaths.

Written by Bob Brown09 Dec. 11 07:30

Researchers use Woodpecker to single out vulnerable Android phones

North Carolina State University researchers say some <a href="">Android</a> smartphone makers' efforts to go above and beyond the Google mobile platform's basics open their devices to security breaches.

Written by Bob Brown01 Dec. 11 04:29

Father of RFID, Charles Walton, passes at 89

Charles Walton, inventor of the RFID technology now common everywhere from warehouses to retail stores to public libraries, has died at the age of 89 in California.

Written by Bob Brown29 Nov. 11 07:34

MIT touts optical computing breakthrough

MIT researchers have published research regarding a breakthrough that could speed the way to zippy new computers that rely on photonic chips that use light beams rather than electrons to work.

Written by Bob Brown24 Nov. 11 03:24

Diaspora social network co-founder dies at age 22

Ilya Zhitomirskiy, the 22-year-old co-founder of privacy-focused social network <a href="">Diaspora</a>, has died in San Francisco.

Written by Bob Brown16 Nov. 11 04:23

Twitter research: It's where the money and action is

Two professors from Wellesley College’s Department of Computer science have been awarded a nearly half million dollar National Science Foundation grant to build an application that gauges the trustworthiness of information shared on social networks, and in particular Twitter.

Written by Bob Brown12 Nov. 11 03:30

Accel buys into Big Data hype with $100 million venture fund

Accel Partners launched a $100 million Big Data Fund at the sold-out Hadoop World conference in New York in an effort to help start-ups exploit new data types expected to dominate computing and networks for years to come.

Written by Bob Brown09 Nov. 11 06:26

Bloodiest tech industry layoffs of 2011

Job cuts in the US technology industry in 2011 are down significantly from a year ago and turnover levels in IT shops have returned to pre-recessionary levels, but that doesn’t make the tens of thousands of people in the United States who have been laid off from electronics, telecommunications and computer industry jobs feel much better.

Written by Bob Brown04 Nov. 11 06:27

Siri, did your co-founder just quit Apple?

The co-founder of Siri, the company Apple bought last year and whose technology powers the sophisticated voice control features of its new iPhone 4S, has reportedly left Apple to pursue other interests.

Written by Bob Brown25 Oct. 11 02:25

Researchers customize Android for sophisticated smartphone lockdown

<a href="">Virginia Tech researchers</a> for the past month and a half have been working to customize Google’s Android software to lock down smartphones so that sensitive data isn’t exposed once a user leaves approved locations. They’re hopeful the technology – part of a project dubbed GhostBox -- will be production-ready by year-end.

Written by Bob Brown21 Oct. 11 09:34

Emtech 2011: Big Boy FiOS, videoconferencing everywhere and lots of fresh ideas

Technology Review's annual <a href="">Emtech</a> event at MIT always bursts with fresh-faced innovators awkwardly touting their world-changing breakthroughs. However, the 2011 event held this week at the new MIT Media Lab also includes plenty of established companies, from Google and IBM to Verizon and Polycom, promoting lots of new ideas backed by their significant financial and human resources.

Written by Bob Brown20 Oct. 11 03:25

1 in 6 UK mobile phones are poopy, study finds

New research out of England finds that 1 in 6 mobile phones there are contaminated with fecal matter, most likely due to poor hand washing habits.

Written by Bob Brown18 Oct. 11 02:12