Stories by Bob Brown

Microsoft zapping Zune music player

Microsoft, confirming one of the technology industry’s worst kept secrets, is killing off its Zune music player about 5 years after its debut as a potential iPod killer.

Written by Bob Brown05 Oct. 11 02:29

Spotify not out to completely embarrass you via Facebook anymore

Where there is Facebook, there are privacy concerns. And as <a href="">digital music streaming service Spotify</a> becomes ever chummier with Facebook, it too is starting to raise privacy concerns among its customers – including those who want to keep some of their musical tastes to themselves.

Written by Bob Brown30 Sept. 11 02:44

$1 will get you in on latest social network start-up

If you have a dollar to spare you can get in on the ground floor of <a href="">MightyBell</a>, a new social network company spearheaded by Gina Bianchini, formerly head of social website company Ning.

Written by Bob Brown13 Sept. 11 06:30

Apple iOS 5 reportedly about to go golden

Apple reportedly will send the Golden Master version of its iOS 5 mobile operating system to manufacturing partners around the last week of September, and that means a new iPhone could be on the way shortly thereafter.

Written by Bob Brown13 Sept. 11 07:43

LulzSec gets Google+ boot, but returns

Hacker group LulzSec ("the world's leaders in high-quality entertainment at your expense") has had its initial Google+ account nixed this week, though LulzSec has quickly and brashly re-emerged with a new one

Written by Bob Brown03 Aug. 11 02:45

Trick or treat: Apple iPhone 5 coming in October?

Apple’s iPhone 5 has been the subject of scads of rumours, with some focused on a bigger screen, others on fewer buttons and still others on facial recognition. But the one thing all the rumourmongers seemed to agree on of late was that the next great smartphone would emerge in September.

Written by Bob Brown02 Aug. 11 00:39

iPads to kick Android tablet butt until 2015, report says

Apple iPads will continue to dominate the tablet market for the next couple of years, but market watcher Informa Telecoms &amp; Media expects Android tablets to significantly cut the gap by 2015.

Written by Bob Brown28 July 11 02:35

Big tech names Dell, Torvalds among Google+ early adopters

Part of the buzz this week about Google+ is that Google is reportedly working to lure celebrities such as Lady Gaga to its new social network service with verified accounts. Not sure if tech big shots beyond Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg count as celebrities, but the list of the technology industry’s biggest names using Google+ is on the rise.

Written by Bob Brown21 July 11 03:40

Apple iOS 4.3.4 security fix jailbroken overnight

Apple’s iOS 4.3.4 PDF vulnerability fix issued Friday didn’t stymie jailbreakers for long -- a beta jailbreak tool for the mobile software update was released on Saturday.

Written by Bob Brown19 July 11 04:27

Apple iOS 4.3.4 patches PDF hole exploited by jailbreakers

Apple Friday issued a software security update designed to fix a Safari PDF rendering system vulnerability exploited by jailbreakers and that could have been used by hackers to infect Apple’s mobile devices, including iPhone 4 and iPad 2.

Written by Bob Brown16 July 11 07:49

Move over flash: Here comes phase-change memory

University of California, San Diego researchers next week plan to demonstrate a solid state storage device that uses phase-change memory to blow away traditional hard drives and even newer flash drives.

Written by Bob Brown03 June 11 06:43