Bob BrownSoftware-Defined News Editor, Network World Follow me on Google+

I work with Network World's writers and editors to identify and publish the best informational and news stories for enterprise IT and networking professionals. Also, I blog about network research from university and vendor research labs, plus work closely with our wireless reporting team on assignments and projects. Best to reach me by email. If you don't hear back from me, it's probably because I forwarded your pitch to a more appropriate contact here.

10 iPhone Passcodes to Avoid

Attention iPhone users: You're not fooling anyone if you're using 1234, 0000, 2580, 1111, 5555, 5683, 0852, 2222, 1212, 1998 as your smartphone passcode.


New Tool Shows Others If Your Gmail is Swamped

A Georgia Tech researcher is taking aim at email overload with a new tool that shows people thinking about messaging you just how swamped your Gmail account is.

No Nobel Prize in Computing: Why Not?

The most accomplished professionals in computing, telecommunications and information technology are overlooked by this prestigious award.

5 Strangest iPad Incidents: From Kidney Selling to Burning Replicas

Apple's claim that the iPad tablet is magical sounds about right. It has inspired people to behave in some pretty unusual ways.


Maximizing System Performance with Multi-Core Chips

Multi-core processors promise a big performance boost for servers, PCs and even smartphones, but much work remains to get the most out of these new chips.

Experimental Broadband Management App Could Keep ISPs Honest

A browser-based app developed by Georgia Tech researchers is designed to help Internet users make better use of their bandwidth.

Quora: The Next Social Network IT Pros Need to Know?

Quora is an increasingly popular social network for asking and answering questions on topics ranging from how Britney Spears was discovered to how to flee Tokyo after an earthquake.

Skype Plugs Android App Privacy Hole

Skype says it has had no reported examples of third-party apps misusing information from the Skype directory on Android devices, but it is keeping an eye on things.

White iPhone Expected Within Weeks

New reports have surfaced that Apple will start shipping the white iPhone 4 within a few weeks, finally bringing the seemingly endless wait to an end.


Apple iOS 4.3.2 Update Addresses FaceTime, 3G Shortcomings

Apple Thursday issued its iOS 4.3.2 mobile operating system release, an update designed to make FaceTime video calls and 3G wireless connectivity work better.

Researchers Develop Android Security Software

For Google Android, the best selling mobile OS in the world by some accounts, that popularity comes with a predictable price: Hackers, malware writers and other ne'er-do-wells are all over it.


iFixit Spoofs Its Own Apple 'Screwgate' Revelation With Prank

Apple iPhone users worried that their jailbreaking ways will be punished by Steve Jobs and friends are being teased with an April Fools Day special offer by gadget teardown specialist iFixit: an iPhone 4 Oppression Kit.

Apple WWDC Sold Out, but Tickets Surface on eBay, Craigslist

Expect to pay much more than Apple's $1,600 price for a scalped WWDC ticket on e-commerce sites.

iOS Refresh May Wait for iPhone 5

Indications suggest Apple will update its iOS simultaneous with releasing the next model of iPhone.


Verizon Grabs More Than 12 Percent of iPhone Market

Verizon, which began selling the Apple iPhone 4 in the U.S. on Feb. 10, has already grabbed as much as 12.7 percent of the U.S. iPhone market.