Bruce Brown

Bruce Brown

Digital Trends Contributing Editor Bruce Brown is a member of the Smart Homes and Cars teams. He also writes technology news for the News team and deals posts for the Commerce team.

Bruce uses smart devices compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant at home. To minimize confusion, his Google Assistant has a British accent. An enthusiastic cook, Bruce enjoys concocting his own recipes and getting the most from new small kitchen appliances.

Bruce is a long-time automotive enthusiast, now particularly interested in motorcycles,  three-wheelers, and, most recently, ebikes.

Bruce is a former high school English teacher, university professor, and therapist who jumped ship in the early 80s to work in the world of tech following his exposure to personal computers. He was the founder of the Connecticut Computer Society, a statewide nonprofit corporation organized to promote the use of personal computers in education, business, and homes. At its height, the CCS monthly newspaper had a circulation of 28,000+.

Bruce also co-founded Soft Industries, a Connecticut-based computer consulting corporation. Soft Industries consultants trained, consulted, supported, and developed applications for industry, professional schools, and small businesses. Clients included The Hartford Insurance Company, Continental Can, and the professional staffs of Yale Law School and Yale Medical School.

For several years Bruce taught graduate courses in business applications of personal computing at Wesleyan University. In 1985 he was the Director of the Wesleyan University Summer Computer Institute, an intensive seven-week graduate program for professionals and business people.

Bruce is a former long-time Contributing Editor for PC Magazine, Extreme Tech, PC Week, and Computer Shopper. His focus over a 20-year period shifted from personal computers and printers to handheld devices, smartphones, and wireless networking. During that period one of his articles won a Computer Press Association Best Hardware Article award.

Bruce's smartest move ever was proposing to his wife 13 days after a blind date on his first motorcycle. He’s a proud father and grandfather, and an avid walking companion with Happy, a 7-year-old Double Doodle.

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Smart Home

Amazon stokes Prime Day fires with $30 off year of Audible plus $1 Echo Dot

Amazon reported Prime Day 2019 was bigger than ever, exceeding last year's Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined sales Amazon just threw more fuel on the retail fires with a hot deal on an annual Audible audiobook membership.
Deals

Walmart extends Prime Day hot deals on Apple, Samsung, HP, Dell, and Bose

Walmart doesn't want Prime Day 2019 to stop and it extended its sales event beyond its original July 17 end date. We found great deals on Apple, Samsung, HP, Dell, and Bose products to highlight before they go away.
Smart Home

Amazon says Prime Day smashed records, topped Black Friday/Cyber Monday sales

To no one's surprise, Prime Day 2019 outdid previous years by wide margins. In a press release, Amazon said Prime Day sales on July 15 and 16 exceed the combined sales during 2018's Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales events.
Deals

Prime Day extended with up to 50% off AmazonBasics accessories and electronics

Amazon Prime Day 2019 is over, but the deal-making-engine doesn't stop. The AmazonBasics house brand has two pages of deals with discounts up to 59% on cables, batteries, lightbulbs, headsets, and other tech goodies.
Smart Home

Amazon drops post-Prime Day deals on Scout Alarm DIY smart home security kits

Prime Day 2019 may be behind us, but that doesn't mean the good deals are gone until Black Friday. Amazon picked up the pace today in smart home devices with a 24-hour sale on the highly respected Scout Alarm Home Security product line.
Deals

Walmart extends its Prime Day deals on Schwinn, Razor and Hyper E-Ride ebikes

Amazon Prime Day 2019 may have passed but Walmart doesn't care. Walmart's Google Week and Big Save summer sale continue with excellent deals on five ebikes including two each from Schwinn and Hyper E-Ride and an electric Razor Metro.