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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.

Ride1UP CF Racer1 with rider traveling up a dirt road.

Ride1Up launches drop-bar racing electric bike options with carbon fiber frames and concealed power train

Whether you ride gravel or paved roads, Ride1Up's CF Racer1 e-bike brings carbon fiber-framed racers within range of more budgets.
FIA Formula E racing advances the development of tires made from sustainable materials.

Formula E names Bridgestone its sole tire provider

Bridgestone will provide tires for all Formula E championships, starting in 2026 - a huge vote of confidence of electric cars
Charging a Ford F-150 Lightning EV with a Level 2 wall charger in a garage.

Ford and Resideo want to help lower your energy bills with EV-Home Power Partnership

EVs can supply power to homes when rates are high and during power outages. Ford and Resideo are partnering to make it all work.
Tesla Cybertruck EV driving in snow.

Tesla Cybertruck delivers on some promises, falls painfully short on other expectations

Will reservation holders stick now that Tesla Cybertruck's true speed, range, towing ability, cargo capacity, and cost are public?
F1 starting grid for the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

F1 reveals 2024 Sprint race schedule — here’s what’s new

Under F1 rules, there can be no more than 24 Grand Prix Championship races per season, and only six can include a Sprint.
Right front three-quarter view of a Juiced Bikes Scrambler X2 parked on sand with ocean in the background.

Juiced Bikes updates the Scrambler X2, one of the original go-anywhere electric bike options

Juiced Bikes' Scrambler X2 is the most recent refresh of the solidly-built, go-anywhere e-bike that is fast, fun, and well-built.
Alfa Romeo final 2023 season Formula 1 race car rear view against a silver background that appears to be an F1 race pit lane garage.

F1 loses the Alfa Romeo team (but history tells us they’ll be back)

When the 2023 F1 racing season ended, Alfa Romeo officially announced its departure from Formula 1 after six seasons.
MINI introduces Spike MINI digital assistant with 2025 MINI Countryman Electric via MSG Sphere in Las Vegas

MINI gives larger-than-life preview of its new cars, AI driving assistants

MINI is appearing on its biggest stage yet: the Sphere in Las Vegas, where it's showing off its adorable new in-car assistants
Pi-Pop battery-less electric bike parked on grass in front of a brick building.

Meet the Pi-Pop, the electric bike you never need to charge (because it has no battery)

French manufacturer Pi-Pop breaks from traditional electric bike design with a power source you never need to recharge.
Close up photo of BMW iX5 Hydrogen fuel cell engine. underneath the hood.

The secret to making the hydrogen car viable could be…chicken feathers?

Electric cars are further ahead than the hydrogen car, but a new study reveals that hydrogen fuel cells could be aided by the poultry industry.
Yellow 2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon X4e rock climbing at a state park in Utah.

More than 30,000 Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEVs recalled for fire risk

Jeep has recalled more than 30,000 Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEVs due to a fire risk. Find out which vehicles are affected and what you need to do next.
Verge California Edition TS Pro left side with a stylized building in the background.

Verge California Edition electric motorcycle launches with motor in rear wheel

An electric motorcycle with the motor at the rear wheel? Verge California Edition made it a reality
2025 Subaru Forester front right three-quarter view parked on pavement with trees in the background.

Subaru unveils 2025 Forester SUV with updated design and improved performance – but same gas-powered drivetrain

The all-new 2025 Subaru Forester is here, with updated styling and new features - but it's not an EV as some had hoped.
Three types of Pirelli F1 racing tires on stands.

What’s all the fuss about tires in F1 racing?

Tires are an essential part of a good F1 car. Here's what to know about them.
2024 Hyundai Ioniq 6 parked outside.

Hyundai and Amazon team up for online car sales (and no, you can’t get your car via Prime)

People want to buy cars online, and Hyundai is partnering with Amazon to make it easier
2025 Toyota Camry right side front view

Say goodbye to the gas-only Toyota Camry: New Camry to be hybrid only

Toyota has been criticized for slower EV adoption than other automakers. The 2025 Toyota Camry will be hybrid-only, solidifying Toyota's confidence in hybrid cars.
2023 Audi TT Roadster Final Edition view across the right rear quarter panel of the green car in an empty warehouse

Only 50 Audi TT Roadster Final Editions are for sale (and only in the U.S.)

The exclusive limited-run Audi TT Roadster Final Edition is an unexpected opportunity for collectors who want to buy a new car likely to become an investment.
Motorcycle rider out of focus carrying helmet toward Indian Motorcycle 2024 FTR x 100% R limited edition

Indian Motorcycle has a new limited-edition, carbon fiber-laden bike starting at $18,999

Carbon fiber meets classic Indian motorcycle cool in the all-new, limited-edition FTR x 100% R Carbon
2024 Audi S Q8 in Waitomo Blue left front three-quarter view on pavement near the ocean shore - European Model Shown..

2024 Audi Q8 SUV flagship updates exterior and lighting technology

The 2024 Audi Q8 will look a little different from its predecessors with new exterior styling and driver assistance technology.
Two people riding Honda Motocompacto escooters on a city street.

Honda is selling a $995 drivable suitcase-size electric scooter we can’t tell if we love or hate

Honda's new Motocompacto is a $995 drivable suitcase meant to close the "last mile" for e-mobility, but it's weird.
INKAS Armored Mercedes Maybach GLS600 right front three-quarter view.

Choose the INKAS armored Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600 for luxurious performance and protection from assassins

If you can foot the bill for a Mercedes-Maybach GLS 600, you may want armored protection, even if you're not in the same business as James Bond. 
Ford F-150 gets poor rating on IIHS backseat safety test test.

Ford F-150, Ram 1500, and Chevy Silverado 1500 pickup trucks get poor ratings on IIHS backseat safety test

According to the IIHS, backseat passengers in Ford F-150, Chevy Silverado, Ram 1500, and Toyota Tundra have a higher risk of injury than front seat passengers.
2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special convertible parked by the beach with the top down three-quarter view from the left front

Ford celebrates a 60th birthday with the 2024 Mustang GT California Special

The 60th anniversary 2024 Ford Mustang GT California Special is largely a styling package commemorating the 1960s when everything California was cool.
Pirelli F1 racing tires on Red Bull Racing Formula 1 race car.

The FIA’s F1 racing rules and regulations: Understand how the motorsport works

F! racing is governed by the FIA, which publishes extensive regulations each season that support competitiveness, fairness, and safety of the sport.
Two people wearing helmets and riding NAVEE V40 Pro electric commuter scooters on a paved path through a grassy area beside a lake.

NAVEE launches the V40 Pro electric scooter as an urban mobility alternative

Navee has introduced a new electric scooter, the V40 Pro. This is everything you need to know.
2024 Volkswagen ID.7 flagship EV is rated for nearly 400 miles per charge.

New VW ID.7 EV has nearly 400-mile range and an AR heads-up display

Range anxiety is slowly going away. The new VW ID.7 EV has nearly 400 miles of range and a new AR heads-up display
Mitsubishi DX Concept lifestyle van right rear three-quarter view with a clear image of a rooftop luggage carrier.

Mitsubishi DX concept previews future for outdoor enthusiasts: A compact EV as comfortable in the city as off the beaten path

Mitsubishi has revealed a new concept camper van, capable of navigating city streets and adventuring off the beaten path.
McLaren F1 racing simulator driver's view from inside the simulator

This is how virtual reality and simulators are used in F1 racing

Virtual reality plays an important role in F1 racing. This is what you should know.
Right side of the 2024 Triumph Thruston Final Edition, the last year for the ultimate cafe racer.

Say goodbye to the ultimate cafe racer motorcycle: The 2024 Triumph Thruxton Final Edition

The Triumph Thruxton will end its 60-year run next year. Learn all about the cafe racer motorcycle's final edition.
You can toughen up the appearance of a Volkswagen Atlas Sport SUV with the new Basecamp line of styling accessories, shown here about to tow an ATV.

Volkswagen gets tough with Atlas Cross Sport Basecamp styling kits

Volkswagen gives American car buyers the rugged look they want with optional Basecamp styling accessories for the VW Atlas Cross Sport.
Second generation 2024 BMW X2 compact sports activity coupe right rear three-quarter view driving on a desert highway.

Second gen BMW X2 Compact Sports Activity Coupe gets bigger, better, and smarter

2024 BMW X2: New styling, size, and performance make you want it
Max Verstappen driving a Red Bull F1 race car.

How to keep up with F1 standings, team points, and more

Do you find F1 hard to keep up with? Don't worry - we've got your back! Here's how to keep up with everything F1
Jaguar's last gas cars, two 2024 Jaguar F-Type ZP Edition cars facing each other, a blue roadster on the left and a white coupe on the right.

The last gas Jags: Jaguar ends gas-powered heritage with limited-production 2024 F-Type ZP Edition sports cars

Jaguar may be shifting to all electric-powered cars in the next two years, but the limited edition 2024 Jaguar F-Type ZP Edition powered by a gutsy supercharged V8 pays tribute to the D-type race cars that ruled Le Mans in the mid-1950s and the E-Types that inspired a generation in the 1960s and 1970s.
Three types of Pirelli F1 racing tires on stands.

Only the best for the best: Pirelli scores F1 racing tire contract through 2027

Pirelli has signed a deal to keep F1 cars on Pirelli tires through 2027
2024 F-150 Lightning Flash debuts with most commonly-ordered functional and technology options.

New Ford F-150 Lightning Flash packs popular EV features into sub-$70k sticker price

The F-150 Lightning from Ford is one of the most popular trucks around - but it's expensive. Enter the F-150 Lightning Flash.
Two 2024 BMW R 1300 GS adventure touring motorcycles traveling on a highway with desert and distant mountains in the background.

New BMW motorcycle, the 2024 R 1300 GS, brings new suspension geometry and improved hardware

Looking for a new BMW motorcycle? The 2024 R 1300 GS packs a ton of new and updated features, and is very much worth a look
Omaha Steaks butcher's cut filet mignon closeup sliced on a plate.

Getting quality steaks delivered to your door just got cheaper

Omaha Steaks slashes prices this dramatically twice a year, and if you're a steak lover, you do not want to miss out by waiting till tomorrow.
Kitchenaid Mixer.

The top-rated KitchenAid Stand Mixer just got a big price cut

The iconic KitchenAid stand mixer is a tool gourmet chefs and home cooks consider a must-have. If you're looking for a great mixer deal this is the right place.
Mongoose Dolomite Fat Tire Mountain Bike

Best cheap bicycle deals for December 2022

The end of the year is a great time for treating yourself to a new bicycle and we've picked out some of the best bicycle deals right now
Saatva Mattresses

Best Saatva Mattress Deals and Sales for October 2022

If you're shopping the best cheap mattress for better sleep on a luxurious model with added comfort and support, check out these Saatva Mattress deals.
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Best Cheap Espresso Machine Deals for October 2022

We scoured major retailers and manufacturers to find the best cheap espresso machine deals and will update this post regularly.
Ninja FNinja Foodi Ultimate System on a white marble kitchen counter.

Best Food Processor Deals for October 2022

These high-quality food processors can boost your kitchen game with a single countertop powerhouse that won't dent your budget.
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Best Electric Toothbrush Deals for October 2022

Whether stepping up your dental care or maintaining your gleaming smile, these electric toothbrush deals can help save money when you invest in better health.
Using a Ryobi String Trimmer on a lawn.

Best cheap Ryobi tool deals for October 2022

There are so many Ryobi yard tools and power tools that keeping track of the best Ryobi deals can be a challenge, but we do it for you.
Golf clubs in a bag.

The best golf club deals for October 2022

Beginners and even intermediate golfers can get confused and even overwhelmed by the advertising and marketing rhetoric that surrounds golf clubs.

Tempur-Pedic Mattress Sale: Save $500 on the Top Brand

If you're shopping for a cheap Tempur-Pedic mattress, you're in good company. Here are all the best Tempur-Pedic mattress sales and deals available today.
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The best golf ball deals for October 2022

Because playing golf can be a drain on your wallet if you play regularly, we scouted out the best golf ball deals you can buy today.
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Best cheap knife deals and sales for October 2022

Here, we've rounded up a selection of cheap knife deals and sales, spanning daily carry knives, all-purpose camping knives, and hunting knives.
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Best cheap Nerf gun deals and sales for October 2022

You may be surprised by how far Nerf gun technology has advanced. We found the best Nerf gun deals and sales available today.
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The Best Cheap Nespresso Deals for October 2022

Nespresso is an innovator in the pod coffee machine space. If you're looking for a cheap Nespresso coffee machine, check out these great deals.