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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.

Château Saint Jean in Molsheim..

100 years later, the Bugatti Type 35 gets an electric, limited edition refresh

The Bugatti Baby II Type 35 Centenary Edition represents the original six racecars prepared for the 1924 Grand Prix de Lyon.
Audi Q6 e-tron driving on a highway with trees, land, and ocean in the background.

Audi and Porsche’s new PPE electric drive system is smaller and more efficient

Audi recently introduced the Premium Platform Electric (PPE), an electrical architecture for future EVs.
2025 VW ID. Buzz and vintage VW Bus parked in front of rolling hills.

VW reveals 2025 ID. Buzz trim levels and features, no launch date or prices yet

VW revealed three introductory U.S. trim levels for the long-awaited 2025 ID. Buzz, the all-electric descendent of the original VW Microbus.
Gray Jeep Recon concept EV with doors off at the bottom of a rocky incline.

The Jeep Recon EV: What we know so far

The all-electric Jeep Recon will be trail-rated, ready for off-road fun, but not a replacement for the Wrangler EV,
Volkswagen GTI EV concept in red left front three-quarter view on a loose gray gravel surface.

The Volkswagen GTI EV: What we know so far

There's no firm launch date for the electrified hot hatch, but VW has confirmed the GTI EV is coming.
2025 Defender 110 Sedona Edition parked on desert sand with rocky hills in the background right rear three-quarter view

Defender revamps luxury in 2025 lineup with signature 110 Sedona Edition

Jaguar Land Rover's Defender brand bumpied up the luxury and personalization of its hardy adventure vehicle.
2025 BMW M4 CS driver side profile shot parked in a garage with a corrugated wall.

2025 BMW M4 CS: intentionally intense and emotional

BMW designed the 2025 BMW M4 CS to give drivers "a more intense, emotional driving experience." Here's how they did it.
Ford Hybrid F-150 pulling an Airstream trailer on a two-lane road with trees next to the road.

Ford’s hybrid vehicle strategy pays off with new all-time sales record

Ford reported good news for hybrid sales in its latest monthly report
A rider on a Ryvid Outset electric motorcycle in Vapor Grey on a city street under an overpass.

Ryvid’s Outset electric motorcycle launches with an unexpected low price

Ryvid's Outset and re-priced Anthem could be harbingers of even better-than-price parity with gas-powered motorcycles.
Mercedes-AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet front view red with top down parked on asphalt with hills in background.

It’s Mercedes season and the AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet just dropped

The AMG CLE 53 Cabriolet shifts the needle toward luxury but is no slouch when the going gets frisky.
electric jeep wrangler wrangter magneto 1 0 concept parked on a rocky rise in the desert

The electric Jeep Wrangler: Everything we know so far

Jeep parent company Stellantis has made it clear that an all-electric Jeep Wrangler is coming, possibly sooner than many expect. Here's what we know so far.
Hennessey Ford VelociRaptoR 1000 Super Truck left front three-quarter view of front quater of the truck.

Hennessey goes truckin’ with VelociRaptoR 1000 ‘Super Truck’

Hennessey went all out to upgrade Ford's F-150 Raptor R to the 1043-bhp VelociRaptoR 1000.
2024 Ford Bronco Raptor Code Orange descending a rocky grade with desert hills and vegetation.

Electric Bronco: What we know about Ford’s iconic SUV

Ford has dropped enough breadcrumbs about an electric Bronco that we can piece together a profile of the upcoming electric version of Ford's iconic SUV.
jeep gladiator 4xe phev coming in 2025 white 2024 mojave taversing red sand slope with blowing of wheels

CEO says Jeep Gladiator 4xe PHEV arrives in 2025

An electrified Jeep Gladiator is coming, and it may be here sooner than many expect.
2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 parked on a wet cement floor under next to a concrete buiding in a high desert area.

GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1: Ready to go further with improved range

The first 2024 GMC Sierra EV Denali Edition 1 pickup trucks will go further, tow more, and carry heavier weight than expected.
Jeep and Marathon Watch collection launch image with a watch in the center and a Jeep driving on a muddy dirt road.

These 4 new watches put a modern twist on Jeep, Marathon’s WWII history

Jeep and Marathon Watch collection commemorates their shared history of supplying the Allied Forces with military specification equipment back to 1941.
2025 Defender OCTA limited high-performance edition climbing a steep desert incline

How prospective buyers can preview the high-performance 2025 Defender OCTA

Defender is inviting clients who want to secure a reservation for the most powerful Defender ever to register for one of seven preview events.
2024 Jeep Gladiator Nighthawk limited edition of 200 driving on a dirt road in a forest,

Jeep Gladiator NightHawk: A limited edition with the right stuff at the right price

Jeep recently launched the Gladiator NightHawk, a limited edition with appearance, convenience, and handling features at a price that's hard to beat.
Bentayga Apex Edition limited edition of just 20 cars right front three-quarter view parked on a dirt track.

Bentley opens the order book with 20-car limited Bentayga Apex Edition

The Bentayga Apex Edition by Mulliner builds on the Bentayga S, the performance flagship of Bentley's luxurious SUV line
Hennessey H850 Cadillac-V conversion left front three-quarter image driving on a road with grassy field in the background.

Hennessey boosts the 2024 Cadillac Escalade-V to 850 horsepower

The Hennessey H850 conversion adds 25% more horsepower and 31% greater torque to the Escalade-V's supercharged engine.
F1 graphics for Formula 1 streaming channel content.

Formula 1 has a new subscription-free ad-supported streaming channel

Formula 1 announced a new, ad-supported, subscription-free streaming channel for U.S. racing fans.
Lamborghini Urus SE Super SUV shot front on at Chelsea Arts District debut event.

Lamborghini’s first plug-in hybrid Super SUV: The Urus is more powerful than ever

The Lamborghini Urus SE breaks new ground for the luxury supercar brand because it's the first plug-in hybrid Super SUV.      
Red Tesla Model 3 Performance facing straight on parked on dark metal plates with a dark wall in the background.

Tesla unleashes the Model 3 Performance: More than the sum of its parts

The refreshed Tesla Model 3 Performance is an amazing deal for a car with sub-3-second 0-60 mph acceleration and nearly 300 miles of range.
Aston Martin launches a new V12 engine for upcoming flagship and limited edition models.

Aston Martin doubles down on ICE with new V12 engine: All will be vanquished

Aston Martin unveiled a new V12 engine that will power upcoming flagship and limited edition models beginning later in 2024.
2025 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance direct front view parked in front of a glass-walled building.

2025 Mercedes-AMG GT 63 S E Performance: AMG’s fastest accelerating car yet

During the Shanghai Grand Prix, Mercedes-AMG unveiled the F1-inspired 2025 AMG GT 63 S E Performance, the fastest accelerating AMG production model ever.
Rezvani Retro Porsche 911 conversion parked on tracksidewith a distant mountains in the background.

How you can get a Porsche 911 modified to feel like a retro Porsche 935

Rezvani Retro will convert a modern Porsche 911 to look and perform like a Porsche 935 race car for you.
2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Cabriolet in white direct frontal view parked on red ground with clouds and sky in the background.

2024 Mercedes-Benz CLE Cabriolet: Drop-top dream car reaches U.S. shores

The 2024 Mercedes CLE Cabriolet fits the drop-top dream car profile nicely.
A Dessert Tan Juiced Bikes JetCurrent Pro e-bike parked on a dirt road with low vegetation hills in the background.

Juiced Bikes JetCurrent Pro: Fast e-bike brand takes performance to new level

Juiced Bikes recently introduced the JetCurrent Pro, a folding e-bike that pushes the category's traditional standards to near moped level.
Red Bull F1 race car in pit for tire change with pit crew in motion

How much do Formula 1 pit crew and mechanics make?

Watching a Formula 1 pit crew during a pit stop is a near-magical experience, but how much money do they make?
2025 Mercedes-Benz EQS in Obsidian Black view from center of back set forward showing the entire front seats and dashboard.

Mercedes-Benz updates 2025 EQS Sedan with more range and comfort

Mercedes-Benz's carries on as a automotive standard-setter with the 2025 Mercedes-Benz EQS Sedan.
Front seat interior shot of seats and dashboard of Aston Martin DBX707 with blurred city street lights visible through the windshield.

The 2025 Aston Martin DBX707 gets a stunning interior upgrade with enhanced tech

Aston Martin engineers tweaked the 2025 DBX707's suspension dynamics, but otherwise focused on improving the already sumptuous cabin.
Black Bugatti Bolide in the middle of a wide track standing ready to go.

Bugatti Bolide: A track-only hypercar for drivers with no racing experience

Two themes emerge from the Bugatti Bolide announcement: accessibility and dominance.
Blue 2024 Ford Mustand Mach-E GT performance upgrade driving directly at the viewer under a highway overpass.

2024 Mustang Mach-E GT performance upgrade: Ford’s fast EV love note

Suddenly, the GT has an additional 100 lb-ft of torque for a total of 700 lb-f
Blue 2025 Audi S3 direct front view with the car driving on a mountain road with rocks and trees on either side.

The newly tuned and sharpened Audi S3: Faster, lower, and grippier

The 2025 Audi S3 models continue to advance the platform's power, design, and technological innovation.
Right side profile shot of a 2025 Subaru Forester parked on a stone drive in front of a multiple story stone mansion.

This is what’s new with the 2025 Subaru Forester

Subaru released the details and prices for the sixth-generation 2025 Forester SUV in five trim levels.
Yuki Tsunoda driving a Formula One racecar for Scuderia AlphaTauri Honda.

What does interval mean in Formula 1?

The term "interval" has three meanings in F1 racing, all related to time between cars, but for different purposes.
2024 Triumph Trident 660 Special Edition parked in parking garage direct right profile.

We love this Triumph Trident 660 Special Edition with Slippery Sam graphics

Triumph Motorcycles commemorates the most famous Triumph triple racing motorcycle in history with a special edition available for just one year.
Red 2024 Dodge Hornet RT parked on a city street left front three-quarter view.

Dodge Hornet R/T with PowerShot: It’s all about that torque

The 2024 Dodge Hornet R/T with Powershot, the brand's first plug-in hybrid electric vehicle clarifies that, from Dodge's perspective, it's all about torque.
A yellow Audi 50 pared on the side of a roadway with a large red concrete building in the background.

50 years ago, the Audi 50 launch set the mold for decades of small cars

Audi never sold the Audi 50 in the U.S., but another car from the Volkswagen Group found a ready market in America.
Right side profile shot of a 2025 Range Rover Sport Dynamic SE with Stealth Pack parked on desert sand between two black monoliths.

Range Rover shows its dark side with the Range Rover Sport Stealth Pack

Whether you think the Range Rover Sport Stealth Pack option looks sporty, powerful, or scary may depend on what movies you watch or where you drive.
Mustang Mach-E Rally driving on pavement directly at the viewer.

Despite reports to the contrary, Ford is not wussing out on EVs

Ford Motor Company issued an update on its global EV and hybrid manufacturing plants and plans., including timelines and platforms.
Lewis Hamilton driving a Mercedes AMG Petronas F1 race car.

How do you become a Formula 1 driver?

With hundreds of millions of dollars at stake for F1 teams each season, how do you become a F1 drivers?
Max Verstappen driving a Red Bull F1 race car.

How much does a Formula 1 car weigh?

F1 racing is bound by strict rules from the FIA that set a minimum limit on how much a Formula 1 car weighs.
2024 Jeep Wrangler 4xe Beach and 2024 Jeep Gladiator Beach limited-run editions parked on an ocean beach.

Fun in the sun with limited edition 2024 Jeep Beach Wrangler and Gladiator

The 2024 Wrangler 4xe Jeep Beach and 2024 Gladiator Jeep Beach special editions are both available for order this month.
2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition parked on stone with the ocean in the background and stormy clouds.

2024 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition: Don’t miss out

After a heroic four-year run as the fastest Wrangler to crawl rocks and take names, the 2024 Wrangler Rubicon 392 Final Edition will retire the crown.
Camoflaged 2025 BMW M5 Sedan and M5 Touring European models parked side by side on ice on a huge body of water.

The 2025 BMW M5 Touring is coming to the U.S., but don’t call it a station wagon

BMW confirmed that U.S. model shipments will include the M5 Touring model for the first time when the M5 Sedan arrives this fall.
BWT Alpine Formula 1 race car.

What happened to the Renault Formula 1 team?

Fans have wondered why Renault has no F1 team can be reassured, the team is still there, now rebranded as BWT Alpine. Here's why they changed.
Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S Edition 1 sedan parked on dark gray staging with a gradiant red background right front three quarter view

Mercedes-Benz offers Mercedes-AMG CLA 45 S “Edition 1” for 25 U.S. customers

Customers for cars such as the AMG CLA 45 S Edition 1 consider them coveted works of engineering and design worthy of their admiration and investment.
Pirelli F1 racing tires on Red Bull Racing Formula 1 race car.

How do Formula 1 teams make money?

F1 team budgets aren't public information, but the massive expenses of F1 teams begs the question: How do Formula 1 teams make money?
Haas F1 team Formula 1 race car on the track.

What is a sprint race in F1?

Six 2024 Formula 1 Grand Prix races include Sprint race, a shorter race measured in the minimum laps to cover 100 kilometers.