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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.

Garmin Vivoactive Watch

Best Garmin Watch deals: Save on Forerunner 55, Epix, and more

If you are searching for the best smartwatches for men in 2024, you'll definitely want to check the best Garmin watch deals.
2024 Ford Mustang with Matte Clear Film close view of the left front quarter panel.

Ford offers factory matte clear film to personalize your 2024 Mustang

For an extra $5,995, the Ford factory will add matte finish clear film to any 2024 Mustang paint color, coupe's now and convertibles this fall.
2024 Ford F-150 R airborne as it comes up a desert sand hill.

Ford plays it all ways, focusing on EVs, hybrids, and gas engines

Ford Motor Company CEO Jim Farley outlined Ford's plans for EVs, hybrids, and vehicles with internal combustion engines (ICEs).
F-150 Lightning backup power charging

The U.S. government may delay EV requirements — what that means for car buyers

The Biden Administration may weaken the early impact of proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) tailpipe emissions standards.
guardrail safety study evs pickup trucks ev crash testing with highway barriers by the university of nebraska lincoln a 2022

A new study says some EVs are too heavy for U.S. guardrails

Study says U.S. guardrails don't hold up against some heavy EVs, but that's not the biggest problem,
VW ID.7 concept vehicle parked on a stone driveway with a landscaped rock wall in the background right rear three-quarter view of white car.

VW ID.7 Tourer flagship EV will have up to 426 mile range

VW introduced the ID.7 Tourer, a station wagon version its flagship EV, the ID.7 fastback sedan.
2024 Indian FTR x RSD Super Hooligan parked in front of Bike Shed store with a person leaning against metal fence looking directly at the camera.

Indian Motorcycle, Roland Sands Design collaborate on special edition 2024 FTR x RSD Super Hooligan

Indian Motorcycle released the FTR x RSD Super Hooligan, a limited-edition, performance-tweaked, street version of the Indian Flat Track racer.
Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Coupe on display at the Mercedes-Benz Museum view from the left side of the car with gullwing doors open.

How the iconic Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing captured hearts and minds, and influenced auto design forever

The Mercedes-Benz 300 SL Gullwing doors were an architectural requirement, not an inspired design.
Aston Martin Vantage sports car right front wheel and nose.

2024 Aston Martin Vantage: For real drivers only

The new Aston Martin sports car is the most driver-focused and fastest Vantage ever built.
2025 Mini Cooper S left front three-quarter view studio shot with shadows.

MINI debuts 5th generation 3-door MINI Cooper and MINI Cooper S with gas engines

BMW Group's Mini brand recently announced the fifth generation Mini Cooper and Mini Cooper S gas-powered fun-mobiles for the global market.
2024 Indian Roadmaster Elite right rear three-quarter view parked in front of a modern apartment or office building entrance.

2024 Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite limited edition is rolling art

The Indian Motorcycle Roadmaster Elite is a select model with exclusive ultra-high-level paint, finishes, and styling accents.
2025 Ford Explorer Platinum and 2025 Ford Explorer ST barked on stones by lakeside with moutains in the background.

2025 Ford Explorer SUV offers redesigned interior, hands-free highway driving, but still packs only ICE power

While Ford continues to support vehicle electrification, the 2025 Explorer three-row midsize family SUV is only available with internal combustion engines.
All-Electric Jeep Wagoneer S shadowed image showing front LED lighting grid.

An all-electric Jeep Wagoneer S is set to debut this fall: Everything we know so far

The Jeep Wagoneer S that debuts the Stellantis family of all-electric vehicles will scoot from zero-to-60 mph in about 3.5 seconds.
2024 Ford Mustang Mach-E Bronze front left three-quarter view parked on a hard surface road in front of a building with red and gray siding.

Ford promises its Mustang Mach-E GT package has the fastest ever 0-60 time

Ford recently introduced a new appearance option available soon for preordering with the 2024 Mustang Mach-E GT.
2024 Harley-Davidson Street Glide Milwaukee-Eight 117 V-Twin engine.

Harley-Davidson features four new motorcycles: Street Glide, Road Glide, and two CVOs

Harley-Davidson redefines two classic touring motorcycles and reveals a pair of special collection custom vehicles
Lewis Hamilton at the Miami Grand Prix 2023

F1 Shocker: Lewis Hamilton leaves Mercedes, joins Ferrari and Charles Leclerc to create “superteam”

Mercedes F1 driver Lewis Hamilton signed a multi-year contract to drive for Ferrari starting at the end of the 2024 season.
Telsa

Chicago, Tesla show how climate change is beating EVs

Tesla is an easy target, but the very low temperatures affect all EVs with Lithium-ion batteries.
Three versions of the 2024 BMW F 900 GS motorcycle.

BMW Motorrad launches three new, more powerful F-series on and off-road adventure motorcycles

BMW Motorrad has unveiled three new F-series motorcycles with more power for on and off-road adventuring.
A black Bugatti W16 Mistral Roadster parked facing out at the bottom of a wide light stone entry stairway to an elaborate light stone building.

Is Bugatti’s W16 Mistral the ultimate roadster hypercar?

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2024 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Sedan left front three-quarter shot driving on road with tress and a cloudy sky in the background.

New Mercedes Benz E-Class arrives soon, starting at $62,300, available with 21″ wheels and an illuminated grille

The new Mercedes E-Class is arriving at dealerships soon, starting at $62,300, and has an option for 21" wheels and an illuminated grille
ChargePoint Home Flex EV charging station charging a white Tesla in a garage.

New government subsidy makes buying an electric car much more attractive

A wide range of federal grants, awards, and subsidies are in place to encourage and support EV ownership nationwide.
Rider on a Ryvid Anthem electric motorcycle stopped on a street, overlooking a city.

For $100, you can preorder this incredible new electric motorcycle

Electric bikes and electric motorcycles are world apart, but that gap is closing thanks to a new e-motorcycle from Ryvid.
For sale by Hertz 2022 Certified Pre Owned 2022 Tesla Model 3 Long Range sedan red right front side view.

Hertz is unloading Tesla Model 3 vehicles for cheap – here’s why you should avoid buying one

You can buy a Tesla Model 3 from hertz for a good price right now, but there's a really good reason to avoid that
2024 Triumph Daytona 660 driving on pavement through a canyon viewed from the left side.

Triumph Motorcycles reveals 2024 Daytona 660 mid-weight sports bike, and it’s incredible

Triumph Motorcycles has revealed its new, beefy, Daytona 660 mid-weight bike, and we love it.
Verge TS Ultra motorcycle direct product shot from right side with greenish-gray background.

Verge Motorcycles introduces flagship TS Ultra motorcycle with 6-camera A.I.-driven human machine interface

Verge Motorcycles continues to break new ground with the latest hardware and software for its flagship TS Ultra electric motorcycle.
mercedes benz chatgpt in the car mbux photo from passenger seat showing steering wheel with driver information screens  large

Mercedes-Benz introduces MBUX, bringing ChatGPT to the in-car experience

Mercedes Benz is bringing ChatGPT to the in-car experience with its new MBUX interface
Sole e-24 e-bike in the Whaler colorway parked on a sidewalk with a light blue background.

New Sole e-24 electric bike blends style and performance

The new Sole e-24 electric bike packs a punch and looks great, too. Here's everything you need to know.
Tesla Model 3 Highland refresh two cars, one red one gray, both headed the same way on a highway.

Tesla Model 3 refresh brings new colors, interior, and more

Tesla has updated its Model 3 lineup with new color options, interior trim, and more small tweaks.
Honda 0 Space-Hub concept EV left rear three-quarter view parked inside a gleaming floor with a wooden wall on the right side and a wall of glass on the left.

Honda unveils two new ‘Honda 0’ EV concepts

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2024 Toyota bZ4X Limited AWD SupersonicRed parked on a cliff top with ocean below.

Toyota updates 2024 bZ4X EV with hands-free parking & more

The Toyota bZ4X, an EV developed in collaboration with Subaru, has been updated with some interesting new features.
2024 Toyota Tacoma i-Force Max hybrid pickup parked on a hill with mountains and desert in the background

The 8 best hybrid cars we’re most excited for in 2024

Looking for a new hybrid car? These are the ones we're most excited for in 2024.
VW GTI concept shot of drivers cockpit and dashboard with ChapGPT answeringa question about the first CES.

VW adds ChatGPT to these select models

VW plans to offer the ChatGPT function with new vehicles in the second quarter of 2024, but adding the application in the U.S. is in consideration.
Formula E World Championship races.

How to watch 2024’s Formula E racing season

Formula E, the electric variant of Formula 1, kicks off its season soon. Here's how to watch.
Tesla Model Y rear end angle from passenger side parked in front of mountains.

3 Tesla models have range estimate reduced – by Tesla

Tesla has reduced Model S, X, and Y range estimates
F1 starting grid for the United States Grand Prix in Austin, Texas.

F1 racing in 2024: 3 Sprints that are close to home

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FIA Formula E racing shows that world the excitement of sustainable automotive competition.

2024 Formula E all-electric car racing schedule: Your complete guide

The first of the sixteen races in the 2024 Formula E racing Season 10 starts January 13 in Mexico City.
2024 Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar driving on a desert road directly toward the viewer

New Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar is a stylish, off-road-ready luxury EV SUV

Tthe Audi Q8 e-tron edition Dakar converts a luxury EV into an adventure machine.
Max Verstappen driving a Red Bull F1 race car.

F1 drivers: This is how they stay protected in a car crash

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2024 Acura ZDX Type S blue with a black roof shot from high right three-quarter view.

Pre-orders for the all-electric 2024 Acura ZDX with over 500 horsepower have started

Acura will begin deliveries in early 2024 of both the Acura ZDX A-Spec and ZDX Type S performance SUV.
Ford F Series SuperDuty pickup truck towing a trailer carrying a piece of construction equipment on a highway.

Ford F-series is America’s best selling-truck again – here’s why

The final 2023 sales numbers are in and once again the Ford F-Series truck family outsold all other brands.
2024 Harley-Davidson Low Rider ST parked on grass under the support structures of an elevated roadway or bridge.

Harley-Davidson rolls out new 2024 Nightster Special, Low Rider ST, and Pan America 1250 Special

Harley-Davidson released information on three 2024 motorcycle models available now at dealerships, ahead of the full lineup reveal later this month.
A person standing at the right rear side of a VW ID.4 charging the EV's battery with an NACS charger.

NACS electric vehicle charging gets support from VW, Porsche, and Audi

Electric vehicle charging standard NACS just got a big boost from the VW auto group, which has big aspirations for the EV space
2024 Ford F-150 R airborne as it comes up a desert sand hill.

2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R has a whopping 720 horsepower and 640 lb-ft of torque

Need a beastly truck that can possibly outrun a premium sportscar? The 2024 Ford F-150 Raptor R is the answer
FIA Formula E racing advances the development of tires made from sustainable materials.

How to watch Formula E Unplugged to get ready for next season’s races

Formula E Unplugged offers a chance for people to familiarize themselves with Formula E racing before next season. Here's how to watch.
MINI E-Bike 1 Ocean Wave Green e-bike with a gray background with green light swirls.

Honda, Porsche, BMW, MINI Cooper: Carmakers make a play with electric bikes

From Honda to Mercedes, more and more automakers are seeing the appeal of electric bikes.
2024 subaru wrx pricing tr with red paint right front three quarter view of the car on a road mountatins in background

Subaru releases prices for the 2024 WRX, starting at $32k, topping out around $45k

The 2024 Subaru WRX lineup finally has pricing. Models start at $32k and scale to $45k
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The 2024 Honda Ridgeline pickup truck has been massively redesigned, and it’s ready for the outdoors

The 2024 Honda Ridgeline had a major redesign, with emphasis on cargo and off-road capability and overall toughness.
2024 Kia Sportage PHEV left front three-quarter view of a gray vehcile driving with water and mountains in the background.

Kia drops details on 2024 Kia Sportage plug-in hybrid EV features and prices

From pricing to specs, this is everything you need to know about the new Kia Sportage hybrid.
Range Rover Electric now open for preorders.

You can now join the wait list for the Range Rover Electric, and here’s why you may want to

Prototype testing has just begun, but Range Rover has opened the waiting list for customers who want the chance to get in early to pre-order the electric SUV.
2024 Mercedes EQS equipped with Drive Pilot and turquoise lights left front three-quarter view in front of office buildings.

Mercedes Benz was just granted approval for turquoise headlights on self-driving cars – here’s why

Mercedes-Benz was granted approval to use turquoise headlights on some of its cars. Here's everything you need to know.