Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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The heart of smart devices: These sensors make the Internet of Things aware

Sensors are at the heart of the Internet of Things, collecting the data that powers wearables and smart cities alike. We took a look at some of these components.

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Is Apstra SDN? Same idea, different angle

One of the main goals of SDN (software-defined networking) is to make networks more agile to meet the changing demands of applications. A new Silicon Valley startup, Apstra, says it has an easier way to do the same thing.

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Pure Storage offers a novel way to upgrade flash arrays

Pure Storage already lets enterprises buy new controllers for their flash arrays by subscription. Now it’s offering a way to trade in old flash media when new and improved versions come out.

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The fight over a new Wi-Fi channel is coming to a head

Satellite operator Globalstar’s plan to open a new Wi-Fi channel under its control is nearing the moment of truth after years of regulatory wrangling.

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Samsung's Joyent buy is a swipe at AWS and Microsoft Azure

The Internet of Things is as much about computing as it is about the things themselves, and that's why Samsung Electronics is buying Joyent.

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Rhapsody decides the Napster brand is no longer toxic in the US

Rhapsody will soon change its name worldwide to Napster, the venerable listening service said in a post on its site Tuesday.

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Free network software might radically change how routing works

Startup 128 Technology is a fundamentally different approach to routing, one that the company says will make networking simpler and more secure.

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This startup may have built the world's fastest networking switch chip

Barefoot Networks is making what it calls a fully programmable switch platform. It calls the Tofino series of switch chips the world’s fastest, at 6.5Tbps (bits per second). Plus, its architecture gives networking vendors near-total freedom to develop new switching software.

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iPhones are about to get plugged into enterprises with Cisco's help

Apple and Cisco Systems have fleshed out their plans to make iOS devices work better in enterprises and said the new capabilities will be available in the fall.

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HPE's new converged IoT systems bring horsepower to the edge

Hewlett Packard Enterprise made its latest bid for edge computing on Wednesday with what it calls the first converged systems for IoT, the Edgeline EL1000 and EL4000.

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Emergency responders might share their LTE network with the rest of us

The national LTE network for public safety that’s planned for the U.S. might also boost cellphone performance with a network-sharing system proposed by a startup.

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Four top innovators are leaving Cisco

Four Cisco Systems executives who led “spin-in” ventures that became important parts of the company have resigned.

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Google's Nest may become a different kind of IoT company after CEO Fadell leaves

Nest co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell is leaving the company, a move may mark a shift in strategy for one of the early stars of the Internet of Things.

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NetApp's new SolidFire software option is buy once, use anywhere

NetApp's SolidFire division, a recent acquisition focused on all-flash technology, is introducing a way for customers to buy its software and hardware separately. As their needs grow and change, enterprises will be able to use the same software licenses across multiple sites and machines.

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IBM and Cisco are taking IoT analytics to the edge

IBM and Cisco Systems have worked out how to run components of IBM’s Watson IoT analytics on Cisco edge devices. This will bring more intelligence closer to where the action is, helping enterprises run things like factories and oil rigs more efficiently.