Stephen LawsonIDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage and networking technologies for the IDG News Service.

Cisco weighs in for multi-gigabit addition to Wi-Fi

A high-frequency supplement to Wi-Fi that's several times faster than most of what's available now appears headed for enterprises through a partnership between Cisco Systems and a specialist in the technology.

EMC's Syncplicity service tightens controls on shared files

Data can be made unavailable even when it's stored offline, EMC says.

Application services meet up with SDN in the cloud

Enterprises and service providers are looking beyond collections of boxes and toward virtual data centers that are better at growing and changing, and now application services such as security and acceleration are about to fit into that picture as well.

Apple plans Arizona factory that will run on renewable energy

Apple plans to build a components plant in Mesa, Arizona, that will run entirely on renewable energy.

Africa to lead the world in international bandwidth demand

Africa is home to some of the fastest-growing economies in the world, including Ethiopia, Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda, according to the World Bank.

Sprint taps into its spectrum for fast LTE, with room to grow

Sprint is talking up a high-speed service it calls Sprint Spark, which offers current peak speeds of 50-60Mbps and has the potential to top 1GBps.

Cisco to release free standard software to boost Web videoconferencing

Without a native codec that works with major videoconferencing platforms, users have had to download an application or plug-in before doing a browser video chat, one analyst explains.

Cloud-based SMB network startup adds app store for services

Startup Pertino plans to flesh out its cloud-based network service with additional services such as security and deep-packet inspection.

Cloud-based app suite takes aim at e-discovery speed and cost

A company that helps enterprises through e-discovery will give customers new tools to streamline the process and cut costs.

FCC lays down spectrum rules for national first-responder network

The national network, which will operate in the prized 700MHz band, is intended to replace a patchwork of systems used by about 60,000 public safety agencies around the country.

Oracle eyes optical links as final frontier of data-center scaling

Oracle is exploring silicon photonics, an optical technology drawing widespread interest, as a potential weapon in the battle against data-center power consumption.

Broadcom to cut 1,150 jobs in restructuring

Broadcom said the restructuring is aimed at cutting costs as well as better focusing the company’s spending on key initiatives.

AT&T looks 28 years into the future of cell towers

Crown Castle will pay $4.85 billion for purchases and long-term leasing rights on AT&T's towers

SoftBank to take over mobile distributor Brightstar for $1.26B

Privately held Brightstar, based in Miami, is not a well-known name but plays a key role in the mobile phone business in the U.S. and other countries

Samsung's California designers shaping next year's products

Samsung Design America, based in San Francisco, says it taps into startup culture for insights