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.


Think your meeting's important? 25 years ago, this one spawned Wi-Fi

The IEEE 802.11 Working Group began meeting 25 years ago to develop the standard that became the basis of Wi-Fi.

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Apple's tvOS: Can HomeKit apps be far behind?

The next model of the Apple TV could play a big role in Apple's connected-home strategy, even though the company said nothing about it on Wednesday.

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Verizon to begin trials of 5G wireless next year

Verizon is building 5G "sandboxes" in its Innovation Centers and expects trials next year of the next generation of cellular network technology, which is expected to be finished in 2020.

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Storage spending veers toward cloud

Spending on cloud storage equipment grew in the second quarter at the expense of traditional external storage systems, IDC says.

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For future wearables, the network could be you

UC San Diego researchers have developed a magnetic-field network to link wearable devices through the user's body.

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LTE is making a full-court press for the Internet of Things

LTE network and device vendors are rolling out and demonstrating versions of the technology designed for small, low-power devices that don't need LTE's top speeds.


Apple's deal with Cisco will lay out a red carpet for critical iOS apps

Cisco and Apple announced a deal to integrate iOS devices more tightly with enterprise networks and Cisco collaboration tools.

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Cisco's pay package for CEO Robbins is a sweet deal

The incoming chief could bring in more than $16 million in his first year

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3D XPoint might change computing as much as SSDs did

Intel and Micron's new memory technology is a leap ahead that took years to pull off

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Someday your phone may stop an oncoming car

Verizon is using a simulated city to develop a vehicle-to-pedestrian safety system

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Sticker shock looms over Dish's mobile strategy

The FCC is looking to reject $3.3 billion in discounts on spectrum licenses

Cell service at U.S. airports can be first class, or middle-seat coach

Tests by RootMetrics found coverage is improving but inconsistent

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Qualcomm plans cuts, may spin off assets

The mobile technology company reported declines in revenue and profit.

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To Cisco-backed Sensity, lights are just IoT waiting to happen

The startup makes IoT endpoints to go into outdoor light fixtures

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Industrial IoT testbed hooks equipment monitoring up to a public cloud

The project by IBM and National Instruments aims to show off smarter, predictive maintenance