Stephen LawsonIDG News Service

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

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

AT&T to offer $5 day pass for mobile data on tablets

To reach more customers, AT&T will offer tablet users a $5 day-pass for mobile data; it's also offering a $25 prepaid plan for 1GB of data over three months.

on techhive.com

5G will have to do more than just speed up your phone, Ericsson says

A 5G mobile standard isn’t in formal development yet and isn’t likely to be in commercial networks until 2020, according to an industry executive. However, 5G should deliver 10 times the speed of 4G.

Adidas runner's watch puts diverse world of wearables in the spotlight

The $399 smartwatch from Adidas will focus on runners' needs and won't talk to phones.

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Ethernet's 400-Gigabit challenge is a good problem to have

As it embarks on what's likely to be a long journey to its next big increase in speed, Ethernet is in some ways a victim of its own success.

Backup starts to scale out along with storage, data growth

Backup and recovery is starting to get some of the same capabilities as primary storage systems to handle the rising floods of data with less management overhead.

Building blocks are snapping together virtually to handle big storage

Easy expansion, lower costs and cloud-like internal services are common themes in storage today, and startup Coho Data is playing all three with a "micro-array" architecture that it's introducing on Tuesday.

Hadoop, Web 2.0 get a path to tape for cheap long-term storage

Spectra Logic's BlackPearl appliance is designed to easily move big data into tape libraries.

Verizon showcase room

In a room with no cell service, Verizon works on the future of mobile

A radio-shielded lab is part of an expanded S.F. Innovation Center for helping startups.