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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U.S. drops to 55th in 4G LTE speeds

The U.S. has fallen to No. 55 in LTE performance as speeds rise rapidly in countries that have leapfrogged some early adopters of the popular cellular system, according to a study by research company OpenSignal.

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360-degree videos bring Facebook one step closer to a VR News Feed

Facebook's News Feed is now more immersive than ever thanks to 360-degree videos, which are available for desktop browsers now.

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LTE standard for Internet of Things machines gets the green light

The 3GPP has agreed to set a standard for a form of LTE that can connect millions of small, battery-powered IoT devices like sensors and meters.

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Startup Syncano wants to take some coding chores off developers' hands

Syncano will provide back-end components to front-end developers and says its service should make it easier for enterprises to write applications, including ones for the so-called Internet of Things.

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Intel's latest IoT move heats up the race for low-power networks

Intel will help commercialize a form of LTE for the Internet of Things.

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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.

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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