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.

FCC chief pressures carriers on cellphone unlocking

If mobile operators don't ease up on cellphone locking, the FCC's Tom Wheeler says they're running the risk of being forced to do so.

The waiting ends for EMC's XtremIO all-flash storage array

EMC's long-awaited entry into all-flash storage arrays will finally get a full-fledged rollout next week.

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Cisco issues grim forecast after falling short on revenue

The networking giant expects its revenue this quarter to fall between 8 percent and 10 percent from a year earlier.

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Cisco first-quarter revenue falls short as profit drops from last year

It's a rare miss for the networking giant, which is considered one of the bellwethers of the tech industry.

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The Internet of things needs a lot of work

Mobile connected devices may make life easier for consumers in the long run, but today they present a bundle of user headaches.

Canadian merger to form bigger player in business communications

Size matters in the unified communications business, according to Mitel Networks and Aastra Technologies, two Canadian vendors that plan to merge early next year.

Gogo adds voice calls, texting support to in-flight service

Passengers in flight could make voice calls and exchange text messages using a new service from Gogo, but that doesn't mean your seatmate will be able to blab all through your next flight.

Report: CIA pays AT&T for international call data

AT&T supplies information on international calls that travel over its network, including ones that start or end in the U.S., under a voluntary contract with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, The New York Times reported Thursday.

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Wi-Fi mobile data provider Karma moving to Sprint's LTE network

Karma, the startup that offers pay-as-you-go mobile data through a portable Wi-Fi hotspot, will catch up with the 4G world next year by moving to LTE.

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.