Stephen LawsonIDG News Service

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

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Dish apparently wins $1.5 billion spectrum auction, but probably won't be a carrier

The H Block auction sold potentially valuable frequencies for funds to build a national public safety network.

PCWorld News

Vodafone Foundation puts a 2G cell in a backpack for disaster recovery

The Instant Network Mini can carry voice calls and text messages and has a satellite uplink

PCWorld News

FCC brings its free speed-test app to iTunes App Store

Users of iOS devices can now measure their Internet performance and add it to a public data set

Wi-Fi roaming starts to take flight with Hotspot 2.0

Boingo launched automatic login capability at 21 U.S. airports on Monday.

AT&T lets travelers roam on LTE in 13 more countries

Japan, South Korea, Spain, France and Russia are among the new places for fast foreign roaming.

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Access-control tool for personal stuff knows 'private' can mean 'it's complicated'

Researchers have developed tag-based software to control who can see your files.

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$130 billion later, Verizon Wireless is now just 'Verizon'

Verizon has closed its buyout of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in its mobile business.

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The surprise power hog for mobile storage: software

Most of the power consumed by phone and tablet storage is from software, according to a UCSD-Microsoft paper

PCWorld News

Aerohive hopes to ride enterprise Wi-Fi to a $75M IPO

The Silicon Valley company puts Wi-Fi control in the cloud

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Focus may be on cable, but Comcast-Time Warner deal has broadband implications, too

The buyout might improve service for some,but it would give a larger Comcast more control over users' broadband experience.

Competing on multiple fronts helps Broadcom, CEO McGregor says

In LTE phones or enterprise data centers, Broadcom sees its silicon in many places.

PCWorld News

Cisco profit halved as revenue falls

The company's profit fell by 54 percent amid continuing woes

PCWorld News

Fibre Channel will come with 32-Gigabit, 128-Gigabit speeds in 2016

The Fibre Channel Industry Association announced the SAN technology's Gen 6 standard

Broadcom aims to power fast LTE smartphones for less than $300

The company's new handset platform will support the 150 Mbits/s 'Category 4' specs.

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LA building's lights interfere with cellular network, FCC says

The FCC has cited the owner of a Los Angeles building for using faulty fluorescents after a complaint form a carrier.