Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson is Senior U.S. Correspondent based in San Francisco.

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Self-driving cars won't make us more productive

Self-driving cars are raising hopes that we’ll all get a lot done when we don’t have to drive anymore. According to a University of Michigan study, that won't happen.

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Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud

In flash storage these days, it takes more than speed to win over many enterprises. Flash pioneer Violin is introducing its fastest arrays yet but also bringing its Concerto OS to the cloud.

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IoT keeps pushing analytics closer to the edge

On Tuesday, Silicon Valley startup FogHorn Systems introduced the Lightning software platform, which is designed to bring cloud-type analytics functions down to edge devices, including IoT gateways and even very low-powered processing components built into industrial products.

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5 ways Cisco could become an iPhone's best friend

Favored status for Apple iPhones and iPads on Cisco Systems networks starts Tuesday, giving users better Wi-Fi roaming, integrated VoIP calls and priority for the most important business apps. Here are five new capabilities that may prove most useful.

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The 5G mobile challenge: Selling a dream

The mobile industry doesn't yet know what application will create a mass audience for super-fast, sustained wireless performance. That makes its 5G crusade a little harder.

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Ireland to Europe: No, Apple doesn't owe us

Ireland will join Apple in appealing the European Commission’s finding that Apple owes the country more than US$14 billion in back taxes.

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LTE is hitting the field in the IoT game

The low-power IoT standard LTE Category M1 is making a big splash at the CTIA Super Mobility show in Las Vegas this week after AT&T and Verizon said they would start using later this year.

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Qualcomm's all-in-one VR headset aims for a sweet spot

This week, Qualcomm unveiled a reference design for self-contained virtual reality systems that would use its Snapdragon 820 mobile processor.

Opening up Z-Wave code may help to make IoT hum

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Home IoT is still reaching for mainstream use. The main backer of Z-Wave, a widely used in-home networking standard, just did something that might help take it there.

Say hello to old friend Dell Technologies on Sept. 7

Dell will complete its acquisition of EMC on Sept. 7, ending nearly a year of approvals and decades of history for the two companies that will combine to become Dell Technologies.

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As 5G heads for IoT, 4G is far from done

The iPhone 7 expected to debut on Sept. 7 may offer a glimpse into the future of smartphones, but it won’t have 5G. And even though the next generation of cellular is due to launch in 2020, high-end handsets may be LTE-only for years to come.

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MIT is dragging hard-wired network chips into the agile era

Cloud computing is changing the demands on networks more quickly than ever. Now researchers say it’s possible to program routers all the way down to their packet-forwarding chips in the quest to keep up.

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Arista plans its own take on all-seeing network software

Arista Networks has a way to constantly stream and analyze state information from network devices. Today, enterprises have to set it up themselves, but Arista is about to build “state streaming” into its CloudVision software.

Chinese approval clears the way for Dell's huge EMC buy

Dell’s massive acquisition of EMC reportedly has passed legal muster in China, clearing what is expected to be its last hurdle.

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Are your fragile packages safe? Ask Intel's tiny IoT chip

An IoT shipping label Intel demonstrated at IDF this week could report on shipping conditions in real time without needing a battery to stay powered.