Stephen LawsonIDG News Service

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

Symantec to shut down Backup Exec.cloud

The cloud-based backup and recovery service was introduced in February 2012.

BlackBerry shakeup claims operating, marketing and financial chiefs

The door at BlackBerry headquarters continues to revolve, with no replacements named for its departing CMO and CFO.

China launches monopoly probe against Qualcomm

The mobile chip maker Qualcomm says it's not aware of any charges against it.

FCC's in-flight cellphone plan carries a lot of baggage

The FCC is scheduled to discuss the subject at its next public meeting on Dec. 12. If the agency adopts the rule, it will be up to airlines to install the onboard cells and decide the usage parameters.

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Qualcomm tackling faster LTE, but how fast is up for debate

Mobile device chips coming next year from Qualcomm will be able to use wide spectrum bands that carriers are beginning to patch together with new technology, but its lofty performance claims need to be taken with a grain of salt.

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NetApp updates flash, hybrid dedicated storage arrays

NetApp is upgrading its lineup of dedicated storage systems, rolling out a faster all-flash array and improved platforms for branch offices and large enterprises.

YouTube returns after a short, widely seen outage

A brief YouTube outage on Monday was the one of the biggest recent glitches for the popular video site, according to a company that uses complaints on Twitter and other sources to measure the impact of online outages.

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.