Stephen Lawson

Senior U.S. Correspondent

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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

Arista plans its own take on all-seeing network software

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

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.

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

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.

AT&T wants big mobile players to form a 5G dream team

AT&T wants big mobile players to form a 5G dream team

AT&T is hoping to collaborate with a powerful set of carriers and equipment vendors on 5G. On Wednesday, the company said it’s having preliminary discussions with an A-list lineup of players to align their efforts on defining the...

Software-defined storage hits the bargain rack

Software-defined storage hits the bargain rack

On Monday, Hewlett-Packard Enterprise extended two of its storage product lines into more affordable territory, in one case adopting an ARM processor to help cut the cost of a system.

New compromises won't end the fight between LTE-U and Wi-Fi

New compromises won't end the fight between LTE-U and Wi-Fi

The Wi-Fi Alliance says it’s taken more steps toward compromise since backers of LTE-Unlicensed slammed a coexistence workshop that took place last week. But those moves haven’t brought about wireless peace just yet.

IoT is now growing faster than smartphones

IoT is now growing faster than smartphones

If there were any doubt that IoT is for real, one fact ought to dispel it: For the first time, U.S. mobile operators are adding IoT connections to their networks faster than they’re adding phones.

George Washington didn't tweet here, but you may get 5G

George Washington didn't tweet here, but you may get 5G

On Monday, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission announced a deal to made it easier for mobile operators and building owners to install cellular gear on many old buildings, including some in historic districts.

GE waves developers onto its huge IoT stage

GE waves developers onto its huge IoT stage

General Electric has more than a century of industrial experience, but it hopes to leverage outside expertise in its IoT mission. This week the company is hosting a developer conference for its GE Predix software platform and...

More than half the world is still offline

More than half the world is still offline

While it may seem like half the world is chasing Pokemon right now, a majority of the world’s population doesn’t even use the internet. About 3.9 billion people, or 53 percent of the population, will still be offline at the end of...

Like AT&T, Verizon is going virtual for enterprises

Like AT&T, Verizon is going virtual for enterprises

On Thursday, Verizon announced enterprise services defined and activated through software, a move intended to help both the carrier and its customers save money and respond more quickly to changing needs.

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