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.

Companies say IoT matters but don't agree how to secure it

Citigroup is cutting costs by making storage simpler

Citigroup is cutting costs by making storage simpler

Citigroup is using software-defined storage to build an infrastructure that could last 25 years – while generations of hardware come and go. By simplifying its architecture, Citigroup expects to slash its operational expenses, which...

A Cisco-Salesforce deal means collaboration will come to you

A Cisco-Salesforce deal means collaboration will come to you

Cisco will integrate its cloud-based Spark communication system and WebEx conferencing service into elements of Salesforce, one of the most widely used enterprise productivity platforms.

Can Wi-Fi and LTE-U live together? The tests are ready

Can Wi-Fi and LTE-U live together? The tests are ready

On Wednesday, the Wi-Fi Alliance released a test plan for LTE-Unlicensed products, which would bring 4G cellular to unlicensed spectrum bands that Wi-Fi users depend on.

Industrial IoT is inching toward a consensus on security

Industrial IoT is inching toward a consensus on security

The Industrial Internet Consortium, a group that includes some of the biggest players in the internet of things, took action on Monday to clear the air around industrial IoT security. It rolled out the Industrial Internet Security...

Self-driving cars won't make us more productive

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’s about as likely as a parent finishing two memos and a big presentation while...

Violin, still pushing flash speeds, looks to the cloud

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.

IoT keeps pushing analytics closer to the edge

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...

The 5G mobile challenge: Selling a dream

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.

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

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.

LTE is hitting the field in the IoT game

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.

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

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

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.

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