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.

Juniper's new access switches add to its cloud-focused lineup

IoT security is getting its own crash tests

IoT security is getting its own crash tests

The thousands of endpoints in IoT systems may have to protect themselves against thousands of dangers. A decades-old IT lab wants to tell you if they’re up to the task.

Afraid of floods and hackers? Put your data in space.

Afraid of floods and hackers? Put your data in space.

Satellite-based data centers with room for petabytes of data may start orbiting Earth as early as 2019. But when it comes to keeping secrets safe from the long arm of the law, the black void may not be far enough.

Cisco's Meraki spreads its cloud to voice

Cisco's Meraki spreads its cloud to voice

If you manage your whole LAN in the cloud, why not add in the desk phones, too? That's what Cisco's Meraki division has done. Its first phone, the MC74, can be managed on the same dashboard Meraki provides for its switches, Wi-Fi...

Google and Oracle's Android copyright fight is up to a jury now

Google and Oracle's Android copyright fight is up to a jury now

Oracle and Google’s fierce court fight over the code inside Android went to a jury on Monday after closing arguments that sharply differed on the most basic issues.

Cisco says network spending still hampered by economic jitters

Cisco says network spending still hampered by economic jitters

Economic uncertainty is still putting a damper on some network spending, and that won't change in the next few months, Cisco Systems said Wednesday.

Microsoft is joining the tech cry for Britain to stay in the EU

Microsoft is joining the tech cry for Britain to stay in the EU

Microsoft has come out against a proposal for the U.K. to leave the European Union, joining other tech giants that oppose the controversial measure.

IBM may have cracked the code on a cheaper DRAM alternative

IBM may have cracked the code on a cheaper DRAM alternative

PCM, a cheaper alternative to DRAM, just took a step closer to enterprise data centers as IBM unveiled a way to make it more dense.

See what IoT movers and shakers are looking at this week

See what IoT movers and shakers are looking at this week

The Internet of Things World show in Silicon Valley this week is a showcase for a lot of hard-core enterprise technologies, plus some connected objects for consumers.

Networks need automation -- just ask the U.S. military

Networks need automation -- just ask the U.S. military

IT professionals are looking to software-defined networking to automate what are still complex and vulnerable systems controlled by human engineers. Major General Sarah Zabel knows where they’re coming from.

Enterprise networkers have organized: Here are their demands

Enterprise networkers have organized: Here are their demands

A user group for enterprise IT managers is taking on software-defined networking, calling for new technologies they say would better serve enterprise needs.

Newer Wi-Fi's faster, but it needs a fast wire behind it

Newer Wi-Fi's faster, but it needs a fast wire behind it

So-called gigabit Wi-Fi, or 802.11ac, is slowly starting to show up in homes, buildings and public hotspots, but it’s not delivering a gigabit to smartphones, according to an analysis by research company OpenSignal.

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