Stories by Stephen Lawson

IEEE standards group wants to bring order to IoT

The IEEE is embarking on an ambitious effort to build a overarching architecture for the Internet of Things, spanning a multitude of industries and technologies.

By Stephen Lawson | 20 September, 2014 06:17

Tags: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Networking, internet

AT&T to put service setup in enterprise customers' hands

AT&T says enterprises are about to reap the benefits of the software-defined transformation of its network with faster service setup through an online portal.

By Stephen Lawson | 18 September, 2014 06:56

Tags: telecommunication, Carriers, at&t

MIT-bred technology would let cars help each other avoid traffic jams

If you get stuck in traffic a lot, your next car may be able to talk to other vehicles and help keep you off jammed roads.

By Stephen Lawson | 18 September, 2014 03:09

Tags: Automotive, Networking, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, wireless, industry verticals, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Dyn sells Internet performance data via SaaS

Enterprises can tap into more than a decade's worth of statistics on global Internet performance, plus real-time data, with a new SaaS (software-as-a-service) product from Dyn, the parent company of network monitor Renesys.

By Stephen Lawson | 17 September, 2014 09:14

Tags: Dyn, internet

Wi-Fi group acts to simplify peer-to-peer video, printing and other tasks

The Wi-Fi Direct standard for linking two devices without a LAN is about to get easier to use.

By Stephen Lawson | 16 September, 2014 10:54

Tags: consumer electronics, Networking, Wi-Fi Alliance, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Facebook open sources its mcrouter data-caching tool

Facebook is releasing mcrouter, its software for turning many cache servers around the world into one distributed system, as open source.

By Stephen Lawson | 16 September, 2014 10:23

Tags: reddit, Networking, storage, internet, Facebook

Ericsson buys Fabrix Systems for $95M to help put TV on any screen

The line between TV and mobile services is blurring, and in many cases that blur in between them is a cloud.

By Stephen Lawson | 13 September, 2014 05:08

Tags: Ericsson, business issues, Carriers, telecommunication, Fabrix Systems, mobile, entertainment, Mergers and acquisitions

New standard for ZigBee remotes makes friends with connected homes

Making life easier is the whole point of both home automation and remote controls, so the group behind the ZigBee home network specification has tried to bring the two together more tightly in a new standard.

By Stephen Lawson | 12 September, 2014 11:37

Tags: ZigBee Alliance, consumer electronics, Networking

SAP, Ericsson team up for mobile management and apps

SAP and Ericsson have joined forces to help enterprises manage mobile devices and apps as a service.

By Stephen Lawson | 11 September, 2014 11:53

Tags: Ericsson, SAP, ctia, software, mobile

T-Mobile takes Wi-Fi voice and text everywhere

T-Mobile USA is making a big bet on Wi-Fi, offering unlimited voice calls and text messaging over any Wi-Fi network on every new smartphone it sells, including on networks outside the U.S.

By Stephen Lawson | 11 September, 2014 09:55

Tags: Carriers, telecommunication, Networking, wireless, T-Mobile USA, WLANs / Wi-Fi, mobile

CTIA chief lashes back at FCC chair on net neutrality

The keynote stage at CTIA became a net neutrality boxing ring again on Wednesday as the head of the show's sponsor, CTIA President and CEO Meredith Attwell Baker, sharply disagreed with Tuesday's comments by FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler about how the mobile Internet should be regulated.

By Stephen Lawson | 11 September, 2014 06:30

Tags: regulation, ctia, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government, mobile

AT&T's network core is growing up to serve watches, IoT

Back-end technology that AT&T implemented partly for VoLTE (voice over LTE) will help make the Apple Watch and other connected devices useful.

By Stephen Lawson | 10 September, 2014 11:41

Tags: Carriers, consumer electronics, telecommunication, at&t, ctia, mobile

FCC may put mobile under same net-neutrality rules as wired broadband

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is reexamining how it treats wireless net neutrality, in response to public comments on the agency's proposed Open Internet rules.

By Stephen Lawson | 10 September, 2014 05:14

Tags: Wheeler, regulation, ctia, Tom, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, internet, government, mobile

FireChat's developer wants to give IoT a mesh-network boost

Internet of Things devices that are too small to reach the Internet by themselves will get help from a vast network of nearby smartphone users if the latest plan from FireChat vendor Open Garden succeeds.

By Stephen Lawson | 09 September, 2014 07:22

Tags: ctia, Open Garden, TrackR, mobile

Good vibrations will power IoT for a California offshore mussel ranch

The Internet of Things already includes cows and pigs, but it's about to branch out into another form of agriculture: an underwater ranch.

By Stephen Lawson | 06 September, 2014 07:01

Tags: Catalina Sea Ranch, telecommunication, 4g, mobile, Verizon Communications

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