Stories by Stephen Lawson

FCC will vote next month on plan to share valuable 3.5GHz spectrum

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission will vote April 17 on a spectrum-sharing plan for a band that could serve the military, mobile service providers and individuals.

By Stephen Lawson | 28 March, 2015 11:36

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

Court throws out lawsuit over storage on iPhones, iPads

A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit against Apple over the amount of storage available in mobile devices that come with iOS 8.

By Stephen Lawson | 27 March, 2015 08:06

Tags: business issues, Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones, Civil lawsuits, iPhone, legal

IoT could help give your local area its own power grid

The Internet of Things is mostly about achieving greater scale, but in the case of an upcoming demonstration project, it will show how electrical grids can work at a smaller scale.

By Stephen Lawson | 26 March, 2015 23:04

Tags: Cisco Systems, Industrial Internet Consortium, Internet of Things, National Instruments, energy, industry verticals, internet, Real-Time Innovations

Hutchison to buy U.K. carrier O2 for up to US$15 billion

Hutchison Whampoa has agreed to acquire U.K. mobile operator O2 for a price that could top US$15 billion, giving a company that already owns one major carrier an even bigger share of the British market.

By Stephen Lawson | 25 March, 2015 07:54

Tags: business issues, telecommunication, Carriers, Hutchison Whampoa, o2, mobile, Mergers and acquisitions, Telefónica

Startup Rubrik goes all-in-one with backup appliance

All-in-one boxes are hot in data centers, and the concept is starting to expand into backup and recovery.

By Stephen Lawson | 25 March, 2015 04:43

Tags: Rubrik, storage

Panasonic to make some IoT technologies royalty-free

Panasonic is contributing some of its own software and patents to the cause of making the Internet of Things work.

By Stephen Lawson | 24 March, 2015 11:27

Tags: Internet of Things, Panasonic, internet

EMC pools enterprise smarts to create data lakes

EMC is drawing on its "federation" of companies to help customers build data lakes using EMC storage, VMware virtualisation and Pivotal Big Data smarts.

By Stephen Lawson | 23 March, 2015 21:03

Tags: virtualization, storage, Pivotal, emc, VMware

Bare-metal switches poised to take off in data centers

Bare-metal switches that can be programmed like Linux servers aren't just for big Web companies anymore. They may show up in a lot more average enterprises in the next few years.

By Stephen Lawson | 21 March, 2015 07:38

Tags: Cisco Systems, Networking, Infonetics Research, juniper networks, Facebook

Google Cloud and a Chromebook might be your next contact center

The next time you call customer service, you may get an answer from a Chromebook.

By Stephen Lawson | 18 March, 2015 11:48

Tags: telephony, telecommunication, applications, Google, software, collaboration, cloud computing, internet, Avaya

Networking's open at last. Now what?

Networking hardware and spontaneous applause don't often go together, but Facebook's Omar Baldonado set off a round of cheering this week when he told engineers there's finally an open-source hardware design that they can use to build switches.

By Stephen Lawson | 17 March, 2015 05:09

Tags: open source, Cisco Systems, Accton Technology, Networking, Open Compute Project, software, Hewlett-Packard

MacBook makes a case for wireless docking -- but too soon

The new MacBook is supposed to usher in a wire-free future for laptops, but Apple left out technologies that could have saved road warriors a few ungainly wires.

By Stephen Lawson | 14 March, 2015 06:30

Tags: Dell, Apple, USB Implementers Forum, Networking, hardware systems, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Facebook's Open Compute Project starts to crack networking

The Open Compute Project says it has broken tight bonds between hardware and software that have kept networking closed for decades -- and it took less than two years.

By Stephen Lawson | 12 March, 2015 06:09

Tags: open source, Networking, software, Open Compute Project, Facebook

Open-source hardware is gaining critical mass

The Open Compute Project, which wants to open up hardware the same way Linux opened up software, is starting to tackle its forklift problem.

By Stephen Lawson | 11 March, 2015 06:20

Tags: Apple, hardware systems, Open Compute Project, Hewlett-Packard, Facebook

5G, net neutrality may be headed for a showdown

Net neutrality and 5G may be on a collision course as the mobile industry tries to prepare for a wide range of mobile applications with differing needs.

By Stephen Lawson | 05 March, 2015 05:24

Tags: Ericsson, MWC, 3GPP, mobile

Can a Barcelona romance bring Wi-Fi and cells together?

In the romantic city of Barcelona, cellular and Wi-Fi are getting set up on a lot of dates this week.

By Stephen Lawson | 05 March, 2015 02:06

Tags: telecommunication, Networking, wireless, Nokia, Devicescape, qualcomm, mobile, WLANs / Wi-Fi, MWC, 4g, alcatel-lucent

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