Stories by Stephen Lawson

Wi-Fi Passpoint standard now knits together SF, San Jose, London

A partnership that lets Wi-Fi users get on free public networks in San Francisco and San Jose, California, with a one-time joining process now also covers a hotspot along the River Thames in London.

By Stephen Lawson | 25 October, 2014 11:22

Tags: telecommunication, Networking, wireless, City and County of San Francisco, WLANs / Wi-Fi, broadband, Ruckus Wireless

FCC pushes TV spectrum auction to 2016 after legal challenge

The auction intended to turn many U.S. TV channels into spectrum for mobile services won't start until early 2016, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission says.

By Stephen Lawson | 25 October, 2014 07:15

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

At Austin airport, Wi-Fi predicts how long the security line will be

The Internet can ease travel concerns in many ways, including flight-delay information, maps of road congestion, and ride-sharing apps. But a Wi-Fi network at the Austin, Texas, airport can now answer one of the great unknowns: How long will I have to wait in line at security?

By Stephen Lawson | 23 October, 2014 11:43

Tags: Cisco Systems, Networking, Boingo Wireless, transportation, wireless, industry verticals, WLANs / Wi-Fi

Industry can head off IoT privacy rules, former US official says

The Internet of Things is raising a host of concerns over the control of data that could lead to government regulation, but tech companies can rein in those worries on their own if they act fast, according to a former White House technology official.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 October, 2014 11:39

Tags: white house, American Civil Liberties Union, security, internet, privacy

Ford wants to keep drivers alert on the long road to autonomous cars

Self-driving vehicles will make the driver redundant, but long before that, smarter cars may leave the driver thinking about other things.

By Stephen Lawson | 22 October, 2014 09:37

Tags: Ford Motor Co., Automotive, internet, industry verticals

Telephony vendor Mitel goes public with $540M bid for ShoreTel

Canadian business communications vendor Mitel is offering US$540 million for ShoreTel, a U.S.-based competitor, going public with the bid after saying it was snubbed earlier this month.

By Stephen Lawson | 21 October, 2014 07:41

Tags: telephony, business issues, telecommunication, Mitel Networks, Mergers and acquisitions, Shoretel

Are higher frequencies mobile's next frontier? The FCC wants to know

Some mobile researchers think future networks will reach into higher frequencies to keep up with traffic, and the FCC now wants to know how it might help to make that possible.

By Stephen Lawson | 21 October, 2014 06:22

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

Is your Ethernet fast enough? Four new speeds are in the works

Ethernet's future is now about much more than the next top speed: The engineers charting a path for the ubiquitous networking protocol are looking at several new versions to serve a variety of applications.

By Stephen Lawson | 20 October, 2014 11:58

Tags: Ethernet Alliance, Aquantia, Networking, internet, cloud computing

Startup builds on Wi-Fi chips for cheaper 'last mile' to home broadband

Areas starved for high-speed broadband may get a new option thanks to a system that's based on Wi-Fi hardware and could deliver half a gigabit per second to each home.

By Stephen Lawson | 16 October, 2014 07:53

Tags: Mimosa Networks, telecommunication, Networking, wireless, WLANs / Wi-Fi, broadband

Dell, HP keep moving to help carriers virtualise their networks

The next frontier for virtualisation and standard x86 servers is in service-provider networks, and big computing vendors are moving fast to blaze the trail there.

By Stephen Lawson | 15 October, 2014 08:40

Tags: Dell, telecommunication, Networking, Hewlett-Packard

Jitters over US surveillance could break the Internet, tech leaders warn

Overly broad U.S. government surveillance is breaking down trust on the Internet in ways that could hurt users everywhere and make it harder to launch new kinds of services, tech executives told a U.S. senator pushing for reforms.

By Stephen Lawson | 09 October, 2014 10:20

Tags: Google, dropbox, security, regulation, Microsoft, eric schmidt, government, Facebook, privacy

Sprint's long, rocky WiMax journey will end next Nov. 6

Sprint's WiMax network, launched in 2008 as the first commercial 4G system in the U.S., will finally shut down in November 2015.

By Stephen Lawson | 09 October, 2014 05:11

Tags: Carriers, telecommunication, 4g, sprint nextel, Clearwire, mobile

AllSeen Alliance's IoT crusade takes aim at smart lighting

The "Internet of things" encompasses a dizzying range of connected devices, some real and some still imaginary, but setting standards for all those things to work together will require getting down to specifics. The AllSeen Alliance did just that on Tuesday, forming a working group just for networked lightbulbs.

By Stephen Lawson | 08 October, 2014 08:27

Tags: consumer electronics, AllSeen Alliance, internet

Data leak lets out account information from bond insurer MBIA

A data leak from the Municipal Bond Insurance Association has exposed a large amount of customer information including account numbers, balances and account holder names, according to the blog KrebsOnSecurity.

By Stephen Lawson | 08 October, 2014 05:32

Tags: Municipal Bond Insurance Association, security

VCE rolls out an all-in-one system with EMC's all-flash XtremIO array

VCE is expanding its line of all-in-one cloud systems, adding one with all-flash storage and offering more options for enterprises that want an easier path to the cloud.

By Stephen Lawson | 07 October, 2014 08:07

Tags: Cisco Systems, servers, storage, hardware systems, VCE, internet, cloud computing, VMware, emc

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