Stories by Stephen Lawson

Ex-FCC commissioner to head CTIA in latest Washington shuffle

Completing the circle of Beltway life, the mobile industry group CTIA has named a former member of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission as its president and CEO.

Violin and Microsoft play a duet to speed up applications

A partnership between Microsoft and Violin Memory will let enterprises tightly tie a new all-flash storage array to their servers, speeding up popular Microsoft applications.

Phone buyers are hanging up on subsidies, AT&T says

Installment plans for cellphones are starting to squeeze out the time-honored practice of paying a subsidized price up front, AT&T says.

Super-high frequencies could one day deliver your mobile video

Mobile operators want a way to keep urban users happy as they get more thirsty for data, and a professor in New York City thinks he's found what they're looking for.

IT security is national security -- but you're not alone

National security may be at stake as private businesses try to manage a growing number of cyberthreats, but IT professionals shouldn't have to bear that burden alone.

Teen arrested in Heartbleed attack against Canadian tax site

Canadian police have arrested a 19-year-old man for allegedly using the Heartbleed bug to steal data about taxpayers.

Ukraine tensions could hurt international security efforts, Kaspersky says

International conflicts such as the current tensions over Ukraine could stand in the way of global cooperation on cybersecurity, according to the founder of Kaspersky Lab.

Rushed Heartbleed fixes may expose users to new attacks

In the race to protect themselves from the Heartbleed vulnerability, enterprises could be opening themselves up to new attacks if they aren't careful.

Connected stuff is catching on -- just don't call it IoT

Many organizations today are looking for things that talk to the Internet. Sensors, cameras, medical equipment and even snowplows are on that wish list.

With a Wi-Fi cloud service, Ruckus aims to help hotspot owners make money

The latest entrant into cloud-based Wi-Fi plans to apply the technique to public Wi-Fi hotspots, helping enterprises and service providers to better manage and monetize their networks.

Would Amazon dare to make a phone? Of course

The idea of an Amazon smartphone, reportedly in the works for a September release, may seem far-fetched or foolhardy but isn't that big a stretch for the ambitious shopping, device and content giant.

Twitter, at least, dodged the horrors of Heartbleed

Twitter was not affected by the Heartbleed Internet vulnerability that rocked the Web security world this week, making one less password consumers need to change to protect themselves, but users still need to be careful how they respond to the threat.

AT&T cites power problem in U-verse outage

A power problem caused a widespread outage on AT&T's U-verse broadband service Monday that some customers said affected both TV and Internet service.

Amazon's Dash is a Star Trek communicator for grocery shopping

A few lucky customers of the AmazonFresh grocery store will be able to order products just by speaking into the Amazon Dash, a futuristic wand that the company started offering by invitation on Friday.

Startup's stethoscope adapter gets to the heart of the matter

Seeing the latest smartphone makes some people's hearts beat faster. Now there's an app that can hear them.

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