Stories by Stephen Lawson

AllSeen IoT group acts to head off patent wars

Vendors that contribute software to the AllJoyn Internet of Things project will pledge not to sue companies that make use of that code in products.

Wi-Fi growth set to drive sales of new Ethernet speeds

Steadily growing demand for faster enterprise wireless LANs in the next four years is expected to drive up sales of both Wi-Fi gear and a new type of Ethernet for connecting next-generation access points.

Quantum bringing public cloud into virtual storage fold

Data management specialist Quantum wants to make it easier for enterprises to combine two of the major trends in storage: virtualization and public clouds.

Conference calls a waste of time? In 1915, this one made history

These days, making a call across the U.S. is so easy that people often don't even know they're talking coast to coast. But 100 years ago Sunday, it took a hackathon, a new technology and an international exposition to make it happen.

AT&T opens doors between UC platforms and gives enterprises the keys

Enterprises want open communication with the people they do business with -- but not too open.

Google looks to become a mobile carrier

Google has laid the groundwork for its own cellular service by buying capacity on the networks of Sprint and T-Mobile USA, according to news reports.

FreedomPop launches $5 unlimited Wi-Fi service, plans Wi-Fi phone

Upstart mobile carrier FreedomPop is adding an unlimited data, voice and messaging plan for US$5 per month using Wi-Fi hotspots, and it plans to sell a Wi-Fi-only phone to use on the service.

Cisco building switch ports to feed faster Wi-Fi

Cisco Systems is forging ahead with LAN switches designed to support faster Wi-Fi access points even while an Ethernet standard for the technology they use is still taking shape.

Internet venture funding hits a post-2000 record last year

U.S. venture funding for Internet startups last year rose to its highest level since 2000, as even controversial companies like Uber Technologies attracted big bets on the future.

Samsung buying BlackBerry might be a good idea

Samsung's reported offer of up to $US7.5 billion for BlackBerry may turn out to be only a rumor, but such a match might make sense for both sides.

Samsung, BlackBerry flatly deny talking about a buyout

Samsung Electronics and BlackBerry have both denied a report that they met to to discuss a proposed US$7.5 billion buyout by the South Korean powerhouse.

Intel-backed OIC advances in fast-moving IoT standards race

Internet of Things industry groups are in high gear, driving toward standards they hope will define how connected devices work together for years to come.

Verizon service could turn millions more vehicles into connected cars

The owners of more than 200 million cars in the U.S. will be able to monitor their vehicles and get roadside assistance through a service Verizon will offer in by mid-year for US$14.99 per month.

Citrix buys Sanbolic to virtualize storage for VDI, app delivery

Citrix Systems has acquired storage virtualization vendor Sanbolic in a move that could make it easier for Citrix users to use applications and virtual desktops spread across data centers and clouds.

These IoT networks are 'unapologetically slow'

While the International CES emphasised home networks and LTE-equipped cars, a different kind of network that can send tiny messages across a city crept toward a future that some people think may be huge.