Stephen LawsonSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service

Stephen Lawson covers mobile, storage, and networking technologies for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

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Standards groups strike a deal to help smart devices talk to each other

The Open Interconnect Consortium is acquiring the assets of the Universal Plug and Play Forum as they seek to foster interoperability in home IoT.

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Smart home security could come from a glowing rock next year

Home IoT security startup Dojo-Labs thinks it can reduce the complexity of a home full of connected devices to three colors: red, orange, and green.

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IoT goes above and below ground to make cities healthier

Smart cities could become healthier cities as the Internet of Things learns to gauge conditions from the sky to the sewer.

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Nest-backed Thread Group ready to start approving smart devices that talk to each other

The Alphabet-backed Thread Group is now certifying products that use its networking protocol for connected devices, marking a big step toward a home Internet of Things that can communicate.

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Verizon lights a fire under Internet of Things devices

Verizon on Wednesday launched ThingSpace, a platform for application development, device management and other tasks required to make IoT offerings a reality.


Someone just bought your smart home. Did they get your data, too?

The Online Trust Alliance has joined with the U.S. National Association of Realtors to create a security checklist for moving in or out of a smart home.

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Internet of Things standards groups get ready to rumble at CES

The AllSeen Alliance and the Open Interconnect Consortium are on track to have certified products at CES in January.

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Consumers think IoT security is a piece of cake; IT pros strongly disagree

Surveys of IT professionals and connected-device users by the security organization ISACA found that most consumers felt confident they could control security on IoT devices, while pros had the opposite view.

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SanDisk builds tougher flash storage for Internet of Things devices

SanDisk introduced a line of heavy-duty, long-lasting flash storage cards for connected industrial equipment in the Internet of Things.

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LTE standard for Internet of Things machines gets the green light

The 3GPP has agreed to set a standard for a form of LTE that can connect millions of small, battery-powered IoT devices like sensors and meters.

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Apple's tvOS: Can HomeKit apps be far behind?

The next model of the Apple TV could play a big role in Apple's connected-home strategy, even though the company said nothing about it on Wednesday.

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Qualcomm joins Thread as IoT dance heats up

The AllJoyn framework Qualcomm developed could complement Thread's networking protocol

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New software helps AllJoyn smart devices play nice with other IoT protocols

The AllJoyn Device System Bridge can make outside products look and act like AllJoyn members.

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Want smart-home devices to get along? Get the industry to do it first

IoT may simplify home automation, but not without a lot of hard work behind the scenes.

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Thread and ZigBee tech will start playing nice to simplify smart home control

The companies will make ZigBee's application layer work with Thread low-power mesh networks