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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The heart of smart devices: These sensors make the Internet of Things aware

Sensors are at the heart of the Internet of Things, collecting the data that powers wearables and smart cities alike. We took a look at some of these components.

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Rhapsody decides the Napster brand is no longer toxic in the US

Rhapsody will soon change its name worldwide to Napster, the venerable listening service said in a post on its site Tuesday.

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Google's Nest may become a different kind of IoT company after CEO Fadell leaves

Nest co-founder and CEO Tony Fadell is leaving the company, a move may mark a shift in strategy for one of the early stars of the Internet of Things.

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Atari's going to build IoT devices that talk over a low-power network

The latest entrant in the Internet of Things is legendary gaming company Atari, which plans to make consumer devices that communicate over the SigFox low-power network.

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Newer Wi-Fi's faster, but it needs a fast wire behind it

So-called gigabit Wi-Fi, or 802.11ac, is slowly starting to show up in homes, buildings and public hotspots, but it’s not delivering a gigabit to smartphones, according to an analysis by research company OpenSignal.

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Next up in smart devices: The Internet of shirts and shoes

IoT startup Evrythng is teaming up with packaging company Avery Dennison to give apparel and footwear products unique identities in Evrythng’s software right when they’re manufactured.

Why Nest’s Revolv hubs won’t be the last IoT devices knocked offline

Nest will shut down hubs made by Revolv on May 15, rendering the once useful smart-home hubs useless.

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FCC magic will turn TV channels into mobile signals

A U.S. FCC auction that began late Tuesday should end with some TV channels reassigned to cellular, helping mobile networks cover more ground and cut through walls better than they do now.

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5G's moment is now, four years before it's scheduled to arrive

True 5G mobile networks and devices won't be here until 2020. That may seem like a long time to you or me, but for the carriers and network equipment makers at Mobile World Congress, it's time to get cracking.

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The hottest item at Mobile World Congress won't be for sale

In Barcelona, you really can buy happiness. (It's called Iberico, a delicious Spanish ham.) But you can't buy unlicensed spectrum, and yet it's going to be the hottest thing at Mobile World Congress next week.

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LTE shows it can slim down like the cool kids for IoT

On Tuesday, cellular chip maker Sequans Communications announced what it called the first chip for LTE Category M, an emerging LTE variant for low-power IoT gear like utility meters, factory sensors and wearables.

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LTE is tuning up for tiny IoT devices

Cellular network software that Ericsson announced at CES may help small, battery-powered devices like smartwatches and pet trackers get online and work longer without a recharge in a few years.

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ZigBee and Thread act to make their IoT smarts stack up

Two pieces in the complicated puzzle of smart-home options will snap together later this year when the ZigBee Alliance starts certifying devices that use the Thread protocol for networking.

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What you need to know about home IoT standards at CES

Don't get too excited about all your devices getting along—yet.

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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.