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.

Internet of Things

Intel-backed IoT standards group gains support from Cisco and Acer

The Open Interconnect Consortium is the latest IoT body to boast about its progress

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Google-backed Thread Group opens membership, wades into home IoT marsh

The group wants vendors to adopt its networking stack for connected-home devices

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Ericsson buys Fabrix Systems for $95M to help put TV on any screen

Fabrix sells software for cloud DVRs and video on demand

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New standard for ZigBee remotes makes friends with connected homes

ZigBee Remote 2.0 expands the technology to reach more types of devices

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T-Mobile takes Wi-Fi voice and text everywhere

A new offering allows calls from outside the US and on US airliners with Gogo in-flight service.

FireChat's developer wants to give Internet of Things a mesh-network boost

The Open Garden Network could link many devices and apps for broader Internet access.

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Verizon's Voice over LTE rollout means video calls, HD voice, and Alaska

Carriers are slowly moving toward LTE for voice calls, but 3G isn't going away soon.

The Internet of Things is here and there -- but not everywhere yet

The Internet of Things is becoming real, but complexity may be holding it back.

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French carrier Iliad offers to buy T-Mobile U.S.

Iliad's offer could complicate a reported bid in the works by Sprint

Terse FCC letter suggests Verizon's plan to throttle unlimited data is a cash grab

Tom Wheeler's sharply worded letter questions why Verizon is singling out customers with unlimited plans

More AT&T customers switch to paying for their phones

Most new postpaid smartphone users are choosing monthly payments over subsidized prices

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Mobile gadgets outnumber people in these 7 countries

Wireless has passed 100 percent penetration in the US and six other countries.

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Google may bring Wi-Fi to New York City pay phones

The company went to a meeting on the city's plan for 'communication points' with free Wi-Fi.

Samsung, ARM, and Nest launch Thread, a low-power network for the smart home

Products based on the networking specification are due next year

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AT&T executive: Standalone wearables coming this year

Glenn Lurie, partnership chief for the telecom giant, doesn't think wearables can break through until they can work without a phone.s