John CoxSenior editor, Network World

I cover wireless networking and mobile computing, especially for the enterprise; topics include (and these are specific to wireless/mobile): security, network management, mobile device management, smartphones and tablets, mobile operating systems (iOS, Windows Phone, BlackBerry OS and BlackBerry 10), BYOD (bring your own device), Wi-Fi and wireless LANs (WLANs), mobile carrier services for enterprise/business customers, mobile applications including software development and HTML 5, mobile browsers, etc; primary beat companies are Apple, Microsoft for Windows Phone and tablet/mobile Windows 8, and RIM. Preferred contact mode: email.

Researcher: Mac-based security threats jumped in 2011

New Mac-based security threats jumped in 2011, but still remain far below that of Windows PCs, according to a posting by F-Secure Labs.

Buffalo Technology previews gigabit wireless router

At the International Consumer Electronics Show, Buffalo Technology previewed a prototype of what will eventually be its first 802.11ac wireless router, estimating the data rate at 1.3Gbps.

CES: Gigabit Wi-Fi takes center stage

Vendors at CES 2012 will show the future of Wi-Fi: multi-gigabit data rates. First products are expected as early as mid-year.

Security experts dispute Carrier IQ threat

Emerging details indicate that the Carrier IQ smartphone application does exactly what the vendor says it does and may not be the nefarious threat it seemed at first to be.

Apple ended Carrier IQ support with iOS 5

Apple Thursday issued a statement that it stopped supporting a controversial Carrier IQ software that is intended to collect smartphone performance data for carriers.

Survey: iPhone 4S owners are very satisfied with the device

If the iPhone 4S was a disappointment to the technorati, it's not to the millions who have already bought one. A survey shows 96 percent of iPhone 4S owners are either somewhat or very satisfied with the device.

'Lost' interview with Steve Jobs to screen next week

A "lost" interview with the late Steve Jobs, from the mid-1990s, will screen at 19 U.S. theaters for two days next week.

iOS app 'translates' PowerPoint for iPad viewing

A new iOS app from Brainshark lets Apple iPad users accurately view full-blown PowerPoint presentations on the tablet.

Analysis: 'Incremental' iPhone 4S still promises to be big seller

It may be taking flak on the Internet, but Apple's new iPhone 4S seems destined to be as successful as the old iPhone.

HP confirms layoffs at Palm unit

HP has started laying off workers associated with last year's billion-dollar acquisition of Palm, as it closes down the mobile device business it planned to base on webOS.

iPads power productivity gains at MicroStrategy

Secure iPads plug employees into real-time corporate data, speed a range of business processes at software vendor MicroStrategy. Uses bloom as IT creates secure access and data.

Eyeball-scanning iPhone used by cops to ID suspects

A blocky attachment to an iPhone lets police officers snap a close-up of a suspect's eye and compare it to a database of scans. The system can ID a suspect in seconds

Gigabit Wi-Fi spec edges closer to reality

Wi-Fi that can sustain multi-gigabit data rates edged closer to reality as the WiGig Alliance published the latest spec for gigabit Wi-Fi.

Hosted service creates enterprise 'store' for Android, iOS apps

A hosted service lets IT groups create a centrally managed online "store" for all mobile apps, whether internally written or residing on the Android Market or Apple's App Store.

iOS, Android devices corralled by new device manager

Android and iOS mobile devices now can be corralled by a Smith Micro device management application unveiled this week at the Interop show in Las Vegas.