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.

FCC chief pressures carriers on cellphone unlocking

If mobile operators don't ease up on cellphone locking, the FCC's Tom Wheeler says they're running the risk of being forced to do so.


Apple plans Arizona factory that will run on renewable energy

Apple plans to build a components plant in Mesa, Arizona, that will run entirely on renewable energy.


AT&T to offer $5 day pass for mobile data on tablets

To reach more customers, AT&T will offer tablet users a $5 day-pass for mobile data; it's also offering a $25 prepaid plan for 1GB of data over three months.

Apple vs. Samsung

Apple's Schiller, Forstall set to testify in retrial over Samsung damages

The two sides Friday filed a joint pretrial statement and lists of potential witnesses they may call.

Bluetooth Smart going into wireless device chargers

The low-power wireless technology will help to manage wireless charging, thanks to a partnership between the Alliance for Wireless Power and the backers of Bluetooth.


Disk giants raise the hard-drive banner at a flash storage powwow

The newly formed Storage Products Association aims to raise the profile of spinning disks amid a flash craze.

AT&T to acquire prepaid mobile carrier Leap Wireless

AT&T plans to acquire Leap Wireless, operator of the Cricket prepaid mobile service, in what would be the latest consolidation of the U.S. mobile industry.


U.S. carriers line up against texting while driving

The major U.S. mobile operators are all putting their weight behind a campaign against texting while driving that will include a blitz of advertising and a driving simulator touring the country this summer.


U.S. carriers set up warnings to prevent 'bill shock'

U.S. mobile operators will warn subscribers when they're heading toward a big bill, after most carriers agreed to send email or text alerts when users are about to exceed their monthly usage limits or start using international roaming.



AT&T looks to Wi-Fi for international roaming

AT&T's addition of Boingo Wireless Wi-Fi hotspots to its international roaming coverage may point toward the future of mobile data across borders.


Cisco to sell Linksys home networking business to Belkin

Cisco Systems plans to sell its Linksys home networking business to Belkin International for an undisclosed sum under an agreement that includes cooperation between the companies on software, service-provider products and other areas.


Obama tech adviser says re-election sets stage for progress on spectrum

Federal initiatives to make more spectrum available for mobile services are likely to take off running after President Barack Obama's re-election on Tuesday, a member of a presidential technology commission said.


Hurricane Sandy from space

Mobile networks almost back to pre-Hurricane Sandy reliability

Cellular coverage for some carriers approached normal levels in the northeastern U.S. a week after Hurricane Sandy made landfall, but some areas remained cut off from mobile service because of ongoing power and telecommunications outages.


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Apple financial data may be unsealed in Samsung case

Information about sales, profits and margins for specific Apple products should be made public, the judge hearing the company's lawsuit against Samsung Electronics ruled on Wednesday, though a higher court's decision could keep the data from ever being revealed.

FCC chief details spectrum plan to boost high-speed services in 2015

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski detailed plans on Thursday to free up more wireless spectrum that carriers say they need to offer high-speed mobile services.