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.

New Android seen easing OS fragmentation

Ice Cream Sandwich, the latest version of Android, is likely to ease the fragmentation of the operating system, some device executives believe.

iPhone exceeds Sprint's expectations

The Apple iPhone is attracting more new subscribers than expected to Sprint Nextel, and it will probably ease rather than worsen congestion on the carrier's 3G network, Sprint executives said.

Sprint changes to unlimited data plans won't affect iPhone

Sprint Nextel is ending unlimited data plans for all devices except smartphones, bringing the era of all-you-can-eat mobile data in the U.S. nearer to a close.

U.S. judge to rule on Samsung tablet sales

Attorneys for Apple and Samsung Electronics gave arguments before a U.S. federal judge on Thursday in a patent infringement suit over Samsung's Galaxy tablets.

Polycom brings video meetings to iPads, Android tablets

On Tuesday at the CTIA Enterprise & Applications trade show in San Diego, Polycom introduced its RealPresence Mobile software, which extends its RealPresence videoconferencing system to the three high-profile tablets, including the iPad.

Mobile operator CEOs play up harmony

The CEOs of the three largest U.S. mobile operators largely ignored their fierce competition on Tuesday during a spate of keynotes at the CTIA wireless enterprise trade show.

Facebook to enrich mobile with HTML5

Facebook has an internal tool for developing mobile applications primarily using HTML5, which eventually should allow it to bring every feature of its Web platform onto mobile devices.

IDC: Storage shipments keep surging

Enterprises and service providers spent more money on storage in the second quarter, emboldened by growing IT budgets, according to a report from research company IDC.

Openwave says Apple, RIM violate patents

Mobile software vendor Openwave Systems filed a complaint against Apple and Research In Motion at the U.S. International Trade Commission on Wednesday, saying products like the iPhone and iPad violate its patents.

NAND flash can verify a device's identity

People who make, buy and sell flash storage could detect counterfeit products based on the unique "fingerprints" of the chips, using techniques being developed...

Survey: Wireless networks are near capacity

Mobile networks in North America are filled to 80 percent of capacity, with 36 percent of base stations facing capacity constraints, according to a survey by investment bank Credit Suisse.

Box.net plans HTML5 apps this year

Box.net plans to develop "semi-local" apps for various mobile operating systems using a common HTML5 codebase, in a bid to keep up with the proliferation of smartphone and tablet platforms

Google Ventures partner sees shift in mobile apps market

Speaking at the VentureBeat conference in San Francisco this week, Google Ventures partner Rich Miner said he used to tell mobile app makers funded by his company to start out by developing for the iOS platform rather than Google's Android. But that's changing as the Android platform gains more share.

Courts OK Apple group's $4.5 billion Nortel patent buyout

U.S. and Canadian courts have approved the sale of thousands of patents from bankrupt Nortel Networks to a consortium including Apple and Microsoft for about $4.5 billion.

RIM agrees to review its structure

Research In Motion's board of directors has agreed to form an independent committee to study aspects of the company's management structure, including clarifying the roles of its two CEOs.