Stories by Martyn Williams

AT&T signed up 500,000 cars for its 4G network last quarter

AT&T signed up half a million cars to its 4G network between July and September, the result of deals with Audi and General Motors to connect cars and offer in-vehicle hotspots for riders.

By Martyn Williams | 23 October, 2014 09:48

Tags: business issues, OnStar, Carriers, Automotive, telecommunication, at&t, financial results, general motors, Audi, industry verticals

Some Bank of America customers double-charged with Apple Pay

Some Bank of America customers have been double-charged for purchases made with Apple Pay, the payment system Apple launched on Monday.

By Martyn Williams | 23 October, 2014 07:23

Tags: Apple, Bank of America, consumer electronics, iPhone, smartphones, finance, industry verticals

Google, Facebook continue massive lobbying efforts in Q3

Google and Facebook continued to pour millions of dollars into federal political lobbying in the third quarter in attempts to influence U.S. lawmakers and have legislation written in their favor.

By Martyn Williams | 22 October, 2014 06:36

Tags: time warner, verizon, at&t, Microsoft, ctia, comcast, government, Facebook, Oracle, Apple, Google

Apple Pay could be a big deal for Android users

The launch of Apple Pay on Monday has brought considerable publicity to a technology that's already embedded in millions of Android smartphones yet has so far failed to take off.

By Martyn Williams | 21 October, 2014 08:59

Tags: applications, telecommunication, ios, mastercard, Mobile OSes, industry verticals, mobile, Apple, Google, retail, visa, security

TDK shows its first MRAM prototype, a competitor for flash memory

Japan's TDK is showing for the first time its prototype of a new memory chip technology that is seen as a promising replacement for today's ubiquitous flash memory.

By Martyn Williams | 08 October, 2014 17:38

Tags: storage, CEATEC, tdk

CEATEC: Why send a text when you can send a vibration?

Japan's NTT Docomo has a prototype device that can send vibrations and nudges.

CEATEC: Can this robot beat a human at ping pong?

Healthcare electronics maker Omron is showing off its sensing know-how with a huge ping pong-playing robot, but the robot is still easy to beat -- for now.

Japan's component makers show the path forward for gadgets

Resistors, switches and sensors aren't sexy, especially against the bright lights and flashy dance shows competing for attention at this week's Ceatec show in Japan. But if you want to see the future of electronics, the companies that make these humble components are worth a closer look.

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 20:11

Tags: Taiyo Yuden, Murata, Mitsumi, Components, CEATEC, Rohm, Alps

Sharp's new LCDs can be almost any shape, could be in your next car

Eyeing use in car dashboards and consoles, Sharp has developed an LCD panel that can be cut to almost any shape.

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 13:46

Tags: sharp, Components, CEATEC, displays

Murata's Cheerleader robots make public debut

They're small, cute, packed with technology and likely to become one of the stars of this week's Ceatec electronics expo in Japan, where robots are always a hit.

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 12:21

Tags: Murata, robotics, CEATEC

ITC to investigate Nvidia complaint over Samsung phones, tablets

The U.S. International Trade Commission, the country's top trade court, is launching an investigation into allegations by Nvidia that several Samsung cellphones and tablet PCs contain graphics technology that infringes on its patents.

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 09:39

Tags: consumer electronics, Android, legal, Civil lawsuits, hardware systems, Samsung Electronics, smartphones, tablets, nvidia, Android tablets

Sharp's LCD-challenging MEMS display coming in 2015

Sharp is close to commercializing its first product that uses a MEMS display -- a new type of flat-panel display that boasts deeper and richer colors than traditional LCD screens and lower power consumption.

By Martyn Williams | 06 October, 2014 21:50

Tags: sharp, qualcomm, Pixtronix, hardware systems, tablets, Components, CEATEC, displays

A year later, Ellison apologizes for standing up his customers

A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 08:34

Tags: business issues, personnel, software, Oracle

Eric Holder says 'worrisome' tech companies are eyeing encryption

For the second time in as many weeks, a senior U.S. government official has warned that widespread use of encryption could harm investigations.

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 06:31

Tags: Criminal, U.S. Department of Justice, security, legal, encryption

Icahn says PayPal spin-off is almost a 'no brainer'

Activist investor and hedge-fund manager Carl Icahn says eBay's decision to spin off PayPal into a separate company is "almost a no brainer."

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 03:37

Tags: business issues, Internet-based applications and services, e-commerce, ebay, internet, Mergers and acquisitions

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