Stories by Martyn Williams

Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their cellphones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress on Friday, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama.

By Martyn Williams | 26 July, 2014 05:49

Tags: Carriers, consumer electronics, telecommunication, U.S. House of Representatives, legal, smartphones

Bose sues Beats over headphone patents

Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a US$3 billion deal.

By Martyn Williams | 26 July, 2014 04:55

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, intellectual property, legal, patent, Bose

State Department computer crash slows visa, passport applications worldwide

The U.S. State Department's main computer system for processing passport and visa applications crashed earlier this week leading to global delays for travel documents.

By Martyn Williams | 25 July, 2014 06:27

Tags: Configuration / maintenance, High performance, hardware systems, U.S. Department of State, IT management

Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub

Six people have been indicted on charges of running an international ring that resold tickets bought through compromised StubHub accounts for some of New York's biggest concerts and sporting events.

By Martyn Williams | 24 July, 2014 05:34

Tags: online safety, security, StubHub, Access control and authentication, legal, ebay, data breach, cybercrime, Criminal

Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call

Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.

By Martyn Williams | 23 July, 2014 09:52

Tags: business issues, mac laptops, desktop pcs, iPhone, hardware systems, financial results, laptops, tablets, Mac desktops, iPad, Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones

Apple reports a huge profit but sales disappoint

Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected.

By Martyn Williams | 23 July, 2014 06:54

Tags: business issues, mac laptops, desktop pcs, iPhone, hardware systems, financial results, laptops, tablets, Mac desktops, iPad, Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones

Apple gets patent on iTime smartwatch

The US Patent and Trademark Office has served up further evidence that Apple is designing a smart watch when it awarded the company a patent for a wrist-worn gadget with a touchscreen and ability to communicate with a smartphone.

By Martyn Williams | 23 July, 2014 03:28

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics

Under Google, robot maker reduces dependence on military funding

A company acquired by Google that develops robots for the U.S. military appears to have greatly reduced its dependence on government funding, suggesting a reluctance on Google's part to align itself too closely with military projects.

By Martyn Williams | 19 July, 2014 09:51

Tags: Boston Dynamics, Google, robotics

There's almost a million fake apps targeting your phone

Fake apps dressed up to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro.

By Martyn Williams | 17 July, 2014 04:34

Tags: Google, security, trend micro, malware

Apple and IBM in major deal to tackle corporate mobile market

Apple is making a big push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its big data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to its clients.

By Martyn Williams | 16 July, 2014 07:02

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, IBM, iPhone, hardware systems, smartphones, tablets, iPad

The biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)

In the battle to keep your personal information private, it's not just hackers you have to worry about but lax security and stupidity.

By Martyn Williams | 12 July, 2014 03:23

Tags: Michaels Stores, Stanford Federal Credit Union, security, Variable Annuity Life Insurance Co, ebay, data breach, Montana Department of Public Health and Human Services, Sutherland Healthcare Solutions, Spec's, St. Joseph Health System, St. Vincent Breast Center

Google, Dropbox band together to fight patent trolls

Google, Dropbox and a few other high-tech firms have come up with a new way to help defend themselves against patent trolls.

By Martyn Williams | 10 July, 2014 08:26

Tags: Google, dropbox, Canon, intellectual property, Asana, legal, Civil lawsuits, patent, SAP, Newegg

Murderers, fakers throw bizarre twists in high-tech lawsuits

Two high-profile Silicon Valley lawsuits have been thrown bizarre twists in the past week after individuals, apparently in one case including incarcerated murderers, attempted to join the legal actions.

By Martyn Williams | 09 July, 2014 06:57

Tags: antitrust, legal, Civil lawsuits

Uber agrees to limit 'surge pricing' during emergencies, natural disasters

Uber has agreed to put a cap on its tactic of raising prices during emergencies and natural disasters.

By Martyn Williams | 09 July, 2014 05:25

Tags: Uber, Internet-based applications and services, Automotive, internet, industry verticals

Blue Shield discloses 18,000 doctors' Social Security numbers

The Social Security numbers of roughly 18,000 California physicians and health-care providers were inadvertently made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said Monday.

By Martyn Williams | 08 July, 2014 08:16

Tags: security, Blue Shield of California, data breach, health care, industry verticals

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