Stories by Martyn Williams

Second cyberattack hits SuperValu grocery stores' payment systems

SuperValu, the grocery store operator hit by a cyberattack in June and July, has suffered a second attack on its payment processing system, it said Monday.

By Martyn Williams | 30 September, 2014 08:28

Tags: security, legal, data breach, Supervalu, cybercrime

Report: Softbank in talks to buy Dreamworks Animation

Japan's Softbank is in talks to acquire Dreamworks Animation, The Hollywood Reporter said late Saturday citing a source. The Wall Street Journal later reported the same news citing "people familiar with the matter."

By Martyn Williams | 28 September, 2014 13:29

Tags: business issues, Carriers, telecommunication, DreamWorks Animation, Mergers and acquisitions, Softbank

Top EU official tells Uber and Germany: Start talking!

The European politician who has battled online giants over privacy and the NSA over cyberspying now says it's time for German regulators to start talking with Uber.

By Martyn Williams | 27 September, 2014 08:11

Tags: Uber, Internet-based applications and services, european commission, regulation, internet, government

Credit card breach that hit Jimmy John's is larger than originally thought

Signature Systems says the breach of its point-of-sales system that hit 216 Jimmy John's sandwich shops is actually 50 percent larger than originally thought.

By Martyn Williams | 27 September, 2014 03:11

Tags: Signature Systems, security, data breach, malware

Symantec names Michael Brown as new CEO

Computer security company Symantec is making its interim CEO its permanent CEO.

By Martyn Williams | 26 September, 2014 07:49

Tags: business issues, personnel, symantec, security

FAA clears movie and TV drones for takeoff

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration is taking its first major step toward opening up the skies for commercial drone use, allowing six TV and movie production companies to use drones to shoot video.

By Martyn Williams | 26 September, 2014 05:56

Tags:, regulation, robotics, U.S. Department of Transportation, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, government

Tim Cook launches iPhone 6 sales in Palo Alto

What's an even bigger deal for Apple fans than getting the iPhone 6 on launch day? Talking a selfie with Apple CEO Tim Cook.

By Martyn Williams | 20 September, 2014 03:05

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, smartphones, iPhone

The Navy flew its new drone across the US Wednesday night

The U.S. Navy's new surveillance drone completed its first cross-country flight across the United States Wednesday night.

By Martyn Williams | 19 September, 2014 06:12

Tags: popular science, U.S. Navy

China says US hacking accusations are 'totally groundless'

The Chinese government says accusations that it was involved in cyberattacks against U.S. transportation contractors are "totally groundless and untenable."

By Martyn Williams | 19 September, 2014 02:59

Tags: China Foreign Ministry, intrusion, security, Senate Armed Services Committee, legal, government, cybercrime, malware, Criminal

The kill switch is here: iOS 8 enables it by default

With the release of its new mobile operating system, Apple has become the first smartphone maker to enable by default a kill switch that can lock and secure a stolen phone.

By Martyn Williams | 18 September, 2014 07:55

Tags: Criminal, Apple, consumer electronics, legal, iPhone, smartphones, software, operating systems

Scary video highlights danger of damaged Lithium Ion batteries

A Japanese safety institute has released a video that serves as a graphic reminder of the danger posed by damaged Lithium Ion batteries.

By Martyn Williams | 18 September, 2014 06:25

Tags: Batteries / fuel cells, Components, National Institute of Technology and Evaluation

Use of forced labor 'systemic' in Malaysian IT manufacturing

The use of forced labor is so prevalent in the Malaysian electronics manufacturing industry that there is hardly a major brand name that isn't touched by the illegal practice, according to a report to be published Wednesday.

By Martyn Williams | 17 September, 2014 14:02

Tags: business issues, personnel, Verite

Startup develops optical zoom lens for smartphones

A Silicon Valley startup is developing an optical zoom lens unit that's thin enough to slip inside of a smartphone and won't protrude when used.

By Martyn Williams | 17 September, 2014 09:19

Tags: consumer electronics, DynaOptics, smartphones

Subway to accept NFC payments starting in October

Subway will soon allow customers to pay for their sandwiches with the tap of a smartphone.

By Martyn Williams | 17 September, 2014 01:38

Tags: consumer electronics, retail, smartphones, Softcard, Subway, industry verticals

Google wants to fly drones above New Mexico

Google is planning to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing.

By Martyn Williams | 16 September, 2014 03:43

Tags: Google, telecommunication, regulation, government

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