Stories by Martyn Williams

Apple iMessage lawsuit will go ahead, California judge rules

Hours after Apple answered years of complaints by users and issued a tool to correct a bug in its routing of text messages, a federal judge in California ruled a lawsuit against the company over the issue can go ahead.

By Martyn Williams | 12 November, 2014 08:42

Tags: Adrienne Moore, Apple, consumer electronics, legal, iPhone, Civil lawsuits, smartphones, Lucy Koh

A guide to the top mobile payments options

The launch of Apple Pay last month jump-started the mobile payments business, with several companies pushing hard to become your preferred payment method in stores. Even more competitors are on the horizon, promising to bring a lot more security and convenience compared to today's plastic payment cards.

By Martyn Williams | 12 November, 2014 07:27

Tags: Google, Merchant Customer Exchange, at&t, verizon, finance, Softcard, t-mobile, paypal, industry verticals, Apple

Microsoft releases 14 patches for Windows security problems

Microsoft released patches for 14 vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system, Office and Internet Explorer software on Tuesday, including four it deemed critical, it's highest severity rating.

By Martyn Williams | 12 November, 2014 06:10

Tags: office, security, Microsoft, Windows, software, Internet Explorer

Vulnerability leaves iPhones open to fake app attack

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in iPhones and iPads that allows attackers to install fake apps that take the place of legitimate ones.

By Martyn Williams | 11 November, 2014 06:29

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, security, FireEye, iPhone, smartphones, mobile security

Biggest ever Tor raid hits 410 underground sites; 17 arrested

Coordinated raids by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and 16 European countries have closed hundreds of underground websites, including dozens dealing in weapons and drugs, and led to the arrest of 17 people.

By Martyn Williams | 08 November, 2014 10:32

Tags: U.S. Department of Justice, Criminal, Europol, legal, internet

The iPhone WireLurker malware - what you need to know

There's a scary new piece of malware that collects call logs, phone-book contacts and other sensitive information from Apple iPhones and iPads. Should you be worried?

By Martyn Williams | 07 November, 2014 08:06

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, security, iPhone, smartphones, mobile security, malware

Not enough video in your Facebook news feed? Try a better phone

Facebook has come up with a new way of ranking and categorizing Android phones -- something it hopes will keep mobile users engaged with its app while helping to determine what features and content they should see.

By Martyn Williams | 07 November, 2014 04:03

Tags: application development, Internet-based applications and services, consumer electronics, Android, smartphones, social networking, software, internet, social media, Facebook

Apple hires new DC lobbyists for competition, IP issues

Apple has hired the company that represented it in its battle against Samsung Electronics to represent it in Washington, D.C., and lobby the government on a range of competition and intellectual property issues.

By Martyn Williams | 04 November, 2014 08:05

Tags: business issues, Apple, WilmerHale, government

North Korea reportedly blocks Facebook and Twitter

North Korean authorities have reportedly blocked access to Facebook and Twitter for the few people in the country with open Internet access.

By Martyn Williams | 01 November, 2014 09:34

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, regulation, twitter, social networking, internet, social media, government, Facebook

Starbucks says 1 in 6 payments already mobile

Starbucks says mobile payments are taking off in a big way and it's already handling almost 7 million a week at its U.S. coffee shops.

By Martyn Williams | 01 November, 2014 05:26

Tags: starbucks, consumer electronics, retail, smartphones, finance, industry verticals

Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.

By Martyn Williams | 31 October, 2014 11:53

Tags: Google, consumer electronics, retail, Android, iPhone, mastercard, smartphones, finance, industry verticals, Apple

MCX says CurrentC is less about tech, more about relationships

The company behind CurrentC, an in-store mobile payment system backed by some of the biggest retailers in the U.S., attempted on Wednesday to play down a growing controversy over whether its backers could accept Apple Pay.

By Martyn Williams | 30 October, 2014 09:37

Tags: Merchant Customer Exchange, consumer electronics, retail, Android, iPhone, smartphones, finance, industry verticals

Earth imaging start-up lost 26 satellites in Antares explosion

Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based start-up that wants to provide daily images of every spot on earth, lost 26 micro satellites when an Orbital Sciences rocket exploded shortly after lift-off Tuesday.

By Martyn Williams | 30 October, 2014 03:14

Tags: popular science, Planet Labs

Sensitive crypto gear could slow recovery of Cygnus spacecraft cargo

Sensitive technology on board an Antares rocket that was headed for the International Space Station could slow investigation into its explosion shortly after lift-off on Tuesday evening.

By Martyn Williams | 29 October, 2014 13:00

Tags: popular science, NASA, Orbital Sciences

California reports huge jump in data breaches

The number of personal records compromised by data breaches in California surged to 18.5 million in 2013, up more than six times from the year before, according to a report published on Tuesday by the state's Attorney General.

By Martyn Williams | 29 October, 2014 06:03

Tags: security, data breach, State of California

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