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Uber passenger who alleged Delhi rape sues in US

A passenger who says she was raped and sexually assaulted by an Uber driver in New Delhi has sued Uber in a U.S. court, alleging that the company was negligent and that its commitment to passenger safety comes second to profits.

By Martyn Williams | 30 January, 2015 09:31

Tags: Uber, Criminal, Internet-based applications and services, legal, internet

Apple now neck-and-neck with Samsung after monster quarter

The huge popularity of the new iPhone 6 pushed Apple and Samsung closer than ever at the top of the market for smartphones, according to two companies that closely track shipments of the devices.

By Martyn Williams | 30 January, 2015 06:29

Tags: Apple, samsung, consumer electronics, Strategy Analytics, IDC, smartphones, iPhone, Android

Sony Mobile said to be planning 1000 more job cuts

Sony is planning to lay off another 1,000 people from its mobile division as it attempts to bring the unit back to profitability, according to Japan's Nikkei business daily.

By Martyn Williams | 28 January, 2015 08:15

Tags: business issues, consumer electronics, layoffs, smartphones, Android, Sony Mobile Communications, sony

Apple tops Chinese smartphone market for the first time

Apple beat out domestic and foreign competitors to become the top phone vendor in China in the final quarter of 2014 - the first time it's led the Chinese market, according to Canalys, a company that tracks global smartphone sales.

By Martyn Williams | 28 January, 2015 05:22

Tags: Apple, consumer electronics, iPhone, smartphones, Canalys

DEA cameras tracking hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.

By Martyn Williams | 27 January, 2015 12:45

Tags: American Civil Liberties Union, security, Drug Enforcement Administration, legal, privacy

North Carolina could be next in Google Fiber roll-out

Two cities in North Carolina could be the first to benefit from a planned expansion of Google's fiber-optic Internet service.

By Martyn Williams | 24 January, 2015 11:26

Tags: Carriers, telecommunication, Google, internet

China tightens Internet control by blocking VPN services

China is clamping down on unrestricted access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship.

By Martyn Williams | 24 January, 2015 08:46

Tags: regulation, Networking, Government of China, vpn, StrongVPN, government

Google, Facebook, Apple spent record amounts on lobbying in 2014

The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology, and it indicates how diverse and powerful major tech companies are becoming.

By Martyn Williams | 22 January, 2015 12:41

Tags: amazon, SnapChat, SideCar, IBM, verizon, Pandora, time warner, comcast, Lyft, Fitbit, internet, Facebook, Uber, Apple, Google, Microsoft, at&t, government

New York Post Twitter account hacked, UPI's also appears compromised

The Twitter account of the New York Post was hacked, and UPI's was also apparently hit, the latest in a string of attacks that have hit the social media channels of high-profile organizations.

By Martyn Williams | 17 January, 2015 06:11

Tags: United Press International, security, twitter

Local Motors 3D prints a car at the Detroit Motor Show

The scores of new cars on show at the North American International Auto Show come from factories across the U.S. and around the world, but there's only one that comes right off the show floor.

By Martyn Williams | 14 January, 2015 08:02

Tags: Local Motors, Automotive, industry verticals

Toshiba's health wearable can tell you about your sleep

If you have problems sleeping, Toshiba has a wearable device that can help unlock the mysteries of your night.

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 12:02

Tags: CES, consumer electronics, health care, toshiba, industry verticals

The year TVs got much too complicated

CES 2015 might go down as the moment when TVs became more complicated than they should be.

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 08:37

Tags: lg, CES, sharp, software, operating systems, sony, philips, Apple, samsung, consumer electronics, Google, Panasonic, TVs

Hydrogen-powered cars get a boost with Toyota's patent portfolio

There are hundreds of shiny products vying for attention at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the biggest news of the show so far probably isn't what you think.

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 05:13

Tags: CES, Automotive, Toyota Motor, industry verticals

TV makers propose new connector for 8K video

Televisions that can show pictures far superior to today's best high-definition video are making headlines and attracting crowds at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. When they come to market in the next few years, they will likely include a new connector as well -- and require a new set of cables.

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 05:05

Tags: Silicon Image, CES, consumer electronics, TVs, smartphones, MHL Consortium, Nokia, toshiba, sony, samsung

Sony shows latest high-end Walkman

For many people, smartphones have replaced portable music players as the way to listen to music on the go, but for high-end audio there's still the Walkman, and Sony will preview the latest version on Monday at CES in Las Vegas.

By Martyn Williams | 06 January, 2015 12:05

Tags: CES, consumer electronics, sony

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