Stories by Martyn Williams

Facebook's impressive aerial photo highlights confusion over drone regulations

When Facebook expanded into a new campus in late March, the company released a stunning aerial photo of the site captured from a drone. In taking the picture, Facebook almost certainly broke two FAA regulations governing drone use.

By Martyn Williams | 25 April, 2015 06:28

Tags: robotics, legal, legislation, government, Facebook

Friday is your last chance to comment on the FAA's drone regulations

The U.S. will take another step towards regular commercial flight of drones on Friday when the Federal Aviation Administration closes a two-month public comment period on proposed rules.

By Martyn Williams | 25 April, 2015 05:37

Tags: robotics, U.S. Federal Aviation Administration, legislation, government

US drone completes first in-flight refueling

The U.S. military has successfully demonstrated what it says is the first ever in-flight refueling of an unmanned aircraft, and in doing so completed a flight test program that leads to a new generation of military drones due to take flight in the 2020s.

By Martyn Williams | 25 April, 2015 04:07

Tags: Northrop Grumman, robotics, U.S. Navy

Credit card terminals have used same password since 1990s, claim researchers

While retailers battle breaches that have resulted in tens of millions of credit card numbers stolen, word comes from the RSA Conference in San Francisco that a major vendor of payment terminals has been shipping devices for over two decades with the same default password.

By Martyn Williams | 24 April, 2015 06:32

Tags: security, VeriFone, Access control and authentication

Comcast said to abandon Time Warner merger plan

Comcast has abandoned plans to merge with Time Warner Cable, according to a Bloomberg News report on Thursday.

By Martyn Williams | 24 April, 2015 05:34

Tags: business issues, Time Warner Cable, comcast, Mergers and acquisitions

Drone found on roof of Japanese PM's office in Tokyo

A camera-equipped drone carrying a bottle marked with the radioactive symbol was discovered on the roof of the Japanese prime minister's office in central Tokyo on Wednesday morning.

By Martyn Williams | 22 April, 2015 16:48

Tags: (no company), robotics

Google, Apple, Amazon spend record amounts on lobbying

Google, Apple and Amazon.com spent record amounts in the first quarter attempting to influence U.S. politicians and policy.

By Martyn Williams | 22 April, 2015 08:02

Tags: business issues, amazon, e-commerce, Google, legislation, government, cloud computing, internet, search engines, Apple

US plans Silicon Valley cybersecurity center

The U.S. government plans to open a cybersecurity office in Silicon Valley as part of its push to encourage closer cooperation between federal law enforcement agencies and the private sector.

By Martyn Williams | 22 April, 2015 04:31

Tags: Department of Homeland Security, security, government

Uber must face charges it discriminates against blind passengers

A court case that alleges Uber discriminates against blind passengers will be allowed to proceed despite an attempt by Uber to have it thrown out, a California judge ruled late Friday.

By Martyn Williams | 21 April, 2015 05:56

Tags: Uber, Civil lawsuits, legal

Google's Project Loon close to launching thousands of balloons

Google says its Project Loon is close to being able to produce and launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet access from the sky.

By Martyn Williams | 18 April, 2015 08:28

Tags: telecommunication, Google

Shape-shifting robot reveals secrets of Fukushima reactor

Two robots that can change their shape on command have provided the most detailed look yet inside the heart of reactor number 1 at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power station in Japan.

By Martyn Williams | 18 April, 2015 08:10

Tags: Hitachi-GE Nuclear Energy, robotics, Tokyo Electric Power Co., International Research Institute for Nuclear Decommissioning

Uber lawsuit over alleged India rape heading to mediation

A lawsuit filed in California against Uber Technologies by a woman who alleged she was raped by a driver while taking a trip in Delhi appears to be heading to mediation.

By Martyn Williams | 17 April, 2015 09:53

Tags: Internet-based applications and services, Civil lawsuits, legal, internet, Uber Technologies

MIT develops wireless trackpad for your thumbnail

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a tiny wireless trackpad that can be worn on a thumbnail.

By Martyn Williams | 17 April, 2015 05:57

Tags: popular science, CHI, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Wikileaks publishes hacked Sony emails, documents

Wikileaks has published a searchable database of thousands of emails and documents from Sony Pictures Entertainment that were leaked in late 2014 after the studio was attacked by hackers.

By Martyn Williams | 17 April, 2015 03:35

Tags: security, Sony Pictures Entertainment, legal, wikileaks

New robot bounces, could replace rovers on NASA missions

Researchers at NASA and the University of California at Berkeley are developing a robot that's robust enough to be dropped directly onto planets and go straight to work.

By Martyn Williams | 16 April, 2015 06:05

Tags: NASA, robotics, University of California at Berkeley

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