Stories by Martyn Williams

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

Want lithium-ion batteries to last? Slow charging may not be the answer

New research by a California-based team could change the way lithium-ion batteries are charged in consumer electronics products and electric cars, leading to longer lifetimes and more useful batteries.

By Martyn Williams | 15 September, 2014 03:04

Tags: Batteries / fuel cells, Components, Stanford University

HP unit pleads guilty to bribing Russian officials

A subsidiary of Hewlett-Packard has admitted violating the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act by bribing Russian officials to win a contract with the Office of the Prosecutor General of the Russian Federation.

By Martyn Williams | 13 September, 2014 06:55

Tags: Criminal, legal, Hewlett-Packard

10 years in tech: The crazy cellphone ideas of 2004

A year is a long time in smartphone technology today, so remember if you can the changes that have taken place over the last decade.

By Martyn Williams | 13 September, 2014 04:00

Tags: consumer electronics, LG Electronics, smartphones, Samsung Electronics

LA TV stations free up airwaves for wireless broadband

An effort to free up some of the airwaves used by TV broadcasts and make them available for wireless broadband took a big step forward this week in the U.S.

By Martyn Williams | 12 September, 2014 08:24

Tags: telecommunication, KLCS, U.S. Federal Communications Commission, KCET

Stanford researchers develop ant-sized radio

Engineers at Stanford University have developed a tiny radio that's about as big as an ant and that's cheap and small enough that it could help realize the "Internet of things" -- the world of everyday objects that send and receive data via the Internet.

By Martyn Williams | 12 September, 2014 07:17

Tags: popular science, Stanford University

How Apple Pay could make the Target and Home Depot breaches a thing of the past

The launch of Apple's mobile payment system could prove a turning point in the battle to secure your debit and credit card information from hackers.

By Martyn Williams | 12 September, 2014 04:39

Tags: Apple, Clover Networks, security, First Data

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