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Stories by Martyn Williams

Apple Pay's next move could be phone-to-phone payments

By Martyn Williams | 24 October, 2014 08:20

The launch this week of Apple Pay is giving many people their first taste of NFC payment technology, which allows them to buy things in a store by bringing an iPhone 6 close to a compatible terminal.

AT&T signed up 500,000 cars for its 4G network last quarter

By Martyn Williams | 23 October, 2014 09:48

AT&T signed up half a million cars to its 4G network between July and September, the result of deals with Audi and General Motors to connect cars and offer in-vehicle hotspots for riders.

Some Bank of America customers double-charged with Apple Pay

By Martyn Williams | 23 October, 2014 07:23

Some Bank of America customers have been double-charged for purchases made with Apple Pay, the payment system Apple launched on Monday.

Google, Facebook continue massive lobbying efforts in Q3

By Martyn Williams | 22 October, 2014 06:36

Google and Facebook continued to pour millions of dollars into federal political lobbying in the third quarter in attempts to influence U.S. lawmakers and have legislation written in their favor.

Apple Pay could be a big deal for Android users

By Martyn Williams | 21 October, 2014 08:59

The launch of Apple Pay on Monday has brought considerable publicity to a technology that's already embedded in millions of Android smartphones yet has so far failed to take off.

TDK shows its first MRAM prototype, a competitor for flash memory

By Martyn Williams | 08 October, 2014 17:38

Japan's TDK is showing for the first time its prototype of a new memory chip technology that is seen as a promising replacement for today's ubiquitous flash memory.

CEATEC: Why send a text when you can send a vibration?

By Martyn Williams | 08 October, 2014 09:21

Japan's NTT Docomo has a prototype device that can send vibrations and nudges.

CEATEC: Can this robot beat a human at ping pong?

By Martyn Williams | 08 October, 2014 09:15

Healthcare electronics maker Omron is showing off its sensing know-how with a huge ping pong-playing robot, but the robot is still easy to beat -- for now.

Japan's component makers show the path forward for gadgets

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 20:11

Resistors, switches and sensors aren't sexy, especially against the bright lights and flashy dance shows competing for attention at this week's Ceatec show in Japan. But if you want to see the future of electronics, the companies that make these humble components are worth a closer look.

Sharp's new LCDs can be almost any shape, could be in your next car

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 13:46

Eyeing use in car dashboards and consoles, Sharp has developed an LCD panel that can be cut to almost any shape.

Murata's Cheerleader robots make public debut

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 12:21

They're small, cute, packed with technology and likely to become one of the stars of this week's Ceatec electronics expo in Japan, where robots are always a hit.

ITC to investigate Nvidia complaint over Samsung phones, tablets

By Martyn Williams | 07 October, 2014 09:39

The U.S. International Trade Commission, the country's top trade court, is launching an investigation into allegations by Nvidia that several Samsung cellphones and tablet PCs contain graphics technology that infringes on its patents.

Sharp's LCD-challenging MEMS display coming in 2015

By Martyn Williams | 06 October, 2014 21:50

Sharp is close to commercializing its first product that uses a MEMS display -- a new type of flat-panel display that boasts deeper and richer colors than traditional LCD screens and lower power consumption.

A year later, Ellison apologizes for standing up his customers

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 08:34

A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.

Eric Holder says 'worrisome' tech companies are eyeing encryption

By Martyn Williams | 01 October, 2014 06:31

For the second time in as many weeks, a senior U.S. government official has warned that widespread use of encryption could harm investigations.