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Stories by Martyn Williams

China says US hacking accusations are 'totally groundless'

By Martyn Williams | 19 September, 2014 02:59

The Chinese government says accusations that it was involved in cyberattacks against U.S. transportation contractors are "totally groundless and untenable."

The kill switch is here: iOS 8 enables it by default

By Martyn Williams | 18 September, 2014 07:55

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.

Scary video highlights danger of damaged Lithium Ion batteries

By Martyn Williams | 18 September, 2014 06:25

A Japanese safety institute has released a video that serves as a graphic reminder of the danger posed by damaged Lithium Ion batteries.

Use of forced labor 'systemic' in Malaysian IT manufacturing

By Martyn Williams | 17 September, 2014 14:02

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.

Startup develops optical zoom lens for smartphones

By Martyn Williams | 17 September, 2014 09:19

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.

Subway to accept NFC payments starting in October

By Martyn Williams | 17 September, 2014 01:38

Subway will soon allow customers to pay for their sandwiches with the tap of a smartphone.

Google wants to fly drones above New Mexico

By Martyn Williams | 16 September, 2014 03:43

Google is planning to test Internet delivery by drone high above New Mexico, according to a government filing.

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

By Martyn Williams | 15 September, 2014 03:04

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.

HP unit pleads guilty to bribing Russian officials

By Martyn Williams | 13 September, 2014 06:55

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.

10 years in tech: The crazy cellphone ideas of 2004

By Martyn Williams | 13 September, 2014 04:00

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.

LA TV stations free up airwaves for wireless broadband

By Martyn Williams | 12 September, 2014 08:24

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.

Stanford researchers develop ant-sized radio

By Martyn Williams | 12 September, 2014 07:17

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.

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

By Martyn Williams | 12 September, 2014 04:39

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.

Comparing smartwatches -- what Apple has to beat

By Martyn Williams | 07 September, 2014 06:55

It's been a big week for smartwatches and the next few days could be even bigger if rumors are true and Apple enters the battle for the wrist on Tuesday.

IFA's gimmick of the year: Bendable TVs

By Martyn Williams | 06 September, 2014 03:30

When you're competing for the attention of almost a quarter of a million visitors, it helps to have a gimmick or two. The big names of the consumer electronics industry know this and each year at Germany's IFA electronics show, they try to outdo each other with the latest and greatest technology they have.