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Stories by Martyn Williams

Phone unlocking bill clears US House, next step is president's signature

By Martyn Williams | 26 July, 2014 05:49

A bill that allows consumers to unlock their cellphones for use on other carriers passed its last hurdle in Congress on Friday, opening the way for it to become law once it is signed by President Barack Obama.

Bose sues Beats over headphone patents

By Martyn Williams | 26 July, 2014 04:55

Headphone maker Bose has launched a patent-infringement lawsuit against rival Beats Electronics, which Apple recently agreed to acquire in a US$3 billion deal.

State Department computer crash slows visa, passport applications worldwide

By Martyn Williams | 25 July, 2014 06:27

The U.S. State Department's main computer system for processing passport and visa applications crashed earlier this week leading to global delays for travel documents.

Arrests made after international cyber-ring targets StubHub

By Martyn Williams | 24 July, 2014 05:34

Six people have been indicted on charges of running an international ring that resold tickets bought through compromised StubHub accounts for some of New York's biggest concerts and sporting events.

Five takeaways from the Apple earnings call

By Martyn Williams | 23 July, 2014 09:52

Apple reported its quarterly numbers on Tuesday, a mixed bag that saw profits rise up but sales fall short of the mark. Here are five takeaways from the earnings call that followed.

Apple reports a huge profit but sales disappoint

By Martyn Williams | 23 July, 2014 06:54

Apple has racked up another hugely profitable quarter on sales of iPhones and Macintosh computers, though its revenue growth was slower than expected.

Apple gets patent on iTime smartwatch

By Martyn Williams | 23 July, 2014 03:28

The US Patent and Trademark Office has served up further evidence that Apple is designing a smart watch when it awarded the company a patent for a wrist-worn gadget with a touchscreen and ability to communicate with a smartphone.

Under Google, robot maker reduces dependence on military funding

By Martyn Williams | 19 July, 2014 09:51

A company acquired by Google that develops robots for the U.S. military appears to have greatly reduced its dependence on government funding, suggesting a reluctance on Google's part to align itself too closely with military projects.

There's almost a million fake apps targeting your phone

By Martyn Williams | 17 July, 2014 04:34

Fake apps dressed up to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro.

Apple and IBM in major deal to tackle corporate mobile market

By Martyn Williams | 16 July, 2014 07:02

Apple is making a big push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its big data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to its clients.

The biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)

By Martyn Williams | 12 July, 2014 03:23

In the battle to keep your personal information private, it's not just hackers you have to worry about but lax security and stupidity.

Google, Dropbox band together to fight patent trolls

By Martyn Williams | 10 July, 2014 08:26

Google, Dropbox and a few other high-tech firms have come up with a new way to help defend themselves against patent trolls.

Murderers, fakers throw bizarre twists in high-tech lawsuits

By Martyn Williams | 09 July, 2014 06:57

Two high-profile Silicon Valley lawsuits have been thrown bizarre twists in the past week after individuals, apparently in one case including incarcerated murderers, attempted to join the legal actions.

Uber agrees to limit 'surge pricing' during emergencies, natural disasters

By Martyn Williams | 09 July, 2014 05:25

Uber has agreed to put a cap on its tactic of raising prices during emergencies and natural disasters.

Blue Shield discloses 18,000 doctors' Social Security numbers

By Martyn Williams | 08 July, 2014 08:16

The Social Security numbers of roughly 18,000 California physicians and health-care providers were inadvertently made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said Monday.