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Stories by Martyn Williams

Apple iMessage lawsuit will go ahead, California judge rules

By Martyn Williams | 12 November, 2014 08:42

Hours after Apple answered years of complaints by users and issued a tool to correct a bug in its routing of text messages, a federal judge in California ruled a lawsuit against the company over the issue can go ahead.

A guide to the top mobile payments options

By Martyn Williams | 12 November, 2014 07:27

The launch of Apple Pay last month jump-started the mobile payments business, with several companies pushing hard to become your preferred payment method in stores. Even more competitors are on the horizon, promising to bring a lot more security and convenience compared to today's plastic payment cards.

Microsoft releases 14 patches for Windows security problems

By Martyn Williams | 12 November, 2014 06:10

Microsoft released patches for 14 vulnerabilities in its Windows operating system, Office and Internet Explorer software on Tuesday, including four it deemed critical, it's highest severity rating.

Vulnerability leaves iPhones open to fake app attack

By Martyn Williams | 11 November, 2014 06:29

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in iPhones and iPads that allows attackers to install fake apps that take the place of legitimate ones.

Biggest ever Tor raid hits 410 underground sites; 17 arrested

By Martyn Williams | 08 November, 2014 10:32

Coordinated raids by law enforcement agencies in the U.S. and 16 European countries have closed hundreds of underground websites, including dozens dealing in weapons and drugs, and led to the arrest of 17 people.

The iPhone WireLurker malware - what you need to know

By Martyn Williams | 07 November, 2014 08:06

There's a scary new piece of malware that collects call logs, phone-book contacts and other sensitive information from Apple iPhones and iPads. Should you be worried?

Not enough video in your Facebook news feed? Try a better phone

By Martyn Williams | 07 November, 2014 04:03

Facebook has come up with a new way of ranking and categorizing Android phones -- something it hopes will keep mobile users engaged with its app while helping to determine what features and content they should see.

Apple hires new DC lobbyists for competition, IP issues

By Martyn Williams | 04 November, 2014 08:05

Apple has hired the company that represented it in its battle against Samsung Electronics to represent it in Washington, D.C., and lobby the government on a range of competition and intellectual property issues.

North Korea reportedly blocks Facebook and Twitter

By Martyn Williams | 01 November, 2014 09:34

North Korean authorities have reportedly blocked access to Facebook and Twitter for the few people in the country with open Internet access.

Starbucks says 1 in 6 payments already mobile

By Martyn Williams | 01 November, 2014 05:26

Starbucks says mobile payments are taking off in a big way and it's already handling almost 7 million a week at its U.S. coffee shops.

Major banks ready their own mobile payment apps

By Martyn Williams | 31 October, 2014 11:53

Several major national and international banks are planning to launch their own mobile payments apps next year.

MCX says CurrentC is less about tech, more about relationships

By Martyn Williams | 30 October, 2014 09:37

The company behind CurrentC, an in-store mobile payment system backed by some of the biggest retailers in the U.S., attempted on Wednesday to play down a growing controversy over whether its backers could accept Apple Pay.

Earth imaging start-up lost 26 satellites in Antares explosion

By Martyn Williams | 30 October, 2014 03:14

Planet Labs, a San Francisco-based start-up that wants to provide daily images of every spot on earth, lost 26 micro satellites when an Orbital Sciences rocket exploded shortly after lift-off Tuesday.

Sensitive crypto gear could slow recovery of Cygnus spacecraft cargo

By Martyn Williams | 29 October, 2014 13:00

Sensitive technology on board an Antares rocket that was headed for the International Space Station could slow investigation into its explosion shortly after lift-off on Tuesday evening.

California reports huge jump in data breaches

By Martyn Williams | 29 October, 2014 06:03

The number of personal records compromised by data breaches in California surged to 18.5 million in 2013, up more than six times from the year before, according to a report published on Tuesday by the state's Attorney General.