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Stories by Martyn Williams

Sony Mobile said to be planning 1000 more job cuts

By Martyn Williams | 28 January, 2015 08:15

Sony is planning to lay off another 1,000 people from its mobile division as it attempts to bring the unit back to profitability, according to Japan's Nikkei business daily.

Apple tops Chinese smartphone market for the first time

By Martyn Williams | 28 January, 2015 05:22

Apple beat out domestic and foreign competitors to become the top phone vendor in China in the final quarter of 2014 - the first time it's led the Chinese market, according to Canalys, a company that tracks global smartphone sales.

DEA cameras tracking hundreds of millions of car journeys across the US

By Martyn Williams | 27 January, 2015 12:45

A U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration program to keep tabs on cars close to the U.S.-Mexican border has been gradually expanded nationwide and is regularly used by other law enforcement agencies in their hunt for suspects.

North Carolina could be next in Google Fiber roll-out

By Martyn Williams | 24 January, 2015 11:26

Two cities in North Carolina could be the first to benefit from a planned expansion of Google's fiber-optic Internet service.

China tightens Internet control by blocking VPN services

By Martyn Williams | 24 January, 2015 08:46

China is clamping down on unrestricted access to the Internet by blocking services that allow users to get around government censorship.

Google, Facebook, Apple spent record amounts on lobbying in 2014

By Martyn Williams | 22 January, 2015 12:41

The tech industry's most influential companies spent record amounts of money on federal lobbying in 2014 despite a general drop in lobbying by most tech companies. The spending was often directed at areas away from the central business of technology, and it indicates how diverse and powerful major tech companies are becoming.

New York Post Twitter account hacked, UPI's also appears compromised

By Martyn Williams | 17 January, 2015 06:11

The Twitter account of the New York Post was hacked, and UPI's was also apparently hit, the latest in a string of attacks that have hit the social media channels of high-profile organizations.

Local Motors 3D prints a car at the Detroit Motor Show

By Martyn Williams | 14 January, 2015 08:02

The scores of new cars on show at the North American International Auto Show come from factories across the U.S. and around the world, but there's only one that comes right off the show floor.

Toshiba's health wearable can tell you about your sleep

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 12:02

If you have problems sleeping, Toshiba has a wearable device that can help unlock the mysteries of your night.

The year TVs got much too complicated

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 08:37

CES 2015 might go down as the moment when TVs became more complicated than they should be.

Hydrogen-powered cars get a boost with Toyota's patent portfolio

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 05:13

There are hundreds of shiny products vying for attention at this week's Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, but the biggest news of the show so far probably isn't what you think.

TV makers propose new connector for 8K video

By Martyn Williams | 07 January, 2015 05:05

Televisions that can show pictures far superior to today's best high-definition video are making headlines and attracting crowds at this week's Consumer Electronics Show. When they come to market in the next few years, they will likely include a new connector as well -- and require a new set of cables.

Sony shows latest high-end Walkman

By Martyn Williams | 06 January, 2015 12:05

For many people, smartphones have replaced portable music players as the way to listen to music on the go, but for high-end audio there's still the Walkman, and Sony will preview the latest version on Monday at CES in Las Vegas.

Sony to launch razor-thin Android TV

By Martyn Williams | 06 January, 2015 12:04

The battle for the bragging rights to the world's thinnest TV is always something that comes to the fore at the Consumer Electronics Show, and this year Sony says it has come away with winner with three big-screen sets that are as thin as a few coins.

Sony unveils cheapest 4K camcorder yet

By Martyn Williams | 06 January, 2015 12:04

Sony will soon launch the cheapest camcorder yet that can capture images at four times the resolution of high-definition video.