Martyn Williams

Senior U.S. Correspondent

Martyn Williams covers Silicon Valley and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.


Apple reportedly eyes Sony's Felica RFID for the iPhone 7

Apple reportedly eyes Sony's Felica RFID for the iPhone 7

Apple will add support for Sony's Felica RFID communications technology to the new iPhone 7 that is expected to be announced on Wednesday, according to a report in The Nikkei newspaper.

Samsung recalls Note 7 on battery fire reports

Samsung recalls Note 7 on battery fire reports

Samsung is halting sales of its recently-launched flagship Note 7 smartphone and recalling phones of this model sold worldwide after reports of several units catching fire due to battery problems.

Cisco to cut 5,500 workers in refocus on IoT, security and cloud

Cisco to cut 5,500 workers in refocus on IoT, security and cloud

Cisco Systems plans to lay off about 7 percent of its global workforce in a restructuring that will see it further focus on hot IT areas such as the Internet of things, security, collaboration, next-generation data centers and the...

The U.S. Marines are testing a pocket-sized helicopter drone

The U.S. Marines are testing a pocket-sized helicopter drone

The U.S. Marine Corps is testing a pocket-sized drone that can deliver live video feeds from three cameras and is small enough that it's almost invisible from the ground.

Hackers hit Oracle's Micros payment systems division

Hackers hit Oracle's Micros payment systems division

Russian cybercriminals have infiltrated systems at Micros -- an Oracle division that is one of the world's biggest vendors of point of sale payment systems for shops and restaurants -- according to an influential security blogger.

Slideshow: Take a peek inside 'Area 404,' Facebook's brand-new hardware lab

Slideshow: Take a peek inside 'Area 404,' Facebook's brand-new hardware lab

Facebook used to design its servers and other hardware at labs scattered across the company, but they've now been consolidated in a state-of-the-art facility at its Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters.

Microsoft opens up HoloLens sales to anyone in the US or Canada

Microsoft opens up HoloLens sales to anyone in the US or Canada

Microsoft opened up sales of the HoloLens development kit to anyone with $3,000 to spare, a move that could significantly expand the community of developers building apps for the augmented reality headset.

Kimpton Hotels is investigating a possible payment card breach

Kimpton Hotels is investigating a possible payment card breach

Kimpton Hotels, operator of boutique hotels across the U.S., says it is investigating reports of a possible payment card data breach. If confirmed, it would become the latest in a string of successful attacks on hotel chain operators...

Facebook brings high-speed laser communications into focus

Facebook brings high-speed laser communications into focus

Facebook says it has developed a laser detector that could open airwaves to new high-speed data communications systems that don't require dedicated spectrum or licenses.

As coup attempt unfolds, Turkish president appears via Facetime on live TV

As coup attempt unfolds, Turkish president appears via Facetime on live TV

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan placed what appeared to be a Facetime call into a national news broadcast early on Saturday while the world tried to figure out if a military coup against him had succeeded.

Samsung may place a $450m bet on electric cars and batteries

Samsung may place a $450m bet on electric cars and batteries

Samsung Electronics is on the verge of making a substantial investment in BYD, a Chinese manufacturer of electric cars and batteries.

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