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.

DARPA is looking to make huge strides in machine learning

Boston Dynamics' four-legged robot climbs stairs, slips on a banana skin

Boston Dynamics' four-legged robot climbs stairs, slips on a banana skin

Boston Dynamics, the Google-owned robot maker that's apparently up for sale, has a new four-legged robot small enough to walk around a house, agile enough to load your dishwasher, and not quite clever enough to avoid banana skins on...

Amazon hit with two more fines over hazardous chemical shipments

Amazon hit with two more fines over hazardous chemical shipments

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has proposed fining Amazon $130,000 for shipping or attempting to ship hazardous goods by air in 2014.

Democrats' gun control sit-in moves to Periscope after C-SPAN feed is cut

Democrats' gun control sit-in moves to Periscope after C-SPAN feed is cut

Representatives took to Twitter and Periscope on Wednesday to evade a TV blackout of a sit-in held to push forward new gun legislation.

New FAA drone rules will hinder Amazon's delivery plans

New FAA drone rules will hinder Amazon's delivery plans

The Federal Aviation Administration has published long-awaited rules that loosen restrictions on commercial use of drones but don't go as far as allowing drone delivery services like that proposed by Amazon.

Coming soon! Emojis -- the movie

Coming soon! Emojis -- the movie

Emojis have become an important and essential communication tool for hundreds of millions of people, so naturally, now there's a movie coming.

These ultra-thin solar cells can be bent around a pencil

These ultra-thin solar cells can be bent around a pencil

Scientists in South Korea have developed solar cells thin enough they can be bent around a pencil. The cells could help usher in the use of solar energy in small portable gadgets where space is at a premium.

IT worker at Panama Papers firm arrested in Geneva

IT worker at Panama Papers firm arrested in Geneva

An IT worker at Mossak Fonseca, the company at the heart of the "Panama Papers" leak on offshore companies, was arrested in Geneva.

Amazon faces $350K fine for shipping dangerous goods

Amazon faces $350K fine for shipping dangerous goods

Amazon faces a $350,000 fine from the Federal Aviation Administration after shipping a corrosive chemical by air, in violation of federal law, the 25th time the company has been found to violate hazardous chemical shipping...

First look: DynaOptics' lens for smartphone photography

First look: DynaOptics' lens for smartphone photography

A Silicon Valley startup says it's developed a better lens for smartphone photography -- one that produces clearer images without the distortion often seen in photos from competing lenses.

Asus' Jonney Shih on product design and artificial intelligence

In an interview at Asus' headquarters in Taipei last week, Shih talked about his design philosophy, where he seeks inspiration and artificial intelligence.

Asus Chairman Jonney Shih explains the Zenbo robot

Asus Chairman Jonney Shih explains the Zenbo robot

One of the surprise products of last week's Computex IT show in Taiwan was the Zenbo robot from Asus. IDG News Service spoke with Jonney Shih, chairman of Asus and the power behind much of the company's product planning and design, to...

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