Stories by Martyn Williams

Apple Pay could be a big deal for Android users

The launch of Apple Pay on Monday has brought considerable publicity to a technology that's already embedded in millions of Android smartphones yet has so far failed to take off.

TDK shows its first MRAM prototype, a competitor for flash memory

Japan's TDK is showing for the first time its prototype of a new memory chip technology that is seen as a promising replacement for today's ubiquitous flash memory.

CEATEC: Why send a text when you can send a vibration?

Japan's NTT Docomo has a prototype device that can send vibrations and nudges.

CEATEC: Can this robot beat a human at ping pong?

Healthcare electronics maker Omron is showing off its sensing know-how with a huge ping pong-playing robot, but the robot is still easy to beat -- for now.

Japan's component makers show the path forward for gadgets

Resistors, switches and sensors aren't sexy, especially against the bright lights and flashy dance shows competing for attention at this week's Ceatec show in Japan. But if you want to see the future of electronics, the companies that make these humble components are worth a closer look.

Sharp's new LCDs can be almost any shape, could be in your next car

Eyeing use in car dashboards and consoles, Sharp has developed an LCD panel that can be cut to almost any shape.

Murata's Cheerleader robots make public debut

They're small, cute, packed with technology and likely to become one of the stars of this week's Ceatec electronics expo in Japan, where robots are always a hit.

ITC to investigate Nvidia complaint over Samsung phones, tablets

The U.S. International Trade Commission, the country's top trade court, is launching an investigation into allegations by Nvidia that several Samsung cellphones and tablet PCs contain graphics technology that infringes on its patents.

Sharp's LCD-challenging MEMS display coming in 2015

Sharp is close to commercializing its first product that uses a MEMS display -- a new type of flat-panel display that boasts deeper and richer colors than traditional LCD screens and lower power consumption.

A year later, Ellison apologizes for standing up his customers

A year ago this month, thousands of customers waited at the Oracle OpenWorld conference for Larry Ellison to deliver a keynote speech ... but he never turned up.

Eric Holder says 'worrisome' tech companies are eyeing encryption

For the second time in as many weeks, a senior U.S. government official has warned that widespread use of encryption could harm investigations.

Icahn says PayPal spin-off is almost a 'no brainer'

Activist investor and hedge-fund manager Carl Icahn says eBay's decision to spin off PayPal into a separate company is "almost a no brainer."

Second cyberattack hits SuperValu grocery stores' payment systems

SuperValu, the grocery store operator hit by a cyberattack in June and July, has suffered a second attack on its payment processing system, it said Monday.

Report: Softbank in talks to buy Dreamworks Animation

Japan's Softbank is in talks to acquire Dreamworks Animation, The Hollywood Reporter said late Saturday citing a source. The Wall Street Journal later reported the same news citing "people familiar with the matter."

Top EU official tells Uber and Germany: Start talking!

The European politician who has battled online giants over privacy and the NSA over cyberspying now says it's time for German regulators to start talking with Uber.