Stories by Martyn Williams

Under Google, robot maker reduces dependence on military funding

A company acquired by Google that develops robots for the U.S. military appears to have greatly reduced its dependence on government funding, suggesting a reluctance on Google's part to align itself too closely with military projects.

There's almost a million fake apps targeting your phone

Fake apps dressed up to look like official ones but actually designed to steal user data are increasingly targeting Android phone users, according to a study by Trend Micro.

Apple and IBM in major deal to tackle corporate mobile market

Apple is making a big push for the corporate IT market through a partnership with IBM, which will develop iOS apps for its big data and analytics services and promote iPhones and iPads to its clients.

The biggest data breaches of 2014 (so far)

In the battle to keep your personal information private, it's not just hackers you have to worry about but lax security and stupidity.

Google, Dropbox band together to fight patent trolls

Google, Dropbox and a few other high-tech firms have come up with a new way to help defend themselves against patent trolls.

Murderers, fakers throw bizarre twists in high-tech lawsuits

Two high-profile Silicon Valley lawsuits have been thrown bizarre twists in the past week after individuals, apparently in one case including incarcerated murderers, attempted to join the legal actions.

Uber agrees to limit 'surge pricing' during emergencies, natural disasters

Uber has agreed to put a cap on its tactic of raising prices during emergencies and natural disasters.

Blue Shield discloses 18,000 doctors' Social Security numbers

The Social Security numbers of roughly 18,000 California physicians and health-care providers were inadvertently made public after a slip-up at health insurance provider Blue Shield of California, the organization said Monday.

PF Chang's says breach was 'highly sophisticated criminal operation'

Restaurant chain P.F. Chang's China Bistro says the theft of credit and debit card information from some of its restaurants earlier this year was "part of a highly sophisticated criminal operation."

Breaches exposed 1 in 7 US debit cards in 2013

Data breaches at retailers and financial services companies exposed 14 percent of all U.S. debit cards in 2013, according to a nationwide survey by a major ATM network operator.

Ericsson hits 5Gbps in 5G labs demo

Ericsson says it has succeeded in sending data at 5 gigabits per second over a wireless testbed for future "5G" mobile networks.

Like other tech giants, Facebook is very white and very male

Facebook has followed Google and Yahoo in revealing just how diverse its workforce is, and just like the other two tech giants, it's a whole lot white and a whole lot male.

Google's Android coming to cars this year

Google is launching a new version of its Android operating system for use in cars, seeking to integrate itself into a place in which Americans spend hours every week.

Google previews upcoming Android 'L' release

Google gave several thousand developers and a global Internet audience a preview of the next version of its Android operating system Wednesday as it opened its I/O conference in San Francisco.

NASA to send 'flying saucer' on first flight this week

Typically the stuff of mystery, a real flying saucer could appear over the Hawaiian island of Kauai later this week, but it won't be coming from outer space. The rocket-powered, saucer-like craft is part of a NASA project that could aid missions to other planets.