Stories by Martyn Williams

Researchers envisage swarms of tiny drones for dangerous rescue missions

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are working on a new generation of disaster drones that can be deployed in swarms into buildings to give first responders a look inside, mapping out the interior as they go.

Kim Jong Un has his own cellular network

Kim Jong Un and other high-ranking officials in North Korea have their own cellular network to help keep their conversations secure

Samsung to appeal Apple patent loss to US Supreme Court

Samsung Electronics plans a last-ditch appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court to avoid paying hundreds of millions of dollars in fines for infringing Apple patents, but the chances of success don't appear high.

Start-up eyes mining asteroids for space colonies

From a nondescript office on the edge of the Ames Research Park in Silicon Valley, Deep Space Industries is plotting a futuristic scheme to locate asteroids, check them out and then send in mining spacecraft to strip them of their minerals.

Wi-Fi provider kicked users off their own hotspots at conventions

Smart City, a provider of Internet services at convention centers and hotels, will pay the Federal Communications Commission $750,000 for kicking users off their personal hotspots to try and force them to use its Wi-Fi service.

Here's how Apple's 'mysterious' Frank Fearon really signs his email

The world of Frank Fearon, an Apple engineer who is thought to be working on autonomous car technology, isn't perhaps as cloak and dagger as you were told.

Rain could make your solar panels dirtier, not cleaner

On a second-floor rooftop at NASA's Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley, Abraham Ishihara opens an electrical cabinet bursting with hundreds of wires. Each wire feeds data from an adjacent array of solar panels, helping him collect detailed information about their performance and, perhaps, figure out how solar panels age.

Real-life 'tricorder' brings a touch of Star Trek to medicine

It's hard not to think about "Star Trek" when you see Scanadu's Scout health sensor.

Drones get bad cell service, but an old ambulance will help

In the race to get drones into the sky and zipping across cities delivering packages and snapping photos, cellular networks are quickly emerging as the preferred way of keeping them in touch with the ground.

US Joint Chiefs of Staff emails targeted by Russian hackers

The hacking group that targeted unclassified email systems at the U.S. Department of State and the White House is believed to have also compromised a network used by the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a body of senior U.S. military leaders.

Carly Fiorina calls on Apple, Google to provide greater access for FBI

Republican presidential candidate and former tech-executive Carly Fiorina has called on Apple and Google to provide greater access to information about their users to the FBI and law enforcement in order to aid investigations.

Airbnb guest suspected of stealing $35k from San Francisco home

San Francisco police suspect a woman got much more than a bed for the night when she booked a stay in the city through Airbnb earlier this year.

Mt. Gox CEO Karpeles arrested by Japanese police

The CEO of failed Bitcoin exchange Mt.Gox was arrested in Japan early Saturday by police, according to several media reports.

Samsung plots Galaxy S6 price cut, new phones to help business

Lackluster demand for its flagship Galaxy S6 smartphone and higher marketing costs led Samsung Electronics to another quarter of falling sales and profits in the April to June period.

Google wants order in uncontrolled airspace so its Wing drones can fly

To bring order to low-altitude airspace so its Project Wing delivery drones can get off the ground, Google is proposing a set of rules for operating aircraft below 500 feet.

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