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 hit with $626M damages in case filed by patent licensing firm

This bird could be a drone's worst enemy

This bird could be a drone's worst enemy

When it comes to the problem of stopping errant drones, there's been a number of high-tech solutions. From radio jamming to laser beams to nets launched by other drones, but a group in The Netherlands is proposing a low-tech solution...

Inside Verizon's Super Bowl Control Center

Inside Verizon's Super Bowl Control Center

This is Verizon's Super Bowl command room -- a temporary, purpose-built nerve center in the shadow of Levi's Stadium that pulls in data from permanent and temporary base stations to ensure the network keeps running.

Samsung profit plummets on weak smartphone sales

Samsung profit plummets on weak smartphone sales

Weak demand for mobile phones and display panels pushed down Samsung's profits last quarter, and the company doesn't expect much improvement this year.

After lackluster Apple report, all eyes on Samsung

After lackluster Apple report, all eyes on Samsung

Just how bad are conditions in the smartphone market? We'll get a better idea later Wednesday when Samsung announces its latest quarterly earnings.

Major tech companies spent millions more on lobbying in 2015

Major tech companies spent millions more on lobbying in 2015

Most major tech companies increased the amount of money they spent attempting to influence lawmakers in Washington, D.C., through federal lobbying.

Automakers will collaborate to try to stop car hacks before they happen

Automakers will collaborate to try to stop car hacks before they happen

Major automakers plan to work with the U.S. government to attempt to proactively deter hacks of connected cars before they become a major issue.

Ford takes its autonomous car for a drive in snow

Ford takes its autonomous car for a drive in snow

Ford is giving its autonomous cars a challenge not yet faced by Google's self-driving car fleet in Silicon Valley: snow.

White House hopes for 'common ground' in Silicon Valley meeting

White House hopes for 'common ground' in Silicon Valley meeting

The White House hopes a Friday summit between senior government officials and Silicon Valley tech leaders will find common ground on ways the two can work together to combat extremism and radicalization.

Next-gen drones, talking sunglasses and other Day Two sights from CES

Next-gen drones, talking sunglasses and other Day Two sights from CES

CES doesn't officially open until Wednesday but that didn't stop vendors trotting out more goodies at a series of prsss conferences the day before. Intel and Sony were the big draws, and the gadgets ranged from collision-avoidance...

Apple expected to cut parts procurement on slow iPhone sales

Apple expected to cut parts procurement on slow iPhone sales

Asian electronic component makers are expecting Apple to cut procurement orders by about 30 percent in the coming quarter due to weaker than expected sales of the new iPhone 6S and 6S Plus, according to a Japanese media report.

Parrot previews wing-shaped Disco drone

Parrot previews wing-shaped Disco drone

Parrot has developed a distinctive wing-shaped drone that swoops through the sky at high speed and can be automatically controlled from a smartphone app.

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