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.


AI beating humans? Not in my lifetime, says Google's cloud chief

AI beating humans? Not in my lifetime, says Google's cloud chief

The head of Google's cloud business says she doesn't expect machine intelligence to exceed that of humans during her lifetime, despite recent rapid progress that has surprised many.

Salesforce CEO says it's time for companies to stand for something

Salesforce CEO says it's time for companies to stand for something

One of Silicon Valley’s most opinionated CEOs says it’s time for more companies to be vocal about important social issues.

Intel launches 500 drones for nighttime light show

Intel launches 500 drones for nighttime light show

Could hundreds or thousands of drones in the sky ever replicate the thrill we get from watching a fireworks display?

Lost thumb drives bedevil US banking agency

Lost thumb drives bedevil US banking agency

A U.S. banking regulator says an employee downloaded a large amount of data from its computer system a week before he retired and is now unable to locate the thumb drives he stored it on.

Samsung sales, profits dive on Note 7 recall

Samsung sales, profits dive on Note 7 recall

Samsung's smartphone division struggled to breakeven between July and September as sales plunged due to the recall of its high-end Note 7.

Apple sales, profits fall again but a brighter outlook ahead

Apple sales, profits fall again but a brighter outlook ahead

Apple recorded its third consecutive quarter of lower revenue as it fought lower demand for the iPhone and tough competition from lower-priced competitors.

Tim Cook or Bill Gates as Clinton's VP? It was considered

Tim Cook or Bill Gates as Clinton's VP? It was considered

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Microsoft founder Bill Gates were both on a list of potential vice presidential candidates for Hillary Clinton, according to a leaked email published on Tuesday by Wikileaks.

Omron's table tennis robot gets machine learning smarts

Omron's table tennis robot gets machine learning smarts

Omron's table tennis robot is getting smarter. At this week's Ceatec electronics show in Japan, the company has unveiled a new version that uses machine learning to assess the strength of an opponent and ramp up its game accordingly.

Toyota's cute Kirobo Mini robot will chat with you

Toyota's cute Kirobo Mini robot will chat with you

Driving can sometimes be a solitary affair, heading from place to place with only the road and radio for company, but that could change with Toyota's Kirobo Mini robot.

The massive Yahoo hack ranks as the world's biggest -- so far

The massive Yahoo hack ranks as the world's biggest -- so far

When Yahoo said on Thursday that data from at least 500 million user accounts had been hacked, it wasn't just admitting to a huge failing in data security -- it was admitting to the biggest hack the world has ever seen.

Sony previews prototype Xperia gadgets

Sony previews prototype Xperia gadgets

Sony is looking at taking the Xperia brand beyond smartphones and is showing off some prototype gadgets at the IFA trade show in Berlin.

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