Martyn WilliamsSenior U.S. Correspondent, IDG News Service Follow me on Google+

Martyn Williams covers mobile telecommunications, Silicon Valley, and general technology breaking news for the IDG News Service, and is based in San Francisco.

New iPhone app will put your dog on Twitter

Japan's Index Corp. plans to launch this summer an iPhone adaptation of the "Bowlingual" dog emotion translator.

Sharp, Samsung settle all outstanding LCD patent cases

Sharp and Samsung have put nearly three years of battling over LCD panel and module patents behind them with a deal that ends all patent infringement disputes.

Sony interested in challenging Apple's iPad

Sony hinted on Thursday that it's preparing a challenger to Apple's upcoming iPad.

Softbank pays $20 million for stake in Ustream

Japan's Softbank has paid $20 million for a 13.7 percent stake in Ustream and holds options to purchase further shares, it said Tuesday.

Sony to launch first TransferJet devices this week

TransferJet, a Sony-developed short-range wireless system, will be launched this weekend in Japan and from February overseas.

LG develops cell phone for US mobile DTV standard

LG Electronics has developed handheld terminals compatible with the U.S. mobile digital TV format and will show then at CES.

Toshiba develops translation system for cell phones

Toshiba has developed a cell phone translation system for English, Chinese and Japanese that could one day find its way on to the iPhone.