Fred O'Connor

Reporter

Fred O'Connor writes about wearables, Apple, IT careers, health IT and general technology news for the IDG News Service.

Toyota funds A.I. research to build autonomous cars

BlackBerry buys Good Technology as it further expands into mobile device security

BlackBerry buys Good Technology as it further expands into mobile device security

BlackBerry placed rivalries aside and purchased Good Technology as the phone maker moves further into the mobile security market.

World's largest digital camera will photograph the universe

World's largest digital camera will photograph the universe

The U.S. government has approved construction of a powerful digital camera that will help scientists better understand dark matter and study how galaxies are formed.

Apple to work with U.S. defense department on wearable tech

Apple to work with U.S. defense department on wearable tech

Apple and Hewlett-Packard, among other organizations, will develop flexible, thin sensors that could be placed on uniforms and in tight spaces on ships or aircraft.

Mobile credit reader for iOS devices brings Apple Pay to small retailers

Mobile credit reader for iOS devices brings Apple Pay to small retailers

A partnership between Apple and a credit card processing company could add local retailers -- even food trucks -- to the list of merchants that accept Apple Pay.

Apple sold 3.6M smartwatches in Q2

Apple sold 3.6M smartwatches in Q2

Fitbit retained its title as the world's top wearables vendor for the second quarter of 2015, but Apple is quickly gaining ground.

IDC lowers its market outlook for PCs and tablets

IDC lowers its market outlook for PCs and tablets

IDC has revised its 2015 forecasts for the PC and tablet markets, saying shipments in both will fall more than it earlier anticipated.

Best Buy will have the Apple Watch in all stores by the end of September

Best Buy will have the Apple Watch in all stores by the end of September

After initially saying it would sell the Apple Watch in approximately 300 of its stores, Best Buy has now decided to have it in all of its locations by the end of next month.

HoloLens could replace PCs as the preferred workplace computer

HoloLens could replace PCs as the preferred workplace computer

Microsoft's HoloLens could become the preferred workplace computer as developers build apps for the augmented reality headset.

Puerto Rico is out as Project Ara's first test market, but Google isn't nixing the program

Puerto Rico is out as Project Ara's first test market, but Google isn't nixing the program

A series of mysterious tweets implied big changes were coming to the modular smartphone program.

Wearables smother Swiss watch business, Fossil CEO says

Wearables smother Swiss watch business, Fossil CEO says

Wearables are reducing interest in Swiss watches, with those highly regarded timepieces losing some of their luster as technology is incorporated into what people wear on their wrists.

Fitbit caters to corporations, and not just with discounted fitness trackers

Fitbit caters to corporations, and not just with discounted fitness trackers

Fitbit's growth among businesses nearly matches consumer use, said CFO Bill Zerella.

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