Fred O'ConnorReporter, IDG News Service

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

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Microsoft Research says its lens system can improve the Oculus Rift's vision

Microsoft's design uses lenses that may cost $225 per eye and a high-end 3D printer to produce the lens casing.

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Matterport looks to take virtual reality creation to mobile devices

The 3D imaging startup raised $30 million in funding that will go toward developing mobile apps for creating 3D content

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Google brings Broad Institute's genome analysis kit to the cloud

The institute's software will be free for non-profits and academic researchers, but everyone will pay to use Google's cloud platform

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Google wristband could give doctors constant stream of patient data

The device is designed for use in medical settings and won't be geared toward consumers looking to track fitness activities.

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Google looks for content makers to test its Jump virtual reality video camera

Google may have a strong interest in applicants who have creative backgrounds, like film making and directing.

Hackers had access to US security clearance data for a year

The government still hasn't said how much data it fears was stolen in the breach.

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Fitbit IPO pumps up the heart rate of investors

Fitbit is valued at $6 billion dollars with its stock trading for around $30 per share

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Fitbit IPO shows wearable devices have a healthy pulse

The company recently raised its stock's initial price range and the number of shares it will offer when it goes public

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Apple, electric car battery maker settle employee-poaching lawsuit

A123 and Apple began discussing a settlement in March

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The Xbox-Oculus partnership won't harm HoloLens

Rather, it will help Microsoft compete against Sony's gaming VR products.

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A good start, but developers want more access to the Apple Watch

Some hardware upgrades would also improve the wearable and, in turn, the apps that run on it, said developers

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Apple deploying camera-equipped cars to improve its maps service

After months of speculation, the company confirmed that cars will be taking photos in the US, Ireland and the UK

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Leaked, 'ancient' images of Oculus Rift hint at controller

Oculus accidentally posted images of a Rift headset, a controller and a peripheral that might track head movements

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With Apple Watch OS update, apps are about to get a whole lot more capable

Allowing developers to tap into the Apple Watch's sensors means apps can utilize the device's unique components

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Apple Watch to be available in stores in two weeks

Apple doesn't disclose which models the stores will stock