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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Google to Cardboard developers: Keep it short and simple, and watch out for nausea

Google Cardboard experiences should be the duration of traditional YouTube videos, said a Google executive

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Intel reportedly close to purchasing Altera for $15 billion

The merger talks were revived after Altera reported weak first-quarter earnings.

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IDC: Windows 10 won't save declining PC market

The arrival of Windows 10 won't lead to a surge in PC sales, IDC predicts.

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Swatch smartwatch to go on sale in two countries

The watch will even have an NFC chip to allow mobile payments.

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Pebble Time smartwatch to start shipping May 27

Pebble has developed new iOS and Android apps that work exclusively with the Time models

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Apple restores iCloud after global disruption hinders services

Apple said the issue, the cause of which is still unknown, hit 40 percent of its users.

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The path to enterprise IoT may not be as steep as you think

CIOs can use existing IT to glean insights from data, said panelists at MIT

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Fove brings eye movement tracking to virtual reality headsets

The technology will allow people to control virtual reality environments without using game controllers, the company says.

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Appeals court rules Samsung won't have to pay $930 million in Apple patent case

The federal court will have to recalculate the damages because Samsung didn't violate Apple's trade dress.

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Apple buys GPS startup Coherent to beef up mapping technology

Several Coherent employees have taken jobs working on Apple's map and location technologies.

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Zuckerberg sees Oculus Rift shrinking to the size of glasses

Future versions of the virtual reality headset won't require being linked to a computer, the Facebook CEO said

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Watch the road, Google's self-driving cars will soon hit the streets of California

A "safety driver" will be onboard and will use a removable steering wheel to take over if there are any mishaps

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Apple, A123 to settle lawsuit over poached battery engineers

The two companies face a May 27 deadline on a motion to move the case, but a settlement is near, say court documents

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Broadcom hardware platform gains support for Apple's HomeKit

Broadcom is the latest company to announce a product that works with HomeKit

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Apple mobile devices still dominate at companies, but Windows, Android gain

Windows and Android tablets decrease Apple's share on business tablets by double digits, according to a report.