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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Convenience, apps draw people to check out the Apple Watch launch

Crowds swarmed online to order Apple's first smartwatch, creating an order backlog that stretches to June for some models.

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LinkedIn buys training site Lynda.com, enters professional development market

The deal may give job seekers instant access to courses that teach the skills a position requires

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Cloud computing brings changes for IT security workers

Cloud computing may help a company's bottom line, but it jeopardizes security, researcher Bruce Schneier says

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Oyster breaks out of its subscription shell, targets Amazon with e-book store

The five biggest publishers in the U.S. back Oyster's new venture.

Apple, as Watch rollout looms, emphasizes online ordering

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Apple store employees will tell customers interested in the Apple Watch to purchase the device online

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Samsung rebuts tester's claim that Galaxy Edge S6 bends easily

The phone maker thinks a stress test applied too much pressure.

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Health care industry receives first mobile apps from Apple, IBM

The travel and insurance industries receive additional apps, bringing the total offered to 22

Obama authorizes sanctions against hackers

The sanctions will help the US go after overseas attackers when foreign governments can't step in.

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Survey: A majority of Apple Pay users encounter problems

Issues include terminals that are out of order and transactions that take too long to complete.

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Google to bring imaging, sensor technology to the operating room

Google is providing sensor and software technology, not its robotics work

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Apple Watch mini-stores to open in London, Paris, Tokyo luxury retail shops

Each store opens on April 10, the same day the Apple Watch smartwatch becomes available for try-ons and preorders.

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Tech companies call on U.S. to end bulk collection of metadata

The provision in the Patriot Act that allows for the bulk collection of metadata expires in June.

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Akamai: Most Internet attacks in Q4 originated in China

The number of DDoS attacks in 2014 remained nearly the same compared to 2013

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Facebook app leaks F8 news about Parse, Messenger, 'teleportation station'

Messenger will supposedly become a platform, opened to developers

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Facebook, news outlets in talks about hosting articles on the social networking site

Facebook is also looking into developing a revenue-sharing plan for the publishers.