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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Swatch smartwatch to go on sale in two countries

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


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.

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In run-up to bitcoin regulations, New York issues trust company charter to itBit

With its trust company charter, itBit is subject to the same government oversight as other financial institutions

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As the Apple Watch goes, so does the smartwatch market

If the Apple wearable device fails, consumer sentiment towards all smartwatches could turn toxic

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With IoT projects come financial benefits, but also security risks

Companies need to remember to secure data in the cloud and devices that are outside of an office, panelists said