Fred O'Connor

Reporter

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

Jawbone responds to Up activity tracker criticisms with software update

Adblock Plus releases ad-blocking browser for Android, iOS

Adblock Plus releases ad-blocking browser for Android, iOS

Adblock Plus will let users block ads that pop up when they're browsing the Web with mobile devices.

Toyota funds AI research to build autonomous cars

Toyota funds AI research to build autonomous cars

Toyota is partnering with Stanford University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to research artificial intelligence and robotics, work they say will lead to 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.

Hey, Saturn, take a selfie! World's biggest digital camera will photograph the universe

Hey, Saturn, take a selfie! World's biggest 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 formed.

Google life sciences group to wage war on diabetes

Google life sciences group to wage war on diabetes

Google may still be working on a name for its recently spun off life sciences group, but the division already has a foe: diabetes.

Apple to work with US defense department on developing wearable tech

Apple to work with US defense department on developing wearable tech

Apple and Hewlett-Packard, among other organizations, will develop flexible, thin sensors that could be placed on uniforms and in the 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 to list of merchants that accept Apple Pay.

IDC: Newcomer Apple Watch challenging wearables champ Fitbit

IDC: Newcomer Apple Watch challenging wearables champ Fitbit

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 2015 outlook for the PC and tablet markets

IDC lowers its 2015 outlook for the PC and tablet markets

A strong U.S. dollar, a lack of interest in upgrading hardware and a surplus of notebooks will contribute to the declines

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.

Leaked Uber investor presentation shows 2015 bookings totaling almost $11 billion

Leaked Uber investor presentation shows 2015 bookings totaling almost $11 billion

The money Uber is taking in from booked rides will increase threefold this year to around $10.8 billion, according to an investor presentation that Reuters obtained.

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