Fred O'Connor

Reporter

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

Google Flu Trends calls out sick, indefinitely

Google will shut down its website that used search queries to determine how influenza was spreading, and will pass along the data to health organizations to create their own flu prediction models.

Android Wear update brings Google Translate to your wrist

An update to Android Wear will bring Google Translate and interactive watch faces to the wearable OS.

Apple gains market share despite global slowdown in smartphone sales

Apple's larger iPhones helped the company sell more smartphones than Samsung.

Puerto Rico is out as Project Ara's first test market, but Google isn't nixing the program

A series of mysterious tweets implied big changes were coming to the modular smartphone program

Samsung Pay joins crowded mobile wallet race

Google and Apple are just two of the rivals Samsung will face

Apple updates Boot Camp to support Windows 10

Some Mac computers that came out in 2012 will work with Windows 10, Apple said in an updated support document

Wearables smothering Swiss watch business, Fossil CEO says

Fossil will start selling an Android Wear smartwatch in October or November, said CEO Kosta Kartsotis

FIS seeks to boost financial software portfolio with $9.1B Sungard acquisition

SunGard, owned for the past decade by a group of private equity firms, had been planning to launch an IPO

Fitbit caters to corporations, and not just with discounted fitness trackers

Fitbit's growth among businesses nearly matches consumer use, said CFO Bill Zerella

Pebble starts taking pre-orders for the Time Steel

People who order the smartwatch now won't receive it until mid-to-late September

Tesla patches Model S after researchers hack car's software

With physical access to the car, the researchers were able to exploit six flaws and eventually access the infotainment system

Judge rules Apple iMessage lawsuit can't be tried as class-action case

User alleges iMessage doesn't deliver all text messages after people switch from iPhones to rival devices

Google's Project Tango coming to 12 more countries

Developers have built hundreds of apps for the tablet, which creates 3D models of its surroundings, Google said

Google rejects French request to expand right to be forgotten

The right to be forgotten isn't a global law, Google said in a blog post

HTC to reveal Vive final design and controller details in October

The company plans to release its virtual reality headset by the end of the year, an executive says

Amazon Launchpad store will sell goods from startups

Startups should have products that can ship immediately or within 90 days, Amazon said

To see benefits, health wearables must keep people engaged

The technologies fail when they fail to consider the lifestyles of the people using them, said panelists

Apple, Nike settle lawsuit over FuelBand inaccuracies

Nike will pay out up to $2.4 million to customers

Dell's chief doc sees little value in patients' wearable data without context, analysis

Knowing how many steps you took today doesn't help him much

US govt guide aims to bolster security of mobile devices used in health care

The guide looked at what security risks pose the greatest danger to keeping patient data private

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