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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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.

Jury clears Apple of infringing patents formerly held by Nokia

The patents, which were sold to a holding firm, covered wireless communication from mobile devices.

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Apple updates developer guidelines for medical research apps

The move comes after the company unveiled a developer framework to create apps for medical research

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First medical apps built with Apple's ResearchKit won't share data for commercial gain

That's the assurance from the companies involved with the mobile framework's first five apps

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Apple asks for dismissal of lawsuit from battery maker A123

Apple argues that it doesn't compete with A123 because their batteries end up in different products.

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Apple's ResearchKit helps iPhone users participate in medical research

Apple will not see any of the health data collected by apps developed with ResearchKit

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Apple tops Samsung in quarterly smartphone sales for the first time since 2011

Samsung faces competition at both the premium and low-end, and that cost the Korean giant.

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Apple ordered to pay Texas company $532.9 million after losing patent case

Apple will appeal the verdict and called for patent reform to end lawsuits from companies that don't make products

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Android gains share, iOS falls in 2014 smartphone OS market

Sales of iOS devices, however, increased 25.6 percent. Blackberry also lost market share in 2014, IDC found..

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Apple is said to recruit engineers for car development project

Apple's recent hires include a Mercedes-Benz executive who led its Silicon Valley R&D center.

Apple bumps approved size for iOS apps, lets them eat twice the memory

People with lower-end iOS devices may see their memory gobbled up quickly

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Apple makes progress in cutting use of conflict minerals

Refiners and smelters that don't undergo an audit will be removed from Apple's supply chain.

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For counting steps, smartphone apps do as well as fitness trackers

Researchers found that fitness apps and wearable devices are equally accurate at this task.

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Apple's iOS overtakes Android for top U.S. smartphone spot

Apple also chipped away at Android's international market share

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Wi-Fi issues continue to hamper OS X users despite updates

People who upgraded to iOS 8 are also experiencing Wi-Fi woes that Apple has yet to address.