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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Amazon Launchpad store will sell goods from startups

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

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Pebble Time firmware update gives you more control over the watch's look and feel

Pebble is still working on getting its latest OS to run on older watches like the original Pebble

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Air Canada, National Grid sign up to use Apple, IBM apps

More than 500 companies are running IBM apps on Apple mobile devices, Apple CFO Luca Maestri said on an earnings call.

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Apple and IBM release 10 new apps, incorporating analytics and iBeacons

The apps use technology like predictive analytics and are for business travelers and mortgage officers, among other professionals.

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All United Airlines flights in U.S. grounded by 'network connectivity' issues

Passengers were unable to check in for flights or print boarding passes.

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Instagram bumps up photo resolution to 1080 pixels

Photos had been limited to 640 pixels since the company's launch in 2010

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A good start, but developers want more access to the Apple Watch

Some hardware upgrades would also improve the wearable and, in turn, the apps that run on it, said developers

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Apple deploying camera-equipped cars to improve its maps service

After months of speculation, the company confirmed that cars will be taking photos in the US, Ireland and the UK

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Apple Watch to be available in stores in two weeks

Apple doesn't disclose which models the stores will stock

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Apple TV will serve as hub for remotely controlling HomeKit devices

Siri can be used to issue many commands, but unlocking doors isn't one of them

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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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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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Broadcom hardware platform gains support for Apple's HomeKit

Broadcom is the latest company to announce a product that works with HomeKit