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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Jawbone Up update fills in the fitness tracker's missing gaps

Responding to customer complaints, Jawbone will add automatic sleep tracking to its Up line of trackers, among other new features.

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Apple is helping the U.S. defense department develop 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.

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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.

Apple unveils Apple Watch-Apple's most personal device ever.

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.

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Apple gains market share despite global slowdown in smartphone sales

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


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

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


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