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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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

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As the Apple Watch goes, so does the smartwatch market

If the Apple wearable device fails, consumer sentiment towards all smartwatches could turn toxic

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Apple, IBM to bring iPads to 5 million Japanese seniors

Japan Post will handle managing the iPads and its employees will be trained on how to use the tablets

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Faulty taptic engines reportedly hinder Apple Watch production

Apple is depending on one supplier for all its taptic engines, according to the Wall Street Journal

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Glitch in iPad app causes travel headaches for American Airlines passengers

The software issue affected several dozen flights, said the carrier.

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Most Apple Watch buyers left with bare wrists on launch weekend

Apple has yet to set a delivery date for 647,000 watch orders, according to online shopping research firm Slice Intelligence

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SSL certificate flaw allows hackers to crash devices running iOS 8

When combined with another exploit, the No iOS Zone flaw can make iPhones, iPads, and iPods impossible to use.

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First Apple Watch health IT apps bring important messages to the wrist

The apps will handle tasks suited for a small screen, like reviewing text messages.

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LA school district seeks millions from Apple over iPad software woes

This is the latest chapter in the dramatic and complex project of supplying all Los Angeles public school students with an iPad.

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Apple buys Israeli camera technology company

LinX's smaller cameras could help Apple slim down its hardware

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Oyster breaks out of its subscription shell, targets Amazon with e-book store

The five biggest publishers in the U.S. back Oyster's new venture.