Fred O'Connor

Reporter

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

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

Symantec: Well-heeled hacking group Black Vine behind Anthem breach

Black Vine has been active since 2012 and is behind several hacks targeting different industries

Amazon Launchpad store will sell goods from startups

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

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

HP study finds smartwatches could do more to keep user data safe

More transparency is needed around how data collected by smartwatch apps is used, said HP

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

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

Apple, 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

Apple hires Chrysler executive, furthering speculation of its automotive ambitions

Apple isn't saying if Doug Betts will work on existing products or the electric car Apple is supposedly building

UCLA Health cyberattack involved sensitive data on 4.5 million people

UCLA Health claims there's no evidence yet that hackers accessed names, birth dates and medical ID numbers

Oculus buys gesture-control company Pebbles Interfaces

With Pebbles' technology, the Rift will be able to show an image of person's hands in virtual reality environments

Google, ISPS offering free broadband to low-income families

The U.S. government's ConnectHome program will target families with children and get 275,000 households online

Oculus founder responds to flack over 'exclusive' games

Palmer Luckey insists the Rift will be an open platform

Microsoft pitches HoloLens to businesses creating 3D models

Demonstrations at the Worldwide Partners Conference also showed what voice commands HoloLens can understand

Object Theory takes aim at HoloLens business apps

Microsoft's augmented-reality headset could be used in medicine, retail and other fields, the startup says

United Airlines flights grounded by 'network connectivity' issues

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

Google's self-driving cars are taking a road trip to Texas

Austin is the next city where Google will test its autonomous driving technology

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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