Stories by Fred O'Connor

Pebble Time smartwatch to begin shipping on May 27

Pebble will start shipping its latest smartwatch next Wednesday and finish manufacturing all orders for the device by the end of May.

Apple restores iCloud after global disruption hinders services

Apple says it has resolved a widespread iCloud issue that caused service disruptions for 40 percent of its users -- that comes out to at least 128 million people, based on a company customer count.

The path to enterprise IoT may not be as steep as you think

The tech challenges that accompany IoT projects shouldn't deter companies from attempting to find meaning in data gathered from connected devices. The solutions may be closer than they think.

Fove brings eye movement tracking to virtual reality headsets

Fove, a Tokyo-based startup, wants to people to ditch their game controllers and use their eyes to interact with virtual reality environments.

US appeals court rules Samsung won't have to pay $930M in Apple patent case

Samsung will not have to pay all of the US$930 million in damages that Apple was awarded in 2012, a U.S. appeals court ruled Monday.

Apple buys GPS startup Coherent to beef up mapping technology

Apple, which has been working hard to bolster its mapping technology since ditching Google Maps in 2012, has acquired Coherent Navigation, a startup offering a high-accuracy GPS navigation service.

Zuckerberg sees Oculus Rift shrinking to the size of glasses

Oculus Rift hasn't gone on sale yet, but Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is already imagining what future iterations of the virtual reality headset could look like.

Oculus focuses on developing Rift for Windows only, suspends Mac, Linux work

Sorry, Mac and Linux fans: Facebook-owned Oculus Rift, the headset that perhaps more than any other device has ignited public interest in virtual reality, will run almost exclusively on well-appointed Windows PCs, at least in the near future.

Google's self-driving cars hitting the streets of California

The first self-driving cars built by Google are heading to public roads for the first time.

Apple, A123 to settle lawsuit over poached battery engineers

Electric car battery maker A123 Systems is close to settling a lawsuit alleging Apple poached some of its top employees.

Broadcom hardware platform gains support for Apple's HomeKit

Apple's efforts to allow people to control household appliances from their iPhones through the company's HomeKit framework are gaining momentum.

Apple mobile devices still dominate at companies, but Windows, Android gain

Apple products are still the preferred mobile devices among enterprise users, but competitors are chipping away at the company's lead, especially in the tablet market.

In run-up to bitcoin regulations, New York issues trust company charter to itBit

A few weeks before New York officials are expected to issue a final regulatory framework for bitcoin, the state has issued a trust company charter to virtual currency exchange itBit.

As the Apple Watch goes, so does the smartwatch market

The smartwatch market's fate rides on the Apple Watch. If it fails, it could have as devastating an impact on smartwatch sales as Google Glass has had on smartglasses.

With IoT projects come financial benefits, but also security risks

Internet of Things projects can yield data and insights that help companies operate more efficiently and improve products, but also give hackers additional targets to attack.