Stories by Fred O'Connor

Microsoft claims its lens system can improve the Rift's vision

Microsoft Research has developed a lens system it believes is superior to the one in a developer's version of the Oculus VR Rift headset.

Matterport looks to take virtual reality creation to mobile devices

Matterport is looking to make taking photos for virtual reality environments as simple as pulling out your smartphone and launching an app.

Google brings Broad Institute's genome analysis kit to the cloud

Google has partnered with Broad Institute to offer the biomedical research organization's DNA analysis software as a service on the tech company's Cloud Platform.

Google wristband could give doctors constant stream of patient data

Google has created a health-tracking wristband that could give health care professionals real-time information on the well-being of their patients.

New Android Wear watch faces include designs with Hello Kitty, Angry Birds

Google has added 17 watch faces to Android Wear, including some from well-known game, cartoon and fashion brands.

Google looks for content makers to test its Jump virtual reality video camera

Continuing its efforts to woo enterprise users in heavily regulated industries, Box on Monday announced a new add-on tool for its cloud storage service that's designed for managing sensitive data.

Hackers had access to US security clearance data for a year

Hackers who breached a database containing highly personal information on government employees with security clearances had access to the system for about a year before being discovered, The Washington Post reported on Friday.

Fitbit IPO pumps up the heart rate of investors

Fitbit sprinted into Wall Street in its debut as a public company Thursday, as its shares opened 52 percent higher than the price that the wearables company had set for them.

Fitbit IPO shows wearable devices have a healthy pulse

Wearable devices that track steps and monitor sleep may have been dismissed as fads, but Fitbit's upcoming initial public offering paints a different picture.

Apple, electric car battery maker settle employee-poaching lawsuit

Apple and A123 Systems have settled a lawsuit that alleged Apple violated non-compete clauses after it hired five employees from the lithium-ion battery maker.

Microsoft develops version of Minecraft for HoloLens

Microsoft used the E3 conference to show off the gaming capabilities of HoloLens, demonstrating how the augmented reality headset can be used to play a version of Minecraft designed for the device.

The Xbox-Oculus partnership won't harm HoloLens

Oculus VR revealed the final version of its Rift virtual reality headset on Thursday, but the partnership between the Facebook-owned company and Microsoft may have raised some eyebrows.

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

A software update to the Apple Watch's OS gave third-party developers access to the device's sensors this week, fulfilling a request they've had since Apple unveiled the wearable.

Apple deploying camera-equipped cars to improve its maps service

Apple has confirmed it's deploying camera-equipped cars to capture data -- including images -- to improve its mapping service.

Leaked, 'ancient' images of Oculus Rift hint at controller

Oculus VR briefly posted photos to its website that may have inadvertently revealed peripherals it has planned for its Rift virtual reality headset.