Stories by Fred O'Connor

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.

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.

IDC lowers its 2015 outlook for the PC and tablet markets

A strong U.S. dollar, a lack of interest in upgrading hardware and a surplus of notebooks will contribute to the declines

Best Buy will have the Apple Watch in all stores by the end of September

After initially saying it would sell the Apple Watch in approximately 300 of its stores, Best Buy has now decided to have it in all of its locations by the end of next month.

Study: HoloLens could replace PCs as the preferred workplace computer

Microsoft's HoloLens could become the preferred workplace computer as developers build apps for the augmented reality headset.

Leaked Uber investor presentation shows 2015 bookings totaling almost $11 billion

The money Uber is taking in from booked rides will increase threefold this year to around $10.8 billion, according to an investor presentation that Reuters obtained.

Google Flu Trends calls in sick, indefinitely

Google will shut down its website that used search queries to determine how influenza was spreading, and will pass along the data to health organizations to create their own flu prediction models.

Android Wear update brings Google Translate to your wrist

An update to Android Wear will bring Google Translate and interactive watch faces to the wearable OS.

Apple gains market share despite global slowdown in smartphone sales

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

Puerto Rico is out as Project Ara's first test market, but Google isn't nixing the program

Google has scrapped plans to use Puerto Rico as the initial test market for its Project Ara modular-smartphone initiative, but interested developers and DIYers need not despair. The company apparently intends to continue to develop the program.

Samsung Pay joins crowded mobile wallet race

Samsung will launch its mobile payment service next week, a crowded market which includes heavyweights Apple and Google.

Apple updates Boot Camp to support Windows 10

Apple has updated Boot Camp, its utility that allows Windows to run on a Mac, to support Windows 10, two weeks after Microsoft launched its latest OS.

Wearables smothering Swiss watch business, Fossil CEO says

Wearables are reducing interest in Swiss watches, with those highly regarded timepieces losing some of their luster as technology is incorporated into what people wear on their wrists.

FIS seeks to boost financial software portfolio with $9.1B Sungard acquisition

Fidelity National Information Services is buying financial software vendor SunGard for US$9.1 billion to broaden its range of enterprise banking and capital market offerings.

Fitbit caters to corporations, and not just with discounted fitness trackers

Fitbit is known for selling fitness trackers to consumers, but the company also sees its fortunes in the enterprise market.