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Mujjo Folio Sleeve for the New 13″ MacBook Air and Pro

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Mujjo released a very smart leather-folio case for the new 13″ MacBook Air and MacBook Pro on Wednesday. It has a single-leather panel on the outside and zips that go around three sides to make accessing the interior easier. The inside is felt-lined and contains a variety of compartments, including some for bank cards. The case is treated to be water-repellant. The Mujjo folio sleeve comes in black and is available online for €119.90 ($134.38) with free worldwide shipping.

Mujjo Folio Sleeve for the New 13″ MacBook Air and Pro

Tony Hawk's Skate Jam for iOS is Here

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My fellow children of the 90s…prepare to get nostalgic – Tony Hawk’s Skate Jams has arrived on iOS! This modern take on the skateboarding game is available to download from the app store now. It can be played on both iPhone and iPad and has all the old Tony Hawks elements you know and love from playing his games on PlayStation or even Game Boy. This includes the classic career mode alongside new Skate Jams Tournaments. You can skate as the man himself, and take on street, vert, and park courses. Players who pull of particularly impressive moves can record them in the game and share them online using #SkateJam. Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam is available as a free download with in-app purchases. It’s available for Android, too.

Russian Robot Exposed as a Fake

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A Russian state-owned TV news channel proudly showed off a “state-of-the-art” robot at a technology forum for children this week.  Boris appeared to walk, talk, and dance. Except, as the Telegraph explained, everything was not quite as it seemed. Boris was, in fact, a man in a very expensive costume…

‘Boris’ the Robot was apparently able to walk, talk and dance – and was passed off as state-of-the-art robotics by the TV channel at a technology forum for school pupils. But its authenticity started being questioned when photos appeared online that clearly showed a human inside a robot suit.

Older People are Driving Growth in Wearables

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When you think of consumers of wearable technology, the over-55s are not necessarily the demographic that springs to mind. However, Fortune found that health monitoring features such as the Apple Watch’s new ECG app appeal to older people. Consequently, the number of users in that age group is expected to rise faster than the average.

The number of people using smart wearables is expected to grow 9% next year, but among people age 55 and older, it will jump more than 15%, according to research firm eMarketer. The reason is that wearable makers like Apple and Fitbit have been adding health monitoring features that appeal to older consumers. Apple added a fall detection app and an EKG monitor to the Apple Watch Series 4 this year, for example, while Fitbit is adding a feature to detect sleep apnea.

Apple has Hired Doctors to Help its Health Tech Development

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CNBC learned that Apple has up to 50 doctors working for it as it continues its move into health tech. The report said that some of the physicians operate at very senior levels of the firm, including one who works closely with COO Jeff Williams.  Many continue to see patients as well as working for Apple. While a large number of the doctors work on the Apple Watch, some work at Apple’s AC Wellness primary care group, which cares for its employees.

These hires are not just for show, according to people familiar with the doctors and their roles. Many haven’t disclosed their role at Apple at all, which is commonplace at a company that prides itself on secrecy. One example is Stanford pediatrician Rajiv Kumar, who has worked there for several years. CNBC was able to locate 20 physicians at Apple via LinkedIn searches and sources familiar, and other people said as many as 50 doctors work there. Apple has more than 130,000 employees globally.

 

Why Apple Products Keep Getting More Expensive

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All Apple fans know that its products are not the cheapest out there. The argument always was that they were the best though, so that’s why they were the most expensive. Ultimately, you get what you pay for, and people accepted that. Recently, though, the cost of top-end Apple products rose faster than inflation. Some went up 20% or more this fall. The Washington Post took a look at how prices have changed, and why customers keep coming back.

Many Apple product prices are rising faster than inflation — faster, even, than the price of prescription drugs or going to college. Yet when Apple offers cheaper options for its most important product, the iPhone, Americans tend to take the more expensive choice. So while Apple isn’t charging all customers more, it’s definitely extracting more money from frequent upgraders.

Apple Watch ECG May Have Saved This Man's Life

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ECG app on Apple Watch Series 4

Ed Dentel decided to reset his Apple after the new ECG function told him he had an irregular heartbeat. He is active and healthy so thought it must be wrong. But the ECG app kept telling him there was a problem. He told ABC News that he ended up going to his doctor,  who confirmed he was suffering from atrial fibrillation. This is an irregular heartbeat that can increase the likelihood of stroke, amongst other things. Mr. Dentel’s doctor said the Apple Watch may have saved his life.

Checking in, Dentel said he felt like a hypochondriac explaining that his watch told him something was wrong. But he was quickly given an EKG by a technician, who called for a doctor, who said, “Yup, you’re in AFib. This thing may have just saved your life.”

Chinese Hackers Responsible for Marriott Data Breach

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Chinese hackers carried out the massive cyber attack against Marriott hotels that was revealed last month. The New York Times reported that the perpetrators are thought to work for the country’s civilian spy agency, the Ministry of State Security. In total, 500 million records were stolen over a four year period, making it one of the biggest data breaches in history. The stolen data included customers’ personal details such as credit card and passport number.

The hackers…are suspected of working on behalf of the Ministry of State Security, the country’s Communist-controlled civilian spy agency. The discovery comes as the Trump administration is planning actions targeting China’s trade, cyber and economic policies, perhaps within days. Those moves include indictments against Chinese hackers working for the intelligence services and the military, according to four government officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

 

Sundar Pichai Did Not Deny Development of Censored Chinese Version of Google

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Google CEO Sundar Pichai endured a grueling 3.5 hours of questioning by the House Judiciary Committee on Monday. At one point he even had to explain that his company doesn’t make iPhones. However, as Re/Code reported, Mr. Pichai did not use the hearing to deny that Google will make a version of its search tool for China that censors information.

Pichai could have used the opportunity to publicly scrap plans to build a version of his company’s core tool, code-named Dragonfly, that would block terms such as “human rights,” “Nobel Prize,” and “student protest” from search results in China. But when House Rep. David Cicilline asked Pichai point blank if, as CEO, he would rule out launching a “tool for surveillance and censorship in China,” Pichai deflected.