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The Fitbit Charge 3 is probably Fitbit's best pure fitness tracker band, provided you're fine living in Fitbit's universe. Which, really, is a pretty good place to be for social fitness, checking daily habits, and adding activity challenges.The Apple Watch Series 4 is a great watch, but still feels more like a piece of the iPhone ($1,189 at Amazon) that detached and started living as a satellite on my wrist. It's fine with fitness, but not as fine-tuned at times as what the Fitbit delivers. And it's far more expensive. The Charge 3's price is reasonable ($150), and its feature set is nearly complete. It gives you heart rate, sleep tracking, 50 meter swim water resistance, a larger display with phone notifications, plus weather, timer and stopwatch apps and optional NFC payments in a special edition. It also lasts about seven days on a charge. I still think the Fitbit Versa, Fitbit's more watch-like fitness tracker, is a better bet for its fun watch faces and music capabilities plus its extra-customizable physical buttons, and it's being offered on sale this holiday at nearly the same price.
The US Justice Department has charged two Chinese nationals with cybercrimes, citing the threat they pose to national securityThese Chinese nationals, who the Department of Justice believes are working in association with the country's government as part of a hacking group called APT10, are accused of stealing information from at least 45 US tech companies and government agencies, including NASA, the Navy and the US Department of Energy."It is unacceptable that we continue to uncover cybercrime committed by China," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said Thursday in a press conference.Groups such as APT-10 use malware to access to computer networks and steal data over an extended period of time, he said.
In this case, the group stole hundreds of gigabytes of intellectual property and confidential business information, along with personally identifiable information on 100,000 members of the US Navy, officials said. The companies affected work in areas including biotech, health care, oil and gas exploration, and telecommunications and consumer electronics.The extent of material gathered in the "massive theft" of data was "shocking and outrageous," said Geoffrey Berman, US attorney for the Southern District of New York, in the press conference.The charges come after news last week from The New York Times that hackers from China's Ministry of State Security were behind an attack on the Marriott hotel chain, which exposed the personal information of up to 500 million people. In November, Reuters reported that a National Security Agency official said China has been violating a 2015 agreement stopping China from cyberspying on the US.
During the press conference, Rosenstein also noted that in the past seven years, more than 90 percent of the DOJ's cases alleging economic espionage have involved China. In addition, two-thirds of cases dealing with the theft of trade secrets also have ties to China.The alleged hackers, Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong, each face one count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusions (a maximum 5-year sentence), one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud (a maximum 20-year-sentence) and one count of aggravated identity theft (a mandatory 2-year sentence)."No country poses a broader, more severe, long-term threat to our nation's economy and cyberinfrastructure than China," said FBI Director Christopher Wray.Coming to stores this fall, JBL's $150 Charge 4 Bluetooth speaker features improved sound, better battery life (20 hours) and some other small upgrades.JBL's Charge speakers are a little bigger than the company's Flip series speakers and are named "Charge" because of their ability to charge devices thanks to a built-in USB-out port.
JBL says that its engineers "developed an all new JBL transducer for Charge 4 that features increased cone area and excursion." That new transducer combined with updated 3D metallic passive radiators should mean better bass response and perhaps less distortion at higher volumes. I'll let you know how the speaker really sounds as soon as I get my hands on a review sample.JBL didn't mention in its press materials that it has USB-C charging, but our photographer at the IFA trade show in Berlin spotted it when he lifted the gasket on the back of the speaker. We'll still confirming the charging situation with JBL, but USB-C connectivity could mean quicker charge times.You can keep your Nintendo Switch charged on the go with any external battery pack, but it's not so great to have a cable dangling out of the bottom of the console, especially if you want to prop the Switch up and play with friends using multiple controllers. That's where Switch-specific charging packs come in, and MyCharge's new PowerGame ($50) is one of the best I've seen. (There's no word yet on UK or Australian pricing but I'll add it once it becomes available).