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By: Jennifer Devitt on August 10th, 2016

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Learn to code, tech health sensors, wearables, library e-books, iPad Pro art, Botlr and Netflix speed test in today's tech news.

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It's Thursday so that must mean it's tech news day, right?! Wait, no, that's not right. I had a bit of a day yesterday and it got away from me, so here I am today. Sorry for any of you who look forward to it on Wednesday! But, alas, let's see what I have for you today, shall we?

1. GE CEO says all new hires must learn to code! Yep, you read that correctly. CEO Jeff Immelt says it doesn't matter either what department you're in. You're going to learn! Mr. Immelt says it's the only way to ensure they become more "digitally driven".

2. Apple coming out with a new health sensor? Rumor has it that Apple is interested in creating a device that is capable of reading heart rate, blood pressure, blood sugar as well as other biomedical stats.  Wearables and healthcare, that will be where it's at, watch!

3. New York Public Library debuts 300,000 titles to new e-book app. Digital reading is here to stay. I read everything digitally and encourage our kids to as well. I think for student readers the availability of a built-in dictionary to assist in reading comprehension and building a larger vocabulary is fabulous.   The new app is called "SimplyE" and is available for free to anyone with a New York Public Library card.

4. Artist uses an iPad Pro to create Netflix series poster. Artist Kyle Lambert used an iPad Pro and an Apple Pencil to create a stunning poster for the Netflix original series Stranger Things!

5. Meet hotel robot "Botlr". How cute is this little guy? Created by California robotics company Savioke, Botlr assists hotel staff in Silicon Valley hotels. Botlr with the assistance of hotel employees makes deliveries to hotel guests and even gets guest feedback on their stay. In addition, if you are so inclined the little robot will even give you the opportunity to snap a selfie together!

6. Fast.com/ by Netflix added to iOS and Andriod. The app allows users to monitor internet speed! Fast.com/ was originally a website and now has expanded to apps.

Again, sorry for posting a day late, but I hope I provided some solid tech news reading material for you. If you read something interesting this week, feel free to share it with me. Happy reading!