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By: Jennifer Devitt on January 11th, 2016

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This week in tech news: Apple updates, CES 2016, Owlet Smart Sock, Uber for beauty and BowieNet.

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The 2016 CES (Consumer Electronics Show) has come to an end. As always, there was a slew of new tech products revealed. Some available now, some in the near future, some were affordable, some not so much. With a show the size of the CES, you can imagine that the tech news is jammed packed with CES information and product releases. I know for me it was fun to read about all the new gadgets.

So, with the abundance of tech news available this week, I thought I would try something new. So today, we are doing "this week in tech news". I am not sure if it will turn into a regular post, but we'll see. Anyway, let's take a look at a few tech news items that have stood out to me this week.

1. Owlet Smart Sock. Talk about taking wearables to a new level. This super cute little sock debuted at the CES and has been developed to aid parents in monitoring their sleeping baby and help prevent SIDS (Sudden Infant Death Syndrome). This new technology is awaiting official FDA approval in order to make legal, medical claims. But the wearable monitors your babies vitals and communicates via an app and an independent base station that glows green if all is well and red when it requires attention. The included booty (3 sizes included up to 18 months) measure pulse oximetry just like a hospital does.

2. Apple updates. Apple has a few updates, one to iOS 9.3 which makes night reading easier on your eyes. The feature is called "Night Shift" and it works using your current location and iPhone clock. In addition to the iOS 9.3, Apple TV is getting an update, tv OS 9.2 that will allow users to utilize a blue tooth keyboard which will make entering passwords much simpler.

3. CES 2016 "Booth Babes". Yikes, to say I am not a fan of this title is an understatement. As this article states, gone are the "scantily clad" women, they've been replaced with fitness models. Well, when they are promoting fitness equipment, what is wrong with being fit? If women are sporting Nike, Under Armour, Lululemon and more in the gym while working out, why shouldn't the representatives that are demonstrating the fitness gadgets and gizmos geared towards them?

4. Uber for beauty. Chicago startup LISA is being touted as the "Uber for beauty". It allows you to book services where and when you want and at the cost, you desire via their app. LISA offers categories for hair, nails, face and body.

5. BowieNet. The world was saddened yesterday with the news of the passing of David Bowie. I learned something new about the music icon. That he helped pioneer music as we know it today. BowieNet debuted September 1, 1998. David Bowie it touted as being one of the first musicians with an ISP. For $19.95 a month, BowieNet provided a network news feeds, custom email addresses, avatar chats and a radio station.

So it's only Tuesday and those are a few interesting tidbits I came across already this week. Have you read any cool tech news you would like to share? Perhaps you found something super cool you want from the CES, I would love to hear about it. Last week, I shared some initial items that caught my eye. I love sharing tech news, so if you have something you would like me to share, feel free to ask away!