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China Sees Nat'l Security Risk in Pokemon Go

So Pokemon doesn't go after all.

At least not for now in China, which is considering whether to allow the popular game to play out on phones there. Government officials are concerned about reports that Pokemon Go players are wandering around looking for Pokemon characters and carelessly causing accidents. In nearby Japan, two people were killed in car accidents last year because gamers were distracted.

In China, the government is also concerned about security problems with the app's geolocation services. When using the Pokemon Go app to navigate through a virtual world, players broadcast their locations in the real world.

The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, the government censor, said it bore "a high level of responsibility to national security and the safety of people's lives and property."

There are some tech devices that all attorneys need. Things like decent computers, quality printers, and effective software are essential for today's practice. Then there's tech that many lawyers should have, like a mostly paperless practice options and good practice management software. But more importantly, there's the tech that attorneys don't need, but want. Really want, because they're cool, helpful, novel, or just entertaining. That's what we're focusing on today.

Here are five nonessential but very worthwhile gadgets you might be interested in, taken from the FindLaw archives.

In what is likely the first murder case involving an Amazon Echo, police are looking to the smart device for clues surrounding the death of a man in Arkansas. But when asked "Alexa, who did it?" Amazon has remained silent.

Investigators in Bentonville, Arkansas, believe that the Echo might help explain why a man was found dead in the hot tub at a home owned by James Andrew Bates last year. Bates is currently facing first-degree murder charges. But, according to a report by the Information, Amazon has twice refused to give police audio data from the device.

Tech Gifts for Lawyers in a Flash

Unless you're sending flowers or candy, it might be too late to have a gift delivered by Christmas. At this point, you might have to hunt down the perfect gift the old fashioned way: driving to a store.

Or maybe not! To make your gift search less tedious, we put together a quick list of tech gifts, most of which can be ordered online and sent instantaneously to the recipient. 

You're a tech-savvy attorney, as fluent in gigs and RAM and blockchain as you are in personal injury, summary judgement, or motions in limine. You know how to tell a worthwhile tech product from an unnecessary one, and you know how tech can improve your practice of law. Or, hey, maybe you can't tell a Mac from a PC -- but you want the best new tech out there anyway.

If either of these sound like you, here are five worthwhile gadgets you should check out.

Google, not content with controlling most of the world's search, email, and web browsing, released its own "iPhone killer" this month, the Google Pixel. Now, Google technically already controls the mobile phone market as well. Its Android operating software is used on almost 90 percent of all smartphones worldwide. But Pixel is Google's latest, most aggressive shot at conquering phones themselves, coming on the heels of its Nexus phones. And it has pretty great reviews so far.

Should lawyers give it a try?

Apple unveiled the new iPhone 7 last week and while the newest iteration of the smartphone isn't reinventing the wheel, it is making some small changes. Chief among them: Apple is dropping its headphone jack. That means that if you want to listen to music on your iPhone, you'll have to use Bluetooth headphones called AirPods that sit, cordlessly, in your ear, or get more traditional, cord-based headphones that hook up with the iPhone's Lightning charger, instead of a headphone jack.

But the change isn't just about aesthetics or performance or cords. It's also a shrewd legal move on Apple's part.

A few years ago, your "smoking gun" was likely to show up as a "smoking email," some sort of electronic document, probably found on a single computer, giving essential information in civil litigation, criminal inquiries, or internal investigations. Today, those electronic documents still remain essential, but they've expanded from the smoking email to the smoking text message, or even the smoking Snapchat.

But as information from mobile devices (cell phones, tablets, and the like) has become increasingly important, developments in cloud computing are making accessing that information ever more difficult. Here's why.

If you're tapping away on an iPhone, make sure you've got the latest updates. Otherwise, your calls, text messages, emails, and contacts could all be vulnerable to Israeli cyberspies -- or whoever buys their software.

The NSO Group, an Israeli software company that the New York Times describes as "one of the world's most evasive digital arms dealers," has released software exploiting security vulnerabilities in Apple products, allowing anyone who uses it to collect your information, steal your passwords, track your location, and even secretly record your conversations. All they have to do is send you one text.

Wearable Tech Is a Security Nightmare

As time goes on, technology has not only assumed a larger role in the layman's life, but in the lawyer's as well. Today, wearable tech is all the rage -- and whenever something is all the rage, that's when professionals should let cooler heads take the lead. Because any sane-minded professional should realize that wearable tech presents an enormous security risk.