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December 2011

12/30/2011

Teen's pre-death goodbye video goes viral

A Texas teen's videos created just days before he died on Christmas Eve have gone viral online, as millions tune in to see the touching messages he left for the world.

The first video, posted Dec. 18, has gained almost 2.7 million views on YouTube (at the time of writing this). The second of the two-video post has more than 1.9 million views. 

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Montreal company creates world's cheapest tablet computer

While thousands of Canadians packed store aisles to snag an iPad 2 or an Android-powered tablet, one Montreal company was busy creating a winning product, which would become the world's cheapest tablet. 

Datawind's $62 Android-powered tablet wasn't just created to be incredibly affordable -- it was in a race to fulfill the Indian government's plans to equip thousands (at least) of its citizens with web-connected computers.

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12/28/2011

Hackers targeting cars in 2012: experts

I often wax on about the importance of protecting your computer and smart phone against hackers, but you might want to start protecting another piece of technology against hackers – your car.

It’s not enough to lock up your car, use a club or get an engine immobilizer. Hackers who once wreaked havoc on your desktop or laptop PC want to mess around with your wheels.

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12/27/2011

Woman, infant held hostage use Facebook to get help

A woman in Utah used social networking to help free her from a hostage situation that lasted almost five days.

The victim and a 17-month-old boy were held hostage in a house and had most other forms of communication taken away – including a cellphone and a phone belonging to a disabled boy who was also in the house.

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12/23/2011

Online game cheats flock together, research finds

Online cheats stick together - and turn others into cheats. That's the finding of new research from scientists at Cornell University, who analysed the gaming network Steam.

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12/22/2011

Pinterest – THE social network to join in 2012

PinterestIf you’re looking for the next big social network to emerge, pin your hopes on the one I thought was just for soccer moms.

According to Hitwise, a company which tracks social networks, Pinterest has seen absolutely explosive growth lately.

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12/21/2011

Most pirated TV shows of 2011 revealed

While broadcasters will be waving their ratings flags, eager to claim who had the most viewers in 2011, the underground has weighed in with a list of the most-pirated TV shows of the past year.

BitTorrent news and how-to site TorrentFreak has published the list, pointing out that the explosion of illegal downloading from previous years seems to be a thing of the past.

So, let’s get to the list, shall we?

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Want to know the truth? Don't ask for it via text.

Just something in that text message from your girlfriend or boyfriend not add up? Beware - according to a study published by Vancouver-based researchers, people are more likely to lie when text messaging than when using other forms of communication.

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12/20/2011

Lady Gaga fans slapped with hack on Facebook, Twitter

More than 100,000 Lady Gaga fans were sent to the tune of a phishing scam after messages posted by Lady Gaga to both Facebook and Twitter promised “free iPad2’s to each of you.”

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Why were you ‘unfriended’ on Facbeook?

Facebook_friending_unfriendingHave you ever wondered why that quiet old friend from high school unfriended you on Facebook? Or why that guy you briefly met the other day added you as a ‘Friend’ on the world’s biggest social network?

A new study has revealed the reasons users friend/unfriend people on Facebook.

But if you’re concerned about losing “Friends,” you may want to keep your mouth shut.

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Danny BradburyDanny Bradbury

Danny Bradbury is a technology journalist with 20 years' experience. He writes regularly for publications including the Guardian, the Financial Times, the Financial Post, and Backbone magazine. Danny also writes and directs documentaries.

Maurice CachoMaurice Cacho

Maurice Cacho is a Toronto-based journalist mixing his love for tech with a passion for news. He's also CP24's Web Journalist and appears daily on CP24 Breakfast and weekly on the channel's tech show, Webnation, discussing tech news and trends.

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