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Hacker invades baby monitor and, yes, it's incredibly creepy

7D25642DCE7B569AA2B393968DC9_h231_w308_m5_cqYPKnUVdIt's like something ripped from a horror film. Marc Gilbert was down the hall from his toddler’s room in their Houston home when he heard a disembodied male voice saying sexually suggestive things to his child. The voice was coming from the baby monitor. "He said, 'Wake up Allyson, you little [expletive],'" Gilbert recalled. When he and his wife entered the room, they saw the camera move and realized what had happened: Someone had hacked the monitor system and read the girl's name where it hung in a decoration on the bedroom wall.

Allyson, luckily, did not hear any of the creepy comments; she was born deaf, and Gilbert said her cochlear implants were off at the time, so she slept through the incident. "As a father, I'm supposed to protect her against people like this," said Gilbert, who wants the incident to serve as a caution to other parents. "It's a little embarrassing, to say the least, but it's not going to happen again," he said. [Source]


Employee fired after outsourcing his own job to China

An American man is out of a paycheque after he was busted for outsourcing his job to China for about a fifth of his six-figure salary.

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CES: Tablets, PCs or e-Readers? How about all of them!

Xoom Apple, which sold over seven million iPads through September of last year, is expected to sell 28 million of the coveted devices in 2011, up from an estimated 22 million.

The technology darling created a market that wasn’t there a year ago, which put their competitors in a position of playing catch-up. But if there’s a takeaway from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show, it’s this: the tablet market will heat up significantly in 2011.

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CES: Phones got smarter, so did TVs

CES-Samsung A question has been plaguing me at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas: with so many options now available, what are TV buyers supposed to do?

The big buzz item this year – and last year – has been 3D TVs. While there have been some whispers that this might just be a trend, there’s no doubt that the way we consume television is changing.

So I went looking for some answers.

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Looking to drop cable TV? Boxee may be for you

Boxee Wishing you could break up with your cable / satellite TV provider?  Watching everything on your computer and wish you could see it on the big(ger) screen?  Meet the Boxee.

What is it? Boxee is a small, stylish, polished black cube about the size of a large can of soup that gives you a whole new option for watching TV.  Connecting to your home wifi network, Boxee aggregates all of the shows available for streaming on the web into an insanely user-friendly interface that makes finding your favourite show easier than finding the latest recording on your PVR.

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Home networking for dummies

I don't want to offend anyone, but Linksys has come out with a router that is for dummies.

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