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  Thursday, 2 Jan 2014 | 3:08 PM ET

Hack attack targets Snapchat users

Posted By: Christina Medici Scolaro

Another week, another hack attack. The latest app to be hit up cyberthieves is messaging app Snapchat.

A website called "Snapchat DB" released 4.6 million usernames and phone numbers (with the last two digits hidden). The database has been taken offline, though a captured version is still available.

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  Tuesday, 31 Dec 2013 | 3:52 PM ET

Help wanted in tech, but are wages inflated?

Posted By: Althea Chang

Most technology companies say they plan to hire early next year, but demand for computer scientists has led to a salary bubble, according to one analyst.

About 73 percent of firms plan to hire new experts in the next six months, according to a survey of the 900 tech-focused hiring managers polled by tech job site Dice.com.

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  Monday, 30 Dec 2013 | 2:57 PM ET

Car tech: Not just a Google vs. Apple story

Posted By: Althea Chang

Google is expected to announce a partnership with automaker Audi for new in-car technology, according to recent reports, expanding the battleground between its Android operating system and Apple's iOS.

The announcement, expected at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas next week, according to The Wall Street Journal, follows Apple's announcement this past summer that it plans to make"iOS in the Car" a key focus in 2014.

But Google is likely to come out on top because of its operating system's flexibility and Apple's rigid app approval processes, according to Allison Partners tech expert Jeremy Rosenberg.

"The customization that Android allows for in-car entertainment [and] navigation systems will probably start to allow them to do more with Android than iOS, which is traditionally more locked down," he said.

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  Friday, 27 Dec 2013 | 8:14 AM ET

Apps aimed at keeping drunken drivers off the road

Posted By: Erika Santoro

'Tis the season for festive gatherings—and probably indulging in a second glass of wine.

First, and most emphatically, no one should drink and drive—not during the holiday season, not ever. According to the Centers for Disease Control, alcohol-related car accidents kill about 10,000 people a year, or one death about every 48 minutes.

If you decide to ignore those statistics and try to get behind the wheel of a car, you might consider downloading these apps.

BreathalEyes, Intoxicheck and DrinkTracker are a few that can help show people they've had too much cheer.

Intoxicheck, a self-administered blood alcohol content (BAC) test with challenges, helps users get a clearer idea of their impairment level. It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to complete, however.

DrinkTracker, a personal breathalyzer simulator and BAC calculator, doesn't require much time. Just enter a few details about yourself—including weight, sex and how much you've imbibed—and it will let you know your ability (or inability) to drive.

More of a party trick more than anything else, BreathalEyes videotapes a user's eyeball movement to determine alcohol intake.

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  Thursday, 26 Dec 2013 | 1:29 PM ET

Mobile video ads expected to take off in 2014

More advertisers are likely ramp up their Web video ads, with or without Facebook's experimental system that plays ads on the social network's site automatically, according to one industry executive.

Digital videos will continue to challenge television for advertising budgets as tablets give traditional TVs a run for their money as the primary screen that consumers choose to watch videos on, according to Tod Sacerdoti, founder and CEO of video ad services company BrightRoll.

Driven by the growth of the smartphone and tablet market, advertisers will be more likely to shell out money from their ad budgets for mobile video ads in particular, according to Sacerdoti.

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  Tuesday, 24 Dec 2013 | 11:26 AM ET

Introducing a 'smart' way to take notes

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Smartphones, smartwatches and, now, smartpens. A new device is aimed at making it easier to take handwritten notes.

Priced at $150, the Livescribe 3 Smartpen pairs with the Livescribe mobile app via Bluetooth to instantly sync everything that a user writes on paper to a mobile device.

The 3 Smartpen works only with Livescribe paper, which can be purchased separately for $9 to $25, depending on the retailer. This smartpen also works only on an iOS 7 or newer platform.

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  Monday, 23 Dec 2013 | 5:28 PM ET

Cool kids' gadgets for the holidays and beyond

Posted By: Althea Chang

Many shoppers looking for the latest tech gear for kids probably do a ton of research, but there are a few standout tech toys kids could be clamoring for, according to one expert on tech for children.

The Samsung Galaxy 3 Kids is a fully functioning tablet that parents can switch into "kids mode," which limits the types of apps available, said Andrea Smith, technology editor at Living in Digital Times.

That item is priced at a hefty $200, runs on the Adroid Jelly Bean operating system and has 8 gigabytes of internal memory plus a micro SD card slot that can handle up to 32 gigabytes of extra storage, according to the company.

(Read more: All I want for Christmas is ... a new iPad?)

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  Friday, 20 Dec 2013 | 8:08 AM ET

Video games for the holidays

Posted By: Erika Santoro

Holiday shoppers still seeking gifts for gamers may be overwhelmed by an array of top titles, but there are a few hot options whether players want to embark on an animated adventure or simply have a need for speed.

"Ryse," a gladiator game set in Ancient Rome, puts gamers' courage and determination to the test. "Forza 5" gives racers and car lovers that much-needed adrenaline rush. Both games are available only for Xbox One.

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  Wednesday, 18 Dec 2013 | 4:19 PM ET

Is the LG Chromebase the opposite of the Mac Pro?

Posted By: Althea Chang

Two new desktop computers are on the way to a market full of laptops, and each is likely to have its own set of fans.

Apple's new Mac Pro lands in stores Thursday, and while most shoppers may not be clamoring for the desktop computer in the same way they have for the iPad Air, the influence of business users could help put the pricey machines into the hands of everyday computer users, according to CNET Editor-in-Chief Lindsey Turrentine.

"It's really more business users or professional freelancers and you know, of course, always that person who wants the very most powerful computer that they can get. There are always a few people out there like that," said Turrentine of those she expects to buy the new Mac Pro.

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  Tuesday, 17 Dec 2013 | 4:17 PM ET

This is Facebook's biggest video ad challenge

Posted By: Althea Chang

Facebook is testing out new video ads that autoplay on some of its users' news feeds, a move that could potentially spark a major increase in the social network's revenue from advertisers.

Advertisers will have spent an estimated $66.4 billion on TV ads in 2013, according to research firm eMarketer, and online ad spending could chip at that share of of overall ad spending, according to Jeremy Rosenberg, head of digital at communications company Allison+Partners.

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