• High Tech Plant Examining GlassesYou've done all the typical gifts: clothes, flowers, chocolates and days at the spa have all been bestowed upon your mom on Mother's Days past. And this isn't any mother you're talking about, this is your mom, who deserves only the latest and greatest in gadgets, right?

    Everyone's mom might not be a techie, but there are plenty of gifts out there for moms who could still use a little technological help in their everyday lives and favourite hobbies. Here are a few choice ideas for high-tech gifts that you can spoil your mom with on May 13 (and no, there's no iPad or camera on this list — we thought you could figure that out on your own).

    Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus

    Many moms are moving away from the traditional recipe book and are taking tablets into the kitchen to help them prepare recipes available online. If your mom owns an iPad 2 but can't quite get it to work for her in the kitchen, the Belkin Chef Stand + Stylus takes care of the problem. Mom can prop her tablet up for easy

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  • It's been a wild week packed with breaking tech news and industry rumours and speculation — particularly surrounding Apple and its products.

    What's that? Missed the headlines? No worries, we break it down for you in bite-sized summaries so you can get your iFix.

    Apple television a reality

    The long-rumoured Apple iTV — a big-screen smart television loaded with Apple tech — looks to be the real deal.

    Terry Gou, the head of Foxconn, slipped the news during a Shanghai press conference, reports the China Daily. Gou said its Taiwanese company was preparing its facilities to start producing Apple's television, though "development or manufacturing has yet to begin," says the China Daily article.

    Foxconn is the world's largest maker of electronic components and manufacturer of the Apple iPhone and iPad, among other products like Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Amazon Kindle.

    Said to be Steve Jobs' last breakthrough product, iTV is rumoured to have access to the App Store and iCloud,

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  • Mark Zuckerberg and his colleagues at Facebook are no strangers to the courts, including those north of the border.

    The social titan recently vowed to fight back against a B.C. woman's lawsuit alleging a privacy breach. The suit seeks to end the company's practice of turning users into brand ambassadors when they  'like' a product or service.

    But keeping Facebook topical in courtrooms across the country are two cases that indirectly involve the social site.

    In the case known as A.B. vs. Bragg Communications, a teenaged victim of online bullying sought to bring defamation charges against her tormentors in Nova Scotia but under a pseudonym, in order to protect her privacy.

    The Nova Scotia court of appeal ruled against the teen just last year, citing that an anonymous person "should not be allowed to bring a defamation action against another," reports the Vancouver Sun.

    "To be able to proceed with a defamation claim under a cloak of secrecy is contrary to the quintessential features of

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  • It's been 20 years since the Nazi-killing first-person shooter was released, and Bethesda Software is celebrating by bringing the game to browsers — for free.

    By checking out this link, you'll be able to play all of Wolfenstein 3D in your browser window. You can also watch a Director's Commentary for the game on YouTube with id Software co-founder and Wolfenstein 3D developer John Carmack here.

    For those unfamiliar with the game, Wolfenstein 3D is one of the earliest first-person shooters, based on the game Castle Wolfenstein from 1981 for the Apple II. The premise of the game is simple: take your gun and kill Nazis in order to escape Castle Wolfenstein during WWII. According to TIME, Wolfenstein 3D was a pioneer in 3D effects, showing enemies from eight different angles instead of just a head-on view, which was the norm for prior computer games.

    The game was originally published by Apogee Software as free shareware and was a precursor to the iconic 1993 release Doom FPS, also

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  • Instructor Jerry Wheeler uses a miniature bulldozer to teach a safety and equipment orientation class.I'm sure many can remember this question from their childhood: if I dig a deep hole to the other end of the world, where would I end up?

    China quickly became the popular guess, but a new Google Maps-based website reveals that, if such a thing were possible, children across Canada would find themselves swimming somewhere in the Indian Ocean. Except for those in the southeastern corner of Alberta, that is, who would find themselves on the French Southern & Antarctic Lands.

    AntipodeMap.com allows users to pinpoint the location that is exactly half way around the world from where they are. You simply double click on the map, or drag the map to your location, and the second map below immediately identifies the area that is diametrically opposite to where you stand.

    "The site defines two antipodal points as being connected by a straight line through the dead center of the Earth," explains Samantha Murphy in a Mashable blog. "For example, New York City's antipodal point is in the Indian

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  • Putting up your hand in the middle of a university lecture when you don't understand something can be pretty intimidating, even if you think everyone is just as confused as you are.

    A Toronto man has come up with a way to address this problem and it's turning out to be a big hit with a University of Toronto computer science professor and his students.

    Understoodit.com is a website that can be accessed via iPhone, tablet or laptop. Students in large university classrooms can tell the professor when they don't understand a concept by pressing the "confused" button. The response registers on the professor's laptop, and they can address whatever issues the students are having with the concepts. Once the students get that clarification they need, they hit the "understand" button and the professor can move forward with the lesson. This video demonstrates how it works:

    Liam Kaufman, inventor of the website, told The Toronto Star that the program is especially helpful for ESL students, but

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  • Even though Facebook privacy breaches are the cause of huge outrage for many users, it seems that many others are entirely oblivious when it comes to protecting their online information.

    A new study by Consumer Reports has found that out of the 150 million Facebook users in the U.S., almost 13 million say that they don't set their privacy settings, or don't know that they exist. And 28 per cent of users surveyed said that they share everything, or almost everything, posted to their wall with an audience wider than just their friends.

    The study goes on to highlight that it isn't just a lax attitude than can lead to your information being shared with those other than who you choose. Consumer Reports shared information that may be shocking to some:

    "Did you know that Facebook gets a report every time you visit a site with a Facebook "Like" button, even if you never click the button, are not a Facebook user, or are not logged in?" Consumer Reports says.

    If privacy online and on Facebook is

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  • Whether or not Android devices should have antimalware software is a hotly debated topic among security professionals.

    Some believe it's not necessary — the incidences of reported issues of smartphone or tablet attacks are relatively low — while others say problems are on the rise and it's simply not worth the risk.

    The short answer is you don't "need" special security software on your Android phone in order to use it. But be aware there are some associated risks if you choose not to install any security software.

    What are these risks, you ask?

    Because the Android platform is based on the "open-source" Linux operating system, the Google Play store (formerly Android Market) doesn't have as rigorous a vetting process like you'd find with, say, Apple's "walled garden" approach at the App Store.

    As a result, there have been a few instances of Android applications ("apps") that contain Trojan spyware or viruses. Some have infected the user's smartphone, impacting its performance, while

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  • For everyone still recovering from an addiction to The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, it isn't over yet: reports indicate that The Elder Scrolls Online is now on the way.

    The massively multiplayer online (MMO) title won't just be for PC users, either. Mac users can also get caught up in Bethesda's online world. It's a rare move for a game company to be releasing for both operating systems at the same time, but one that will likely be very welcome by players.

    "It's rare that Macs get games at all, and even rarer that they get them on the same day as PC games," says Dave Thier, in Forbes. "So if your first adventure into a multiplayer-enabled Tamriel involves a few more thick plastic glasses and skinny jeans than you expected, you'll know why."

    Poking fun at Mac users aside, many Mac users are likely breathing a sigh of relief at the prospect of being able to play more than The Sims, Civilization and a number of titles by Valve on their machines.

    And by the look of this teaser trailer released

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  • With an ever-growing number of laptop and mobile device users, the demand for Wi-Fi — especially the free kind — is growing too. But how far are you willing to go to get access?

    An Internet provider in Mexico called Terra has started a campaign to help beautify Mexico City's parks by offering free Internet access in exchange for dog poop, CNET reports.

    This quirky video explains how "Poo WiFi" works:

    The project, a partnership between Terra and advertising agency DDB, aims to keep ten of Mexico City's parks a bit cleaner by offering an incentive. According to CNET, staff members will be nearby to make sure the system is being used honestly and that dog poop is actually being placed in the bins.

    While Poo WiFi is certainly an odd way to dole out free Internet, it isn't the first offbeat campaign to provide Internet access to the masses.

    Recently, at SXSW, a campaign to help local homeless men and women was highly criticized for dehumanizing the people it was trying to support. "

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