TechBytes: YouTube Hacked

EBooks vs. print, Lego Harry Potter review, Frog Dissection app

May 27, 2010, 10:52 AM

July 6, 2010— -- Pranksters hacked YouTube over the weekend. It happened when the hackers managed to redirect videos of teen singer Justin Bieber to pornography. They also sent his fans into a panic with messages claiming he'd been killed. YouTube fixed the hoax within a few hours.

You may want to think twice before trading in your paperback books for an electronic book reader. A new study finds it takes longer to read an eBook than a print book. Reading speeds declined almost 11 percent on devices such as the Kindle and iPad, but users still said they felt more satisfied when using these devices than when reading traditional books.

There's a new video game based on the Harry Potter series. "Lego Harry Potter: Years 1-4" takes the events of the first four books, and adds Lego's trademark humor. CNET's Dan Ackerman checked it out."Each section of the game is cut up into chapters, where usually Harry and another character have to go through together and solve some simple puzzles and blast some bad guys and collect a lot of little collectible items by searching around. And once you complete the level, you can go back to it later and replay it with different characters," Ackerman explains. "What you end up with is a game that's fun for people who are serious gamers and like a challenge, but also easy enough that anybody can pick up and play. Especially kids who have read the Harry Potter books." The game is available for PCs and all the major gaming consoles.

Were you too squeamish in high school to dissect a frog? Kids these days can now participate in that rite of passage without getting their hands dirty. A new Frog Dissection app for the iPad gives you all the tools to cut open a virtual frog. The developer says it's scientifically accurate, and perhaps the best part is that you don't have to put up with the smell of formaldehyde.

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