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20 Most Important Online Videos of All Time

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THERE was a time (not that long ago) when watching video on the web was a time-consuming and painful experience that involved a lot of waiting around to watch 30 seconds of choppy video. That's all changed, with high-speed web access available in most places and video-sharing sites such as YouTube and Vimeo making it super easy to upload, watch and share videos online.

Online video culture has taken Andy Warhol's idea and reduced it down to click of the mouse. From early webcam stars like Jennifer Ringley, who helped shape our understanding of privacy, reality TV and the web; to SNL's Digital Shorts, which propped up the aging NBC franchise on the web and helped kickstart network TV's viral video push and 2007's Don't Tase Me Bro clip that was one of the most memorable quotes from that year, Buzzfeed has gathered up 20 Most Important Online Videos of All Time. Don't expect life changing moments, but it is an easy way to kill some screen time and keep you fluent in some of the memes that come out of web culture.

Google's Android Jellybean Operating system vs. Apple's iOS 6

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PICKING a new smartphone these days can be a difficult decision. Do you follow the cult of Steve Jobs and buy a shiny new iPhone 5 just because they are so ubiquitous? Do you go with the Android army, who seem to love their Google-powered phones as much as even the most hardcore Apple fan? Or do you hold out, cross your fingers and hope that somehow BlackBerry's new operating system will save the telecommunications giant that's quickly becoming irrelevant?

Sure, there are other options, but those are the big three that most people are dealing with when they head out to upgrade or buy a new smartphone. Wondering how Android's three-month-old Jellybean operating system stacks up against Apple's recently launched iOS 6? Business Insider breaks down the major features and compares them both.

BlackBerry devotés will just have to keep holding out for BlackBerry 10 and at this point, the operating system feels like a Hail Mary from the Canadian company.

Star Wars Reads Day -- Oct. 6.

www.starwars.com/reads/

UNFORTUNATELY, while there don't appear to be any official Star Wars Reads Day events being held in the province on Saturday, that doesn't mean you and your kids can't download the activity kit that includes Star Wars-themed recipes, crafts and trivia and make your own celebration of the illustrious franchise.

Toy Insider: Hot 20

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EVERY year without fail there are a few toys and games that are in extremely high demand, driving parents crazy as they try to grab the must-have gifts their kids have been bugging them about.

Covering both genders and a range of ages, Toy Insider's Hot 20 list is a good starting point for ideas, but none of toys and games selected look to be runaway hits... yet. Get an early start if you're one of those parents who doesn't want be fighting over the cool gifts of 2012 -- or use this as a what-to-avoid list if you want to sidestep the trends this holiday season.

Anthony Augustine is a freelance music, technology and pop culture writer who spends way too much time in front of a computer. Got a site you think he should see? Email him at anthony.siteunseen@gmail.com or follow him at twitter.com/anthonya.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition October 4, 2012 ??65533

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