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Weird Wide Web: Angry Birds cartoon, dirty screens and 'sextortion'

All of your essential tech and social media news for the week in one byte-sized portion.

WELCOME TO THE WEIRD Wide Web – where we take a look at the week’s best offerings in tech and social media news.

Angry announcement of the week

The much loved Angry Birds game will take on a new and exciting form, it was announced this week. The Finish gaming company will launch a series of short, cartoon-style episodes featuring the rage filled creatures this spring, TechCrunch reported.

(Image: Angry Birds)

Dirty screen solution of the week

This rather adorable little robot will leave your smartphone and tablet screens squeaky clean, removing all your grubby fingerprints, Mashable reports. Approach with caution though – the company that makes the AutoMee S doesn’t guarantee the robot won’t damage your device.

(Image:Yimbatel Cantenet/Youtube)

Vintage training video of the week

This old Nintendo training video has been making the rounds on the net this week. A sticky NES, taped up glasses and a self-deprecating mother – sit back, relax and learn customer service the Nintendo way.

(Video: Randy Cornetta/YouTube via Buzzfeed)

Sexual extortion avoidance tips of the week

The FBI this week issued a number of guidelines to protect people from being victimised by “sextortion”. In its warning, it refers to a man who was sentenced to 35 years in prison for producing child pornography through a massive online scheme in the US but also in Ireland. The FBI’s tips to avoid ‘sextortion’ include:

  • Don’t take for granted that your computer’s anti-virus software is a guarantee against intrusions;
  • Turn off your computer when you aren’t using it;
  • Cover your webcam when not in use;
  • Don’t open attachments without independently verifying that they were sent from someone you know;
  • It’s okay to be suspicious. If you receive a message with an attachment from your mother at 3 am, maybe the message is not really from your mother;
  • If your computer has been compromised and you are receiving extortion threats, don’t be afraid to talk to your parents or to call law enforcement.

Facebook vote of the week

Monopoly decided to shake things up, offering Facebook users a chance to vote on a new token. The shiny Monopoly kitty won out in the end and the long serving iron token was put behind bars. This image broke our hearts a bit:

(Images: Monopoly/Facebook)

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