This Week in Geek: Romney hidden-camera video goes viral
by Whit McGhee
Special to The Star
Sep 23, 2012 | 7647 views |  0 comments | 289 289 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In a nod to the power of social media, a hidden-camera video posted to YouTube last week of Gov. Mitt Romney has received more views than any other video of the Republican presidential candidate.

In the clip, taken by an anonymous source and posted online by Mother Jones magazine, Romney was speaking to a group of campaign donors when he was asked about his strategy to win the election.

“There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what,” Romney said. “There are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent on government, who believe they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it.

“My job is not to worry about those people,” Romney said.

Within its first 24 hours on YouTube, the video was viewed 1.9 million times. The next most-viewed YouTube video of Romney, posted by his campaign team, has received 1.3 million views since it was uploaded in June.

Security bug found in Web browser

Microsoft software engineers rushed last week to patch a critical security hole in its Web browser that, if left open, could make users vulnerable to attack.

The bug, according to Microsoft, could allow hackers to gain control of a computer if the user unknowingly visits a malicious website on Internet Explorer.

Microsoft issued a fix for the vulnerability, which users can download via the Microsoft Update program on Windows computers. The German government, upon learning of the security bug, urged the public to stop using the program in favor of an alternative Web browser such as Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.

Internet Explorer, pre-installed on all computers running Windows, is the most-used Web browser in the U.S.

iPhone 5 demand through the roof

Apple’s new iPhone hit store shelves Friday, and the device’s debut online led to record demand and record stock prices for the Cupertino, Calif., company.

Customers online purchased more than two million iPhones during its first 24 hours of sales Sept. 14, according to Apple marketing director Philip Schiller.

Demand for the iPhone 5 rose so quickly that Apple now says customers purchasing from its website won’t receive their handsets until October. Some individual sellers on eBay are offering the device for $1,000 or more.

Apple’s stock price soared past $700 a share last week ahead of the iPhone’s release.

Customers began forming a queue more than a week before the phone’s retail debut outside the Apple store on New York City’s Fifth Avenue. Some market analysts say retail stores carrying the iPhone 5 will be sold out as soon as today.
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