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  • “Mutant Giant Spider Dog” was 2014’s top YouTube video
  • The clip by a Polish actor got more than 113 million views
  • “First Kiss” and a bendable iPhone also made the top 10
  • “Walking in NYC” sparked street harassment conversation

(CNN) — Mutant horrors, singers and kissing strangers had a big year on YouTube.

All of the above joined soccer stars, a bending iPhone, a beer commercial and a dose of street activism on the video site’s list of the most popular posts of 2014.

S.A. Wardega, a Polish actor, director and Web prankster, scored the top spot with “Mutant Giant Spider Dog,” which had scared up more than 113 million views since he posted it in September.

In it, Wardega films people in everyday situations into which he unleashes his otherwise cute dog, Chica, wearing a costume that gives the pooch eight giant, creepy spider legs.

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It wasn’t without a dose of controversy.

“Someone reported a SpiderDog video to the prosecution claiming that threatening (sic) endangered the life of the people who were there,” Wardega, whose first name is Sylwester, wrote in September on his Facebook page. “I wonder who will go to jail? Me or Chica? Or maybe a spider costume?”

Taking the No. 3 spot, behind a Nike ad featuring soccer stars like Ronaldo and Wayne Rooney, was “First Kiss,” a social experiment of sorts in which complete strangers are brought together and asked to kiss each other.

Except, this one wasn’t exactly as it first appeared. It was commissioned by Wren Studio, a small clothing company, to showcase a new clothing line. Almost all of those awkward strangers were, in fact, models.

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“In all fairness, the people in the video could still be classified as ‘strangers’ by definition, but that’s like calling a kid who plays Call of Duty for 12 hours a day ‘an amateur’,” read a Complex article titled “That Adorable ‘First Kiss’ Video That Everyone Is Talking About Is a Fake.”

“Never trust the Internet.”

Director Tatia Pilieva said there was never an intent to deceive anyone, noting that the video begins with the words “Wren presents …” and the clothing company is mentioned in the credits.

“It felt so real and sincere and it was,” she told the New York Times, saying each couple really did meet for the first time the day they shot. “They shed all these layers in front of our eyes and in front of the cameras and that sweetness and kindness resonated with people.”

The Internet appears not to mind. The video has more than 94 million views.

In fifth place is the video that launched a million tech-blog posts — the “iPhone 6 Plus Bend Test.”

Is the iPhone 6 Plus bendable?

Unbox Therapy, a Web video series focusing on consumer electronics, posted a video after online reports began popping up of Apple’s massive, new phone bending in people’s pockets.

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The September video, which has racked up more than 59 million views, shows a host, Lewis Hilsenteger, bending one of the aluminum phones with his hands.

Not that the problem, if it is one, has scared many folks away. The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus sold 10 million units in their first weekend on the market and have continued to break sales records in the months since.

Another creepy prank, “Devil Baby Attack,” took the No. 8 spot with nearly 49 million views and the team behind the goofy “Epic Rap Battles” scored with the No. 9 video, “Goku vs. Superman,” which got nearly 41 million views.

A more serious effort rounded out the Top 10 list. Tenth place went to “10 Hours Walking in NYC as a Woman,” by anti-harassment group Hollaback. In it, a woman in jeans and a T-shirt is recorded walking as, one after another, men comment on her appearance, sometimes aggressively.

What 10 hours of street harassment in NYC looks like

The video, which has more than 37.5 million views, sparked conversations everywhere about the prevalence of street harassment, as well as issues ranging from the role race, culture and geography play in public conversation to Web abuse (the subject of the video received rape and death threats online).

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Also on YouTube’s top 10 for the year were a nun’s performance on the Italian version of “The Voice” (No. 4), a performance by a kid hip-hop duo on “Britain’s Got Talent,” (No. 6) and Budweiser’s Super Bowl commercial, “Puppy Love” (No. 9).

Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” was the most popular music video of the year.




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The Pebble Watch first gained attention by pulling in more than <a href='http://cnn.com/2012/05/14/tech/gaming-gadgets/pebble-smartwatch-kickstarter-project'>$  10 million on Kickstarter.</a> Pebble connects to an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth and has a growing selection of its own apps.The Pebble Watch first gained attention by pulling in more than $ 10 million on Kickstarter. Pebble connects to an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth and has a growing selection of its own apps.
Unveiled by TomTom in 2013, the new Nike+ Sportwatch colors have been chosen to match Nike's apparel and shoe ranges. Features include an extra-large display, a graphical training partner and a one-button control. Colors include black/anthracite, anthracite/blue glow and volt green.Unveiled by TomTom in 2013, the new Nike+ Sportwatch colors have been chosen to match Nike’s apparel and shoe ranges. Features include an extra-large display, a graphical training partner and a one-button control. Colors include black/anthracite, anthracite/blue glow and volt green.
The Italian-made aluminum "I'm Watch," announced at the 2013 <a href='http://cnn.com/SPECIALS/tech/ces-2013/index.html'>Consumer Electronics Show</a>, sells for $  249. It comes in seven colors and runs the Droid 2 operating system. It connects to Android smartphones using Bluetooth.The Italian-made aluminum “I’m Watch,” announced at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show, sells for $ 249. It comes in seven colors and runs the Droid 2 operating system. It connects to Android smartphones using Bluetooth.
A full-color touch screen device, the $  130 Sony SmartWatch only syncs with Android devices. When paired with a phone over Bluetooth, it can receive notifications for email, texts, social networks and calendars.A full-color touch screen device, the $ 130 Sony SmartWatch only syncs with Android devices. When paired with a phone over Bluetooth, it can receive notifications for email, texts, social networks and calendars.
The Motoactv smartwatch is marketed as a fitness tracker. It acts as a heart-rate monitor and pedometer, has GPS and an MP3 player. There are also a number of off-the-wrist mount options, including a handlebar strap, armband and chest strap.
The Motoactv smartwatch is marketed as a fitness tracker. It acts as a heart-rate monitor and pedometer, has GPS and an MP3 player. There are also a number of off-the-wrist mount options, including a handlebar strap, armband and chest strap.
The MetaWatch has a retro-looking, black-and-white screen, but it can connect to newer iPhones in addition to Android devices. It is also a water-resistant sports watch that tracks pace and distance. The watch starts at $  179 and is available with various colored bands or in black or white leather. The MetaWatch has a retro-looking, black-and-white screen, but it can connect to newer iPhones in addition to Android devices. It is also a water-resistant sports watch that tracks pace and distance. The watch starts at $ 179 and is available with various colored bands or in black or white leather.
J.K. Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in Berlin in 2013. Six months later, a second-generation watch featured a new operating system and more processing power.J.K. Shin, head of Samsung Mobile Communications, presents the Samsung Galaxy Gear in Berlin in 2013. Six months later, a second-generation watch featured a new operating system and more processing power.
The Samsung Gear S, the company's third-generation smartwatch, made an advance many users, and reluctant nonusers, had been clamoring for. It has 3G connectivity and can be used without tethering it to a smartphone. Unveiled August 27, it is scheduled to ship in October, with no price yet announced.The Samsung Gear S, the company’s third-generation smartwatch, made an advance many users, and reluctant nonusers, had been clamoring for. It has 3G connectivity and can be used without tethering it to a smartphone. Unveiled August 27, it is scheduled to ship in October, with no price yet announced.
The long-rumored "iWatch" from Apple could take the same approach, or, like others, require a connection with a smartphone. Health and fitness apps are expected to be front and center on the new device.The long-rumored “iWatch” from Apple could take the same approach, or, like others, require a connection with a smartphone. Health and fitness apps are expected to be front and center on the new device.
Apple's products have already been used as de facto smartwatches. The iPod nano's small, square touchscreen was a natural fit for the wrist. Spotting the potential to turn the iPod into a watch face, companies such as Lunatik make kits that included mounts and slick straps.Apple’s products have already been used as de facto smartwatches. The iPod nano’s small, square touchscreen was a natural fit for the wrist. Spotting the potential to turn the iPod into a watch face, companies such as Lunatik make kits that included mounts and slick straps.
Apple is expected to roll out its entry in the field this week. Could it look like this concept design?Apple is expected to roll out its entry in the field this week. Could it look like this concept design?

  • Apple may unveil a smartwatch next week
  • The company filed for a patent for the ‘iWatch’ in July
  • Samsung released its first smartwatch a year ago
  • Other competitors are also crowding the field

(CNN) — After years hovering in the vapor, little more than a dream for Apple fanatics everywhere, the elusive iWatch may be days away from becoming a reality.

But it will hardly be the first smartwatch to hit the market. After breaking ground with products like the iPhone and iPad, Apple finds itself playing catch-up in the wearables world.

The Pebble watch was the first smartwatch to gain any kind of notoriety. In 2012, the smartwatch pulled in more than $ 10 million on Kickstarter. Pebble connects to an iPhone or Android phone via Bluetooth and has a growing selection of its own apps.

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Smartwatches have become much more feature-rich since the launch of the Pebble.

Samsung leads the pack in jack-of-all-trades smartwatches. A year after releasing its first smartwatch, Samsung unveiled its third device in the line last week. The Gear S smartwatch has a curved screen and 3G connectivity, making it the first smartwatch from a major company that doesn’t require a Bluetooth connection to a smartphone.

There’s also the LG G Watch R and Moto 360, two newish devices that are aiming to have a more fashionable design and take advantage of Google’s Android Wear platform.

So far, smartwatches haven’t caught on widely in the way smartphones and tablets have. Whether Apple’s entry into the field changes that remains to be seen.

Apple was granted a patent for a smartwatch in July — with a touch screen, an accelerometer, a GPS receiver, Bluetooth and alerts via vibration. The iWatch in the patent connects to a mobile device, displays notifications and allows users to accept or decline phone calls.

Apple is expected to unveil its iWatch smartwatch on September 9.




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