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Fido calls homeLeaving your pet behind at home can cause anxiety both for humans and their animals.While home cameras that can stream feeds via the internet have been around for some time, Petcube has improved on the basic concept by introducing “smart” elements.With the help of artificial intelligence, pets movements in front of its camera will trigger a video call to their human’s phone as well as a preview “pet selfie” clip. Its device also comes with laser pointers allowing people to remotely play with their furry friends if they’re getting bored, and even reward good behavior by firing off treats during calls.Petcube co-founder and chief executive Yaroslav Azhnyuk estimated that 40 million households will use connected pet devices by the year 2022.Meanwhile, startup Pebby is working on a “smart robotic ball” with built-in camera, wi-fi, Bluetooth and laser pointer capabilities, affording more opportunities to play remotely. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. US-based Petrics was at the show with what it billed as the first pet smart bed, capable of keeping tabs on their weight and time spent lounging.The soon-to-be-released bed cools or warms to provide comfy temperatures for naps, and synchronizes to activity trackers that monitor how much exercise they are getting so that owners get a complete daily report.An array of firms meanwhile showed off wearable devices to monitor pets on the move, aiming to consign neighborhood “lost” posters to history.Among them was Whistle, which is up to a third-generation device equipped with GPS and mobile network capabilities.Custom “safe zones” can be set up around a home and if pets wander out-of-bounds their humans will get smartphone messages allowing them to pinpoint where their pooch, or kitty, is on the map.”If your pet gets out they can be missing for hours or days,” said Whistle spokesperson Heather Wajer.”You can put up posters around the neighborhood and search for them, or you can just look at your phone and see where they are.” The Jagger & Lewis emotional and activity tracker for dogs is seen at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Brad Baxter of Litter-Robot demonstrates the automated, self-cleaning cat litter box at the 2018 Consumer Electronics Show Citation: Man’s best friend goes high tech at gadget fest (2018, January 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-friend-high-tech-gadget-fest.html Explore further A Tractive GPS pet tracker is seen on a dog mannequin during CES 2018 in Las Vegas Taking care of kitty’s businessCleaning your feline friend’s litter box is an unpleasant but necessary task, unless you (and house guests) are prepared to stomach a strong stench. Now, though, automated boxes are at hand that use sensors to detect when the animal enters and leaves the unit, before giving the litter time to clump, then sifting through it and depositing the waste into a carbon-filtered drawer.Litter-Robot sales hit new highs on Black Friday and Cyber Monday due to the release of a smartphone application that gets data about kitty’s daily visits to the feline loo, according to founder Brad Baxter.When animals left home alone need to get outside to take care of business, they can now do so through PetWALK pet doors—sturdy barriers that are more secure and airtight than flaps, and are automatically triggered by RFID pendants.French saddle maker CWD meanwhile was at CES with what it billed as the first smart saddle tailored for the equestrian sport of jumping.Technology in saddles gathers data about stride, approach, recovery and more, then sends it to smartphones and pairs it with video so riders can improve performance, research and development engineer Camille Hebert told AFP.CWD has partnered with French start-up Arioneo to weave in an “iPulse” strap that adds data about a horse’s heart rate.”Everything in our lives is smart,” said Whistle’s Wajer. “If technology can help make our pets lives better, than that is fantastic.” Pet Tech offers to keep animals safe, healthy and connected Technology is going to the dogs. And to cats and horses, for that matter, as high-end gadgetry showcased at this week’s Consumer Electronics Show offered ways that smart devices can improve the lives of animals and their human friends. © 2018 AFP
© 2018 AFP Facebook said Friday that it will issue up to $10 million (8.2 million euros) in grants to help support and train community leaders around the world. Citation: Facebook pledges $10 mn for community leaders (2018, February 9) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-facebook-pledges-mn-leaders.html Explore further The tech giant unveiled its new initiative at a London summit of more than 300 community leaders from across Europe.The Facebook Community Leadership Programme will offer residency, fellowship and training opportunities, as well as community leadership circles and specialised assistance on the social networking platform.”Facebook will commit tens of millions of dollars to the programme, including up to $10 million in grants that will go directly to people creating and leading communities,” it said in a statement.While the social network is a platform for virtual communities to gather, it is also a vehicle for advertisers to reach its more than 2 billion active users. Facebook last week said it booked nearly $13 billion in sales in the last three months of last year.Leaders at Friday’s Facebook gathering included those from Blind Veterans UK, which supports blind veterans and their families; Donna Mamma, a support group for French mothers; and Berlin Bruisers, which is Germany’s first gay-inclusive rugby club.”Community leaders often tell us that with additional support they could have more impact,” the company added in the statement.”The … programme is designed to empower leaders from around the world who are building communities through the Facebook family of apps and services.” The Facebook Community Leadership Programme will offer residency, fellowship and training opportunities, as well as community leadership circles and specialised assistance on the social networking platform Facebook to train 65,000 in French job schemes This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Russian hackers have infiltrated Germany’s foreign and interior ministries’ online networks, German news agency DPA reported Wednesday quoting unnamed security sources. Explore further The hacker group known as APT28—which has been linked to Russia’s GRU military intelligence and accused of attacks on Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign—managed to plant malware in the ministries’ networks for possibly as long as a year, the news agency said.German security authorities only detected the online spying in December, it said, adding that an isolated government IT network had also been hit.If confirmed, the attack would be the biggest to hit the German government.Top security officials had repeatedly warned during Germany’s 2017 general elections that Russia hackers may seek to disrupt the polls.While authorities did not have concrete proof, they have pinned the malware attack that crippled the Bundestag parliamentary network in 2015 for days on the APT28, also known as “Fancy Bear” or “Sofacy”.The attack netted 17 gigabytes of data which, officials feared, could be used to blackmail MPs or discredit them.Amid the rising frequency of attacks, Germany’s defence ministry in 2016 set up a cyber department to coordinate a response to online intrusions. © 2018 AFP The hacker group known as APT28—which has been linked to Russia’s GRU military intelligence—managed to plant malware in the German ministries’ networks for possibly as long as a year Suspected Russian cyberattack targets German parties, media Citation: Russian hackers infiltrated German ministries’ network: report (2018, February 28) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-russian-group-hacked-german-network.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.