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PetziConnect Is A Wireless Camera & Treat Disher For Dog Owners To Remotely Pet Fido

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Connected gizmos for dogs are having a moment, thanks to the likes of FitBark and other canine activity trackers. But here’s a connected gadget designed for dog owners to interact with their pet, rather than keep tabs on its health. Indeed, overuse of the PetziConnect’s treat dispenser feature may require some kind of health monitoring tech so push the treat button with caution.

Fortunately PetizConnect has other functions, that do not rely on treats to make pet and pet owner happy. Specifically it includes a wireless HD camera and a microphone so that pet owners can remotely summon Fido from his afternoon snooze and then watch as he cocks his head quizzically, wondering why his master’s voice is coming out of a box plugged in the wall.

As well as letting pet owners remotely view and coo at their dogs, and reward interest in a disembodied voice with the occasional tangible treat — dispensed via a button in the Android or iOS app or via a web client — the PetziConnect lets them take photos and record video. Which does, incidentally, beg the question how secure are Petzila’s systems — since once the device is up and running you will have a wireless, Internet-connected eye peeking into your home. Still, it’s designed to be plugged in at dog height so its view of any larger home occupants is probably going to be pretty partial. (Uhh, unless they happen to be rolling around on the floor nearby…)

Petzila was seeking $ 30,000 via Indiegogo to get the first batch of its connected dog-treating gizmo manufactured but has already passed that goal, with 40 days still left to run on its crowdfunding campaign. PetziConnects — which it says are rugged enough to deal with being mauled by a frenzied Fido hoping to get more treats/liberate its owner from inside the box — are due to ship to backers in December. The current lowest price-tag for crowdbackers wanting to bag a device is $ 170.

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Microsoft shows off a wall of 200 Windows Phones you can control remotely

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Microsoft might not be ready to talk about Windows Phone updates at Build, but that hasn’t stopped the company from showing off a wall of 200 phones running its mobile operating system. The display was built by Windows Phone developer Rudy Huyn, and it contains 200 Lumia 825 developer devices that can be controlled remotely. Huyn helped build an app that powers the interactive display that demonstrates the Windows Phone interface and Nokia Maps. All the devices simply sit mounted on the wall waiting for a signal from a custom Windows Phone app. We’ve seen similar efforts on other devices before, but this impressive display is the first time you’ll see 200 Lumias in such close proximity.


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Romo update adds telepresence, lets kids terrorize siblings remotely (video)

Romo update adds telepresence

Romo first rolled into our lives via Kickstarter. Since then we’ve seen it return leaner and meaner, with more improvements just announced. Romotive tells us that an app update coming today brings full telepresence functionality, allowing users to log into the device from anywhere via any iOS device or PC running a Chrome browser. Setting up the telepresence should be no harder than setting up a regular call, and once you’re set, you’ll get two-way video and audio — plus control of the robot (including its expressions!). This not only gives Romo new scope for (almost literally) becoming one of the family, it adds a whole host of new use cases. Want a few ideas to get you started? There’s a few in the suitably chipper video past the break.

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Splashtop partners with Intel, lets you remotely wake WiFi-connected PCs

Splashtop partners with Intel, lets you remotely wake WiFi-connected PCs

So you need to grab that hilarious gif from your desktop remotely. No worries, you can tunnel in with, wait, darnit your office PC is switched off and not on the wired network (so not even wake-on-LAN to the rescue). Splashtop’s woken up to that scenario, though, and in a collaboration with Intel will be bringing “wake over WiFi” functionality to its popular remote desktop app. Your target PC will need Intel’s Smart Connect Technology to make use of the feature, which is coming to Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop for iPad and iPhone first, with Android and other platforms to follow.

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Carbonite Mobile backs up the contents of your phone, allows you to wipe your device remotely

Carbonite Mobile backs up the contents of your phone, allows you to remotely wipe your device

Before today, Carbonite had a few mobile applications, however the backup procedure was something of a one-way street: you might access content on your mobile phone, however you couldn’t back up the contents of your phone. That alters today with Carbonite Mobile, a free application for iOS and Android that allows you to publish pictures and other files to Carbonite.com. In addition to data backup, however, you get some benefits normally reserved for standalone mobile safety apps– things like remote wiping and the capacity to reset the phone to factory settings if it falls into the wrong hands. Additionally, you can use the application to find your lost device on a map, and you could also set off the ringer, also if you had actually set the phone to tremble. In the instance of the Android app, the software will certainly run in the background; due to Apple’s different set of APIs, it won’t run 24/7. However, all you iPhone owners out there could program the application so that it backs up the device automatically when you get home. Curious? We’ve got screenshots below along with download links in Google Play and the Application Store.

Kinect-based DarwinBot lets you remotely play with and talk to your pet

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Unwilling to leave his dog Darwin home alone while he was at work, Microsoft Robotics Team developer Jordan Correa came up with an unusual solution: building a remote-controlled robot doppelganger that could dispense treats, throw and retrieve a ball, and video “chat” with the dog on Skype. DarwinBot was created using the Parallax EDDIE hardware platform, its features implemented with Microsoft’s Robotics Developer Studio 4. As you can see in the video below, it’s essentially a mobile table with a Kinect for navigation, a tablet and camera for video connection, and some special hardware like a ball-launching robotic arm.

Correa isn’t the only person to come up with ways to connect with a pet through telepresence. Earlier this year, we…

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Western Digital releases Android app to control set-top boxes remotely

This week, you’ll be able to control your Western Digital set-top box with a free Android app. And you’ll love it. Only days after releasing an equivalent app for iOS, Western Digital has just released WD TV Remote, a free Android app that connects to your Western Digital set-top box over a WiFi connection and allows you to control it from any Android-based device. The app includes one-touch access to every online service available, keyboard entry using Android’s on-screen keyboard, a gesture pad for quick navigation and the ability to connect multiple Android devices at once. WD TV Remote requires Android 2.1 or later to install, as well as a WiFi network and third-generation WD TV Live Hub or TV Live system to run. In other news, development on an Android app to paint your house via gesture controls is proceeding quite nicely.

Western Digital releases Android app to control set-top boxes remotely originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 24 Dec 2011 20:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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How can you copy a file from pc to android remotely?

Question by Mutasim Nadeem: How can you copy a file from pc to android remotely?
Hello. Sometimes when you are at work, you need a document that is in your pc at home, and you only have your android device.
Is there a way you can access your computer from your android and copy that file remotely to your SD card?

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Answer by Mohammad
I use dropbox it’s very easy to use.
You can install it on your computer and smartphone.

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Nintendo can remotely brick your 3DS after flash card use?

Bad news for those that plan on using a flash card with their 3DS — if Nintendo detects that you’ve been dabbing with one, the company might send a firmware update that could possibly brick your system. According to GoNintendo, Japanese retailer Enterking posted a warning message on their site, suggesting that your system might be unbootable after a software update if Nintendo detects you’ve been using an R4. Enterking is not buying used 3DSs that have a history of using an illegal cartridge — a transparent indication that it’s not taking any chances here. We can’t know for sure if Nintendo will dish out said update or how Enterking might tell — however, Nintendo did issue this statement to Eurogamer in response to their story on the topic:

“We do not discuss product security details (for obvious reasons), nor can we discuss the details of countermeasures available in the Nintendo 3DS system. Nintendo 3DS has the most up-to-date technology. The security has been designed to protect both the creative works in the software and to protect the Nintendo 3DS hardware system itself.

Nintendo, like most companies, takes a palpable stance against piracy. We recommend that those fortunate enough to own a 3DS stay away from the flash cards altogether, ’cause after all, they’re still illegal.

Nintendo can remotely brick your 3DS after flash card use? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 Mar 2011 04:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Android Market Malware Has Users Begging Google To Remotely Disable Bad Apps

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These past few days haven’t been Google’s best. The company ran into a bit of a problem with its Gmail service late last week, with some users reporting that all of their e-mails had been deleted. Google says the problem only affected a fraction of its user-base, but seeing headlines along the lines of “USERS REPORT GMAIL DELETIONS” probably didn’t go over too well in Mountain View. Then there was the Android Malware incident, which is technically still ongoing. A series of malicious apps had appeared in the Android Market, apps capable of stealing user data and “dialing out” without the express permission of the phone’s owner. What to do?

The Financial Times says users have been complaining that, while Google has removed the offending apps from the Android Market, the company “had not acted to disable any malicious software that had been downloaded.”

Am I reading this right? Do users actually want Google to have to ability to remotely disable apps?

I’m not saying having the ability to remotely disable apps is a good or bad thing (it’s just a thing), but I do seem to remember plenty of times in the recent past when users have absolutely flipped out when a company exercised its ability to remotely interfere with their hardware or software.

Remember when Amazon ran into copyright issues with a particular Kindle edition of George Orwell’s 1984? Amazon, without its users’ permission, remotely deleted the offending book from Kindles across the land, sparking a certain amount of outrage online. “How dare Amazon do this!” and so on.

Amazon apologized, saying it would never again remotely delete Kindle content in such a fashion.

Apple, too, received criticism for its ability to remotely disable iPhone apps. That Apple later applied for patents to remotely disable iPhones shows what Apple thought of the controversy.

Which brings us back to Google. Several thousand people had downloaded the malicious Android apps, which were published on the Android Market under innocuous-sounding names such as “Chess” and “Super Guitar Solo.” Who’s to say how many of these people are even aware that the apps they downloaded are malicious? Given Android’s explosion in popularity over the past year or so, you can’t really expect all, or even most, of these people to follow tech news so closely that they know one of the half-dozen apps they downloaded the other day was actually malware. Not everyone spends all day on the TechCrunch sites (although they should).

What do we want Google to do? It’s probably not a bad idea for the company to go ahead and disable those malicious apps. You have to weigh the “invasiveness” of remotely disabling apps with the very real danger this rash of malware represents. Does Google really want its Android Market to gain the reputation of being a cesspool of malware? Certainly not. But then part of the allure of the Android Market is that it’s open; you don’t have to play by Google’s rules, per se, to get on there like you do with Apple’s App Store. Is that openness lessened if Google, acting in the best interests of its users, decides to remotely disable these malware apps?

It’s not as if Google hasn’t already reserved the right to remotely disable apps, but the question here is whether or not it should remotely disable apps, and to what degree does that infringe upon the Android Market’s idea of being a free and open store?



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