Meanwhile in Canada

Canadians Are Locating Lost Pets Using a Facial Recognition App

You wouldn't want to lose this guy, now would you? (Wikimedia Commons)

Americans may be gearing up to use facial recognition software to find out if their friends are serial killers, but meanwhile it Canada, they’re using it to track down their lost puppies.

According to the Globe and Mail, Vancouver dog shop cofounder Philip Rooyakkers has developed an app called Positive Identification of Pets—or PiP, for short—that helps tech-savvy Canadians find their lost cats and dogs. Read More

"But you guys love cats"

People Are Paying Money for Classes That Teach Dogs How to Use iPads

Sure! (Photo: Friskies)

Well, here’s a new way to get your money’s worth out of that iPad. The Wall Street Journal reports that there’s now a “nascent but growing group touting the use of apps for pets.”

Cats seem to have inspired a proliferation of apps. Nate Murray, one half of the team behind “Games for Cats,” admitted, “I started off really early on thinking that it was ridiculous, but it ended up being something really meaningful for people,” admitted Mr. Murray. Friskies also has its own line of apps, and there’s even an animal shelter using the apps to draw out shyer cats, to socialize them before adoption. Read More

The Perks of Being a Developer

Newest Reason to Become a Developer: So You Can Stay Home and Chill With Your Dog

(Photo: Dogbreedinfo.com)

If the higher than average salary, luxurious perks and godlike status aren’t enough to convince you to eschew your liberal arts major and pursue a career in computer science, perhaps this will.

Web developer Damien Sowers writes that he decided to pursue his current career path when he noticed how much his dog hated when he left the house. Learning to code, he reasoned, would allow him to work from home and spend as much time as possible with his dog Deimos, “a master of Tug o’ War and decimator of sticks.” Read More